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Five starting: Darren Collison, Wesley Matthews, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
Indiana would easily be among the top five with a healthy Victor Oladipo, and the team managed to stay afloat with Evans in his place. Wesley Matthews, who has just bought the New York Knicks, is also on his way and should take Oladipo's former position again.
Despite losing Oladipo, team president Kevin Pritchard said the Pacers are not about to throw in the towel, according to J. Michael Indianapolis Star:
"When Victor fell, you could easily justify, let's go back, look to the future, I do not like" tank. "I do not like that word, we could have seen that, it has never been screwed to the tongue, we never thought about it … I spoke to the team today, I always talk to the company. team right after a trading deadline The truth is that I could not be more proud of this team.This team is in full struggle.We may not be the most talented team in the team. "But I can see it in their eyes, they feel they can compete with anyone."
While Evans struggled as a starter, the Pacers have won three straight wins with him in this role and have an impressive net score of plus-12.2 with this five-man unit all season. Do not count Indiana for the moment.
Five starting: Dr. Angelo Russell, Joe Harris, Caris LeVert, Rodions Kurucs, Jarrett Allen
The return of LeVert after a dislocation of the right foot means a big boost for the starting formation of the Nets.
"I thought he looked good, that he looked sporty, that he was athletic, that he made downhill passes," said head coach Kenny Atkinson, by Tom Dowd of BrooklynNets.com. "Obviously, there were some bumps here and there, but for the most part, I think he was a plus-five on the sheet, so he had some good points tonight and played well. "
LeVert (17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists) and Russell (19.8 points, 6.5 assists) are the main building blocks of a team of nets that s & # 39; is hoisted to sixth place in the East.
Harris has imposed himself as one of the NBA's best three-point shooters, while Allen has proven that he feared no one at the edge with his shooting blocking abilities.
Brooklyn is becoming a team that no one wants to face in the playoffs and an enticing future home for free agents this summer.
Five starting: Jrue Holliday, Elfrid Payton, Anthony Miller, Darius Miller, Julius Randle
New Orleans has the fourth-best NBA lineup (84.9 points per game, by hoopsstats.com). He is also third at rebound (32.8) and second at assistants (20.1).
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Davis is obviously the main reason for these figures, and his playing time during these two difficult months could vary. It was already held on an entire fourth quarter, and ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Davis will see a reduction in minutes while playing less, if any, back to back.
New Orleans is already thin on the wing and having Davis for a few minutes (or not at all some nights) makes him lose some spots here.
Five starting: Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram, LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, JaVale McGee
No Anthony Davis means that it 's still a medium range that keeps your head out of the water simply because of James.
At the trade deadline, Los Angeles did nothing to show he was looking to win a title this season with James at age 34. Rather, it focused on organic growth and maximum capability this summer. No word on the percentage of this ceiling space draws three this season.
Rondo keeps the siege warm at the goalkeeper's post until Lonzo Ball's return, which may not be until March. If James manages in one way or another to bring this beginner to the finals, it will be perhaps the greatest feat of his career.
Five starting: Bryn Forbes, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Bertans Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge
San Antonio remains an extremely efficient group, although the line-up is getting further and further away from the championship version of yesteryear.
Spurs starters are third at three-point shooting (39.9%, by hoopsstats.com), fourth at goal percentage (48.8%) and fourth at free throw percentage (83.5%) .
DeRozan and Aldridge both score at least 21.0 points per game. Gay surprised with his 14.4 points on a career high of 43.0% out of three. If Dejounte Murray had not torn his ACL before the start of the season, it would be a top 10 unit.