From the NY Post’s Marc Berman:
Don’t be shocked if [Mike Bibby] winds up starting playoff games, with all of Baron’s injuries. Woodson got him 36 minutes in Newark, no limits like with Baron. 8 assists, 1 turnover. That’s what Woody cares about. Bibby has played in 100 career playoff games. That matters to Woody. “In games like this, you need a stable guy out there that can direct traffic. He played a lot of minutes. I thought he was solid all the way through in terms of running our offense.”
Woodson coached Bibby when the 33-year old Arizona product was in Atlanta, so he’s certainly familiar with Bibby’s game. Bibby was picked up by the Heat after the deadline last season, but ended up being a disaster of historic proportions in the playoffs. Bibby averaged 3.7 points per game on 28.1% shooting in 20.8 minutes a game in last season’s playoffs. From a PER standpoint, Bibby had what could be considered the worst playoff run in NBA history. Still, with Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis both battling injuries, the Knicks may have no choice but to hope Bibby can bounce back from last year’s playoffs this time around.
We are a quarter of the way into the NBA season, the things we kind of thought earlier have started to solidify into things we really know about this NBA season.
So what are the three things we’ve learned so far? That’s the topic of this PBT Extra.
At the top of the list, something we thought we knew going into the season: The Warriors and Cavaliers are the teams to beat. Shocking. But we also talk Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
Marcus Thornton got the Wizards two easy points with this wide-open lay —
Well, at least Bradley Beal was there for the easy foll —
Thankfully for the Wizards, they were playing the Nets, not the Rockets. So, Washington still won, 118-113.
Andrew Bogut left just 10 minutes into Dallas’ eventual loss to Charlotte Monday with what looked to be a hyperextended knee. After the game, coach Rick Carlisle said an MRI was coming, but they expected Bogut to miss time.
Looks like it will be a couple of weeks at least, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
The Mavericks are 8.6 points per 100 possessions better when Bogut is on the court, all because their defense is vastly superior when he is on the court.
With Bogut out, look for Dwight Powell to get more run.
Bogut’s name has come up in trade rumors, this kind of injury isn’t going to change that.
Meyers Leonard grew up in Illinois. He played at the University of Illinois.
So, last night’s Trail Blazers-Bulls game in Chicago was a bit of a homecoming for him.
That’s probably why he was particular perturbed the Bulls’ PA announcer kept calling him Myles. So, the Portland big man issued a stern correction:
For anyone in the Midwest, I trimmed this into a handy Vine you can use in case anyone asks which grocery store you’re headed to: