Butler recently acknowledged in an interview with ESPN’s Ryan Ruocco, Hubie Brown and Hubbarth that when Thibodeau gets angry in huddles, Butler tells younger players to just look at him; he can deliver the message differently than the barking coach. Both Butler and veteran stalwart and longtime teammate Taj Gibson have taken it upon themselves to serve as translators for Thibodeau to a younger group that isn’t used to the gruffness.
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Even veteran Brook Lopez (10 points, two 3-pointers) and youngster Ivica Zubac (6 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal in 18 minutes off the bench) did enough in the middle to get their names mentioned as potential deep streaming or punting possibilities.
The Lakers are a young team with no reason to tank, a lot of young talent who have been playing all season (so they are comfortable contributing), and a couple of late-20s vets with the motivation to produce. They also have a young head coach in Luke Walton, who, much like Brad Stevens in the East, seems to be getting his players to buy into playing Jarran Reed Womens Jersey hard. Put it all together, and the Lakers could be a sneaky source of production down the stretch, whether they’re playing other bad teams or not.
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Deked by James Harden’s patented, left-to-right crossover hop-back on the left wing, LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson slipped on a banana peel and fell backward to the hardwood on his tuchus with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter. As Johnson recovered a full 10 feet in front of Harden with 15 seconds left on the shot clock, the Houston Rockets’ guard paused. He wasn’t checking the placement of his toes or scanning the floor for a cutter — it was obvious where the Rockets’ shot would materialize.
The Rockets-Clippers locker room standoff was a case of trash talk gone too far, but players mostly stick to three unwritten rules to keep on-court and social media talk from crossing the line.
I was just trying to figure out what he was doing, Harden said. I was going to shoot it, but I was waiting to see, to figure out what was going on. I was confused. Like did the ref call side out of bounds?