What you missed while undergoing virtual dolphin therapy…
Boston’s defense setting records against the Milwaukee offense was our game of the night.
Warriors 100, Timberwolves 77: Kevin Love’s double-double streak comes to an end — he scored just 6 points on 1-of-6 shooting (he still had 12 boards). Against the usually soft-in-the-middle Warriors. Did not see that coming, but credit David Lee with his second consecutive strong effort in the paint on defense. (Also, Love also was just off.) The Wolves were terrible on offense against one of the worst defenses in the league, shooting 36.6 percent. Michael Beasley was 5-for-12, Wes Johnson 1-for-9. On the other side the Warriors were not great but they did not have to be, they were good enough with Stephen Curry scoring 24.
Thunder 95, Cavaliers 75: OKC was in charge of this one from the opening tip and without Baron Davis the Cavs had no answer. The Thunder’s talent overwhelmed the Cavs as evidenced by Russell Westbrook’s 12 straight points in the third quarter. Not much to say, the Thunder were that good and the Cavs where that bad.
Bobcats 95, Raptors 90: D.J. Augustin came off the high pick of Boris Diaw and drove into the teeth of what passes for the Raptors defense all game long, especially in crunch time, and dominated the game. Diaw was 7-for-9 shooting, Gerald Henderson hit 7-of-13 shots for 18 points.
Magic 111, Suns 88: Without Steve Nash the Suns offense isn’t good. Their defense is never all that good. The result was Dwight Howard dominating the Suns front court with 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 15 rebounds and five blocks, plus six other Magic players in double figures. Without Nash the Suns had no way of matching that firepower.
Pacers 106, Knicks 93: After six losses in a row and desperately trying to hold on to the eighth spot in the East after a Bobcat win earlier in the day, this was a huge desperation with for the Pacers. They did it without Danny Granger (and the Knicks lost with Chauncey Billups back). Indiana raced out to a first quarter first quarter lead as they knocked down 62 percent of their shots while the Knicks started out 1-8 from downtown (a key shot for their offense). Tyler Hansbrough had 13 in the third quarter when the Pacers took over.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Martin Schiller has been named coach of the Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz’s NBA G League affiliate.
Schiller previously served as an assistant coach of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany and replaces Dean Cooper. He was an assistant coach for the Artland Dragons from 2010-15.
Schiller has also been an assistant coach on the German National Team since 2015, where he worked with Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen.
Schiller hails from Vienna, Austria, and Stars vice president of basketball operations Bart Taylor lauded him for his international experience and player development background.
The Jazz organization is known to have close relationships with the international basketball community. The Jazz currently have eight international players.
BOSTON (AP) — Newly acquired guard Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 in Boston because the Celtics already have retired the numbers he wore in college and with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving wore No. 11 at two New Jersey high schools before switching to No. 1 at Duke. He wore No. 2 with the Cavaliers for the first six years of his NBA career.
The Celtics retired No. 1 for founder and original owner Walter Brown. They retired No. 2 for former coach and general manager Red Auerbach.
In all, the Celtics have retired 21 numbers, with Paul Pierce’s No. 34 next in line for the TD Garden rafters.
Everyone in the NBA — heck, nearly everyone living in the Western hemisphere — knew Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland. That should kill the Cavaliers’ leverage and make it hard to get enough quality back.
New GM Koby Altman — the guy thrust into the job when David Griffin was shown the door — pulled it off brilliantly.
That’s what I talk about in this new PBT Extra. With Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, the Cavaliers remain the team to beat in the East this season. The Brooklyn Nets pick gives them flexibility going forward, whatever LeBron James decides to do next season.
First time at the plate in the big leagues and Altman crushed it to straight away center field.
The Cavaliers and Celtics played in last year’s Eastern Conference finals. The teams were widely expected to meet there again.
Yet, Cleveland and Boston just completed a blockbuster trade – Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.
That seemed odd.
In fact, it’s unprecedented.
That is an incredible fact, one which speaks to LeBron James‘ cachet. The Cavs are emphasizing this season, LeBron’s last before a player option, by loading up with veterans Thomas and Crowder. With LeBron still reigning in Cleveland, the Celtics are delaying their peak by acquiring the younger Irving.
Adding to the intrigue: the Cavs and Celtics are still favored to meet in this year’s conference finals. At minimum, they’ll face off in a(n even more) highly anticipated opening-night matchup.