Surprised Oubre’s floor slap didn’t intimidate Doncic?
Monologue: We still don’t know what Giannis is yet (And neither does he)
What if he does develop an outside jumper? What if those spurts of tricky ball handling he’s been starting to show off lately become his actual go to moves?
Check out this angle that a fan tweeted:
Harden on being hit hard by the ball:
Despite a 20/20 game, there were still moments where that pesky shadow was shown:
Does Giannis need to develop outside shot to win MVP?
“Not at all. The numbers are staggering without a three-point shot. Giannis can be best player in the league with a jumper” – Pierce
“For Giannis, the shooting isn’t going to stop him from winning MVP. The problem is: There are other guys out there who are also having fantastic both individual and team years (Kawhi, PG-13 and LeBron). He’s got stiff competition. It won’t because he can’t make a jump shot” – Elhassan
“It doesn’t matter if he has a jumper because the numbers don’t lie” – Pierce
Was Bucks defensive strategy vs Harden effective?
“He might be the most make or miss league guy we have in the league” – Elhassan
“That was the closest thing that I’ve seen to a blueprint. [Eric] Bledsoe did the best job on him” –
“They did a good job of defending without fouling. He only shot 11 free throws and shot the ball 30 times” –
Is Kuzma’s 41 points in 3 quarters a game changer for Lakers?
Kuzma after the game:
“I know I’m a great shooter. My percentages may not reflect that, but I’m always confident in shooting and I am always in the gym just trying to work on it every single day. It paid off”
“It definitely was. The scary thing about it is: If you’re going to make any trade, you’re gonna want Kuzma. It was a great thing for him, but everyone else around the league saw this. He’s going to be a perfect building block for someone down the line” –
“I still say he’s a streaky shooter. He’s an incredibly crafted scorer. He still has some work to do on the other side of the ball in order to become a complete player” – Elhassan
“If you’re asking me if I would rather have Kuzma or Ingram, if I have LeBron, I rather have Kuzma. The fit together is better. He moves without the ball better” – Elhassan
“This is what I want to see from a young player. I’m not seeing that from Ball or Ingram” – Pierce
January 10, 1992 – Karl Malone with the nasty one handed dunk on Stacey King!
Dimes; Better pass?
Pierce: Ball | Elhassan: Ball
Serenity Now; Can you feel Zach Collins’ anger?
Adjustments; Dame doing his best T-Mac impression?
Fundamentals; Has the Brow been watching some And1 mixtapes?
Anarchy; Is this how sudden death OT would look?
Kyrie: “Celtics team meeting cleared the air”
After the home loss against the Bucks
“They know where they want to be at the end of the year. I’m glad they cleared the air. They’re back playing the way we know that they can play and reach their potential” –
“They figured out to staggering those minutes so that everyone gets an opportuniuty a chance to shine” –
Celtics offense finally living up to its potential?
Scored 135 points, their most in a regulation game since 2004
“Guys are making buckets off of passes. When the ball is moving and were passing, with that talented of an offensive team, they’re so much harder to guard than let’s just watch and play one on one” – Elhassan
“Everybody is going to share the ball, play together and at the end of the day, it’s about winning” – Pierce
January 10, 2011 – MVP, Derrick Rose finishing the nasty one-handed alley-oop vs the Pistons!
“He’s the best player in the Eastern Conference”
“He’s the most complete player. He’s getting the toughest defensive assignment every night and he excels at it”
“He’s been tremendous on both ends of the floor. He’s an elite defender”
“He does everything. He guards every position. He doesn’t get recognized for his defense”
Last player to win MVP and DPOY in the same year: Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994
“He’s exciting the fans. He’s brought new life to Dallas. They might make the playoffs”
“Who else can you pick? He’s going to be the unanimous ROY”
Better case for All-NBA 1st team: Kawhi or LeBron?
“I’m not putting Kawhi over LeBron right now. Not yet” – Pierce
Better case for All-NBA 1st team: AD or Jokic?
“Jokic. They got the number 1 record in the league, he’s killing it with the triple doubles, he’s the best passing big we have in the league” – Elhassan
Best dunks of 1st half:
5. Mario Hezonja dunks on and steps over Giannis!
4. AD dunks all over Jarrett Allen!
3. Aaron Gordon pays homage to the Mailman!
2. Giannis destroys Kosta Koufos!
1. KAT posterizes Paul Millsap!
Midseason edition of…
Warriors chemistry concerns?
Per Warriors coach Steve Kerr, DeMarcus Cousins will be starter when he returns
“It’s not for this season, it’s for this Warriors dynasty. There’s some real serious issues. They need a team meeting. As far as championship this year, that’s not in jeopardy”
“Warriors have to start from scratch when Boogie returns”
Nuggets in 1st place out West?
“I expected them to be a playoff team. They went from nothing, something to almost everything, I don’t know if they’ll finish there at the end of the year”
“I didn’t think they’d be this good”
Amin is sticking to his prediction that the Nuggets will finish 1st in the West!
Lakers trade rumors?
“If certain trade targets become available, then we’re throwing everything in the kitchen sink”
“The panic button has got to get hit pretty soon here. If not this year, definitely next year. They can’t strike out in these next couple of years”
“LeBron’s window won’t be open forever”
Future of 76ers Big Three?
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Pierce: More than Everything
“They mortgaged their future. If Jimmy Butler does not re-sign, this sets the Sixers back 5-6 years”
“This is a lot to do with the other guys on the Sixers, not the Big 3. They don’t have enough shooting to space the floor”
Once again, let’s…
Top 5 Ankle-Breakers of 1st half:
5. Westbrook’s shammgod on Cody Zeller
4. DeMar DeRozan on Jonathon Simmons
3. CJ McCollum on Donte DiVincenzo
2. Darren Collison on Deandre Aytongi
1. James Harden on Jamal Murray
Excerpt of Rachel Nichols’ conversation with NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver and Twitter founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey (Via @CES/Twitter):
Rachel also asked both about Twitter burner accounts and Dorsey said:
“Look, I learn more about Kevin Durant from that whole incident and that’s kind of what we want from players and the way they sort of let us in their personal lives”
Players reluctant to wear other players signature shoes? (Via Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report)
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“Thank you. That was like a team rule. I got to rock my teammates shoes. I’m not doing his shoe” –
Fan vote more disrespectful to Harden or Durant?
Second returns by the fans (50% of the fan votes, 25% for players and 25% for media members)
“Both of them. These guys are legit All-Star starters. It’s a popularity contest. Let’s keep it real, fans” –