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This year’s Spurs are better equipped to defend the Warriors

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Today’s feature is from Eli Horowitz, assistant men’s basketball coach at Caltech & NBA/WNBA analyst):

 

Barring injury, the Warriors should repeat as NBA champions in 2017-2018. But after an enthralling offseason that saw the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder add future hall of famers in an effort to compete with the Warriors, it’s easy to forget how close the Spurs were to going up 1-0 in the Western Conference Finals, with a chance to put pressure on Golden State. Unlike other teams in the West that added superstars, the Spurs’ offseason was ridiculed as they overpaid Pau Gasol, added injury-prone Rudy Gay and lost Jonathon Simmons, who played a significant role in the playoffs last year. Put it all together, and many feel like the Thunder and Rockets moved ahead of San Antonio with their respective additions of Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and several good role players. Although criticism off the offseason has some merit, you can’t win games in the summer. The Spurs won 67 games in 2015-2016 and 61 games in 2016-2017, and may be even better equipped to defend the Warriors this year:

Size across the roster

When people talk about size, they mistakenly think about big men clanking post-ups and an inefficient style of play in the modern NBA. But the Spurs have size throughout their roster, starting in the backcourt. Dejounte Murray is a 6-foot-5 point guard with the length to disrupt opposing lead guards and some wings:

He was unafraid in the playoffs last year, and should breakout in year two as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich trusts him more. His shooting mechanics leave a lot to be desired, but his ability to penetrate and finish at difficult angles should offset the loss of Simmons.

The Spurs have the best defensive wing combo in the league in Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Both can guard positions one through four, and their ability to take turns on opposing stars is a rarity in the NBA. Rudy Gay presents a third long perimeter defender, albeit nowhere near Leonard or Green, who could shine at the four. Add LaMarcus Aldridge, who is a huge body at the four, and who is still big at the five against the Warriors lineup of death, and the Spurs have big bodies that make it difficult for opponents to move through their offense.

Losing Dewayne Dedmon is notable. But Pau Gasol was key to stopping the Rockets in last year’s playoffs. He’s a liability out in space, but the Spurs have the perimeter defense to fight over, under and through screens and allow the Gasol to hang out by the basket. You know Popovich will somehow turn Joffrey Lauvergne into a competent defender as well, much like he did with David Lee last season.

If the Warriors have shown any weakness it’s to long, athletic teams that can also pound the offensive glass. The Oklahoma City Thunder went up 3-1 playing this style two postseasons ago and the Spurs have shown it to work themselves, until Leonard’s injury in last year’s semifinals. It’s annoying to go up against players who can both pressure up on the ball and have the length and quickness to stay with the play and prevent straight line drives to the rim. It’s probably not enough, but the Spurs positional size will force the Warriors go to plan C.

Versatility at the four

Rudy Gay will be the biggest experiment nobody is talking about this NBA season. There’s too many flashy storylines elsewhere, too many All-Stars who switched teams that will get first billing. But Rudy Gay unleashes a potential lineup of Murray-Green-Leonard-Gay-Aldridge that will be as good as it gets against the Warriors. Aldridge’s defense has been solid for the Spurs, and he can hang with Draymond Green, knowing their are four long defenders who can help at the rim. We’ll see if Murray can stick with Steph Curry, but that would allow Green, Leonard and Gay to rotate on Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala. If Murray isn’t ready, Patty Mills will at least scrap on defense and is an offensive upgrade. Better yet, let Murray hang on Iguodala and let Green or Leonard challenge Steph.

If the Spurs want to get really crazy, Gay can even play the five at times:

This would allow the Spurs to play both Mills and Murray, or give Davis Bertans more minutes. Bertans was surprisingly stout defending in the paint last year. Stick him on Iguodala or even Green and he might just hold up. If the Warriors counter by posting him up, that’s a win for San Antonio as it halts the continuous movement of the Warriors and gives the Spurs a break.

The Thunder and Rockets have defensive lineups that might be even more potent, but they sacrifice offense. Carmelo Anthony will struggle on any Warrior defensively, and Andre Roberson is an offensive liability. The Rockets best offensive and defensive lineups are vastly different. The Spurs might be the team with the best defensive lineup that sacrifices the least offense.

Coaching

Between the draft, free agency, summer league and an onslaught of trades, the NBA world has spent the last five months talking about players. But coaching still matters, especially in the playoffs. After watching the Rockets embarrass his team in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals last year, Popovich pushed all the right buttons to adjust on James Harden. They went over and zoned up pick and rolls to force midrange jumpers. They event went under some screens and personalized their pick and roll coverage depending on who was involved. It was complex, and completely gassed the Rockets, who lost the next four out of five.

Popovich has now had three years to learn the Warriors. He’s had small victories along the way even while balancing the late stage careers of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan. His schemes alone won’t be enough to stop Golden State, but he’s a lot closer to figuring it out than his colleagues.

It wasn’t a stellar summer for San Antonio, but the addition of Gay, the sophomore campaigns of Murray and Bertans, a refocused Aldridge and the continued evolution of Leonard are more than enough to keep the Spurs in the mix. They don’t have the sheer talent of Houston or Oklahoma City, but they might have the best defensive lineups to throw at the Warriors.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/10/16

–  Pacers’ Season Preview  (from Tom Lewis, Indy Cornrows):

Read it here:  http://www.indycornrows.com/2016/10/7/13204658/indiana-pacers-2016-17-season-preview

–  Pacers’ Big Lineups Get Stops  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/09/one-team-one-stat-indiana-pacers-defen

–  Pau Gasol’s New Role  (from Jeff McDonald,  expressnews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Latvian-newcomer-helps-spark-Spurs-to-102-91-win-9957641.php

–  Who Fits Next To Marc Gasol?  (from Joe Mullinax,  Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/10/10/13217810/marc-gasol-memphis-grizzlies-zach-randolph-benched

Video: The Gasol Brothers Post Action (from Jon Giesbrecht,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=IbAn3OQ2ASs

–  Jeff Hornacek On The Knicks’ Use Of The Triangle Offense (from Frank Isola, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/jeff-hornacek-admits-knicks-players-don-run-triangle-article-1.2824060

 

–  Lakers: Three Years Of Bad Defense  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/09/one-team-one-stat-lakers-bad-defense-last-three-years

–  Will The Nuggets’ Twin Tower Experiment Work?  (from Aaron Mah, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/09/denver-nuggets-will-the-twin-tower-experiment-work/

and from Jeff Mikash, Denver Stiffs: http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/10/10/13223220/time-for-denver-nuggets-coach-michael-malone-to-unleash-the-jurkic-nikola-jokic-jusuf-nurkic-nba

–  With Jackson Out, Pistons Explore Offensive Changes  (from Aaron McMann,  MLive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/10/with_reggie_jackson_out_piston_1.html

 

–  A Clean Slate For Mario Hezonja  (from Will Ogburn, Orlando Pinstriped Post):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandopinstripedpost.com/2016/9/26/13052186/Mario-Hezonja-Orlando-Magic-2016-2017-clean-slate

–  Clippers Might Play Austin Rivers At Small Forward In Some Matchups  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rivers-731540-clippers-lot.html

–  Robert Covington Can Benefit From The Makeup Of This Year’s Sixers  (from Max Rapapport, Liberty Ballers):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/10/10/13224346/sixers-season-preview-robert-covington-impact-player-joel-embiid-ben-simmons

–  Checking In On Sixers’ Point Guards McConnell And Rodriguez  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/beat-one-week-pre-season-point-guard-profile

–  Trainer Drew Hanlen’s Plan For Kelly Oubre  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2667400-engineering-the-leap-an-nba-supertrainers-plan-for-dcs-prized-sophomore

–  NBA’s “Open Court Coaches Edition” Is Peak Sports Programming  (from Tim McDonough, Hoops Critic):

Read it here:  http://hoopscritic.com/nba-open-court-coaches-edition-is-peak-sports-programming/

(Note:  Our earlier post of this story contained an incorrect link)

–  Terrance Ferguson Looks To Take NBL Route To The NBA  (from Roy Ward, smh.com.au):

Read it here:  http://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/adelaide-36ers-import-terrance-ferguson-looks-to-take-the-nbl-route-to-the-nba-201

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/4/16

–  Kerr:  Warriors’ ‘Killers’ Make Them Special  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):

Read it here: http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/kerr-golden-states-killers-make-them-special-breed

–  Harrison Barnes  Q & A  (from Jared Dubin,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/03/harrison-barnes-warriors-stephen-curry-draymond-green-death-lineup

–  Danny Ainge:  Striving To Build Another Winner  (from Harvey Araton,  NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/sports/basketball/celtics-danny-ainge-is-striving-to-build-another-winner.html

–  How Myles Turner And The Pacers Are Blocking So Many Shots  (from Ben Gibson, 8poins9seconds):

Read and view it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/02/03/breaking-down-how-myles-turner-and-the-indiana-pacers-are-now-blocking-so-many-shots/

–  Myles Turner Plays Like A Veteran  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=jJFd3HN22SY

–  What Suns’ GM Expects From New Coach Earl Watson  (from Adam Green,  Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/544214/suns-gm-with-watson-in-charge-goal-is-to-see-improved-energy-and-effort/

–   Sixers:  Why Rush The Process Now?  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=367606321

–  How Derrick Rose Is Learning To Be Derrick Rose Again  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14702727/how-derrick-rose-chicago-bulls-learning-old-self-again

 Will The Raptors Still Be Great In April And May?  (from Yaron Weitzman, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/2/3/10886750/toronto-raptors-breakdown-highlights-statistics-playoffs

–  The Origin Of The Blazers’ Defensive Resurgence  (from Joe Freeman,  Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/02/trail_blazers_defensive_resurgence.html

–  Diagnosing The Bucks’ Broken Defense  (from Eric Nehm,  Brew Hoop):

Read and view it here:  http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/2/3/10871010/diagnosing-the-bucks-defense-no-youre-not-helping

–  Kerr’s Return Shows Impact Of Great Coaching  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/02/02/steve-kerrs-work-with-warriors-shows-how-nba-greatness-requires-great-coaching/

 Recapping Last Night’s Games (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

–  Steph Curry:  No Longer “Slumping”  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/114340/stephen-curry-no-longer-slumping

Nuggets Set Of The Week:  Ram Stagger Ballscreen  (from gibsonpyper, Denver Stiffs):

Read and view it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2016/2/3/10905522/denver-nuggets-set-of-the-week-ram-stagger-ballscreen

–  Pau Gasol:  “Are We Doing Enough”?  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/22907/bulls-pick-up-slack-in-jimmy-butlers-absence-in-win-over-kings

–  The Cavs’ New Offense  (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VrKazycAAK9b79qm

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Bobby Portis  (from Sean Highkin,  Bleacher Report):   http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2613341-bobby-portis-a-work-in-progress-despite-earning-necessary-minutes-with-bulls

–  Marvin Williams  (from Russell Varner,  At The Hive):  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/2/3/10905346/marvin-williams-is-having-a-career-rebirth-and-you-didnt-even-notice

Rudy Gobert  (from Ben Reiter,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/03/rudy-gobert-utah-jazz-france-stifle-tower

 Steph Curry  (from Ananth Pandian,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25473222/watch-science-technology-shows-how-amazing-steph-curry-truly-is

–  Tim Hardaway,  Jr.  (from Chris Vivlamore,  Atlanta Journal-Constitution):  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/with-trust-hardaway-jr-increased-role-with-hawks/nqJtN/

–  Jahlil Okafor  (from Marc Whittington, Liberty Ballers):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/2/4/10896008/sixers-okafor-rebounding-bad

–  Jerian Grant  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2613303-are-ny-knicks-already-looking-past-jerian-grant-as-their-next-point-guard

–  Zach Randolph  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Spots):  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/zach-randolph–grizzlies-put-life-back-in-tall-ball-180831688.html

–  Paul George  (from Conrad Brunner,  1070thefan.com):   http://www.1070thefan.com/blogs/brunos-blog/georges-excuses-ring-increasingly-hollow

–  Ronald Roberts, Jr  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC8cF4CmsMY

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 2/1/16

–  The Warriors Are As Motivated As Ever  (from Steve Popper,  Bergen Record):
–  Tyronn Lue’s Communication Skills Have Put The Cavaliers Back On Track  (from  Chris Haynes, cleveland.com):
–  Pau Gasol:  Bulls ‘Not Disciplined’  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):
–  Monta Ellis Fuels Pacers Past Nuggets In Overtime  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):
–  Blazers Keep Wins Rolling  (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
–  Jazz Are Taking And Making More Threes   (from allthatamar, slcdunk.com):
–  Hoiberg’s Lineups Killed The Bulls Again  (from thehungarianjordan,  blogabull.com):

 The Corner Three Isn’t So Easy   (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/why-the-nbas-most-valuable-shot-the-corner-3-isnt-so-easy/article/5475823

–  Top Western Conference Teams’ Schedule Is Backloaded  (from  Aaron Barzilai,  medium.com):
–  How Bad Is Rockets’ Defensive Rebounding?  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Khris Middleton:  Second Fiddle No Longer  (from Lori Nickel,  jsonline.com):   http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-khris-middleton-second-fiddle-no-more-b99660348z1-367127371.html
–  Stanley Johnson Doesn’t Back Down On Defense  (from Rod Beard,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/01/31/pistons-johnson-back-defense/79618372/
 Breaking It Down:  Cory Joseph And Dual Screeners  (from Blake Murphy,  raptorsrepublic.com):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/02/01/breaking-it-down-cory-joseph-and-dual-screeners/
 –  James Harden  Q & A  (from Rohan Nadkarni,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/01/james-harden-houston-rockets-golden-state-warriors-nba-finals

–  Video Breakdown: Al-Farouk Aminu’s Three Point Shot  (from Dane Carbaugh, blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/2/1/10866524/portland-trail-blazers-offense-three-pointer-al-farouq-aminu-video

–  Carmelo Anthony Takes A Shot At Leadership  (from Chris Herring,  Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/carmelo-anthony-takes-a-shot-at-leadership-1454271054
–  Timberwolves Need More From Andrew Wiggins  (from Key Dae,  canishoopus.com):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/2/1/10880850/the-timberwolves-need-to-start-getting-a-lot-more-from-andrew-wiggins
–  Rivers Trying To Find A Way To Keep Age From Catching Up With Paul Pierce  (from Dan Woike,  ocregister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pierce-702230-rivers-times.html
K. J. McDaniels  (from Curt Low,  spacecityscoop.com):  http://spacecityscoop.com/2016/02/01/man-buried-houston-rockets-bench-k-j-mcdaniels/

–  Quinn Cook  (from Chris Reichert,  Upside&Motor):  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/02/01/quinn-cook-canton-charge-cleveland-cavaliers-duke-blue-devils-national-champion/

–  Ryan Boatright Chooses Europe Over D-League (from Ethan Drigotas,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/1/30/10874392/boatright-ryan-europe-d-league-Grand-Rapids-Drive-Italy-Overseas

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/31/15

–  Noel, Okafor Switch Roles (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151230_Sixers_coach_switches_roles_of_Noel__Okafor.html

–  Butler Says that he and Hoiberg are “Learning a Lot About Each Other”  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14471892/jimmy-butler-chicago-bulls-says-coach-fred-hoiberg-holding-accountable

–  Versatility Will Set the Grizzlies’ Course  (from Chris Herrington,  Commercial Appeal):

Read and view it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-Versatility-will-set-the-Grizzlies-course-363819901.html

Reggie Jackson Podcast Transcript (from Adrian Wojnarowski/ Darnell Mayberry):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/reggie-jackson-opens-up-about-his-thunder-days/article/5469638

–  Serge Ibaka  Q & A  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2603720-serge-ibaka-on-state-of-the-oklahoma-city-thunder

–  Scott Skiles Has Pulled Another Great Defense Out of His Hat  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/9836364/scott-skiles-magic-defense-improvement-victor-oladipo

–  HORNS Staggers is an Effective Play for Miami  (from Jay Ramos,  hothothoops.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/12/30/10684596/hot-hot-plays-horns-staggers-effective-play-miami-heat-dwyane-wade

–  Why the Post-Up Will Never Die  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/3-point-shooting-why-the-post-up-will-never-die/

–  Anatomy of a Game Winner:  Closer Look at Gasol’s Lob to Butler  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/samsmith/anatomy-game-winner

–  The NBA’s Best and Worst After Timeout Plays  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/nba-after-timeouts/

–  How Robin Lopez Defended Drummond  (from Jonathan Schulman,  postingandtoasting.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/12/30/10688548/look-how-good-robin-lopez-was-against-detroit

Timberwolves Moving On Slowly Without Flip Saunders (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/life-after-flip-a-look-into-wolves-future/

–  Is There A Proper Time for an NBA Coach to Get a Technical Foul? (from Anthony Slater, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/is-there-a-proper-time-for-billy-donovan-or-any-nba-coach-to-get-a-technical-foul/article/5469686

–  Defensive Rookies of the Season’s First Quarter  (from Henry Steckel,   Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoQWdR8AAPFqIeKL

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Oladipo Not Deterred By Criticism  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/magic-basketblog/os-mbb-victor-oladipo-criticism-offense-20151230-post.html

–  Kemba Walker’s Path to All-Star Efficiency  (from Tyler Davis,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689555-kemba-walker-hornets-charlotte-all-star-efficiency-jeremy-lin-nicolas-batum

Jabari Parker’s Learning  Curve Hits a Dip  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/jabari-parkers-learning-curve-hits-a-dip-b99642815z1-363891591.html

Bosh’s Story is One of Perspective  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article52400520.html

–  Ty Lawson is Turning His Offense Around  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/12/ty-lawson-showing-signs-of-turning-his-offense-around/

–  CJ McCollum  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/blazers_nuggets_cj_mccollum.html

–  Heat’s Chris Andersen Grows Into Veteran Leader  (from Adi Jospeh, Sporting news):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689660-chris-andersen-birdman-miami-heat-age-veteran-udonis-haslem-erik-spoelstra

–  Jae Crowder  (from A. Sherrod Blaekly,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/kobe-bryant-praises-jae-crowder-development-with-celtics

–  Boban Marjanovic  (from Jeff McDonald,  mysanantonio.com):  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/12/31/popovich-no-fan-of-boban-mania/

–  Mareese Speights  (from Diamond Leung,  Inside the Warriors):  http://www.ibabuzz.com/warriors/2015/12/30/warriors-marreese-speights-having-worst-most-frustrating-year-minutes-wise-but-hes-willing-to-sacrifice/

–  Jordan Mickey  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/31/10686156/celtics-assignee-jordan-mickey-continues-to-shine-for-maine-red-claws

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