Thursday 23rd March 2017,
The Hoop Doctors

Dan Favale

Jeff Hornacek Has Given Up on Knicks Making NBA Playoffs, But Derrick Rose Hasn’t

Jeff Hornacek Has Given Up on Knicks Making NBA Playoffs, But Derrick Rose Hasn’t

On Tuesday night, the New York Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers, while the Detroit Pistons lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Naturally, the ‘Bockers are back to talking about their playoff push, right? Actually, no. Head coach Jeff Hornacek conceded afterward that making the postseason is, at this stage, an unrealistic goal, per Newsday‘s Al Iannazzone: Hornacek [...]

March 15, 2017 dfavale Dan Favale 0

Brooklyn Nets May Pursue George Hill in Free Agency

Brooklyn Nets May Pursue George Hill in Free Agency

Any team that has soon-to-be free agents with undefined market values better beware the Brooklyn Nets. They have mountains of cap space, plus the incentive to overpay fringe stars both in the short and long term as they schlepp their way through an extensive rebuild. The assumption has always been they would throw max offers at [...]

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The Tanks Is On: Luol Deng Joins Timofey Mozgov on the Lakers’ Shut-Down List

The Tanks Is On: Luol Deng Joins Timofey Mozgov on the Lakers’ Shut-Down List

While the Los Angeles Lakers, owners of the NBA’s second-worst record, are already projected to keep this year’s top-three protected first-round pick, they aren’t taking any chances. They’re shutting down both Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov for the rest of the year, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com: The Los Angeles Lakers have effectively shut [...]

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Chicago Bulls Haven’t ‘Ruled Out’ Bringing Back Rajon Rondo Next Season

Chicago Bulls Haven’t ‘Ruled Out’ Bringing Back Rajon Rondo Next Season

Will we betting an encore of the Rajon Rondo and Chicago Bulls show next season? Definitely maybe. The Rondo experiment has failed miserably, just like many knew it would. He cramps spacing for a team that cannot shoot and has vacillated not only in and out of the starting lineup, but in and out of [...]

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The Miami Heat Are For Real, and Hassan Whiteside Loves It

The Miami Heat Are For Real, and Hassan Whiteside Loves It

Since Jan. 17, the Miami Heat are an NBA-best 21-5. Correct: The Heat have been the best team in the NBA for more than one-quarter of the season. That is a real fact that is actually real. Net rating still likes the Golden State Warriors more during this span, according to NBA.com, but the Heat [...]

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Don’t Bother Voting: Patrick Beverley Has Decided James Harden is the NBA’s MVP

Don’t Bother Voting: Patrick Beverley Has Decided James Harden is the NBA’s MVP

Whatever you do, don’t suggest to Patrick Beverley that James Harden doesn’t have the NBA’s MVP award on lock. Per The Vertical’s Michael Lee: The MVP debate has been diluted down to Russell Westbrook and Harden. LeBron James needs to be there, and Kawhi Leonard’s argument has picked up steam in recent weeks, but Harden and [...]

March 14, 2017 dfavale Dan Favale 0

Thunder Coach Billy Donovan Thinks Andre Roberson Belongs in Defensive Player of the Year Discussion

Thunder Coach Billy Donovan Thinks Andre Roberson Belongs in Defensive Player of the Year Discussion

Even those who poke fun at Andre Roberson’s complete lack of shooting cannot deny he’s a terrific perimeter defender. He assumes the toughest assignments on a regular basis, and yet he seldom gets torched. Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan doesn’t think we talk about this impact enough. In fact, he thinks Roberson belongs in [...]

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Kristaps Porzingis: New York Knicks Offense Is ‘Random,’ Team Doesn’t Know Triangle ‘Very Well’

Kristaps Porzingis: New York Knicks Offense Is ‘Random,’ Team Doesn’t Know Triangle ‘Very Well’

Kristaps Porzingis is (finally) calling it like we’re seeing it: The New York Knicks are a bad basketball team. These weren’t his exact words following the Knicks’ despicable Sunday night loss to the Brooklyn Nets, but he was hinting at as much if you read between the lines, per ESPN.com’s Ian Begley: Porzingis, the No. [...]

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Joel Embiid Believes 76ers Teammate Dario Saric Deserves Rookie of the Year

Joel Embiid Believes 76ers Teammate Dario Saric Deserves Rookie of the Year

If Joel Embiid isn’t going to win Rookie of the Year, he prefers it go to Philadelphia 76ers teammate Dario Saric. Actually, strike that. He believes the hardware should go to Saric no matter what, per Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press (via NBA.com): “He’s the rookie of the year,” Embiid emphatically said on CSN [...]

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Injuries Find the Utah Jazz Again: Derrick Favors Diagnosed with Bone Contusion in Left Knee

Injuries Find the Utah Jazz Again: Derrick Favors Diagnosed with Bone Contusion in Left Knee

If the injury bugs have their way, we may never know how good this Utah Jazz team can be. Sure, they have the fourth-best record in the Western Conference, but they could be even better. They rank in the top five of the league in value lost to injuries this season, according to NBA Man [...]

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