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Whicker: 44 notes on 22 NBA teams, before the bubble season begins

first_imgBojan Bogdanovic, averaging 20.2 points, will miss the playoffs with a broken wrist.OKLAHOMA CITY (40-24): Chris Paul is shooting 48.4 percent, his best since 2010, at age 35.Ex-Clippers Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander have combined to average 38.7 points.HOUSTON (40-24): Since Clint Capela was injured, Houston’s small lineup is 11-6 with wins over the Lakers and Utah and two over Boston.James Harden is launching 55.5 of his shots from behind the 3-point line, a career high.DALLAS (40-27): Mavericks are averaging 116.4 points, most since 1987.Luka Doncic ranks sixth in the league in scoring, fourth in assists and in free throw attempts.MEMPHIS (32-33): Six of the Grizzlies’ top nine scorers are in their first, second or third season in the league.Memphis is 26-17 since Dec. 4.PORTLAND (29-37): Damian Lillard is leading the NBA in minutes (36.9) and averaging 28.9 points.Center Jusuf Nurkic returns from a 16-month absence. Power forward Zach Collins, who has missed all but three games, is back, too.NEW ORLEANS (28-36): Brandon Ingram’s 24.3-point average is a six-point improvement over 2019, with the Lakers.The Pelicans are 10-9 since rookie Zion Williamson joined up.SACRAMENTO (28-36): In their first year with coach Luke Walton, the Kings won 10 of 15 games before the break.Backup center Richaun Holmes, on his third team in three seasons, is averaging 12.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in 28.8 minutes.SAN ANTONIO (27-36): The five-time champs will have their first losing season since 1997.The Spurs have held only two opponents under 100 points.PHOENIX (26-39): Among NBA starters, Devin Booker has the best free-throw percentage (91.6).Eight-year veteran Aron Baynes had never shot more than 61 threes in a season. He has 168 this season, making 35.1 percent.EASTERN CONFERENCEMILWAUKEE (53-12): Bucks have a plus-11.2 point differential and lead the league in scoring.No one but Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 10 or more field goals a game while shooting over 50 percent.TORONTO (46-18): The NBA champs are a factor even though Marc Gasol has played only 36 games, and only one starter has played 60.Without Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors lead the NBA in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense.BOSTON (43-21): Kemba Walker has committed one offensive foul in 1,592 minutes.Jaylen Brown has hiked his scoring average from 13 to 20.4 this season.MIAMI (41-24): Undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn has started 62 games and averages 15.7 points.Undrafted second-year man Duncan Robinson is shooting 44.8 percent from 3-point land with 60 starts.INDIANA (39-26): Domantas Sabonis is fifth in the NBA in rebounds and leads all centers in minutes with 34.8 per game.Pacers take fewer 3-pointers than anyone but shoot 68.9 from 2-point range.PHILADELPHIA (39-26): At 25, Joel Embiid is working on his third consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound season.For the first since 1984-86, the 76ers are going for their third consecutive .600-plus season.BROOKLYN (30-34): The Nets are holding teams to a 44.2 field goal percentage. They haven’t done that in 14 seasons.They are 8-12 when Kyrie Irving plays.Related Articles Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years ORLANDO (30-35): Steve Clifford, in his second season, is the Magic’s fifth coach since Stan Van Gundy was fired in 2013.Former first-overall pick Markelle Fultz (by Philadelphia) leads Orlando in assists (5.2 per game).WASHINGTON (24-40): Bradley Beal averages 30.5 points, a franchise high since Walt Bellamy’s 31.6 in 1962 when the Wizards were the Chicago Packers.What if Beal played against the Wizards, who gave up 150-plus in back-to-back games Jan. 26-28? They surrender 119.7 per game, worst among playoff teams. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Remember the NBA?If not, save these 44 facts on 22 teams, as the season bubbles up in Orlando July 30:LAKERS (49-14): LeBron James is launching a career-high 6.4 three-pointers and playing a career-low 34.8 minutes per game, but also leads the NBA in assists.The Lakers lead the NBA in blocks and have cut six-and-a-half points off last year’s defensive showing.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCLIPPERS (44-20): They’re second in the West despite two losses to Sacramento and one loss apiece to Atlanta, Chicago and Phoenix.Reggie Jackson has shot 45 percent from the 3-point line in his nine games.DENVER (43-22): Nikola Jokic is the only 20-point, 10-rebound averager in the Western Conference.Michael Porter, injured as a rookie, is averaging 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds off the bench.UTAH (41-23): Rudy Gobert averages two blocked shots per game but the Jazz ranks 29th in the league in blocks. 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