Let no one say the NBA’s new All-Star draft isn’t fun.
The All-Star game, which has a draft for the first time in 2018 in lieu of the traditional East-vs.-West format, now pits the Warriors’ Kevin Durant against teammate and team captain Stephen Curry, one of two selectors for this year’s teams. Of course, LeBron James, the other All-Star selector, took Durant for his own team.
The Capitals have allowed power-play goals in five of their last seven games, having killed 72.7 percent (16 of 22) of penalties in those games.
Lindholm doubled the lead to 2-0 at 13:15. He fired a shot from the blue line that goalie Braden Holtby couldn’t see through traffic for his 10th goal, tying his career high set in 2015-16.
“We didn’t help ourselves a whole lot starting that way, but it wasn’t just that,” Capitals center Lars Eller said. “It was execution of passes, losing battles along the wall, being second on puck. Just being a split-second behind all the time. We’re not really a slow team, but in the first we looked slow because we were always chasing.”
When the star guards are paired with the 6-1 Shabazz Napier — yet another point guard — the Blazers really run. According to NBA.com, that trio is one of Portland’s best three-man lineups that’s played at least 120 minutes in terms of net (20.5) and defensive rating (93.0), and it holds the fourth-best offensive rating (113.4) to boot. A larger sample size will truly determine the effectiveness of this lineup, but it’s been great so far.
But after that, the next best three-man combo that includes both Lillard and McCollum is way down the list, when they play next to Ed Davis (6.9 net rating).
Again, the duo is good enough that they make it work. And Stotts has been smart about splitting time and giving both of them a chance to play with a variety of lineup combinations. That’s why the overwhelming majority of lineup stats — with any decent sample size — feature one of the two stars on this team.