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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    At least Dolan isn’t yelling that he is going ‘**** up’ the fans.
    no need to.... he's fuk'd us up for the better part of 2 decades....

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    I wonder if Golden State looks to move Draymond Green given that Kerr seems fed up with him and it would increase their chances of resigning Durant in my mind.
    GSW winning BIG-3 are Curry/Klay/Green!
    Draymond Green's last 5 yr performance (11 pts, 7 rb, 7 ast, 1 stl, 1 Blk) are the Back-Bone and 4th qtr. stopper for GSW Splash-Brothers consecutive FINALS appearance. Kerr would lose his Job a year or two after trading Barkley, I mean Draymond Green !!!

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    He had that magical season for the Celtics and became the lowest drafted player to become an All-Star and who wouldn't root for a guy 5'9" tall playing a game meant for guys a foot taller than him. I was hoping the best for him in his comeback with the Nuggets but after 9 games the Nuggets will probably look to be moving on from Isiah after his contract expires this off season. The guy has not looked good in his return, a combination or rust, declining ability and fit are probably the reasons. I hope he finds a spot some place next season in the league.


    Isaiah Thomas returned to the court on February 13, following 11 months away from basketball recovering from hip surgery. This was a moment of personal triumph for Thomas. For fans of his new team, the Denver Nuggets, on the other hand, this was a moment of dread; Thomas was horrendous last season for the Cavs, while also recovering from hip surgery, and his prickly discontent in LeBron’s orbit torpedoed that team’s chemistry. Now, one month and just nine appearances later, the question has been settled. Thomas has reportedly been yanked from head coach Mike Malone’s rotation, indefinitely.
    Malone tried to put a positive spin on this, saying the decision is “never about Isaiah,” and that this was simply about tightening up the rotation to eight men as the team heads toward the playoffs. But that’s a rationale that would only apply if the three reserves that round out that eight-man rotation didn’t include anyone at Thomas’s position, which they do. Second-year point guard Monte Morris is playing more than 24 minutes a night in Malone’s rotation; in Tuesday night’s 26-point demolition of the Timberwolves, Morris played 27 minutes, while Thomas received his first DNP-Coach’s Decision of the season. Thomas apparently knew what was coming before the game:
    Malone said he plans on keeping the rotation smaller down the final few weeks of the regular season, and had explained the rotation to Thomas, whom he’d previously coached in Sacramento, before the game.
    “Oh, you definitely talk to him (about the decision), and I’ll keep that conversation between IT and myself,” Malone said. “(It’s) not an easy conversation, but that’s my job.”
    The fact that Morris is having a really good sophomore season—10 points and 4 assists a night on 49/43/79 shooting splits, and a 5.2 net rating—gives a kind of cover to Malone’s decision that, frankly, it doesn’t need. Thomas has mostly been terrible. He’s shooting 37 percent from the floor, and 27 percent from three-point distance, and just 63 percent from the line. He’s produced more turnovers than assists, and is turning the ball over at a career-high clip, and is using an ambitious 26.5 percent of Nuggets possessions when he’s on the floor. Since his debut, the Nuggets are an insane, mind-boggling 15.5 points per hundred possessions worse during his minutes; Denver’s offense scores nearly 20 points more per hundred possessions when he’s off the court. Paolo Uggetti of The Ringer dug into some of the more specific reasons why their offense sucks so much reeking ass when Thomas is on the court:
    Before Denver’s game against the Lakers, Malone talked about how unless the team completes 300 passes in a game, it’s not playing “Nuggets basketball.” Before Thomas made his way back onto the court, Denver averaged 308 passes a game, good for a top-10 mark in the league. Afterward, that number dipped to 283, a bottom-10 mark. Given Thomas’s low minutes, there isn’t a direct correlation, but when he is on the court, the team’s 27 assists per game plummet to eight.
    Part of this is Thomas having played so little basketball, and in such varied systems, over the past two seasons. Last year he missed the first 36 games of the season, then played 15 games for the Cavaliers before being dumped unceremoniously on the Lakers, for whom he played 17 games before being shut down for the remainder of the season. He’s rusty, and is new to Denver’s system, and is trying to play his way into a rhythm. That’s a luxury he probably shouldn’t and can’t be afforded on a team with a very realistic shot at earning the West’s top playoff seed, but it probably accounts for those putrid shooting numbers, anyway.

    Another part of this, though, is how poorly he fits into Denver’s system, even in theory, and in ways that go beyond Malone’s Norman Dale-esque pass quota. The other guards on Denver’s roster are versatile and athletic, and big enough to make attractive targets running around handoffs and cutting on the baseline and in all other ways orbiting around the playmaking of Nikola Jokic. The interior threat in Denver’s offense isn’t their big guys, it’s their little guys cutting inside and scoring off the sweet dimes of their big guys. Morris is listed at 6-foot-3; Gary Harris and Jamal Murray are 6-foot-4; Malik Beasley is 6-foot-5; Will Barton is 6-foot-6. Even if that overlapping size and athleticism started off as a coincidence, it is now a feature of how the Nuggets play—the threat of Jokic floating a touch pass over the top to a sturdy guard knifing down the paint gives those guards a kind of off-ball gravity that they wouldn’t normally enjoy anywhere inside the arc. Isaiah Thomas, generously listed at 5-foot-9, is a different kind of player altogether, and in a way that causes the Nuggets to contort themselves out of their preferred groove in order to accommodate his appetite for possessions.
    The Nuggets are currently just one game back of the Golden State Warriors for the number one seed in a tough-as-hell playoff field. Their next six games include tilts against a foundering Mavericks team, the ****ty and fading Wizards, and the long-dead Knicks. Meanwhile, the Warriors kick off a four-game road trip tonight that will take them to Houston, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio. There’s a very real chance that, if the Nuggets hold to their non-Thomas form, they will find themselves a game or two up for the top spot by the time they next face another Western Conference contender. It’s a good time for Malone to shrink his rotation, but even if he decided not to, it would still be an excellent time to nail Thomas to the bench.

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    If I were Denver's coach i would not mess-up or change the 45-22 record rotation, Isiah Thomas experience on the bench is a plus for Denver come playoff time.
    Hopefully, after this season rehab, Isiah Thomas should have his speed & B.ball wits back to be a nice FA pickup in the off-season to become a teams 3rd best guard on next season roster.

    Brooklyn Nets stands as a 6 seeded team in the East going on a 7 game road trip with 6 of the games out West, putting up a good losing fight against OKC 108-96 to start their road trip off. Will Brooklyn Nets remain a playoff team after the 7 game road trip ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    If I were Denver's coach i would not mess-up or change the 45-22 record rotation, Isiah Thomas experience on the bench is a plus for Denver come playoff time.
    Hopefully, after this season rehab, Isiah Thomas should have his speed & B.ball wits back to be a nice FA pickup in the off-season to become a teams 3rd best guard on next season roster.

    Brooklyn Nets stands as a 6 seeded team in the East going on a 7 game road trip with 6 of the games out West, putting up a good losing fight against OKC 108-96 to start their road trip off. Will Brooklyn Nets remain a playoff team after the 7 game road trip ???
    No excuses for the Nets, they're healthy with Lavert and Dinwiddie back and the best 3 pt shooter in Joe Harris. I'm rooting for them to make the playoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    No excuses for the Nets, they're healthy with Lavert and Dinwiddie back and the best 3 pt shooter in Joe Harris. I'm rooting for them to make the playoffs.
    The Brooklyn Nets didn't do so well on half of the games on the 6 game West-Coast swing ..
    Brooklyn loss the first game to OKC Thunders Westbrook & PG-13 dynamic 2nd half performance outscoring the Nets 66-44 in the 2nd half of the game for the win #1.
    The 2nd game loss to the Utah Jazz Mitchell & Gobert out-performing and out-scoring the Nets the first 3 quarters of the game for the 2nd win.
    The 3rd loss Brooklyn put up a fight till the final minute of the game against the LA Cippers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    The Brooklyn Nets didn't do so well on half of the games on the 6 game West-Coast swing ..
    Brooklyn loss the first game to OKC Thunders Westbrook & PG-13 dynamic 2nd half performance outscoring the Nets 66-44 in the 2nd half of the game for the win #1.
    The 2nd game loss to the Utah Jazz Mitchell & Gobert out-performing and out-scoring the Nets the first 3 quarters of the game for the 2nd win.
    The 3rd loss Brooklyn put up a fight till the final minute of the game against the LA Cippers.
    The Nets have the toughest strength of schedule in their remaining 10 games. They need to keep their record at .500, I think the 8th seed in the EC gets in with a below .500 record.

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    44 points and 12 assists (27 points alone in the 4th Quarter), as DeAngelo Russell leads the charge. Nets mounted a 28-point comeback vs SAC.

    Lakers really suck, huh. So much for this being the wrong #2 pick. If you could re-draft, would you take KP over Russell? I wouldn’t...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    44 points and 12 assists (27 points alone in the 4th Quarter), as DeAngelo Russell leads the charge. Nets mounted a 28-point comeback vs SAC.

    Lakers really suck, huh. So much for this being the wrong #2 pick. If you could re-draft, would you take KP over Russell? I wouldn’t...
    They were down 28 pts late in the 3rd with SAC trouncing them, I turned it off thinking it was over. Great comeback win by the Nets. SAC falling apart losing something like 9 of their last 13 I think I heard on the broadcast, very little chance they were making the playoffs even before this loss. They have some good young players in Fox, Hield and Bagley and made progress this season so I would think Vlade gets another shot next year to end the longest playoff drought in the NBA currently.

    Russell has surprised and I used him and Dinwiddie as reasons you have to be patient with Ntilikina but Russell averaged 13 pts his rookie season and 15 his second so Nits no comparison, you have to question a kid that should have growth from year 1 to 2. Pretty sure if Perry does trade him that he won't have the same regret Magic has in trading D'Angelo.
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    Just caught the last qtr of that Nets game. Biggest comeback In Nets history off the largest 3rd qtr deficit in club history. Atkinson also used guys coming off the bench to key the win, Hyphen, Dudley, Graham along with Kuracs and DLo. Greatest thing about the game was their excitement about the W, you would have thought they won the NBA Finals at the end of the game. If the Nets can come up with that kind of defensive energy they showed in this game they may be a tough out in the playoffs.

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    A Great performance last night .. and it couldn't have happen to a better player "D'ANGELO RUSSELL" put on a 4th quarter come-back performance last night, that turned into a reward winning performance .. Russell raised his off-season FA stock $$$ a notch or two having a Great 27 pt performance in the finishing quarter, plus Brooklyn's coach Kenny Atkinson 4th qtr. rotation lineups had a great 2-Way performance in the finishing quarter scoring 45 pts, plus holding the Dynamic Young-core Kings to 18 pts in the final quarter for a Nets road win.

    That Lou Williams Buzzer Beater Gave D.Russell ............ !!!!

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    Rumored that if Luke Walton is out as the head coach of the Lakers then Jason Kidd has a good chance at the Lakers head coaching job.

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    Speedy Recovery for Jusuf Nurkic, just a shocking and devastating injury

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broadway View Post
    Speedy Recovery for Jusuf Nurkic, just a shocking and devastating injury
    Horrific injury. Wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery. Getting Kanter for depth at the 5 was the right move, he was avging 20ppg per 36 but he's not the defender Nurkic is. Stott is going to have to come up with schemes and lineups to cover for the lack of D by Enes.

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    Great game in MIL. Nets come up with a clutch W that gets them back to .500 and into the playoff picture, a loss would have dropped them to 2 games below .500 and out of the playoffs. Bucks played without the Freak and Atkinson went with that small ball lineup at the end with Dudley being the biggest guy on the floor for them, Dudley came up huge with his scoring, clutch FT shooting, D and rebounding, Biggest play of the game for him was a tip out of an OR to Joe Harris who buried the game deciding 3.

    No time to relax, back to back against the Pacers tomorrow.
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