Wimpey hour: Tottenham have a special request in 1996-97 – and hope Victor Wimpanyama is on the other side


A blue moon flew over southern Texas on Tuesday night. the San Antonio Spurs I managed to hold Brooklyn Networks to 98 points for their 14th victory of the season. This may not seem very important, but it was the first time San Antonio had been able to hold an opponent under 100 points in over two months. The last time came against Milwaukee Bucks, who lost their top three players, again on November 11. Every team in between has managed to hit triple figures – and most have scored much more than that.


About halfway through the season, San Antonio is on its way to having the worst defense in the NBA. No, actually, do that History of the NBA. It is not particularly close. Going into Tuesday’s games, the Spurs have allowed 119.5 points per 100 possessions. The record entering this season was 116.8, which he scored in 2018-19 Cleveland Cavaliers. According to Cleaning the Glass, their half-court defense is 2.4 points per 100 games worse than any other game in the NBA. They allow 31.1 shots in the restricted area, more than any other team in the NBA, and only Lakers It allows a higher field goal percentage on mid-range shots than the Spurs’ 46.2 percent. Are you looking for a silver lining? San Antonio allows the seventh-fewest 3-pointers in the league, but their opponents hit nearly 40 percent of those appearances. Part of this is the luck of the opponent, but things don’t get any easier when Jakob Poeltl is inevitably traded.

If you believe the omens, no Gregg Popovich-coached team has finished in the bottom five defensively since the 1996-97 draft that led to the Spurs landing Tim Duncan in the ensuing draft. This team, like this one, has been the worst in the NBA defensively, and in the grand scheme of things, that’s exactly what San Antonio has drawn for. This is the half-full cup appearance. Popović is such a good coach that he knows how to lose better than bad teams. That doesn’t make it any less controversial to see the greatest coach of all time, a man who has pulled average league defenses out of thin air in the past, leading a defense that often struggles. They better hope they land Victor Wimpanyama, because if they don’t things won’t get any easier.

Wimpy has a perfect first match of 3

The 3-point shot wasn’t the first in Wimpanyama’s shooting rotation, but his ability to shoot from deep – and to do so at a high level given his size – is just an add-on that makes him the most attractive. A possibility since LeBron James exactly 20 years ago. This week he was perfectly represented in the Mets’ 92 103-94 win over Dijon as he perfected (3 of 3) from 3-point range in a game for the first time all season.

Wimpanyama finished with 16 points, nine boards and three blocks in a low-scoring game. He still leads the LNB Pro A in each of those three categories while on pace to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

Watch Wimpy

There are only two more games on Wembanyama and the Mets 92 before the end of the month, and both of them could be Seen for free on the NBA app. The first is on deck on Wednesday afternoon with a home game against Fos-sur-Mer. The Mets-92 defeated Voss, 96-85, in their first meeting in early December as Wimpanyama went 32 points and 10 boards.

  • Wednesday, January 18: Boulogne Levallois vs. Foss-sur-Mer | 2 p.m. ET
  • Friday, January 27: Boulogne Levallois vs. Rawan | 2:30 p.m. ET

Wednesday’s replay against Fos-sur-Mer pitted Wimpanyama against former Clemson star Gabe Deveaux as well as Jarlon Green, brother of longtime NBA player Gerald Green, who leads the team in scoring this year. Green was held by five points in the first meeting and Defoe was limited to just eight.

Race to the bottom

Each week, we’ll rank the seven teams most likely to earn the coveted #1 spot on lottery night. These rankings will take into account current record, recent performance, upcoming schedule, and injuries to personally rank the NBA’s worst teams.

7. Los Angeles Lakers: Right now, Oklahoma City is officially out of seventh place after winning five out of six. Lakers replace them after the heartbreaking smash time loss Mavericks And 76ersbut watch suns. Devin Booker might get injured, but they’re 1-9 in their last 10 games. The problems extend far beyond just one player.

6. Washington Wizards: So much for Dillon Wright’s winning streak. When the Washington Reserve Guard returned at the end of December, the Wizards had five straight wins. We now know this was an aberration as the Wizards have now lost five of their last six.

5. Orlando Magic: The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Tuesday that the Wizards are interested in Fred VanVleet. It’s an interesting idea if a bit unorthodox. VanVleet, 28, is several years older than the all-Orlando core, but he’s exactly the kind of veteran who makes sense for this group. His skill set is not dependent on usage, so he can increase his scoring up or down according to his team’s needs. A three-dimensional point guard with tournament experience would fit just about anywhere, but a young team lacking on both fronts would really enhance his talents.

4 – San Antonio Spurs: We’ve already covered San Antonio in depth above, but for now, here’s a positive: Jeremy Suchan shoots 71.8 percent from the line since his one-handed bail on his attempts. It was down from 46 percent previously, so the move is clearly paying off.

3. Detroit Pistons: Keep an eye on the Pistons, as they are nearing the point of no return when it comes to injuries. Detroit gave the Isaiah Livers 39 minutes into their latest loss, a stunning 117-114 competitive defeat at the hands of New York Knicks.

2. Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo’s Ball verges on history, or at least a watered-down version of history. He currently averages 11 3-pointers per game, the most ever by a player other than Stephen Curry or James Harden. It’s hard to blame him. Why risk your body attacking the basket for the 11-34 team? Only 15.3 percent of shots have come within three feet of the basket this season.

1. Houston Rockets: Something meaningful is happening in Houston right now. The Rockets may have lost their last 11 games, but they’ve been without Kevin Porter Jr. for their last three games. That allowed more offense across from Alperen Sengun, who averaged 20.7 points and 6.3 assists per game across that stretch. Sengun, a highly skilled offensive center, has spent much of this season watching Porter and Jalen Green dribble. This stretch could give the Houston front office the boost it needs to emphasize Sengun, likely the best player of the three at least for the time being, as more of a focal point.

Loss of the week

Nothing beats a fake comeback. The Magic had the best of both worlds on Sunday when they overcame a 15-point second half deficit against Denver Nuggets To take the lead late in the fourth quarter. The experience of that comeback will serve them well in the future, but they won’t have to add an extra win to their record because, in the simplest terms, they don’t have a MVP. Denver does. So when the Nuggets needed to start taking their new Magic seriously, Nikola Jokic casually slipped in and dropped the game winner.

Orlando’s clutch adventures have often owned that space, and with an 8-15 clutch record combined with a minus 16.3 net rating in such situations, this is not surprising. But every time the Magic loses heartbreak like this, they can take solace in knowing that if they’re able to come so close now, with one of the NBA’s youngest rosters, they’ll definitely be ready to break through in a year or two when this group knows how to handle situations. The late game.

Games of the weak

Wednesday, January 18: Hornets at Rockets: It’s the Wemby Watch Super Bowl in Houston where the worst team in the Eastern Conference faces off against the worst team in the Western Conference.

Saturday, January 21: Magic at Wizards: I would just like to use this space to complain about having my two NBA team names thematically linked together. These are not animals. We do not need a team bearing the name of a supernatural phenomenon and another team bearing the name of the owners of this phenomenon.

Monday, January 23: Hornets at Jazz: last week , wild birds Make this section using Hornets as a litmus test. They took care of the business against Charlotte, and proved they weren’t quite ready to give up the year. Now, we’ll see if Reluctant Jazz can do the same.


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