Breakfast Special: Derrick Rose’s Ghost Scares Utah

What strange times are these in Minnesota, where Derrick Rose can be his 2012 self for a night, possessed on Halloween by the ghost of his own talent. Because Jimmy Butler has gone AWOL for the Timberwolves, Rose ended up starting at the point, Josh Okogie‘s 10.06 PER started in Butler’s spot…and Minnesota beat Utah 128-125 behind 50 points from Rose. The game was about as typical a Tom Thibodeau coaching performance as you’ll see. The heavy-minutes rotation went seven deep, and only nine guys played even one minute of the game. Rose played 41 minutes. Karl-Anthony Towns, who had …

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We Need To Talk About Flagrant Fouls

by Fox Doucette Flagrant fouls are, by their very nature, judgment calls, the NBA’s equivalent of yellow cards in soccer, and it is for that reason that we need to have a very serious discussion before we go any deeper into this season about them. That’s right, I’m taking off my Nate Silver hat and putting on my Jeff Van Gundy/Charles Barkley hat, so strap in and hold on tight. What sparked this was the NBA’s decision to upgrade Greg Monroe’s hit on Derrick Rose in Friday’s Bucks-Cavs game to a Flagrant 1. The game was on national television, so …

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