• Decline in defensive cohesion due to the long layoff. If more defenders are running around out of scheme or are late on rotations, this could lead to more open shots and/or more fouls in desperate attempts to recover. This sounds plausible, but one would expect to see an increase in overall shot quality if defenses were playing substantially worse. But bubble shot quality is roughly equivalent to that found pre-shutdown.
April 17, 2021 | 4:49 pm EDT Update
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers will not visit the White House and President Joe Biden to celebrate their 2020 NBA championship when the team travels to Washington, D.C. to play the Wizards later this month, a source tells ESPN. A future visit has not been ruled out completely, the source says.
Eric Walden: Quin, on being without Donovan for at least a week: “It’s a challenge for us to play without him, and obviously we want to get him back as soon as possible. … Hopefully we can try to improve in some other ways.”
Eric Walden: Asked what he’s looking for with so many guys out, Quin said: “It’s difficult to play the way we normally would, but it puts a premium on ball movement, particularly against the Lakers’ pressure. We’re gonna have to run as much as we can, have some guys be really aggressive.”
Gophers senior forward Brandon Johnson declared for the NBA draft on Thursday but said he will keep open the option to return to college.