A small part of (Cavaliers Head Coach) David Blatt’s European background is already starting to permeate within the Cavaliers. And if he needs a voice to support him, Shawn Marion is already a believer.
Blatt has said he is not opposed to playing zone defense, something that is a staple of European basketball but generally dismissed by NBA coaches. In a zone defense, players are responsible for guarding a specific area of the floor rather than a specific player and teams can beat it by simply shooting over the top of it.
But the zone still has its advocates. Marion is one after he won a championship playing zone defense with the Dallas Mavericks three years ago.
Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry Blasts Officiating After Loss to Rockets
For the second consecutive game, the coach opposing the Houston Rockets finished the night with an epic rant against the officials. This time, it was New Orleans’ Alvin Gentry, who fired off against the referees following the Pelicans’ 107-101 home defeat.
“The thing that bothers me more than anything, and I really don’t care, we try to play the right way, and we play our asses off,” Gentry said. “All we want is an equal opportunity to win the game. Not have a situation where we are guessing on the biggest play of the game, where they call a 3-point foul from the corner.
Source: Stefano Fusaro of ESPN
Grizzlies End 19-Game Skid, Earn Win vs Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets did something no NBA team has done in almost seven weeks: They lost to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dillon Brooks scored 24 points, Tyreke Evans added 20, and the Grizzlies snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 101-94 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday night.
Source: The Associated Press on ESPN