Erik Horne: This was Billy Donovan on reports that the Warriors find Russell Westbrook’s style of play easy to defend against: I think Russell is a pretty challenging guy to guard… Russell to me is one of the best players in the world. He’s done it at a very high level for a for a long period of time. I don’t know where it comes from, but I’m not really going to comment on any of that.
December 17, 2017 | 6:22 pm EST Update
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler’s sore back kept him out of most of practice Sunday and could keep him out of Monday’s game against Portland at Target Center. “He didn’t do much today,’’ Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said after Sunday’s short practice. “Just getting treatment. We’ll see how he is [Monday].” The Timberwolves officially listed Butler as questionable with back spasms.
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors improve to 11-1 at home (NBA best) and 6-1 during this stretch of 8 straight games vs teams with losing records. They close it out in Charlotte on Wednesday before their home-and-home with Philly.
Daryl Morey: Steve Jobs:”It doesnt make sense to hire smart people&tell them what to do;we hire smart people to tell us what to do. Over the years we learned if we ask people to rely on logic&common sense instead of formal policies,most of the time we would get better results,&at lower cost.”