Welp, went about as well as expected
Have The NBA Refs Fixed The Game? | BBallBreakdown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mf-wWRWXfU
Coach Nick breaks down the three carries Jordan Poole was called for in the Miami Heat game with Ronnie Nunn, ex head of NBA officials.
tl;dw; the first two were not carries and were probably legal, but were executed in a way that looked like carrying. These calls weren't being made before the NBA decided to target Jordan Poole. The last one was super obvious and the correct call. Additionally, carries since that game have been called at ten times the rate they were being called before that game league-wide.
Looking ahead at the schedule a bit, we have a relatively easy stretch in terms of number and location of games; the next seven games over 13 days, five at home and two on the road, only one back-to-back and it's at home.
Which is good, because the NBA is channeling Jesus in The Big Lebowski as we have another brutal road trip following, this time a "virtual" EIGHT games over fourteen days with two road back-to-backs. Oh yeah, and our home game between the first and second road games of the trip is our lone home date against Boston, so yeah.
Dec 7 - @Utah
Dec 10 - Boston
Dec 13 - @Milwaukee
Dec 14 - @Indiana
Dec 16 - @Philadelphia
Dec 18 - @Toronto
Dec 20 - @New York
Dec 21 - @Brooklyn
The combined record of these teams as of right now is 82 56, or 59.4% - the AVERAGE winning percentage of the eight teams we are going to face. The only team below 0.500 is the Nets at 8-10.
We then have a nice three day break before playing Memphis at home on Christmas. The NBA wouldn't want the Christmas game to have us sitting our top six players, after all /s.
Looks like we catch a break playing the clippers missing both Leonard (ankle) and George (hamstring).
Wise looked half decent tonight (setting a low bar here)… 15 & 8 with comically team best +/- of -2 in a 30 point blowout loss (as compared to his team worst +/- in a blowout win last night against the same opponent). Looked a bit less lost in P&R defense, betterish screens, seemed more physical in general (and only 3 fouls). He’ll benefit a lot from getting more practice and game reps with SCW, I think.
Losing to the Pistons at home is worse than any of the Warrior losses tbh.
So what’s worse: Losing by 40 while sitting all your starters on a road SEGABABA against a playoff team vs. losing at home (at altitude) with all your starters against a tanking team missing their best player?
Nuggets bench only scored 22 points tonight. Pistons bench had 53.
Are the Nuggets trying to compete for the "worst bench of the year" award this season?
Patrick Beverly just shoved Ayton over like it's the 90s again
Analysis of JP's scoring last night: https://twitter.com/Mathketball1/status/1595168049388171264?cxt=HHwWgMCtzfW4lqMsAAAA
That's the JP we all want to see. He's so much better when he's playing more as a slasher than as a shooter (and especially for a team like ours who just don't get rim attempts this year). I understand that he's played in spacing-starved lineups but that's the approach he needs to be playing with offensively.
Pistons beat the Nuggets 110-108 and earn their first road win of the season.
Pistons have a chance to get their first road win of the season.
Kings beat the Grizzlies 113-109.
Really? Fox fouled Morant while he was shooting a three. Fox should've been lucky that Morant missed one of his FTs.
Grizzlies-Kings game is pretty close.
Sixers should win just because they are starting:
Cheese just had a 21/10/19 game in the GL.