Ime Udoka built a reputation as a defensive guru in nine seasons as an assistant coach. Now in his first year as a head coach, Boston has the league’s best defense and a lethal duo.
At 29-40, the Lakers are 2.5 games from falling out of a play-in spot. The last time LeBron finished 11+ games below .500 was his rookie season (2003-04).
He’s not only leading all reserves in scoring by more than five points, but he’s also the Heat’s top scorer from the bench. When Herro inevitably wins Sixth Man of the Year, he’ll be the second-youngest to ever win the award.
The 47-22 Warriors are 18-16 without Green this year. In his return, he finished with a team-high plus-24 and ranks first among starters for defensive rating.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich passed Don Nelson to become the NBA’s all-time wins leader (1,336), but his success in a small market and push for sports science might be his most important imprint on the game.
Kyrie Irving recorded the most efficient 50-point game in NBA history. But he’s only eligible to play in five more games as the Nets fight for a playoff berth.