While the Cavaliers weren’t shy about using their best pick-and-roll combination throughout the 2016-17 NBA season, the Warriors kept theirs under wraps until the 2017 NBA Finals. As ESPN’s Zach Lowe noted during the NBA Finals, the Warriors relied on more two-man actions involving Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant — fancy speak for pick-and-rolls featuring Curry and Durant — than they did during the entire regular season. It’s not an option Mike Brown and Steve Kerr exhausted through the opening four games of Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys the series, but they leaned on it heavily in Game 5 when they beat the Cavaliers by nine points.
Commend them unless, as many scouts say, Fultz becomes the big star of this draft. Ainge would be taking a big risk here. By the end of the summer, the Celtics could remain a team loaded with forward-facing young assets, one that passed on arguably the best player in the draft.
Or they could be sitting on a budding super team of their own, with an enviable mix of proven stars and rising young talent. It depends on just what kind of game Ainge has in mind here.
Hankins is buying in on his new digs. He went public with his belief Indianapolis has the best defense in the AFC. He’s almost certainly incorrect, but these new faces will at least help keep the unit out of the league’s cellar.
They’ll be counted on to bring youth and athleticism to a defense that started five players aged 30 or older last fall. All five of those veterans, including longtime standby Robert Mathis, won’t return in 2017 and will cede their roles to younger players. If Al Woods and Margus Hunt, two more offseason signings, can crack the lineup this fall, Ballard will have replaced the majority of 2016’s defensive starters.