Welcome to another edition of NBA RoundTable. This week we will discuss Ty Lue and the Cleveland Cavaliers, DeMarcus Cousins devastatin injury that, and so much more on this edition of NBA RoundTable.
Lets get started:
Ty Lue has decided to change the starting linup after the Cavs have lost 10 out of their last 13 games. On Friday against Indiana Tristan Thompson will start at Center and and Kevin Love will move back to Power Forward with Jae Crowder going to the bench. Will this change help the Cavs going forward?
Todd: No it is not going to make a damn bit of difference. Even though they won their last two games JR Smith scored is season high in 23 points against Indiana and they still only won by 7. He will not score that much again this year considering he is only averaging 7 points per game. The Problem goes deeper than the starting lineup and until they can fix it there is no way they make it out of the East.
Steve: I don’t think it will make a huge difference, but I do think it will help mentally for the Cavs. Any time you do a shakeup, it seems to get into the heads of the players, and ultimately it can only get better for the struggling Cavs. Honestly, I don’t think it could get much worse for them. I see them turning things around before the playoffs hit. Im not sure they are a lock to reach the Finals again, but they will have a good showing.
Chad: I think it may give them a little spark but I still wonder about their ability to compete in the playoffs coming up. I think Crowder would be better suited to come off the bench.
DeMarcus Cousins tore his achillies on Fridaynight in a win over the Rockets. Are the Pelicans playoffs hopes in jeopardy?
Todd: When they first put Cousins and Davis together after the All Star break last year there were question on wheather these two big men could play together. Well this year they answered the question. Cousins was playing some of the best basketball of his career. This injury is a killer for the Pelicans. I think it will be hard for them to make the playoffs now without him.
Steve: It sure doesnt look good, but anytime you have an Anthony Davis on your team, your team is at the very least going to compete for a playoff berth. Cousins loss is going to hurt, but I don’t think it is impossible.
Chad: I would say yes especially in the crowded Western conference and only being 2 games up on the 9th seed Clippers
Lou Williams of the Cippers is playing some of the best basketball of his career. Should he be the clear favorite for 6th man of the year?
Todd: Without a doubt. You can argue Lou Williams should be in the All Star game. He is by far having the best year of his career averaging 23.4 points 2.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game all career highs.
Steve: Yes, and I don’t think it is close. With the Clippers not playing so well, he should be in the starting lineup right now, not coming off the bench.
Chad: Yes, based on his performances he is the clear cut favorite to be the 6th man of the year.
Boston has lost 4 of the last 5 games including to the Magic and the Lakers both sub .500 teams. Are the Celtics overrated?
Todd: I don’t know if they are overrated but just like most of the other East teams I think they have a problem. Although they have a really good record I think that it should be better because a lot of times they fall behind by double digits and have to come from behind in the 2nd half or even the 4th quarter. Well maybe some of you may think it might not matter as long as they get the win, they won’t be able to do that against the better teams once they get to the playoffs. I am not sold on the Celtics coming out of the East. I think Toronto is the best team in the East at this point right now.
Steve: No, Boston is not overrated, they just fell into a rut this past week. Top teams lose to bad teams all the time. The Warriors have even lost to teams like the Kings before. They are just off their game but they will get it together, and should have the top seed in the East come playoff time. I think they are still the favorite to come out of the East and reach the Finals.
Chad: I’m going to chalk it up to being in the grind of a season more then being overrated.
A lot of scouts and media personal are comparing Trae Young to Steph Curry because he can shoot lights out from any where on the floor. Is this a fair comparison?
Todd: To be honest I have not seen the kid play. I just know what I have heard. I just have seen replays on sportscenter. I don’t think it is ever a fair comparison to compare someone still in college to an NBA Future Hall of Famer. I mean people compared Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan. What about comparing LeBron James to a pile of shit when he came out?
Steve: Okay when I first saw this question, I laughed, however when I really sat down to think about it, This Trae Young kid is the real deal. Do I think he is at the caliber of Curry? Not a chance. However, he could be something special down the road, and should be the top pick in the draft should he decide to declare (which he will). If a team like the Bulls, or Hawks, or even the Lakers can land this kid, he could be a guy they can build around for the future.
Chad: After watching Trae Young play against the Big 12 this season it is eerily reminiscent of Stephen Curry in his years at Davidson so I would agree with the assessment. Perhaps a little more reckless with the ball than Steph but nonetheless very similar.
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