Prior to the game on Saturday, Blazers head coach Nate McMillan offered high praise for the rookie: He can play. I like him. He can score. He’s strong. He does a lot. He can put the ball on the floor. He’s got range on his jump shot … He’s a pretty mature rookie. He has a[...]
There’s some discussion as to whether the Portland Trailblazers operate at an incredibly slow pace offensively, or at merely a somewhat slow pace. That deliberate Portland tempo shouldn’t fool you — it’s propelled by a second-ranked offense that capably picks opponents apart [...]
In a rare confluence of offensive efficiency and defensive moxie, the Clippers put together their most impressive half of basketball this season. They outscore Sacramento 35-13 in the first quarter, missing only eight shots in 24 possessions, and go into halftime with a 58-32 lead. Everything works.[...]
The Clippers resorted to zone for a good part of the second half last night against Minnesota, and the results weren’t favorable. The decision prompted me to pose the following: Someone smart needs to look at the data, but my best guess is that any advantage in defensive efficiency that’s der[...]
The Clippers’ early scores materialize when they aren’t able to get the designed shot, but improvise nicely to work themselves clean looks beyond the arc off smart reads [1st, 10:52; 1st, 10:17]. Unfortunately, the Clippers can’t hit their open shots, particularly Steve Novak, who[...]
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