NBA Breakfast Special: Like A Good Neighbor, Chris Paul Is There

The Utah Jazz have turned back into a pumpkin offensively, and questions must now be raised whether Rudy Gobert is doing more harm than good to the team since his presence tends to turn Utah’s offense into a clogged toilet. There are more questions than that, however. Donovan Mitchell has turned into the focal point and the primary scorer—and his team-high 26 points in Utah’s 112-101 loss to the Houston Rockets on national TV Thursday night certainly spoke to that development—but what is the rest of the offense doing? Ricky Rubio‘s not facilitating, and he’s not the kind of player …

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NBA Breakfast Special: James Harden Clowns Lonzo Ball

For the Houston Rockets, showing Lonzo Ball what a real NBA star looks like was always going to be on the menu. For James Harden to play the best defense anyone has yet played on Flea Market Westbrook all season? Wait…did Mike D’Antoni really just get Harden to buy in so completely that now he’s emerging as a legit NBA defender, in gross contravention of his reputation? Was that just a thing that happened? Ball was 0-of-4 from the field. His only two points came on his sole trip to the free throw line. And Harden, with Ball trying to …

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How Good NBA Teams Lose And Bad Teams Win

There are, at present, three NBA teams that are indisputably good in the sense that they win at least 75 percent of the time, the bar a team needs to clear to go 62-20 or better; the Boston Celtics (18-3), Houston Rockets (15-4), and Golden State Warriors (15-5). There are also three teams in the Association that are so utterly putrid that they are on pace to win 20 games or fewer over an 82-game season; the 3-14 Chicago Bulls, 4-16 Atlanta Hawks, and 5-15 Dallas Mavericks. But if the best teams always won and the worst teams always lost, …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe Problem

So, as would inevitably be the case, Lonzo Ball got himself a triple double, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, dishing 13 assists, and pulling down 12 rebounds in a loss to the Bucks on Saturday. He became the youngest in NBA history to do it, at 20 years and 15 days, surpassing LeBron James. But have you noticed that Ball has had exactly two good games this season, and both involved his being guarded by Eric Bledsoe? After making Ball look like Russell Westbrook twice, you have to wonder if Bledsoe isn’t either washed up or else so disengaged …

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NBA Breakfast Special: LiAngelo Ball’s Sunglass Hut

Look, I’m just going to leave this here and go eat some breakfast. I’ll be right back. 😎😂 (sound on) pic.twitter.com/KGg8bB1AVi — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 10, 2017 OK, let’s get this show started. Lonzo Ball Is Still Garbage And Everyone Still Knows It OK, you all know how I keep calling Lonzo Ball “Dollar Store Westbrook” around here. Tonight was a prime example of why. Ball had 10 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. And you’d see that and think “whoa, he almost got a triple-double, that’s great!” Until you realize he shot 3-of-12 from the field, 1-of-7 …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Taking Off Like the Houston Rockets

by Fox Doucette There were two games to open the season Tuesday, and the Houston Rockets shocked the Golden State Warriors, stealing the game right at the end to pull off the 122-121 victory. The Warriors had Lawler’s Law on their side, but “first to 100 wins” ran up against the cold-blooded reality that “no lead is safe”, especially when the two teams that have embraced the mantra of “three is more than two” get together and start dropping nuclear bombs on each other from behind the arc. The good folks at TNT showed that they’re the best in the …

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Is This 2018 NBA Team Any Good?: Houston Rockets

by Fox Doucette Houston is the archetype of the modern NBA analytics revolution. The Rockets won 55 games last year by pulling off the curious combination of looking at the stats on the court and the effect that obvious lack of chemistry got them in real numerical terms. The eye test guys always squawk about how you can’t measure things like team chemistry. If that were the case, Dwight Howard’s departure wouldn’t have been good for 14 wins. The offense was 6.4 points per 100 possessions better, second only to Golden State’s unstoppable juggernaut in terms of efficiency. The defense, …

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