We have many thought out, well-articulated and in-depth pieces on this blog; this is not one of them. Welcome to the weekly update of the wacky, weird and wonderful world of the NBA, specifically seen through the eyes of a good lookin’ fella from Britain. Expect random news and multiple pop culture references amongst the dunks and Manu Ginobili highlights, complete with quotes from my colleagues and general tearaways at Double Clutch.
Stephen Curry has been immense recently. With KD out, he has been back to his gun slinging best. I think I can speak for all us when I say that we are all intrigued to see how the Warriors roll when #35 returns this weekend.
Curry was up to his usual tricks this week as he forced Gortat into looking like he had lost his mates on the dance floor.
I have made a personal vow to myself to keep one eye on the Utah Jazz in this year’s post season. Their continued, steady rise has been slightly lost in amongst the MVP debate in the West this season.
Much was made of the Jazz on this week’s pod here at Double Clutch with particular emphasis on the need to get deep into the post season as to encourage Gordon Hayward to re-sign in the summer.
There is no doubt that this team can get through at least the first round in my eyes. They can match up to some of the better teams in the NBA and you always feel like they are in a game as they have a nack of keeping the opponent close when when they are behind, due to the fact that they concede the fewest points of any team in the NBA.
They play a slow, patient game (30th of 30) with well drilled half court sets. Quinn Snyder has them playing smooth ball but working their tails off in the process.
As Matt Wellington alluded to on the pod, Rudy Gobert is having an out of this world season and can be considered as a dark horse for a few MVP votes. Leading the league in blocks, the young Frenchman is a key in the Jazz team and provides another offensive option with 14 points a game.
Also, I love Boris Diaw, he’s a damn pro.
Andre Iguodala is have a great time of things recently. Pure class.
On Tuesday night, the 2015 Finals MVP went 4-4 from the field, 1-1 from three and 2-2 from the free throw line. In 23 minutes, he got 11 points and Golden State was a +14 with him on the court.
You could argue that it’s easy to look good on that team but Andre does it with such selflessness and passion that you can’t help but admire.
In case anyone missed it, the Pacers season has been saved! Yes, Super Lance is back and is already up to some high-jinx antics.
With seconds left in his home return and the Pacers up by 15, Stephenson dropped an uncontested lay-up. The Raptors didn’t like it and all hell broke loose.
Major shout out to UNC for cutting down the nets in the NCAA men’s tournament.
Expect to see Justin Jackson in the NBA draft this summer. The 68” Small Forward is due to be drafted somewhere in the middle of first round.
A lot could change between now and the draft of course but many believe that Jackson can do a job in the Association. He prides himself on defence and can score the ball, at least at college level.
Time to shame an NBA team. The Suns have lose THIRTEEN on the bounce.
I do have a bit of a soft spot for the Phoenix as I think most do. I consider them a well-liked team within the league but cumon man, thirteen straight losses. That deserves to be frowned upon during the Weekly Charge if you ask me.
So, the battle for last place in the West is heating up. Will the Lakers turn round and win it at the end??
A huge 141-118 win for the Nets in a Battle for the wooden spoon against the Sixers on Tuesday night.
Eight of their guys got 10 points or more which is great to see. It has been a tough season for Brooklyn with not much light on the horizon, so a night of celebration like that was exactly what the doctor ordered.
My boy Dave Fraser is relocating a team to Nashville in 2K17 and needs a cool team name. Any ideas and general spam over to @DavidFraser89 …
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