Really? We’re almost a month into the season? That was fast. Some snippets
Asking Mike D’Antoni to coach an essentially point guard-less roster is akin to having NFL passing offensive mastermind Mike Martz to coach the Tim Tebow-era Denver Broncos. OTOH, D’Antoni should make more adjustments to his system to fit his frontline oriented rotation. Yet if D’Antoni gets canned, his very successful Phoenix tenure should weigh far more heavily than his time in NYC. So far, he’s been nothing more than a transitional figure.
With the sudden rise of the Utah Jazz, I think the title of best division in the NBA has shifted northward from the Southwest to the Northwest. The Minnesota Timberwolves are in last place with a 6-8 record.
Speaking of the Northwest, not to rain on the Thunder’s parade, but their 12-3 record is far gaudier than their point differential suggests. Their Pythagorean win record is closer to 10-5. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but a 10-5 team with a mediocre defense (17th in Defensive Rating) shouldn’t be planning any NBA Finals parties just yet.
I wonder if the Bulls will rest Derrick Rose both because of his toe sprain and because with their defense they are assured a good playoff seeding. It seems like a few games without him could force several other players to become more prominent in the offense. There aren’t great problems with the offense, they rank eighth in efficiency and haven’t had their lineup in tact for most of the season.