The Baseline charges forth in the New Year with a deep look into some of the drama-filled and surprising storylines around the association. On this week’s show we discuss:
– With the Western Conference being weaker than expected, two teams have been able to better results than anticipated as the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies have playoff hopes.
Oklahoma City finds itself with a mix of veterans and young talent that is meshing.
– Will they abort their plans of selling off assets?
– Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari have been the perfect gentleman and Paul’s connection with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is special.
– Steven Adams is having a fantastic season averaging career-highs in rebounding and assists.
– Is Billy Donovan getting enough credit after being maligned for many of OKC’s short-comings?
Dennis Schroder has matured into a great Sixth Man.
Nerlens Noel, Darius Bazley and Terrance Ferguson are comfortable in their roles.
Memphis is young but competitive as their talent is finding the necessary chemistry to close out games after an abysmal start.
– Taylor Jenkins remains relatively unknown amongst NBA casuals but does he deserve more credit for the team’s recent surge…Are they for real and can they stay in the hunt for the eighth seed all season long?
– Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. are building a rapport and remaining consistent.
– Jonas Valanciunas finally is stable in his standing with a team and the results are showing.
– Brandon Clarke continues to prove he dropped in the draft unnecessarily and is giving the team a great lift off the bench.
– Jae Crowder is proving to be an important veteran for the team’s balance as he looks for stability himself.
– Will the Grizzlies leverage Andre Iguodala into an asset they can use this season and beyond?
Coast to Coast
– Welcome back Kyrie Irving, Pascal Siakam, Norm Powell
– Blake Griffin opts for surgery
– Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant’s Twitter fingers
– Slugs vs Thugs: Coach Beilein slips up with the Cavs
– LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for 4th place in field goals made