Completely unbiased Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford deserves Sixth Man of the Year due to his play with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Of course he does.
But Tom Thibodeau has already begun making his case for Taj Gibson, so there’s nothing wrong with Rivers campaigning too.
On the merits, Crawford has a strong case. He might even be favored to win the award.
First of all, he’s eligible. Though Crawford started for stretches this season, he’s come off the bench in more games (43) than he’s started (23), and it’s too late to reverse that.
Crawford also leads reserves in scoring, often the essential factor in voting.
But when it comes to win shares, a catch-all stat designed to cover more than just scoring, Crawford doesn’t fare as well.
The Clippers have asked a lot from Crawford this season, a factor that should be considered in his candidacy. Unlike some reserves, Crawford has not been able to wait for advantageous matchups. He’s helped Los Angeles in all types of situations.
Does Crawford deserve Sixth Man of the Year? He’s definitely in the running, and the final 10 days of the season could still make the difference in a close race.
Will Crawford win Sixth Man of the Year? I think so. Scoring is just so important to voters.
Joakim Noah kept his hands on DeMarcus Cousins after getting called for a foul, and that – and/or the Kings heading toward their third straight loss – agitated Cousins into pushing the Knicks center.
Remember, Cousins and Noah have a history.
Aaron Gordon has backslid this season while playing out of his comfort zone at small forward, but there are still signs he’s progressing from great dunker toward great player – like this crafty inbounds pass off Marcus Morris‘ back.
The NBA refuses to grant continuation when a player senses an intentional foul in the backcourt and launches a heave.
Fortunately, players continue to shoot anyway – which produced this fun Brandon Jennings non-basket.
Matt Barnes infamously fought then-Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan. Barnes even bragged that violence is sometimes the answer.
His self-earned reputation won’t earn him the benefit of the doubt over an incident earlier today.
Sacramento Kings star Matt Barnes is wanted by NYPD for questioning after he allegedly choked a woman inside a nightclub early Monday morning — and TMZ Sports got video of him right after the incident.
Law enforcement sources tell us cops got a 911 call to Avenue Nightclub after midnight, reporting a man assaulting 2 women and another man. We’re told things got physical when Barnes allegedly choked one woman during an argument — and when 2 other people tried to intervene … he punched both of them.
In the video, Matt and a teammate — it appears to be DeMarcus Cousins — are talking about the fight. The teammate is clearly heard saying, “Matt hit the s*** out this ni***!”
Barnes was also arrested for domestic violence against Govan in 2011. But she said the incident was blown out of proportion, and the charges were dropped.
The Kings have already played at the Knicks and Nets, so Sacramento doesn’t return to New York this season.