The Golden State Warriors lost their superstar, Stephen Curry, to a knee sprain early in the playoffs. For many teams, that would be a death sentence — see the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul. But it’s not so simple with the talented and well-coached Warriors. Golden State has started backup point guard Shaun Livingston in place of Curry and instilled a more basic offense, built upon penetration, post ups, and slowing things down. The result? The Warriors keep winning.
The Chicago Bulls brought in a whole new staff when they fired Tom Thibodeau last offseason and brought in rookie head coach Fred Hoiberg. But things appear to be changing around Hoiberg, heading into the 2016-17 season. Assistant coach Randy Brown is heading into a front-office role, Jim Boylen is being considered for the Indiana Pacers head coaching vacancy, and Charlie Henry could also be gone. After a rough first season under Hoiberg, it sounds like Chicago is looking to add more NBA experience in their assistant coaches.
The Cavs have had an issue the last several weeks with closing out games, creating a sense that no lead is ever safe. They didn’t have any issues sweeping the Detroit Pistons in the first round, but in the first game of their second round series with the Atlanta Hawks the Cavs blew an 18-point lead before eventually winning. Cleveland now has a 3-0 lead in the series after blowing out Atlanta with a barrage of three-pointers the last two games, so the silver lining would be that Cleveland has put their opponent away early to avoid needing to close them out late.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have made their big move already this offseason, bringing in head coach Tom Thibodeau to lead their young and extremely talented roster into the future. The next big move for the team will be the player they take in the first round of the draft, wherever that pick may land. The Wolves have a 29.2 percent chance at landing in one of the top three spots, and Ben Beecken of Dunking with Wolves takes a look at a few of the players that could make sense for Minnesota at the top of the draft board.
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of Mikhail Prokhorov that owns the Brooklyn Nets, is beginning to dabble in esports. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host a $250,000 “Counter Strike: Global Offensive” competition, as a first foray into the world of competitive online gaming. Apparently, this is only the beginning, as Prokhorov’s group intends to invest money in companies that run esports, as well. Prokhorov has spent the last several months buying up the remaining shares of the Nets and the Barclays Center, and it was noted recently that he has no intention of selling the Nets any time soon.