The Pistons just can't seem to get over the hump.That hump, of course, is the .500 mark. Detroit has been flirting with both that number and the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference since the calandar turned to Stephen Curry Jerseys 2017. Coach Stan Van Gundy has made a number of adjustments to the starting lineup during that time, but he may soon be ready to make his biggest change yet.Ish Smith, signed this offseason to back up Reggie Jackson, and fill in for Jackson while he recovered from offseason injuries, may find himself in the starting lineup soon.Van Gundy is toying with the idea of adding more passing to the Carmelo Anthony Jerseys starting unit and more scoring to the second unit. Smith is averaging five assists in just over 23 minutes per game this season.“We haven’t ruled out (anything). I don’t even know who will start (Saturday),” Van Gundy said, via the Detroit News. “We’ve got to get better energy off the start of the games. The last Philadelphia game was one of our better starts in each half. That’s got to Golden State Warriors Jerseys get going — that’s not just him (Jackson).”Van Gundy is displeased with Jackson and Andre Drummond's energy on the court.“Those are the two guys. (The energy) has got to go up,” Van Gundy said. “Andre picked up his energy the other night but that’s got to be on a consistent basis, and we need more energy out of Reggie.”Moving Smith to the starting lineup would allow Drummond to play a Josh Jackson Jerseys more comfortable back-to-the-basket style. Smith is good at finding open spaces in the defense, thus allowing big men an opportunity to set up on the block.Jackson is more of a slashing point guard who likes to score or dump the ball off as a last resort. He would give the second unit a spark, while Smith would allow guys like Tobias Harris, Marcus Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope get more shots.The Jabari Parker Jerseys Pistons (29-32) are currently eighth in the conference, holding down the final playoff spot by just one game over the Heat.
Few knew who Derrick Jones Jr. was before the dunk contest last weekend. Heck, few still know who he is, but the Suns forward is one entertaining player.Jones is getting more minutes in Phoenix with P.J. Tucker now playing for the Raptors. He took advantage of his opportunity Friday Zach Collins Jerseys by elevating for a monster slam against the Bulls.It doesn't take Sir Isaac Newton to explain how that display of athleticism defied gravity.Jones will get his chance to earn more minutes with the Suns during the second half of the season.T.J. Warren is now the starting small forward, but Jones has turned some heads recently with his eye-popping skill.The Suns held a 54-52 lead at halftime against the visiting Bulls. Ben Simmons Jerseys
Despite the impression you might have gotten from LeBron James' complaints over a month ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers are loaded with talent. And with some recent waiver wire signings, including Andrew Bogut on Thursday, their roster's pedigree now looks even more inflated. After the additions of Derrick Williams, Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut over the last three weeks, the Cavs now have seven players on their roster (James, Irving, Nerlens Noel Jerseys Thompson and Love are the others) who are former top-5 picks in the NBA Draft. The next closest teams are the Clippers and Timberwolves, with only four such players. The Cavs now also have eight top-10 picks on their team, which is the most in the league. The Clippers and Magic have seven a piece.
NEW YORK — Magic Johnson had a chance to run the Knicks starting around Christmas Chris Paul Jerseys in 2003, declined the Garden’s offer and instead put in a strong recommendation for his good friend, Isiah Thomas. Long before Phil Jackson ever thought he’d be running the Knicks, the Garden was always looking to make the big splash and took Magic’s advice. They went after Thomas.So you can argue that Johnson already has a blemish on his record as a talent evaluator: Starting almost immediately in his new Derrick Rose Jerseys post, Thomas wheeled and dealed the Knicks into salary-cap purgatory for the next six seasons, setting the franchise back for years.OK, so cataclysmic mistakes are made, but that didn’t exactly stop Jeanie Buss from hiring Johnson as team president to make the Lakers champs again.So far, you have to like Magic’s approach: Call it “Losin’ Time.”As Thomas did in New York when he took over, Johnson wasted no time making Custom NBA Jerseys bold moves. The difference is that Thomas gambled on Stephon Marbury, trying to land his big chip for the future only two weeks on the job. Johnson went the smart route before the trade deadline by dealing off Lou Williams, his most reliable offensive player, to the Rockets for Corey Brewer and a No. 1 draft pick this June.Without Williams, the Lakers will be able to accomplish a very important Paul George Jerseys mission: They can tank the final two months by just rolling out their regulars, headed by D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle.The young squad is likely to continue losing, ensuring one of the NBA’s three worst records. The last thing the Lakers want to do is win meaningless games, lose their top-three spot in the lottery and end up giving away not just their first-round pick to the Sixers Kristaps Porzingis Jerseys this June, but also their No. 1 pick in 2019 (to Orlando). They’re in no position to lose two more building blocks, so the best course of action is to lose. They won’t catch Brooklyn for the worst record, but they’ll do themselves good to have Phoenix move past them in the standings.“Our untouchables are our young talent right now,” Johnson said of his trio when he took over as Jaylen Brown Jerseys president last week. “We’ve already let everybody know that. We want to hang on to our young talent. People have been calling for it, but we’ve been saying no.”
Markieff Morris has every right to feel hard-done by Tuesday after receiving a $25,000 fine for lightly tossing the ball into the general area of the Golden State Warriors Jerseys crowd Sunday against the Jazz.There wasn't a whole lot to Morris' "throw" into the stands. It appeared as if he basically rolled the ball toward the sideline — and general direction of the official.Morris will not be suspended, which is good for the Wizards, who are taking on the Warriors on Tuesday.
Wizards fans who came to see native son Kevin Durant play in the nation's capital only were able to do so for 93 seconds after the All-Star hyperextended his left knee after Zaza Pachulia was pushed into him by the Wizards' Marcin Gortat.With Durant out, Stephen Curry was asked to Houston Rockets Jerseys pick up the offense, but the two-time MVP struggled from deep for a second straight game, going 9 of 20 from the field, including 2 of 9 from beyond the arc. Curry is 2-for-20 from deep the past two games after his 0-for-11 night Monday. Curry still finished with 25 points in the 112-108 loss, Golden State's 10th — one more than all of last season. Bradley Beal scored 25 Warriors Jerseys points and Markieff Morris added 22 for the Wizards, who blew a 61-49 halftime lead only to win in the final 20 seconds with four free-throw makes. Durant exited with zero points, ending his streak of 562 regular-season games with at least 10 points. Russell Westbrook joined NBA greats Oscar Robinson and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to record 30 triple-doubles in a season Tuesday against the Jazz. Westbrook, NBA Jerseys who scored 43 to go along with 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the win, can pass Chamberlain with two more triple-doubles. His performance Tuesday wasn't without incredible plays, which included this ridiculous 4-point sequence:
Las Vegas bookmakers are dubious about the outlook for Kevin Durant, but even if the star forward is not back for the playoffs, the Warriors will maintain their status as favorites to win the 2016-17 Paul Millsap Jerseys NBA championship.Golden State began the week at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as heavy 5-to-11 favorites to win the title. When oddsmaker Jeff Sherman got to his office Wednesday and read up on Durant’s injury, he made a slight upward adjustment to 1-to-2 odds. A few hours later, the Warriors’ price was lengthened to 5/8.“The more we looked into it, the Warriors say they are pleased with the prognosis but Boston Celtics Jerseys he’s getting re-evaluated in four weeks, so he could end up being out much longer,” Sherman told Omnisport on Wednesday. “So it’s sounding more and more like into the playoffs is more probable than an end-of-the- regular-season return, so we adjusted it a little further. It sounds later rather than sooner. … “There’s a chance he misses the rest of the season including the playoffs,” Sherman added.With the tweaks Cheap NBA Jerseys to the Warriors’ odds, the prices on other Western Conference contenders moved in the other direction. The Spurs, currently the No. 2 seed in the conference, were adjusted from 8/1 to 7/1. The Rockets moved from 25/1 to 20/1, the Clippers from 30/1 to 20/1, and the Jazz from 80/1 to 50/1.In the East, the Cavaliers’ odds were tightened from 5/2 to 9/4, the Celtics from 25/1 to 20/1, the Lonzo Ball Jerseys Raptors from 30/1 to 25/1, and the Wizards from 40/1 to 25/1.Let’s put things in perspective: 5-to-8 odds at this point of the season are ridiculously short and mean a bettor has to wager $160 to win $100 on a Warriors title.Even without Durant, Sherman does not see Golden State relinquishing its four-game lead over San Antonio in the West.“They’re still going to be large favorites at home,” Sherman said. Lauri Markkanen Jerseys “They’ll still win their fair share of games even under these circumstances. It’s hard to make up that many games with about 20 games to go.”
Draymond Green may have had to ice his face after the Warriors' 119-108 win over the Sixers on Monday night. As Richaun Holmes finished off a huge alley-oop, the ball found Green's face, and hit it — hard.
JaVale McGee has been an easy Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys target for Shaquille O'Neal for quite some time, but the Warriors center is done with the constant ridicule — and so are his teammates and coaches.After McGee and Shaq engaged in an ugly Twitter beef following the Warriors' win over the Clippers on Thursday night, Golden State star forward Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr defended McGee. Both agreed Shaq's jokes had gone too far."Shaq was a s—y free-throw shooter. James Harden Jerseys He missed dunks. He airballed free throws. He couldn't shoot outside of the paint," Durant said. "He was bigger than everybody. He didn't have no skill, but he was bigger and stronger than everybody. And he's still a great player, but you had your flaws, too, as a player. And he played on five or six teams, too. So it's not like he was just this perfect center."Kerr pointed out Elfrid Payton Jerseys that TNT's popular "Shaqtin' A Fool" segment had actually hurt McGee's reputation around the league, and even changed how Kerr thought about the nine-year veteran."You're in this position where somebody on national TV is making fun of you night after night, it's not the greatest thing for your reputation," Kerr said. "I can tell you, I had a preconceived notion of JaVale before he got here that turned out to Kevin Durant Jerseys be totally false. And a lot of that was because of what goes on with Shaq's 'Shaqtin' A Fool' thing."
The Wizards’ 105-96 win in Toronto on Wednesday was not only emphatic, it also put Washington (36-23) a nose in front of the Raptors (36-25) for third place in the Eastern Conference. Securing the No. 3 seed is important, of course, because in all likelihood it means avoiding Cavaliers until Gordon Hayward Jerseys the conference finals.Making the Wizards’ road triumph even more impressive is that it came the night after they earned a 112-108 win at home over the Warriors. Wednesday night’s visit to the Air Canada Centre had the look of a classic let-down spot for Washington.But the Wizards outscored the Raptors 38-20 in the second quarter and never looked back.Trailing by 22 after three quarters, Toronto’s 13-point edge in the fourth Klay Thompson Jerseys was superficial.Bojan Bogdanovic, acquired from the Nets ahead of the trade deadline, came off the bench to score a game-high 27 points for Washington. He shot 9 of 12 from the field, including 6 of 7 from long range.The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Raptors, who have been without Kyle Lowry for their last three and are not expected to get their starting point guard back for Kevin Durant Jerseys several weeks.The Wizards and Raptors play again Friday night in Washington, their final meeting of the regular season. With the teams splitting the first two, the winner of the third claims the season series, a potential important tie-breaking factor when it comes to playoff seeding.