The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
1. Phil Jackson unhappy with Knicks’ limited use of triangle offense – Ian Begley, ESPN
The New York Knicks are 2-4 and team president Phil Jackson is reportedly not pleased about it. No, it’s not the fact that they have the worst defensive rating in the NBA through two weeks that’s bothering the Zen Master, but rather the offense (which ranks 13th, per NBA.com) the team has been running, and how new coach Jeff Hornacek isn’t enforcing the use of Jackson’s coveted triangle offense. Since Jackson took over the Knicks back in 2014, there have been multiple instances of players and coaches (remember Derek Fisher?) showing resistance to the triangle, and it looks like we’ll be seeing more of that this season.
2. Stephen Curry hits NBA record 13 three-pointers – Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated
In news that should surprise literally nobody, reigning back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry set the NBA record for most three-pointers made in a game last night, knocking down 13 (!) as the Golden State Warriors got back on track with a win over the struggling New Orleans Pelicans. Curry finished the game with 46 points, but it was especially encouraging to see him get hot from downtown after going 0-for-10 in Friday night’s loss to the Lakers, which snapped his NBA record of 157 consecutive games with a made three-point field goal.
3. The Clippers are dominating and the Warriors don’t look invincible – Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller, SB Nation
SB Nation’s Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller review the state of the NBA after the first two weeks of the season, where they question how good the Warriors really are, and focus on how dominant the Los Angeles Clippers have been. The two writers note how even though the Warriors have been the best team in the league the last couple of seasons, the Clippers have been able to compete with them, and this might be the year they’re able to get over the hump and possibly be the best team in the Western Conference.
4. Bradley Beal says Wizards lack identity – James Herbert, CBS Sports
Monday night wasn’t a great night for the Washington Wizards, as John Wall was ejected in a home loss at the hands of the Houston Rockets, leaving them at 1-5 and searching for answers. Shooting guard Bradley Beal, who signed a mega contract extension with the team in the offseason, thinks that the team lacks an identity, and on top of that, is swagger-less. There’s been plenty of speculation that Beal and Wall don’t necessarily love playing together, so this may have been a jab at the franchise point guard, but in all likeliness, it was just locker room speak after another tough loss.
5. Paul George: ‘We’re kind of just lifeless’ – Nate Taylor, Indy Star
Beal wasn’t the only player who criticized his team Monday night, as Indiana Pacers wing Paul George let his frustration with the team’s poor defense be known after they suffered a 122-100 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. The Pacers came into the game with extra motivation after being swept by the Hornets in the 2016 NBA Playoffs, but motivation wasn’t enough, as they gave up 43 points in the first quarter. The Pacers have now lost four of their last six games, and have the leagues’ third worst defensive rating per NBA.com.