From “too many” games on Wednesday, with millions of possible 8-man lineup combinations, the pendulum swings as far as possible the other way. Two very interesting Thursday matchups feature playoff teams.
Carmelo Anthony’s knee has been a problem for basically the entire season, and there have been reports of him shutting down for the season on multiple occasions. Well, that report might actually come to life after this weekend’s All-Star festivities. There is another report that surfaced on Thursday that Melo is “likely” to shut it down after the events in New York this weekend.
The Western Conference produces more excitement than the East, thanks to several great teams and “too many” legitimate playoff contenders. The seventh and eighth seeds in the East are six games under .500, but out West, Phoenix is six games over yet far from certain to make the postseason.
I told you yesterday about mutterings I have heard around the league that Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has lost his locker room. Then last night, Derrick Rose poured jet fuel on the fire with some of the strongest comments he has made as a professional, including “we are not on the same page.” Rose rarely if ever uses expletives, but he used them Monday night after the Bulls got crushed by the Cavs, 108-94. A source close to the Bulls
When the offseason began, all the talk around the Chicago Bulls was regarding the acquisition of veteran All-Star forward-center Pau Gasol and how he would work in a three-man big rotation with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Then the focus shifted to former MVP point guard Derrick Rose and his arduous comeback from a pair of debilitating knee injuries as he played for Team USA in the World Cup and arrived in training camp. Once the first two months of the season
A visibly drained Jimmy Butler got off the team bus and walked through the tunnels of American Airlines Arena feeling under the weather. As he entered the locker room on December 14 in Miami, the 25-year-old swingman showed the exhausted demeanor of a player who’s led the NBA in minutes played and miles travelled per game since October of 2013. His availability for the game against Miami should have been uncertain. But with Joakim Noah sidelined with an ankle injury, Butler would not let his already-shorthanded teammates face off against
Not a single SheridanHoops staff member picked Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler to win this year’s Most Improved Player award, but nearly a quarter of the way through this season, Butler would appear the runaway winner. The Marquette product scored at least 20 points in a game just five times a season ago, but has reached that number eight times in his last nine games including a 26-point, five assist performance in Sunday’s win over Brooklyn. Butler says his confidence and
Didn’t DeMarcus Cousins have a problem with Chris Paul early in his career because he thought the point guard was a “cheater“? “It’s just, some players I don’t respect,” Cousins told Grantland. “Just their playing style of basketball. I don’t respect it. I feel like it’s basically cheating and I don’t respect a cheater. If that’s your tactic to winning, I don’t respect you.” Those were his exact words, and it’s understandable when you see what Paul did to earn that reputation from