Basketball Intelligence for 2/6/23


Why Kyrie Irving trade was a wager the Mavericks decided they had to make
Tim Cato, The Athletic

Spencer Dinwiddie Trade Winners And Losers
Mike Shearer, Basketball Poetry

Kyrie’s talent level is indisputably worth more than [the price Dallas paid], but risk is built into the equation. Dallas, though, had no choice. The Mavericks had some trade assets available, including a handful of first-rounders, but at least five or six other teams can put together much more attractive packages without much effort. If a different, more reliable star became available in the next year, the Mavericks would have lost the bidding.

Kyrie Irving could turn Mavericks’ dream backcourt with Luka Doncic into a nightmare
Brad Townsend, The Dallas Morning News

Kyrie Irving Can Save the Mavericks, Or He Can Wreck Them
Mike Piellucci, D Magazine

How Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith fit in with new Nets teammates
Brian Lewis, New York Post

What does the Kyrie Irving trade, addition of Dorian Finney-Smith mean for Yuta Watanabe’s role and future on the Nets?
Stephen Noh, The Sporting News

Kyrie Irving trade grades: Mavericks earn solid mark for getting Luka Doncic help; Nets get ‘C’
Sam Quinn, CBS Sports

Inside the Kyrie Irving trade negotiations: Why the Mavericks beat out Lakers, Suns and other offers
Shams Charania, The Athletic

Kyrie Irving traded! Dallas rolls the dice
Marc Stein, The Stein Line

Trade Grades
Kevin Pelton, ESPN+

Seven Thoughts on the Kyrie Trade, Kevin Durant’s Future, and the Deadline
Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer

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CLE: With Cavs’ trade deadline options unappealing, what about Isaac Okoro as the permanent fifth starter?
Chris Fedor, Cleveland.com

GSW: Warriors survived without Curry earlier, can they do it again?
Dub Nation HQ

LAL: Lakers miss another chance to trade for Kyrie Irving. So now what?
Jovan Buha, The Athletic

LAL: For LeBron James, developing ‘unguardable shot’ was key in his evolution as a scorer
Kyle Goon, Orange County Register

MEM: The Memphis Grizzlies are struggling without Steven Adams, and it’s easy to see why
Damichael Cole, Memphis Commercial Appeal

MEM: Will the Homegrown Grizzlies Resist the Urge to Trade?
Seerat Sohi, The Ringer

MIN: Timberwolves coach Chris Finch having a happier new year after another rocky start
Jim Souhan, Star Tribune

NYK: Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau not buying into criticism of RJ Barrett’s defense
Zach Braziller, New York Post

SAC: Kings’ Mike Brown makes fans believe they will find elusive playoff oasis
Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle

Monk joked that they practice 40 hours a week, and he good-naturedly disputed any suggestion Brown learned the value of rest from Kerr. “We’re definitely not resting much,” Monk said, chuckling. “Mike wants everything almost perfect in a world that’s not perfect. He knows that, too. He tells us we’re not going to be perfect, but he wants us to be damn near close.”

TOR: Analysis: The progression of Scottie Barnes’ jump shot
Zach K Wilson, Raptors HQ

Talking Trayce: Trayce Jackson-Davis’s Pro Outlook
Stephen Gillaspie, No Ceilings

Orlando Magic persevere to win and close a winning road trip
Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily

Recap: Hornets run out of gas late, miss crucial free throws in loss to Magic, 119-113
Chase Whitney, At The Hive

‘They just outplayed us’: Cavs’ second-quarter surge propels them to 19-point win over Pacers: Running Thoughts
Scott Agness, Fieldhouse Files with Scott Agness

Takeaways from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ stress-free 122-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers
Jackson Flickinger, Fear The Sword

Knicks rally from 21-point deficit to beat red-hot 76ers in stunning win
Zach Braziller, New York Post

Instant observations: Sixers blow huge early lead in loss to Knicks
Kyle Neubeck, PhillyVoice

Grizzlies’ fourth-quarter struggles continue with loss to Raptors
Drew Hill, Daily Memphian

No fake comeback! Raptors inspired 4th quarter beats Grizzlies
Jamar Hinds, Raptors Republic

Jordan McLaughlin returns as Minnesota tops short-handed Nuggets
Jace Frederick, Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Murphy’s ultra-efficient 30-point performance paces Pelicans to dominant 136-104 victory over Kings
Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes

Kings coach Mike Brown doesn’t know ‘if we’re all in’ after most lopsided loss to Pelicans
Chris Biderman, The Sacramento Bee

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