Dwayne Bacon pick perfect night to drop 51 points in G-League?
“Without having to say anything, he let them know they’re making a mistake and needs to come back up to the big ball club” – Barnes
“This guy can really score. He can score in the NBA if he gets an opportunity” – Windhorst
Rachel’s 1-on-1 conversation with rookie phenom, Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans:
Can Zion catch JA in Rookie of the Year race?
“I don’t think so and it’s not going to be for his lack of talent or the numbers that he’s been putting up. JA Morant has Rookie of the Year sealed up. The league is in good hands. These guys are going to be superstars, change their franchises for the better and they’re going to be faces of the league. If he was playing at the beginning of the season, he would have been an All-Star and he probably would have been Rookie of the Year” – Barnes
“If I feel strongly by voting for Joel Embiid as Rookie of the Year, I may vote for Zion too, but my vote is not settled yet. JA has put together a very impressive resume. If JA leads his team to the playoffs, he’s going to win it” – Windhorst
“To me, it’s less about how many games does Zion end up playing” – Nichols
OTD in 2004 – Richard Jefferson (New Jersey Nets) with the poster dunk on Raptors rookie, Chris Bosh!
Which version of Sixers-Bucks should we expect on Saturday?
Sixers defeated Bucks, 121-109 on Christmas
It’s back! It’s Windhorst’s…
Kerr says “Curry wants to play because he loves basketball”
“I agree with Coach Kerr 1000%. I hate that the NBA has become such a business. We work our whole lives to play basketball. I know Steph wants to play basketball. If Steph is healthy enough to play, he should come back” – Barnes
“The business is entertainment. Games cost money and the fans want to see him play. I completely agree with Steve Kerr” – Windhorst
“I believe that there’s still value in the regular season. These games with Steph will make a difference long-term and Steve Kerr sees that” – Windhorst
CP3 leading league in clutch-time scoring
Windhorst: Buy everything
“He’s always been clutch. He’s very serious about his new diet by not eating meat. He’s really captured the imagination of these fans, while mentoring these younger players”
“He’s so far ahead”
Khris Middleton 50-40-90 with 20ppg
“My only question with him is clutchness in the playoffs. What I want to see from him is that next step in the playoffs because they’re going to need it if they’re going to win a championship”
“Regular season, yes. Postseason, I don’t know”
“The Bucks are going to need Khris Middleton to step up even more than he is with those incredible numbers because you got to make him pay on the other side [defense]” – Nichols
Westbrook: 21.1ppg in paint since Jan. 1
“I can’t see him maintaining those numbers that high”
“James Harden’s numbers have come down and Westbrook’s numbers have gone up and the Rockets are playing better. That’s an interesting development”
“Regular season only. No one wants it more than Russ”
Lakers defense ranked above Clippers
“What matters is the playoffs. We haven’t consistently seen the Clippers together enough to really make a jump in the playoffs”
“The Clippers don’t need to be a top 2, top 3 team. They’ve been pacing themselves the whole entire season and staying in the mix”
“Lakers have a pretty big cushion [in the standings]. They’re going to rest some guys down the stretch whereas the Clippers, they’re gonna need to play together more and actually try to use these games. Functionally, not because the Lakers stink, the Clippers might pass them for that reason”
9 chaotic moments that could shake up the NBA by Tim Bontemps
OTD in 2004 – Ben Wallace with the monster one-handed jam over KG!
JR Rider on rookie KG talking trash to MJ (Via Go 95.3 Radio | All the Smoke Podcast)
Heat at Hawks
Jimmy Butler a top-5 MVP candidate this season?
“His MVP case goes way beyond the numbers” – Nichols
“Their system really helps and they’re very discipline, but that team is so young and he’s such a vital cog for them. If I had to vote today, he’d be in the 4 or 5 slot” – Windhorst
“The fact that they’re 4th in the East says what Jimmy has brought to that team” – Barnes
“Somebody from the Heat told me it was like Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem had a child. That’s how much they love Jimmy Butler” – Windhorst
“He has basically changed the fortune and future of that organization because guys want to come play with him and this next coming summer , he is going to be a magnet for other players” – Nichols
“He should. You don’t want it lingering into next season” – Barnes