Warriors, Nets, Nuggets, Suns, Blazers

-Anatomy of a Comeback: Warriors go on a 64-28 run (from Zach Harper at CBSSports):

“Some would say it’s really hard to lose a game when you’re up 27 points in the third quarter. Even if you’re facing one of the top teams in the NBA or one of the top shooting teams in the NBA, having a 27-point lead with less than 24 minutes to go in the game should make it a virtual lock. But Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, the Toronto Raptors found themselves up 27 points with 9:20 left in the third quarter and they wouldn’t walk out of the building with a victory.

Over the final 21:20 of the game, the Golden State Warriors received 38 points from the combination of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, which bested the entire Toronto Raptors’ team by 10 points. The Warriors overall went on a 64-28 run during this stretch to grab one of the most exciting wins in franchise history.”

Read (and watch) it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24326312/anatomy-of-a-comeback-warriors-6428-run-to-beat-raptors

Three on the Nuggets:

-  New look Nuggets up to their old tricks (from James Herbert at SBNation):

“Lots has changed for Denver since last season’s first-round exit at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, the series in which then-Nugget, now-Warrior Iguodala averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game and served as Denver’s best defensive player by a mile. Despite winning 57 games, the franchise altered its course. In June, Ujiri’s replacement, Tim Connelly, hired Karl’s replacement, first-time head coach Brian Shaw. There was no replacing Iguodala.

Some predicted that the new Nuggets would plummet out of the playoff picture. A month ago, that seemed like the correct call in the crowded Western Conference. Point guard Ty Lawson was frustrated with the offense, unsure how to be aggressive in Shaw’s system. Denver went 2-5 in the preseason, then started the regular season 1-4, looking like a team without an identity.

“Early on when we were losing, we were like, ‘What the hell?'” said forward Darrell Arthur. “Man, we didn’t know what was going on. Those wins were hard to come by.”

Now 16 games in, the Nuggets know who they are and how they need to play. With a 112-98 win in Toronto on Sunday, they’ve won six straight and nine of their last 11. To call Shaw’s tweaks a drastic change in style would be vastly overstating it.”

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/12/2/5165578/denver-nuggets-brian-shaw-ty-lawson-nate-robinson

- Brian Shaw Appreciates Winding Coaching Road (by Howard Beck at Bleacher report):

” Brian Shaw was certain he was ready to make the instant leap from playing to coaching, until the greatest coach in NBA history bluntly informed him otherwise.

It was 2003, and Shaw had just retired after 14 years in the league, the last four with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he was a key leader and role player for three championship runs. Teammates saw Shaw as a natural coach: smart, cerebral, steady and a skilled communicator.

Phil Jackson saw the same qualities. But he refused Shaw a position on his staff anyway.

“You need to take at least a year away from the guys before you try to come back and start coaching them, so they can respect you as a coach,” Jackson advised Shaw then. “Because these are the guys you played with and played against. They still look at you as a player.”

Shaw recalled the conversation with a warm smile. A decade later, things have turned out OK.”

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1875293-brian-shaw-appreciates-winding-coaching-road-that-jason-kidd-bypassed

- Timofey Mozgov (by Christopher Dempsey at Denver Post)

“All Timofey Mozgov ever wanted to do was play. Just play.

He’d do what the coaches wanted, even if it wasn’t always done right. He loved basketball, but he wondered why the game couldn’t love him back.

That was last season.

This season? This is entirely different.

Mozgov looks entirely different, as evidenced in his monster 17-point, 20-rebound performance in the Nuggets seventh straight win, a 111-87 blowout of the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Tuesday night.

“He’s getting an opportunity and he’s making the most of it,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said.

But it’s not that simple. It rarely ever is.”

- Kidd, Frank had ‘friction’ (from Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc Stein at ESPN.com):

Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd has reassigned Lawrence Frank to a reduced role, and Frank no longer will sit on the bench as Kidd’s lead assistant coach.

Multiple league sources told ESPN.com that there was “friction” and a difference of philosophies between Kidd and Frank since the start of the season. Sources say the relationship soured after assistant coach Joe Prunty was chosen as interim coach instead of Frank when Kidd served a two-game suspension to start the season. Two sources say Frank appeared to be hurt by the decision.

The relationship was further frayed by a blowup between the two at the team facility after Kidd returned from the suspension, sources confirmed. That incident was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.”

Read it here: http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/10075019/jason-kidd-reassigns-lawrence-frank-reduced-role-brooklyn-nets

-Miles Plumlee finds greener pastures (from Kevin Zimmerman at SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/12/3/5127604/miles-plumlee-gerald-green-suns-pacers-trade

And this quirky, R-rated, irresistible take on the Blazers from Joe Swide at Portland Roundball Society:

http://www.portlandroundballsociety.com/trail-blazers-106-pacers-102-where-to-send-feeling-of-invincibility/

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