Take a breath; Ridnour's shot rimmed out. Durant made amends. And John Wall will be showing up on Friday.
Mayberry's post-game notes are here. Mayberry asserts that Durant still needs to play more with the ball in his hands, and I agree. Screens are the easiest way to get open looks, but having the ball in your hands, feeling the contact, and learning how to use your weight and momentum are critical to becoming a long-term offensive threat, in the mold of Kobe Bryant or Carmelo Anthony.
An astute point regarding Thabo Sefolosha - he did excellent work defending Michael Beasley from the mid-third quarter on. I think we may have seen a clue in Sefolosha's performance - he is much better at defending small forwards, where he can get his body up into them, than shooting guards, where he just doesn't seem to have good enough technique or quick enough feet to stay in front of them.
Mayberry's deadline story can be found here. I've heard this quote in various forms a few times in my life, but only a few:
"I hope I don't ever take it for granted, because he's pretty impressive" - Nick Collison
Kurt Helin tries to dispel the notion of the Shiny New Toy. He isn't disparaging the seasons that Amare Stoudemire and Derrick Rose are having; rather he's saying that their MVP talk is more a function of the public's awareness. As far as true value goes, the same guys are still on the short list.
More links after the jump.
A look at last night's game from the Wolves' perspective. The team is young, makes a ton of mistakes, and has a staggering number of games in the 4th quarter. It is admirable that they continue to play hard. I think it is because they know they're talented, and that this stage of losing will come to an end.
"They are exactly where we were two years ago...The record says they lost the game, but they're learning how to win. These kinds of games will make them better. That's a talented team. Nice young pieces. They're going to figure it out." - Coach Brooks on the Wolves
Coach Brooks makes the case for Kevin Love making his first All-Star appearance, despite the fact that his team has only won 10 games.
The draft is just around the corner, and Jimmer Fredette could be this year's Stephen Curry.