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A year ago today, I moved back to the United States after living in London for 37 months. I had a thread written but it seemed sanctimonious so I scrapped it. In short: Thanks to everyone who has made the reacclimation simple for us. It has been a challenge but it has been grand.
Halfway through the Wizards' time in Orlando (unless they make the playoffs!), I'd say Jerome Robinson is their most-improved player and Troy Brown Jr. and Thomas Bryant are tied for MVP. Any disagreements?
Chess master Damian Lillard on full display last night. A beautiful performance to watch. Everything I wrote here applied. sbnation.com/nba/2020/2/4/2…
Wonder if Duncan Robinson was on the scouting report pic.twitter.com/TVIVZBCAs2
Back in January, I wrote how the Denver Nuggets came up from the middle but have a collective identity that’s from the mud. I also said the emergence of Michael Porter Jr. could change the trajectory of a franchise contending without high lottery picks theathletic.com/1538554/2020/0…
Who wants to see Dame for seven games?
Storm-Dream was the best WNBA game I've seen this season. Chennedy Carter ... I mean, my word. Her ability to read the second level of the Storm's defense was astonishing for a rookie. And it was nice seeing Breanna Stewart fly around again.
Oladipo: "Maybe I could've done a better job of trying to attack more." #PacersSuns
Turner: "They got off to a great start. Their pressure sped up us a little bit and we started playing at their pace ... In the end, it was good for us. I think we needed to be humbled a little bit" #PacersSuns
McMillan: "We were playing with a bench that hasn't played together.... I just didnt think we had a flow all night long. That was both units." #PacersSuns
Give me that Blazers-Suns play-in game.
The Suns are the clear winners of this bubble Cam Payne
In hell I am forced to ISO against Mikael Bridges for all of eternity.
Booker had to go to the bench midway through the 3rd. Picked up all 4 fouls in 2 min span #PacersSuns
The deficit is down 52-48 @ half #PacersSuns
Warren 13p 5r
Brogdon 9p 4r 4a
Turner 8p 5r
20-41 FGs, 48.8%
3-10 3s, 30%
Ayton 15p 5r
Booker 12p 4a
Rubio 9p 3a
Johnson 7p 6r
3-17 3s, 17.6%
Brogdon and Warren are both really good at holding their own man on their hip, keeping them there to seduce the help into thinking the play is contained, and then making one final step to score
Gonna start calling left-handed dominant players “Antarctica” in honor of @Nate Duncan
After a 15p deficit, its down to 28-23 after 1st qtr #PacersSuns
Warren 7p 4r
10-20 FGs, 50%
3-5 3s, 60%
2-8 3s, 25%
Bitadze (knee) is seeing his 1st action. First big off the bench not Sampson #PacersSuns
Amazed by DeAndre Ayton’s rapid defensive improvement.
Heat-Celtics should be fun but man this Suns-Pacers game is League Pass catnip
Thomas Bryant had the best defensive game Scott Brooks has ever seen from him and it came against Joel Embiid. A look at what that could mean for TB going forward. nbcsports.com/washington/wiz…
McMillan on Goga Bitadze (knee) who will be active for the 2nd game in a row (has yet to play): I will look to get him minutes tonight...but we did bring him over (to the gym) to run him through some sets. ...Today I will try to get him some minutes at that backup 5" #PacersSuns
Brogdon (neck), Oladipo (knee) are active today #PacersSuns
The three most serious injuries in the bubble (Isaac, Jackson, Simmons) are all from players who had other injuries when the league shut down. That surely means something
Jerome Robinson on life in the bubble: "I'm the best fisherman here. I grew up fishing."
Robinson is from North Carolina.
Jerome Robinson said a personal goal of his is to make All-Defense someday. He might be the Wizards' most physical perimeter defender. You see flashes of it, for sure.
Scott Brooks on Zion Williamson's explosiveness: "His second jump is as good as everybody's first jump."
Scott Brooks mentions Jerome Robinson could see minutes at the three next year with John Wall and Bradley Beal back.
Why isn't Nike making branded masks? Have I missed them? Seems like they should be everywhere?
Scott Brooks said Thomas Bryant played the best defensive game he's ever seen from him yesterday vs. the Sixers.
The numbers: 4 blocks, 19 contested shots, 33.3 DFG%, Joel Embiid went 3-for-11 while guarded by him.
Another Aces-Mystics playoff series would be fascinating even with so many different faces. There’s something about the Aces’ pressure and physicality on both ends that unnerves the Mystics. Great contrast in styles.
The Wizards are 0-4 in Orlando, which has created a bizarre situation in the standings. If last year is any indication, it could create draft lottery chaos. ift.tt/3khG9ec
Lakers-Thunder was one of the first games where you felt the absence of fans. Did the Lakers lack zup because they missed everything, or did they miss everything because they lacked zip.
Now that the NBA has added last names to these jerseys with social justice messages, I kind of wish Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had chosen 'Black Lives Matter' instead of 'Equality' just to see how many letters Nike could fit on the back.
Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard on John Wall's recent viral IG video: "The video that John posted is nothing compared to what he's doing behind closed doors." nbcsports.com/washington/wiz…
Sometimes adversity is what u need to face in order to become successful... 💯
Thomas Bryant said it best, today was a step in the right direction for the Wizards.