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Report: Chandler Parsons to make debut with Memphis Sunday vs. Portland

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Memphis paid $94 million to have Chandler Parsons provide another shot creator on the perimeter, and knock down threes — the things they have needed desperately the past couple of years.

That era should begin Sunday.

The Grizzlies had brought Parsons along slowly following his off-season knee surgery, but he is set to play Sunday against Portland reports Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

The Grizzlies are bumping Chandler Parsons’ Memphis debut up to Sunday. “Felt great in workout [Friday]. I’m ready to rock,” Parsons told ESPN in a text message. “No reason to wait.”

Memphis needs him, they are 27th in the NBA in offense so far this season. On the bright side, the Grizzlies are taking 26.2 threes a game (31 percent of their shot attempts), and they are knocking down a respectable 35.7 percent of those. However, they are shooting just 41.2 percent inside the arc leading to a league-low shooting percentage overall of 40.1 percent (they are 26th in team true shooting percentage, which counts threes and free throws).

Parsons will likely have a minutes restriction and be eased in, but just having the threat of his scoring back on the court will help Memphis.

Report: Gordon Hayward to make season debut with Jazz Sunday vs. Knicks


The Utah Jazz have been able to hang on without Gordon Hayward. Last season he averaged 19.7 points a game and was the primary shot creator in the Jazz offense, he is an efficient scorer carrying a heavy load. He’s been out since Oct. 7 October after breaking a finger on his left (non-shooting) hand in training camp.

Without him, the Jazz are 3-3 with the 19th ranked offense in the NBA. With him… we will find out starting Sunday, reports Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

Source: Jazz star Gordon Hayward is expected to make his season debut in Sunday’s matinee game vs. Knicks.

He beat the timetable for a return by a week or two.

This is huge for Utah, who has had George Hill carrying the offensive load so far (and doing well, but he needs help). Myself and many pundits picked a breakout season for the Jazz, maybe a top-four seed, based off an elite defense and Hayward — an underrated, All-NBA level player — creating the offense. So far that defense also has been pedestrian, but with Hayward back the team should see quick improvement on both ends.

Watch Devin Booker with the over-the-backboard and-1 shot


The rest of the league gets an “H.”

Devin Booker was making a lot of shots Friday night, but none more impressive as this and-1. Booker knew E'Twaun Moore had fouled him, so he just took the shot — from behind the backboard, off the top, and in.

Booker also had the game-tying step-back jumper at the end of regulation to force overtime, where the Suns went on to win. The end of regulation in New Orleans was wild.

Tony Parker to be out a week with sore right knee

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Gregg Popovich has already rested Tony Parker for a game this season, but that wasn’t enough to keep his aging body healthy.

Parker, the Spurs starting point guard, is going to be out about a week to get his right knee healthy, as reported by Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

Point guard Tony Parker will be “out for a week or so” with the sore right knee that will force him to miss Friday night’s game against the Jazz, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after shootaround Friday morning….

“I think he will be out for a week or so, and that will be it,” Popovich said. “He hurt his knee against Golden State (in the season opener on Oct. 25). He hyper-extended it and it’s just bruised basically, so we are giving him time to heal.”

The injury happened in the opener when Parker hyperextended his knee. Popovich said. Parker has tried to play through it but he is clearly not the same. Parker is scoring just 5.5 points with 4 assists per game (he averaged 11.9 points and 5.3 assists last season). The Spurs have been vastly better — more than 30 points per 100 possessions — when Parker has been on the bench and Patty Mills has run the team this season.

Look at it this way. When the Spurs other starting four — LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Anderson — are paired with Parker the team is outscored by 31 points per 100 possessions. Replace Parker with Mills in that lineup and the Spurs outscore teams by 28.3 per 100. Parker isn’t physically right, so resting him is the smart move.

Watch Stephen Curry go 0-of-10 from three, end 157-game streak


Let’s be honest, we thought Stephen Curry‘s streak of consecutive games with a made three might not end until he retired or the apocalypse, whichever came first. Sure, Curry has his off nights like any human, but a game where he missed every three pointer he took? It didn’t seem like that day would ever come.

Nov. 4, 2016, turned out to be the day. Staples Center in Los Angeles was the place.

He was just off (like the entire Warriors team was). The Lakers contested some of the misses, but he had good looks — I would chart four of those as uncontested. He just missed.

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It was an interesting contrast this week: When the Warriors are focused and motivated they can overwhelm a good team and make them look vastly inferior; but when the Warriors don’t bring their focus the kind of energy a young team can bring will beat them. Right now, the Warriors aren’t bringing it every night.