Is 2019 the year of Giannis?
Monologue: There is nothing quiet about 76ers this season
But there were some right opportunities to post something on social media after his dominant performance against the Clippers:
Embiid’s post game media session was interrupted by this:
This is also not made up:
Probably the most disrespectful play of 2019:
76ers biggest need right now?
“Shooting is the biggest issue for this team. They had a couple guys last year that was able to knock down shots on a consistent basis besides JJ Redick. They let those two guys go and now they have one main guy and that’s JJ” – Scott
“They have to find that shooting that they had last year” –
“They need to add some depth, specifically from the shooting standpoint. The most important number there [from the graphic above]: Catch-and-shoot. That’s going to be the most important one for them” – Elhassan
Simmons attempting a pull-up jumper a good sign for 76ers?
“You have to start doing this during a game” – Nichols
“A lot of fans don’t understand this: These guys do work on this. There is a last step of translating that practice court confidence on to the real thing: The main court” – Elhassan
“When the lights come on, it’s a different beast and that’s for everybody” – Scott
“If I’m Coach Brown, This kid has to do this 5-7 times a game. Right now. Even if you don’t make them. Then the confidence will start coming up. He’s too good of a player” – Scott
Bigger deal for Raptors: Kawhi career high (45 points) or Lowry [back] injury?
“Lowry injury. These are the types of things that linger. They still need Kyle to be aggressive and out on the floor for them to have success in the playoffs” – Elhassan
“Lowry injury. If this team wants to go to the NBA Finals, they need Kyle to be at 110 percent” – Scott
“This team is one of the best teams in the league, if not the best team in the league right now” – Scott
January 2, 1997 – Derrick Coleman misses the free throw, but Allen Iverson comes in with the putback dunk vs the Sonics!!
Altitude; How long will Nuggets hold onto 1st place out West?
Beat the Knicks last night
“2-3 more weeks” – Scott
“End of the season” – Elhassan
Awareness; How are guys still falling for this?
Fantasy Basketball; Jusuf Nurkic last night vs Kings:
Electrolytes; What will LeBron carry into the arena tonight [vs Thunder]?
Chances Harden wins MVP again this season?
“They got out of a hole that they started this season with. They’re getting there but it’s not going to be good enough when you look at Milwaukee’s record and what Giannis is doing, what the Lakers are doing when LeBron gets back, Kawhi Leonard [in Toronto]. He’s going to have to overcome guys who are also putting up phenomenal stats, but their teams have more success not because they’re better, per se but because they didn’t start the year in this massive hole that Houston tried to dig themselves out of” – Elhassan
“If he gets them back to that 2nd seed in the Western Conference, it’s going to be hard for him to play this way for the remainder of the season, he is a unanimous MVP” –
Juicier Warriors conspiracy theory: Re-signing Boogie (Stein) or trading for AD (Lowe)? (Via Marc Stein of New York Times/Zach Lowe of ESPN)
“It could happen. We’re about midway through the season, Boogie still hasn’t played. If he has a performance that’s ‘ehh,’ maybe he comes back another year and then get the money that he think you’re really worth” – Elhassan
“I want AD here in LA” –
“I don’t see it being that far-fetched that you could see DeMarcus Cousins back in Golden State next year” – Scott
Enes Kanter meets with Knicks GM Scott Perry | Understand Enes Kanter’s frustration with Knicks?
Didn’t request a trade in that meeting
“I understand Enes’ being frustrated. He loves to play and loves to compete. My question is: Why would you go talk to Scott? Go talk to the coach” – Scott
“He’s a terrible defensive player” – Elhassan on why he thinks Kanter isn’t playing that much
Surprised by Thunder’s success despite Westbrook’s shooting slump?
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Westbrook on helping his team in other ways:
“I’m not concerned about his shooting. He’s never been a great shooter. There’s other areas of the game that he can help his team with that helps them be successful: leading the league in assists, top steals guys in the league, being the best rebounders at his position. That’s why this team is where they’re at right now. Then you got to give credit some Paul George. He’s getting more touches” – Scott
“The great season that Paul George is having is not just because there’s more opportunity, it’s because Westbrook is allowing it to happen. He’s ceding that control [to PG]. The team is better” – Elhassan
Popovich on the Kawhi trade:
Trade Deadline is at 3pm ET on Feb. 7
Should Wizards be buyers or sellers before trade deadline?
John Wall is out for the remainder of this season
“Buyers. They think of themselves as not that far out of the playoff picture” – Elhassan
“Buyers. They don’t think they’re out of it” – Scott
Should Mavericks be buyers or sellers before trade deadline?
Sources say the Mavs’ Dennis Smith Jr. is available, but aren’t motivated to move him, unless they are overwhelmed by an offer
“Buyers. I like Smith Jr. We do know the future of this team is on another young player: Luka Doncic. He is the future of the Dallas Mavericks” – Scott
“It’s a shame that the Luka Doncic/Dennis Smith Jr. combination isn’t going to chance to really flourish. If they trade Smith Jr, it’s because they are getting something that makes this team better right now” – Elhassan
January 2, 2002 – Jermaine Jones (Cavs) with the 59 foot shot vs the Warriors!
Is LeBron calling himself the GOAT a good or bad look?
From ‘More than an Athlete’:
MJ on GOAT convo in 2009 (Via Michael Wilbon):
“I don’t have a problem with him saying it. At the very least, you can say he’s in the conversation” –
“When I first heard this, it brought a smile to my face. He is definitely in the conversation” –
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