The reported Portland-Sacramento trade is the latest example illustrating the delicate balance of offense and defense #NBA teams must navigate. Portland was a strong defensive team last season. But offensively couldn't hold up to Golden State in the conference finals.
MPJ on Barkley saying he could be Denver's 2nd-best player by season's end: "We've got a lot of good players on this team. I've got a long way to go before I'm second up. We've got Jamal, Will, Gary. I'm not even starting. I appreciate the praise but I've got a long way to go."
Yeah, that @HARPER04_5 guy could play a little.
Barton’s averaging career-high in rebounds (6.8), and nearly matching his career-high in steals and 3-point shooting percentage. He’s been a rock on both ends... after having to win his spot back, no less.
Michael Malone: “If you were to say Denver should have a second All-Star, Will Barton should get that nod.”
RE: MPJ/Jokić: Don’t think you could craft an archetype of an offensive player to fit better with Jokić than a 6-10 wing who can be an elite shooter and also a natural cutter and highly-skilled finisher. Their chemistry is natural, and they’ve only had half a season together.
What did Michael Malone say today that he enjoyed most about the Jokic-Plumlee-Porter trio? That would be the rebounding. “You just got tremendous size and length out there, and that’s always a positive.” Will that triumvirate get more run Sunday? https://t.co/cjoo6QGSgl
Malone on Gary Harris: "I really want to be smart with him. I don't want to rush him back. The year he went through last year, in and out of the lineup, the frustration that that built made it really hard for him."
Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, and Paul Millsap are all out for the Nuggets tomorrow against the Pacers. Michael Malone said today that Harris is "by far" the closest out of those three to playing.
More MPJ on learning to play with Jokic: "We've made some big steps so far but we have a lot more chemistry to build...he's telling me little things that he wants as that passer, for me, where to space, so I'm going to pick up on that."