Injuries to teammates provided opportunity for Ingles, and opponents were eager to test him. Ingles, who has adopted the nickname Slo-Mo Joe, recalls that every time he switched onto guards defensively as a rookie, they would wave off their big man and call for a clear-out. The implication: This slow, white dude can’t guard me.
New York Knicks: Michael Beasley scored just two points in 26 minutes against Golden State on Monday, marking the second time in three games that he has played more than 20 minutes and finished with single-digit points. Not many people expected this to happen once Kristaps Porzingis went down, and if Beasley can’t be counted on to score, then he is a risky player to have on your roster at this critical part of the fantasy season.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook gets most of the headlines in Oklahoma City, but what Paul George is doing is worthy of some attention. The free-agent-to-be ranks fourth in the NBA in scoring (26.8 PPG) in the past 30 days and is third in 3PG (3.9) and fourth in SPG (2.0) during that span.
He absolutely without a shadow [of a doubt] is ready for a head coaching job, Casey said. That guy does so much for our program and makes my life easier. He works hard, and it has a good impact. His mind for offensive basketball is beautiful.
It was beginning to look like the Lakers were going to stay quiet. As the trade deadline approached, it seemed that Los Angeles would be content holding on to its young talent and backing off on its original intention of landing two superstars in the offseason. After all, there were reports just days before the deadline that the Lakers’ front office would refocus its efforts to the 2019 class.
And then, only a few minutes past noon on Thursday, the NBA world exploded. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski kicked off the fun by revealing the Lakers went for broke and traded Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to the Cavs in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and Cleveland’s 2018 first-round pick.