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Feb 27, 2017 11:05 AM ET

 

The trade deadline has come and gone, probably without affecting anybody's Finals predictions.

Jimmy Butler is still in Chicago, Paul George is still in Indiana, and the Boston Celtics still have just one (2017) All-Star. There was an All-Star traded before he could leave New Orleans, but the DeMarcus Cousins deal won't affect anything beyond the chase for the No. 8 seed this season.

Some playoff teams - Houston, Oklahoma City, Toronto and Washington - added depth. But the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors still don't have clear challengers in their respective conferences. In fact, upon signing Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut (as expected), the Cavs will be adding as much depth after the deadline as any other team added before it.

Still, there's a lot to keep an eye on with just 47 days to go before the playoffs begin. Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker are already contributing to wins in Toronto, Lou Williams has fit right in with the Rockets, and the pressure is on Cousins and Anthony Davis to figure things out on both ends of the floor as the Pelicans try to grab the last playoff spot in the West.

  • Hero team of the week: Utah (2-0) -- Road wins are good wins and the Jazz picked up two of them over the weekend, including one in Washington, where the Wizards had won 19 of their last 20 games.
  • Zero team of the week: Atlanta (0-2) -- The Hawks are still six games over .500, but have a point differential of minus-63 for the season after getting outscored by 37 points (and shooting 38 percent) in a back-to-back against Miami and Orlando.
  • East vs. West: The West is 190-157 (.548) against the East in interconference games after going 6-5 last week.
  • Toughest schedules through Sunday: 1. L.A. Lakers, 2. Portland, 3. Brooklyn
  • Easiest schedules through Sunday: 1. Washington, 2. Indiana, 3. Golden State
  • Schedule strength is based on cumulative opponent record, and adjusted for home vs. away and days of rest before a game.
  • High jumps of the week: Utah (+3), Six teams (+2)
  • Free falls of the week: Atlanta (-3), LA Clippers (-3), Seven teams (-2)
  • Team to watch this week: Washington -- After the Wizards host the Warriors on Tuesday, they play a home-and-home with the Raptors that could go a long way in determining the 3 seed, which would be the key to a much better chance of advancing in the playoffs.

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Pace: Possessions per 48 minutes (League Rank)
OffRtg: Points scored per 100 possessions (League Rank)
DefRtg: Points allowed per 100 possessions (League Rank)
NetRtg: Point differential per 100 possessions (League Rank)

The league has averaged 98.9 possessions (per team) per 48 minutes and 106.0 points scored per 100 possessions this season.

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1
Last week:
1

Record: 49-9
Pace: 103.1 (2) OffRtg: 114.1 (1) DefRtg: 101.3 (2) NetRtg: +12.8 (1)

Kevin Durant hurt his hand (though he's expected to play in Philly on Monday) and Draymond Green has scored in double-figures in just three of his last 14 games. But the Warriors have a couple of guards that can pick up the scoring slack and their defense is as good as its been all season. On offense, they're the only team that has taken less than 10 percent of its shots in the last six seconds of the shot clock. But on defense, only three teams have forced their opponents to take a greater percentage of their shots in the last six seconds. They've clinched a playoff berth in the West and they're 18-2 against the East as they head out on a five-game trip.

This week: @ PHI, @ WAS, @ CHI, @ NYK

2
Last week:
3

Record: 45-13
Pace: 96.9 (26) OffRtg: 110.2 (5) DefRtg: 101.0 (1) NetRtg: +9.2 (2)

The Spurs kept their starting lineup (with Dewayne Dedmon at center) together and Pau Gasol looked pretty comfortable coming off the bench in his first two games back, scoring 32 points (making all five of his 3-point attempts) and grabbing 18 rebounds in two wins at Staples Center. Now the Spurs have just eight road games remaining, with just five one-game trips in the month of March. They have the league's best road NetRtg (plus-8.2 points per 100 possessions), but LaMarcus Aldridge has been a much better shooter at home (effective field goal percentage of 56.5 percent) than on the road (46.3 percent).

This week: vs. IND, @ NOP, vs. MIN

3
Last week:
4

Record: 42-18
Pace: 102.0 (4) OffRtg: 112.0 (2) DefRtg: 105.6 (15) NetRtg: +6.4 (3)

With the addition of Lou Williams (who hit two threes in his first 33 seconds as a Rocket) and with 109 3-point attempts in their first two games since the break, the Rockets are all-in on trying to win from beyond the arc. And when you note that the Warriors are 7-6 when their opponent has made at least 12 threes and 42-3 otherwise, maybe that makes sense. The Rockets play the Warriors two more times at the end of March, but the next seven games - against six teams with winning records and the Bulls - is their toughest stretch of remaining schedule. They scored 123 points per 100 possessions in their two games last week with James Harden totaling only 37 points.

This week: vs. IND, @ LAC, vs. MEM

4
Last week:
2

Record: 40-17
Pace: 99.2 (14) OffRtg: 111.1 (3) DefRtg: 106.6 (20) NetRtg: +4.5 (6)

Kyle Korver (63 percent from 3-point range in February) remains on fire, Richard Jefferson has gotten around to making some shots, and Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut are on their way to provide additional depth. But none of it matters without LeBron James. Saturday's loss to Chicago dropped the Cavs to 4-19 without James (who has strep throat) in the three years since he returned to Cleveland. Both James and his team have downplayed his need for rest, but after Monday's game against Milwaukee, they'll be on the road for 12 of their next 16, and no team has more back-to-backs remaining than the Cavs do. Friday-Saturday visits to Atlanta and Miami is the first of the seven they have left (Detroit also has seven).

This week: vs. MIL, @ BOS, @ ATL, @ MIA

5
Last week:
8

Record: 37-22
Pace: 93.6 (30) OffRtg: 107.3 (12) DefRtg: 101.5 (3) NetRtg: +5.8 (4)

Gordon Hayward brought the dunks in Milwaukee on Friday and the daggers in Washington on Sunday, leading the Jazz back into fourth place in the West. They rank seventh offensively over the last month, with Hayward and George Hill combining to shoot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. They have the tougher remaining schedule than the fifth-place Clippers, but have a soft, four-game stretch after Tuesday's visit to Oklahoma City. If Rodney Hood gets back in a rhythm (he has shot 3-for-16 in his first two games back), they could get back into the top 10 on both ends of the floor.

This week: @ OKC, vs. MIN, vs. BKN, @ SAC

6
Last week:
6

Record: 38-21
Pace: 98.7 (18) OffRtg: 109.3 (6) DefRtg: 106.1 (18) NetRtg: +3.2 (8)

Another deadline has passed with Danny Ainge still holding onto his picks and while there's certainly an argument for patience, it will be fascinating to see how this plays out long-term...
Can the Celtics (as-is) make the conference finals? (They're now 2-5 against the Raptors and Wizards, having allowed 113 points per 100 possessions in the seven games.)
Where does this year's Nets pick land?
Who can the Celtics add with the cap space they saved by not trading for another player?
Last year's Nets pick (Jaylen Brown) had a couple of good games coming out of the break and hit the go-ahead three in the final minute of Sunday's win in Detroit.

This week: vs. ATL, vs. CLE, @ LAL, @ PHX

7
Last week:
5

Record: 34-23
Pace: 99.4 (13) OffRtg: 107.7 (9) DefRtg: 105.0 (10) NetRtg: +2.7 (9)

Bojan Bogdanovic gave the Wizards some good minutes in the second half on Sunday, but otherwise, the Wizards' bench was pretty dreadful as they scored less than a point per possession in two straight games (losses to Philadelphia and Utah) for the first time since early November. With the Cavs still holding strong to the No. 1 seed in the East and teams Nos. 6-8 looking less than strong, there's a big difference between finishing third and finishing fourth. So this week's home-and-home with Toronto could be the most important three days of both teams' seasons.

This week: vs. GSW, @ TOR, vs. TOR, vs. ORL

8
Last week:
10

Record: 34-25
Pace: 100.7 (6) OffRtg: 104.2 (20) DefRtg: 104.8 (8) NetRtg: -0.6 (14)

Upgrades were abound in Oklahoma City last week. They added Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott via trade, got Enes Kanter back from injury, and got career highs from both Alex Abrines (19 points) and Andre Roberson (19 points, too) in Friday's win over the Lakers. Russell Westbrook went for 41, 11 and 11 in Sunday's win over New Orleans, but the key to climbing the West standings could be those minutes he's off the floor. The added depth should help in that regard, though Victor Oladipo's health (he missed the two games with back spasms) is kind of a big deal too.

This week: vs. UTA, @ POR, @ PHX, @ DAL

9
Last week:
11

Record: 35-24
Pace: 97.5 (22) OffRtg: 111.0 (4) DefRtg: 106.0 (17) NetRtg: +5.0 (5)

The Raptors didn't have Kyle Lowry (right wrist injury) last week, but they did have Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, who were a plus-16 in their 32 minutes together in wins (by a total of 16 points) over the Celtics and Blazers. Ibaka totaled 33 points in the two games, while Tucker had his hand in holding Isaiah Thomas to just four points in the fourth quarter on Friday. In fact, the Raptors took the lead for good on a sequence that began with Tucker smothering a Thomas drive. With the new guys and with only three games remaining against top-10 offenses (this week's home-and-home with the Wizards accounting for two of the three), the Raps have the opportunity to climb several spots in defensive efficiency.

This week: @ NYK, vs. WAS, @ WAS, @ MIL

10
Last week:
7

Record: 36-23
Pace: 98.7 (17) OffRtg: 109.0 (7) DefRtg: 105.5 (13) NetRtg: +3.5 (7)

Blake Griffin (72 points on 56 percent shooting over the last two games) seems happy to have his point guard back. Chris Paul's return didn't get the Clippers back on track defensively and he shot just 10-for-32, but (as it always is) it was their minutes with him off the floor that gave them problems as they lost to the Spurs on Friday and needed overtime to beat the Hornets on Sunday. They're 3-11 (0-7 in the second game) in their last seven back-to-backs, with six more remaining, including a Milwaukee-Chicago trip this week.

This week: vs. HOU, @ MIL, @ CHI

11
Last week:
9

Record: 35-25
Pace: 95.3 (28) OffRtg: 104.3 (19) DefRtg: 103.0 (4) NetRtg: +1.3 (10)

The Grizzlies have been their best in the fourth quarter and have won the fourth in eight straight games. A 24-13 fourth wasn't enough to come back from a 27-point deficit in Indiana on Friday, but Mike Conley and Marc Gasol's takeover in the first six minutes of the final period in Denver on Sunday was the difference as they improved to 6-2 on the road over the last month. Gasol had been ice cold from 3-point range (3-for-26 since Feb. 3) before hitting two of his three attempts in the final 10 minutes.

This week: vs. PHX, @ DAL, @ HOU

12
Last week:
13

Record: 27-32
Pace: 97.7 (21) OffRtg: 103.6 (23) DefRtg: 104.0 (6) NetRtg: -0.4 (13)

The Heat came out of the break strong and continued their charge toward a playoff spot with a pair of 18-point wins over teams ahead of them in the East standings. There was an increase in ball movement (3.25 passes per possession, up from 3.01 before the break), with a 10-assist game from Dion Waiters and an eight-assist game from James Johnson. But in a season where few teams have been able to get stops consistently, they're still winning with defense. As they've gone 16-2 since Jan. 17, they've held 10 of their 18 opponents, including both the Hawks and Pacers over the weekend, under a point per possession.

This week: @ DAL, vs. PHI, @ ORL, vs. CLE

13
Last week:
15

Record: 30-29
Pace: 97.4 (23) OffRtg: 104.8 (17) DefRtg: 105.5 (12) NetRtg: -0.7 (16)

The Bulls kept the star (Jimmy Butler) in his prime, but traded the glue guy (Taj Gibson) on the other side of 30 and the shooter (Doug McDermott) with another year left on his rookie contract. They're still a weird mix of vets that need to win and young guys, including new point guard Cameron Payne, that need to play. The good news is that one of the young guys - Denzel Valentine - helped them extend their winning streak to four games and get back over .500 by totaling 26 points (shooting 8-for-13 from 3-point range), and seven assists in weekend wins over Phoenix and Cleveland.

This week: vs. DEN, vs. GSW, vs. LAC

14
Last week:
14

Record: 30-29
Pace: 98.9 (15) OffRtg: 105.5 (14) DefRtg: 106.5 (19) NetRtg: -1.0 (18)

The Pacers held on to Paul George, who scored nine points in Friday's win over Memphis and got ejected from Saturday's loss in Miami. That one gave a potential tie-breaker to the Heat and pushed the Pacers to 9-19 on the road (the worst mark among teams in playoff position), with their five-game trip only getting tougher this week. While they've been at their best (plus-12.0 points per 100 possessions) with George on the floor at home, they've been much worse (minus-8.3) with him on the floor than with him on the bench (minus-1.3) on the road.

This week: @ HOU, @ SAS, @ ATL

15
Last week:
12

Record: 32-26
Pace: 99.6 (11) OffRtg: 102.4 (26) DefRtg: 103.4 (5) NetRtg: -1.0 (17)

It was a bad start to the post-break schedule for Dennis Schroder and the Hawks. Schroder was suspended for Friday's game against Miami because he got back from the break late, and he began Saturday's game in Orlando on the bench, because he missed the team bus. The Hawks lost both games (falling to 5-8 within the Southeast Division), shooting 38 percent and turning the ball over 35 times. One of the only players who has shot worse from 3-point range over the last month than Schroder (10-for-44) is new teammate Ersan Ilyasova (14-for-65).

This week: @ BOS, vs. DAL, vs. CLE, vs. IND

16
Last week:
17

Record: 28-31
Pace: 97.0 (25) OffRtg: 103.5 (24) DefRtg: 104.8 (9) NetRtg: -1.3 (19)

The Pistons didn't find a deal for Andre Drummond or Reggie Jackson at the deadline, and didn't exactly resolve their issues with those two guys afterward. Jackson played just 20 minutes and Drummond was a minus-20 in Thursday's overtime win over Charlotte, as the Pistons played the entire fourth quarter and OT with both of them on the bench, outscoring the Hornets 44-23 over the final 17 minutes. Jackson was more productive in Sunday's loss to Boston, but Drummond shot 1-for-11 from the free throw line and the team was once again better with reserves on the floor.

This week: vs. POR, @ NOP, @ PHI

17
Last week:
18

Record: 24-34
Pace: 99.6 (10) OffRtg: 106.6 (13) DefRtg: 108.9 (26) NetRtg: -2.4 (22)

The last playoff spot in the West is still very much up for grabs and Jusuf Nurkic has made a positive impact, but the Blazers can't get the quality wins they need to move up. Sunday's loss in Toronto dropped them to 8-22 (with six straight losses) against the 14 teams that currently have winning records. The good news is that no team has more games remaining against the 16 teams that currently have losing records. The Blazers are 16-12 in games within that group (having won four of the last five), with two of their remaining 15 (Oklahoma City and Washington also have 15) this week.

This week: @ DET, vs. OKC, vs. BKN

18
Last week:
16

Record: 26-33
Pace: 100.7 (7) OffRtg: 108.7 (8) DefRtg: 110.8 (30) NetRtg: -2.1 (21)

Nikola Jokic has been the brightest star of the Nuggets' six guys under the age of 23, but the other guy they got in the 2014 Draft has been a big plus of late. While Jokic came out of the break slowly, Gary Harris picked up where he left off and has averaged 19.6 points on 52 percent shooting (making 25 of his 49 3-point attempts) over his last seven games. The Nuggets have scored 122 points per 100 possessions with Harris and Jokic on the floor together in that stretch, but their bench was pretty terrible as they lost to the Kings and Grizzlies last week. With Emmanuel Mudiay out of the rotation, they've been using Jamal Murray as their back-up point guard.

This week: @ CHI, @ MIL, vs. CHA

19
Last week:
20

Record: 25-34
Pace: 96.7 (27) OffRtg: 104.8 (18) DefRtg: 108.5 (24) NetRtg: -3.7 (24)

For one game, the Kings looked better off for having traded DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein looked ready to step into Cousins' shoes. His (career-high) 29 points and 10 rebounds (with Nikola Jokic getting put in the blender) were part of a big performance from their young bench in Thursday's win over Denver, which brought them within a half game of eighth place. But they're still the Kings and they came up empty, with Cauley-Stein missing all five of his shots against Charlotte on Saturday. Tyreke Evans got a start (on Saturday) before Buddy Hield.

This week: vs. MIN, vs. BKN, vs. UTA

20
Last week:
22

Record: 23-35
Pace: 93.7 (29) OffRtg: 103.9 (22) DefRtg: 105.7 (16) NetRtg: -1.8 (20)

The Mavs will have to pay Nerlens Noel this summer and still have a long way to go to build a core for the next 3-5 years, but Noel's defense and rolls to the rim will complement their guards long-term and Dirk Nowitzki short-term. They're still just three games out of eighth place and as they were allowing Deron Williams to walk to Cleveland, Yogi Ferrell has looked less like a full-time starter. The Mavs have scored just 96 points per 100 possessions over their last four games, but were able to win ugly against the Pelicans on Saturday.

This week: vs. MIA, @ ATL, vs. MEM, vs. OKC

21
Last week:
19

Record: 23-37
Pace: 100.2 (9) OffRtg: 102.0 (27) DefRtg: 105.1 (11) NetRtg: -3.1 (23)

We shouldn't have expected the Pelicans to begin the Boogie era on fire and last week's schedule, a home game vs. the Rockets and a road back-to-back, was tough. But with every loss comes a greater sense of urgency if they want to make the playoffs and their three-game losing streak has them in 13th place, four games in the loss column behind the eighth-place Nuggets. They've scored a paltry 96 points per 100 possessions with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis on the floor together, in part because Jrue Holiday has shot 29 percent and has almost as many turnovers (16) as assists (18) in the three games since the trade.

This week: vs. DET, vs. SAS, @ LAL

22
Last week:
21

Record: 22-36
Pace: 100.8 (5) OffRtg: 100.0 (30) DefRtg: 105.5 (14) NetRtg: -5.5 (27)

Unexpectedly, the Sixers traded Nerlens Noel instead of Jahlil Okafor. Not-so unexpectedly, they ruled No. 1 pick Ben Simmons out for the season. Post-ups are the most inefficient play-type and the Sixers have been at their worst offensively with Okafor on the floor, but he scored 28 points on 11-for-19 shooting on Saturday, getting two huge, final-minute buckets in the post before Carmelo Anthony hit the game-winner. He may not be the better fit, but he has two more years on his rookie deal. So there was far less urgency to trade Okafor than there was with Noel, who they weren't going to re-sign this summer.

This week: vs. GSW, @ MIA, vs. NYK, vs. DET

23
Last week:
25

Record: 23-36
Pace: 97.2 (24) OffRtg: 107.7 (10) DefRtg: 108.3 (23) NetRtg: -0.6 (15)

Andrew Wiggins has scored at least 20 points in a franchise-record 17 straight games and Karl-Anthony Towns is right behind him, having scored 20-plus in 14 straight. Ricky Rubio is still around and making great passes, and the Wolves have sandwiched the All-Star break with their best basketball of the season. Brandon Rush has taken Zach LaVine's starting job and the new lineup has been potent offensively, but Tom Thibodeau is using two point guards together more often. The Rubio-Tyus Jones combination was particularly productive in Friday's win over Dallas.

This week: @ SAC, @ UTA, @ SAS

24
Last week:
24

Record: 25-34
Pace: 98.8 (16) OffRtg: 105.2 (15) DefRtg: 104.6 (7) NetRtg: +0.6 (12)

With help from the Boogie-less Kings and with a big game (23 points, 13 rebounds, five threes) from Frank Kaminsky, the Hornets got their first road win of the calendar year on Saturday. But when Kaminsky fouled out in L.A. on Sunday, Steve Clifford had to dust off Christian Wood, who almost doubled his minutes total (from 26 to 49) for the whole season in the Hornets' second overtime loss of the week. If they're going to make any kind of run for a playoff spot, it has to be now, with six of their next seven games against teams with losing records.

This week: @ LAL, @ PHX, @ DEN

25
Last week:
23

Record: 26-31
Pace: 97.7 (20) OffRtg: 107.5 (11) DefRtg: 106.8 (21) NetRtg: +0.7 (11)

Giving Khris Middleton his first start of the season and moving Michael Beasley back to the bench on Sunday improved the Bucks' bench more than it improved the starting lineup. And Beasley gave them a lift in their win over the Suns, scoring 11 points on a 15-4 to start the second quarter. Matthew Dellavedova and Tony Snell have histories of good defense, but the Bucks have been sub-par defensively (allowing 108.1 points per 100 possessions) with the starting backcourt on the floor together and they haven't exactly been productive offensively either. Milwaukee does have the league's fifth best aggregate bench NetRtg and making another change to the starting lineup could damage the second-unit.

This week: @ CLE, vs. DEN, vs. LAC, vs. TOR

26
Last week:
27

Record: 24-35
Pace: 99.5 (12) OffRtg: 105.1 (16) DefRtg: 108.8 (25) NetRtg: -3.7 (25)

A trade for a point guard (like Ricky Rubio) who passes a lot more often than the Knicks' current point guard would have been great for Kristaps Porzingis, who gets fewer shots per 36 minutes than said point guard. But the Knicks couldn't make a deal and Porzingis sprained his ankle in Thursday's loss in Cleveland, but Carmelo Anthony didn't need any help to hit his fifth final-minute game-winner of the season after the Knicks blew a 17-point lead to the Sixers for the second time.

This week: vs. TOR, @ ORL, @ PHI, vs. GSW

27
Last week:
29

Record: 22-38
Pace: 98.5 (19) OffRtg: 100.6 (29) DefRtg: 106.9 (22) NetRtg: -6.3 (28)

The Magic have played a good 84 minutes coming out of the break, allowing Portland and Atlanta to score just 90 points per 100 possessions over seven quarters. But they got outscored 35-18 by the Blazers in the fourth on Thursday, blowing an 11-point lead with less than nine minutes to go. On Saturday, their new starting lineup was dominant, outscoring the Hawks 58-27 in less than 21 minutes. Even if the bench can't hold onto leads, playing better defense and finding a lineup that works would be important accomplishments for the last two months of the season.

This week: vs. NYK, vs. MIA, @ WAS

28
Last week:
26

Record: 18-41
Pace: 102.0 (3) OffRtg: 103.9 (21) DefRtg: 109.0 (27) NetRtg: -5.1 (26)

The Suns traded one vet (P.J. Tucker) last week and DNP'd two others (Brandon Knight and Tyson Chandler) in losses in Chicago and Milwaukee. Chandler's absence allowed Alan Williams to total 33 points and 18 boards backing up Alex Len in the two games. Both went down to the wire, with Devin Booker missing a free throw for the win with 1.5 seconds left on Friday (after the Suns blew an 11-point lead with less than five minutes left) and Marquese Chriss missing two free throws for the lead with 30 seconds left on Sunday. The Suns still rank as the fourth best clutch free throw shooting team.

This week: @ MEM, vs. CHA, vs. OKC, vs. BOS

29
Last week:
28

Record: 19-41
Pace: 100.7 (8) OffRtg: 103.2 (25) DefRtg: 110.4 (29) NetRtg: -7.2 (29)

The Lakers have lost seven of the eight quarters in the Magic Johnson-as-team-president era and, without Lou Williams, their offense has been as bad as their defense. D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson have all had big games, but Nick Young has shot 9-for-37 over their four-game losing streak. Paul George may have eyes for L.A., but it might be tough to import a second star when Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov and, now, Corey Brewer are taking up a ton of future cap space.

This week: vs. CHA, vs. BOS, vs. NOP

30
Last week:
30

Record: 9-49
Pace: 103.9 (1) OffRtg: 101.0 (28) DefRtg: 109.4 (28) NetRtg: -8.4 (30)

The Nets traded Bojan Bogdanovic for a pick in the 20s, much like they traded Thaddeus Young (without taking on the future salary that comes with Andrew Nicholson) for the same last June. They used that pick to select Caris LeVert, who has shown potential as a 6-7 pick-and-roll decision-maker. Brooklyn has scored 1.17 points per possession with LeVert as the ball-handler, the fourth best mark (behind only Kyle Lowry, LeBron James and James Harden) among 140 players who have used at least 175 ball screens, according to SportVU. LeVert's 181 ball screens (and 71 plays made off of them) is a very small sample size, but, even with Jeremy Lin back, the rookie should get more opportunities to make plays over the final seven weeks of the season.

This week: @ SAC, @ UTA, @ POR


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