NBA Week 9 Report

Like every week, Westport takes stock of the past week in the NBA, with the satisfactions and disappointments. This week, New York teams are revolting, as are the 76ers and the Heat in the Eastern Conference. In the West, the battle rages with this week the Memphis Grizzlies who see themselves taking the lead in the conference. Back to the 9th week of competition in the NBA.

NBA: big teams react to the East, an ever-changing hierarchy in the West

If the eastern conference always sees the same two teams share the lead, namely the Milwaukee Bucks (21-8) and the Boston Celtics (22-9) despite a lesser blow from the players of Massachusetts, it is especially behind that you have to look and that things are moving. Off to a bad start after a failed start to the season with 5 defeats in 6 games, the Brooklyn Nets (19-12) seem to have found the solutions. First of all with a much less permeable defense than a month ago (111.4 points conceded per match), but also and above all by his magic duo Kevin Durant – Kyrie Irving. If the performances of KD (see below) have become commonplace despite the excellence, those ofUncle Drew are however a good sign for the future of the franchise. Often maligned, the former Cavs point guard comes out of a week to 31.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists and above all it is the alchemy finally visible with KD which gives great hopes to the fans of the Nets, just like the 6 rank wins current. But while the Nets are the best team in New York, they’re not the fittest team, because you have to cross the East River to see the Knicks (17-13) who stay on 7 consecutive wins ! A first since… we don’t know when, so chaining victories is so difficult for this franchise! with their duet Julius Randle – Jalen BrunsonNYC fans are beginning to believe that the choices made by coach Thibodeau are beneficial for the whole team. With a rotation reduced to 9, the Knicks could suffer in the near future, but at present, their place in the top 6 is already an achievement! Good series also for two favorites of the Eastern Conference which had started timidly, namely the Philadelphia 76ers (16-12) of Joel Embiid (33.3 points and 11.9 rebounds on average this season) who remain on 4 consecutive successes, just like the Miami Heat (16-15), who saw Tyler Herro take the reins of the Floridian team last week (26.3 points and 4.5 rebounds).

In the western conference, the hierarchy still seems difficult to install. Still leader a week ago, the New Orleans Pelicans (18-11) have fallen 3 times in the last 7 days, leaving the leading position to Memphis Grizzlies (19-10). Ja Morant (26.7 points and 7.7 assists this season) and his partners manage to fill the absence of Desmond Bane with a defensive aggressiveness and a very physical game. Behind, the competition is always in the wake of these 2 teams, with for example the Denver Nuggets (18-11) who without making noise remain regular in the wake of their double MVP in title Nikola Jokicstratospheric last week (36 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists average). With the 7 best teams in the Western Conference standing in 2.5 games, everything can change from week to week, which is a great sign for the best possible place in the NBA play-offs. .

Wizards in free fall, Mavs and Wolves on AC

What happens at the Washington Wizards (11-20) ? Yet pleasant to see play at the start of the season with still a positive balance 3 weeks ago, the players of the capital are sinking match by match. On a series of 10 consecutive defeats, doubt has settled in the heads of the teammates of Bradley Beal. The franchise player is no stranger to this bad spiral. Having played only half of his team’s matches due to physical problems, the former top scorer of the NBA only turns this season to 23 points on average. Without however exploding during matches, the Wizards show mental shortcomings with poorly managed endgames. If the play in remain accessible, it will however be necessary to break this negative spiral as soon as possible.

If in the Western conference we could expect to see teams like the Spurs (9-20) and the Rockets (9-20)two teams are also disappointing, namely the Dallas Mavericks (15-15) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-15). The Texans, conference finalists last season, fail to create a collective chemistry. Without the brilliance of its star Luka Doncic (33 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists this season), Dallas players might already be far in the standings. At Wolves, we deal with the injuries of Karl Anthony Towns and of Rudy Gobert, but despite everything, the signals sent are not yet guarantees of any guarantee. With a collective game much less fluid than last season which had won them 46 victories, the situation calls for questioning, also at the Mavericks. But after a third of the season in the NBA, these 2 teams are not at the expected level, despite recruitment made to move up the hierarchy.

NBA Player of the Week: Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)

Out of 6 straight wins and a record of 19 wins for 12 losses, the Brooklyn Nets are now firmly established in the top 4 of the Eastern Conference. Whether Kyrie Irving raised his level of play, this is also the case for the franchise player of the Nets, Kevin Durant. Author of a perfect week, both collectively and personally (33.7 points at 65% and more than 6 rebounds) the double NBA champion remains, despite his 34 years, the strongest player in attack in the entire league. Able to score on all his direct defenders, K.D. responds on the pitch to criticism leveled at him after his difficult summer off the pitch. With their star at this level, the Brooklyn Nets can still hope to climb in the Eastern Conference, they who are only 3 wins from the Bucks and the Celtics.

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