Tagged LaMarcus Aldridge

NBA Chalk Talk: Early 2019 Playoff Adjustments

Coaching is a lot like chess. You have to think several moves ahead, see the entire board and understand the value of each piece at your disposal. Anticipating your opponent’s moves and trapping them in their own style is considered masterful. Postseason basketball is beautiful for that reason. The players are the ones executing and…

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How Denver Nuggets Can Bounce Back in Game 2

Among the top two seeds in each conference, none entered with more question marks than the Denver Nuggets. Just by virtue of their inexperience, there was reason to doubt. But there were also questions about their star, Nikola Jokic. Would he be aggressive? How would he look defensively? (And of course, nobody wants to see the…

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How to Win Each Western Conference Series

For those who enjoy watching the chess match between one coach and another, a playoff series provides the opportunity to see it unfold in a way no other league can offer. Coaches have time to adjust, with multiple games in a series and days off to build their scheme. After 82 games, few set plays,…

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The NBA’s Pick-and-Pop Poison

The NBA has been a ball screen league for over a decade. Great guards score with advantages created by hard-set picks. Big men roll to the rim and put pressure on help defenders with their size and finishing prowess. The action is difficult to stop when run at such an elite level. As the league…

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The ‘Gremlin’ Spurs Don’t Die, They Multiply

This was supposed to be the year the San Antonio Spurs (finally) fell off.  We (read: I) have been waiting for the shoe to drop for years. This summer seemed to lay the framework of the inevitable slip. The Spurs traded Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a pick.…

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Put Luka Doncic in the All-Star Game, You Cowards

The last rookie to make it to the NBA All-Star Game was Blake Griffin in 2010-11. But if going by Donovan Mitchell’s definition of a rookie, Griffin wouldn’t qualify since he missed his first NBA season after fracturing his kneecap. That would mean Yao Ming was actually the last rookie to earn an All-Star berth back…

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