For the next few games at least, the Dallas Mavericks are going to have to figure out how to get by without Chris Kaman — which shouldn’t be too bad, they have been 5.2 points better per 48 minutes when he sits this season than when he plays.
Kaman suffered a concussion and is out indefinitely, reports the Star Telegram.
“I just got undercut in practice and landed on my head. It was a weird play. (Jae) Crowder drove down the middle, Elton (Brand) tried to take a charge and Elton slid to his left and took my leg out.
“I tried to block it and I was three feet in the air on my side and didn’t know where to go. Obviously it all happened real fast.”
He is suffering headaches and told the Star Telegram he basically has all the classic symptoms of a concussion. Under the league’s concussion policy, he will have to pass a battery or exams after increasing physical workouts, then be cleared by a league neurologist, before he can return to play. There is no timeline.
Kaman is averaging 12.4 points per game and grabbing 6.2 rebounds with an above average PER of 16.5. But the fact of the matter (as you can see at 82games.com) is that both the Mavericks offense and defense improve when Kaman comes off the floor this season — the offense gets 2.6 points per 100 possessions better, the defense 4.6 points. That’s 7.4 points per 100 possessions, for those of you scoring at home.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.