MAKE THE GREEN
BLACK AND BLUE
Game Time Start: 7:00 PM ET
Where: The Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Officials: B. Spooner, M. Kogut, S. Wright
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Boston Notes
Television: FOX Sports Indiana / Comcast SportsNet New England
Radio: WFNI 1070 AM, 107.5 FM / WBZ 98.5 FM
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Season Records: (W-L) 46-17 Home: 29-4
22-41 Away: 8-22
Upcoming Games: Mar 14 Mar 15 Mar 17 Mar 19 at at vs at 7:00pm 7:30pm 7:00pm 8:00pm
Projected Starting Lineup: HIBBERT WEST GEORGE STEPHENSON HILL Projected Starting Lineup: BASS HUMPHRIES GREEN BAYLESS RONDO
Ian Mahinmi - bruised left rib (out)
C.J. Watson – sprained right elbow (out)
Avery Bradley - sore right ankle (out)
Vitor Faverani - sore left knee (out)
Gerald Wallace - left knee, left ankle arthroscopies (out)
Perpetually Disappointing Trader Joe Minimally Relevant Video:
Over the course of 68 years of professional basketball, the
Boston Celtics have made 443 selections in the NBA draft.
How many of those draft selections were made with the
number one overall pick?
SBNation: Tom Ziller: The Accidental NBA Executive of the Year
The Suns' rookie GM is the top candidate to win NBA Executive of the Year.
Did he mean for the Suns to be this good?
Ryan McDonough took over the Suns in May 2013. Phoenix had come off of its worst
season in ages and figured to be one of the leading contenders for the No. 1 pick in
the 2014 NBA Draft.
To that effect, McDonough's moves seemed focused on the future. He traded veteran
defender Jared Dudley for the younger Eric Bledsoe. He shipped out aging Luis Scola
for a first-round pick, Miles Plumlee and Gerald Green, then considered to be on an
unfortunate contract. He drafted project big man Alex Len, waived Michael Beasley,
freed Caron Butler and -- just days before the season began -- traded starting center
Marcin Gortat for Emeka Okafor (out for the season and on an expiring contract) and
McDonough, in conjunction with ownership and the broader front office, also decided
to hire a rookie head coach, Jeff Hornacek. That may have been the most important
move of all.
Because Hornacek had no designs on losing as many games as possible in order to
pick Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. And not only that, he's a really good coach. He's
turned Green into a top contributor. The Morris twins are darned good -- Markieff
might be the best reserve in the land. Goran Dragic was very nearly an All-Star in the
stacked West. Plumlee is a contributor. Bledsoe began hitting his considerable potential
from Day 1. Channing Frye stepped right back in to where he'd been before sitting out
the 2012-13 season.
Everything's worked, and after Thursday's victory over the West-leading Thunder,
Phoenix is a stunning 36-25, No. 7 in the conference.
The question is whether McDonough intended for his team to be 36-25. There are two
minds on this. One is that the moves he made clearly removed veteran contributors
for picks and young players. Those are certainly the types of moves rebuilders -- not
contenders -- make. (Consider McDonough's trading partners on those move: the title
-or-bust Pacers, the star-reaching Clippers and the playoff-starved Wizards.) Further,
McDonough was one of two or three main suspects in the case of Which NBA GM
Admitted To Tanking Before The Season Began?. (The teams of the other suspects all
stink, by the way.)
But there's also some evidence McDonough didn't intend to tank. For one, he said that
it's insulting to suggest he can't pick good players outside the top five, that he needs
to lose big to add impact contributors...CONTINUE READING AT SBNATION
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