Domantas Sabonis is a true Rising Star

In this space, I have often gone after Myles Turner, suggesting that his ceiling is a lot lower than Pacers fans hoped it would be when Turner came into the league and effectively became a poor man’s Hassan Whiteside with his shotblocking. Well, move over, Myles, because Domantas Sabonis is about to take your spot, and the Pacers are better off for it. Consider this fun fact courtesy of Fanrag’s Andy Bailey… In the 910 minutes Victor Oladipo & Myles Turner have shared the floor, Indiana's outscoring opponents by 5.5 PTS per 100 poss. In the 812 minutes Oladipo & …

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Breakfast Special: NBA All-Star Weekend Wrap-Up

Fergie brought America to its knees with her performance of the national anthem… Fergie's full anthem, if for some reason you want to watch it again.#ICYMI #NBA #NBAAllStarGame #Fergie pic.twitter.com/R9OyaV6g2D — Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) February 19, 2018 …but this is the one time each year where the analytics-minded Pace and Space reader and the barbershop-dwelling eye test guy can come together and agree on one thing: Holy hell, is basketball ever a ton of fun. Team LeBron beat Team Curry 148-145, a low-scoring game by All-Star standards, as LeBron James scored 29 points, grabbed ten rebounds, dished eight assists, and …

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Breakfast Special: Let All-Star Weekend Begin!

The time has at last come for that glorious celebration of basketball we call the All-Star break, where the Rising Stars go at it on Friday, the highest flyers and most spectacular practitioners of the good old-fashioned posterization go at it in the Dunk Contest on Saturday, and then the league tests the practical limits of the scoreboard as defense goes out the window for the actual All-Star Game on Sunday. But first, we’ve got some odds and ends to wrap up, namely games that managed to have playoff implications in both conferences, as three of the four participants in …

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Julius Randle: Is He Any Good?

Sometimes you learn more in a trade by who a team keeps rather than who they ship out, and the Lakers’ decision to keep Julius Randle at the deadline speaks volumes about what they think of him compared to, say, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., who got shipped to Cleveland in the Isaiah Thomas trade to placate LeBron James. Randle is the incumbent power forward on a team that has Brandon Ingram coming to his own at the 3 and Kyle Kuzma evolving as a sixth man behind Randle at power forward. It is that latter competitor for minutes …

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Breakfast Special: Not Good Enough, Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant scored 50 points against the Portland Trail Blazers. His teammates, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, together scored 50 between them (17 each for the Splash Brothers, 16 for Dray.) The Warriors lost to Portland 123-117. Damian Lillard tossed in 44 and C.J. McCollum added 29 as the two scored their 73 points on 26-of-51 shooting. How utterly putrid were the Warriors’ non-stars? Try 17 points on 8-of-18 shooting (44.4 percent), 0-of-3 from three, and just 1-of-2 from the line. Oh, and it’s not like Steph and Klay were sharpshooters out there; they shot a combined 12-of-32 …

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Breakfast Special: The Western Conference Thickens

It was a St. Valentine’s Day Massacre for the middle of the Western Conference playoff field. The San Antonio Spurs are in real danger of having their consecutive 50-win season streak snapped, dropping to 35-24 with a loss on the road in Denver, 117-109. The Spurs shot 53.7 percent from the field, out-rebounded the Nuggets 42-35, and held Denver to 49.5 percent shooting… …but you’ve probably already guessed what comes next. The Spurs committed 18 turnovers to Denver’s 11. San Antonio also shot just 6-of-22 from three-point land. Extra possessions and poor three-point shooting combine to kill even good two-point …

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Nate McMillan is still a snail and that’s a problem

When you have a young, athletic team with lots of horses who can cause a turnover, run a fast break, finish strong, and get back on defense, it behooves you to play an up-tempo style to take maximum advantage of those strengths. Indeed, Golden State’s been among the fastest teams in the league during their four-year run of three Finals, two titles, and a likely fourth straight Finals appearance this year under coach Steve Kerr; since 2014-15, the Warriors have been 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 2nd in the league in pace. Likewise, now that they have Chris Paul and James …

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What Steve Kerr and the Warriors Teach Us About Leadership

Steve Kerr let his Warriors players coach themselves in a game on national television (NBA TV) Monday night. It was exactly the kind of game where shaking things up a bit might prevent a disastrous Trap Game loss against a far weaker opponent. It worked. Golden State beat the Phoenix Suns 129-83. It also caused an uproar on Twitter and on the NBA TV broadcast itself. In particular, former Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell took umbrage at the “disrespect” shown to the Suns: Steve Kerr let the @warriors players coach tonight. @CaseyStern, @SamMitchellNBA and @steve21smith broke it down. #FastBreak pic.twitter.com/sT0PhDNiC1 — …

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Breakfast Special: The South Bay Lakers are the Best Lakers

For the first time, we’re leading the NBA highlight show with G-League highlights, because the South Bay Lakers put up such a fantastic performance against the Texas Legends, winning 155-114, And because I’m a man of my word… UPDATE: 28 points away. And I said top 3, but screw it, I'll lead the damn show with them. (get me some full-game highlights to post, guys!) #BreakfastSpecial https://t.co/axM4ds62WO — Fox Doucette🏀🍳🥓🥞 (@RealFoxD) February 13, 2018 South Bay shot an amazing 61-of-101 (60.4 percent) from the field, 17-of-38 (44.7 percent) from three, out-rebounded Texas 60-36, led by 26 from Travis Wear, 25 …

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Breakfast Special: Boston Massacred

The first test of the new-and-improved Cleveland Cavaliers came in Boston on Paul Pierce‘s jersey retirement night. And LeBron James and friends passed with flying colors, beating the snot out of the Celtics to the tune of 121-99. James had 24 to go with 8 rebounds and 10 assists, the Cavs posted a Total Team Effort, getting seven guys into double figures, J.R. Smith made 6-of-7 from the field in getting 15 points, and the Cavs shot 53.6 percent from the field and 53.3 from three against Boston’s 40.6 percent overall and 26.3 percent from long range. The rest of …

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