This year there is a deep pool of quality candidates for Coach of the Year.
Mike D’Antoni has Houston as a borderline contender and has unleashed James Harden‘s full potential on the world.
Brad Stevens has taken a team led by a 5’9″ All-Star to the cusp of being the No. 1 seed in the East.
Gregg Popovich remains the best in the game and was impressive this season. Scott Brooks deserves a lot of credit for the Wizards’ resurgence. Eric Spoelstra helped orchestrate one of the most impressive second-half turnarounds the NBA has ever seen. Quin Snyder has Utah taking a step forward.
Who do you have as NBA COY? We asked you on Twitter, and in this PBT Extra I break down the results.
This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.
The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.
With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.
Emphasis on “almost.”
The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.
The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.