If this is how Houston plans on taking down the defending champs, with the ball-pounding style so prevalent in Game 1 that it led to more than twice the isolation plays than the Rockets typically average (45, compared to 22) and more in one game than any team in the past five seasons, then Curry is just fine doing this defensive deed. “If I was the opposite coach and saw Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green, I’m most likely going to (go after) me – especially for a team that relies on iso situations like they do,” Curry told USA TODAY Sports after practice on Tuesday. “Cleveland has done it for years. My whole goal is that if you want to abandon (your) normal offense to try to pick on me and put me in mismatch situations or whatever it is, then over the course of 48 (minutes), I’m going to get enough stops to figure it out.”
May 24, 2018 | 11:04 pm EDT Update
With David Fizdale bringing in his own staff, three Knicks assistants from last season – Jerry Sichting, Corey Gaines and Dave Bliss – won’t return to the team, the Daily News has learned. Video coordinator Pat Licursi is also gone, sources said.
Fizdale is expected to hire Keith Smart as his lead assistant. Other candidates for the bench, according to reports, include Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan, Royal Ivey and Pat Delaney. Howard Eisley, who was an assistant under Jeff Hornacek, could remain on the staff.
May 24, 2018 | 9:58 pm EDT Update
The Utah Jazz could be pretty much the same team in 2018-19 as it was last season, but the franchise won’t be afraid to make improvements even if it puts them into NBA’s luxury tax territory. That’s the message Utah GM Dennis Lindsey had Thursday in a wide-ranging interview at the Utah Jazz basketball campus.
“I think we’re in a good position where we haven’t cornered ourselves economically relative to the performance of our team, and that should give us a few options to consider,” he said. “My best guess is the option that we’ll ultimately consider, is bringing the team back intact, but I don’t know what other things are going to come our way.”