It is only fitting that Chris Paul reached an assist milestone on a pick-and-roll.
CP3 had Mo Speights come back and set a second pick, and when 3/5ths of the Heat defense focused on Paul he slid a bounce pass to Speights, who threw it down for two. Paul is 10th on the NBA all-time assist chart. At some point next season he should pass Andre Miller, and he will move farther up that list before it’s all over. (John Stockton tops the list with 15,806. Not sure if anyone ever catches him.)
Paul was doing much more than that to torture the Heat defenders.
Well done, T.J. McConnell.
Dario Saric had 18 points off the bench in the Sixers 105-95 win over the Nets Sunday, hitting 3-of-6 from deep, so he got the postgame interview. That’s when his buddy McConnell snuck up behind him and poured a cup of water on his head.
Safe to say, this didn’t happen to Saric in Europe — he loses it for a second. The best part is Saric comes back and just jumps back in like nothing even happened.
Philadelphia cemented Brooklyn’s spot at the bottom of the ProBasketballTalk power rankings coming out Monday, with the Sixers beating the Nets 105-95.
But the highlight of the day went to Isaiah Whitehead. Watch him time up his run while Nik Stauskas in transition and then gets up and sends the shot into the third row.
Stauskas finished with 15, Joel Embiid led the way for the Sixers road win. Brook Lopez had 26 in another “showcase him for a trade” game (they reportedly want a couple of first round picks to get him).
The New York Knicks have lost seven of their last eight, and in that stretch have a bottom eight offense and defense. Carmelo Anthony‘s shoulder is bothering him, there’s concern about the workload for Kristaps Porzingis, and the Knicks remain below .500 and out of the playoffs as of today.
Considering this team made win-now moves last summer bringing in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to go with ‘Melo, everyone around the team should be frustrated.
Porzingis is, as he told Marc Berman of the New York Post after the Knicks fell to the Pacers on Saturday.
“In the moment we were four games out of .500, I said it — I don’t see ourselves as that good of a team yet,’’ Porzingis said in his season’s most candid remarks. “We were still growing. We were winning games, but we still had a lot to learn. It was a good moment based on our talent, but we weren’t there yet and now it’s showing. We got to figure this out and keep growing as a team. It’s not coming together yet. It’s frustrating.’’
All season the problems with the Knicks have started on the defensive end, but the fears that Rose and Anthony can be ball stoppers and inefficient have come true as well — the Knicks are 1-12 when Rose takes 17 or more shots. That’s not a coincidence.
Knicks fans would understand a rough season or two if they could see a plan of bringing in young players to build a foundation with and around Porzingis, but the feeling that there can never be a rebuild in New York has the organization stuck. Until the mentality changes in the front office, we may just see variations of this team on the court.
Don’t know who Davis Bertans is? He’s Latvian, taken in the second round of the 2011 draft by the Pacers. He was a throw-in from Indiana as part of the George Hill/Kawhi Leonard trade (that the Spurs already won).
And he’s the latest guy the Spurs found, kept and eye on, groomed and now seem to have turned into a player. The forward with the versatile game — he was always a shooter but now brings much more to the table, including solid defense — dropped 21 on the Hornets. Charlotte packed the paint and so Bertans (and other Spurs) made them pay with threes, he hit 4-of-5 from deep.
And when he did get to the lane, he threw it down with authority.
Bertans is the kind of quality depth player that fits well in what Gregg Popovich wants to do, which allows the Spurs to just keep on winning.