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1) Should NBA turn to focus on rating for additional time?
Additional time mustn’t only resolve a winner for the sport but in addition give fans edge-of-your-seat drama. They must be intense. The NFL and NHL get that with their sudden-death score-and-you-win systems (the NFL’s is barely modified, nevertheless it still works).
NBA overtimes often lack that tension, that level of intensity.
Nevertheless, the league could have found the reply within the G-League this 12 months — setting a goal rating and having teams race to it. Wouldn’t NBA additional time be more dramatic and more entertaining if it was “first team to attain 12 points wins” somewhat than playing five minutes?
It’s an concept that might be on its way in the approaching years — the NBA has been trying it out within the G-League this season, and all of the reports are that teams adore it. Because the NBA uses the G-League as its petri dish to experiment with recent ideas, and this ending is flourishing there… don’t be shocked if this leads to the NBA in the subsequent couple of years.
The NBA has been using the Elam Ending — or what they may call the goal rating ending — for just a few years now. Fans will recognize it from the All-Star Game, where the goal rating to win is 24 greater than the team with the lead at the top of the third quarter (24 for Kobe Bryant, so if the West leads 110-100 then the goal rating is 134, the primary team to the number wins). It’s worked well and added a little bit drama to an otherwise often dull game that lacks intensity.
So why not bring it to additional time of NBA regular season games? The NBA has experimented with it this 12 months with the G-League — the primary team to attain eight wins — and the thrill has been good. John Hollinger summed it up well writing at The Athletic after the G-League Showcase in Las Vegas just before Christmas.
That change got a thumbs-up from NBA personnel I spoke to, with the consensus being that NBA overtimes are too long without delay and deflate drama from the top of the fourth quarter. The goal rating also eliminated the prospect of multiple overtimes and the crazy player minute situations they will engender. The G League staffers all adore it, too.
The number must be higher than eight points for the NBA additional time, a dozen give or take a pair is sensible. Hollinger noted that the brand new ending created its own strategies in OT.
In case your opponent is three points away from the goal rating, do you foul to eliminate losing on a 3-pointer? Concede a layup to do the identical? (I saw a few teams in this example hug all of the shooters and leave gaping holes down Foremost Street).
This must be a daily season thing only — get to the playoffs and I need the potential drama of multiple overtimes, and the intensity on every possession is already there. Consider it just like the NHL, which in the course of the regular season plays 3-on-3 hockey in additional time for five minutes, then if no one scored they go to a shootout. Nevertheless, within the playoffs, it’s regular 5-on-5 hockey and sudden death — the primary team to attain wins. There is no such thing as a reason the regular season and playoff additional time rules have to be the identical.
This doesn’t mean the NBA should put a goal rating in at the top of the fourth quarter either — keep the 48 minutes at 48 minutes. Don’t mess with the regular 4 quarter game. But additional time within the NBA can often lack the drama it must have — a goal rating could help change that.
2) Jokic, Denver beat Boston and… are the Nuggets the most effective team within the West?
In a wide-open Western conference, why not the Denver Nuggets?
Denver showed how dangerous it might be Sunday night as Nikola Jokic put up one other triple-double with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists — and the Denver Nuggets shot their well past the Boston Celtics, 123-111 in a battle of the teams in first place in each conference.
— NBA (@NBA) January 2, 2023
This was one among those nights where the Nuggets couldn’t miss, shooting 57% overall and hitting 17-of-30 from 3. The Nuggets have been hot shooting for some time and have won 10-of-12, and more importantly, their bottom five defense before this run has been a good twelfth within the league over the past dozen games.
This game featured a lengthy delay after a Robert Williams III dunk knocked one among the edges askew and a crew of six, plus a few ladders and staff with a level had to return out and straighten the thing.
Nuggets players were playing rock-paper-scissors with a fan during 38-minute delay 😂💙 pic.twitter.com/0L3qL0jJPt
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 2, 2023
Even after that Brown was not blissful.
“There was no communication. They spent all that point attempting to fix it, but once we got here back, it still looked prefer it wasn’t even level, in my view. So we just wasted all that point,” Brown said, via the Associated Press.”That has an effect on the sport. That’s how injuries and stuff occur. Luckily, that didn’t [happen], but that wasn’t good. That whole process was handled poorly, in my view, and that had an effect as well. But luckily no one got hurt.”
The Nuggets, once they defend like this, are legit. They may come out of the West this season.
3) Ja Morant puts up 35 within the Grizzlies win, then makes young fan’s day
The Grizzlies kept right on rolling Sunday night as Ja Morant scored 35 points and his Grizzlies pulled away within the fourth quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings 118-108.
Dishing, dunking, doing all of it 🐻
— NBA (@NBA) January 2, 2023
Nevertheless, the highlight of the night was Morant making a young Grizzlies fan’s day by giving him his game shoes after the win.