To be real, DID YOU SEE BROGDON FALL OVER?
But here’s one: A key missed shooting foul down the stretch.
Ingram (LAL) makes contact with Butler (CHI) that affects his drive to the basket and shot attempt.
A correct call would’ve sent Butler – who’s making 89% of his free throws this season and 82% in his career – to the line for two attempts.
Instead, the Lakers grabbed the defensive rebound and pushed their lead to three, leaving Butler to miss a forced a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left. The absence of those Butler free throws made the Bulls easier to defend, because at that point, the Lakers knew Chicago needed a 3.
Following Butler’s miss from beyond the arc, the Bulls committed a couple intentional fouls and the Lakers expanded their lead in a 96-90 win.
At least Chicago can’t claim the refs were out to get the Bulls. Robin Lopez got away with an illegal screen on the inbound that preceded Butler’s 3. But, again, Chicago was stuck in a desperate situation due in part to the previous missed call.
A late officiating error also factored into the Knicks’ 106-104 win.
Porzingis (NYK) clamps Dieng’s (MIN) arm and affects his ability to retrieve the rebound
The Knicks were in the penalty, so a correct call would’ve sent Dieng – a career 78% free-throw shooter – to the line for two attempts.
Instead, the Knicks secured the defensive rebound – and, eventually, the win.
The 76ers are waiting for their point guard to get healthy.
No, not Jerryd Bayless.
When Simmons is cleared, Brown has a vision of how to utilize the 6-foot-10 point-forward.
“My intention is to give him the ball and let him be the point guard,” Brown said. “That’s the plan. That doesn’t just happen. It takes a little bit of time to introduce him.”
76ers coach Brett Brown has previously mentioned using Simmons at point guard, but this sounds like that will be Simmons’ primary position.
The No. 1 pick has tremendous ball-handling and passing skills, but his 6-foot-10 frame could make guarding opposing point guards difficult. It will take a well-crafted lineup around Simmons to make this work. So far, Philadelphia’s roster-building plan has been based on asset-accumulation.
There’s time to experiment, for the 76ers to learn what type of players would best complement Simmons as point guard. Whenever Simmons returns, that process can continue.
Indiana beat North Carolina last night, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more excited than Isiah Thomas.
Thomas, the former Hoosier who battled Jordan’s Bulls while with the Pistons, gleefully held up a giant Crying Jordan cutout depicting the former Tar Heel.
Emphasis on gleefully.
Jordan Heck of Sporting News: