Tim D’Elia (@tdelia96): Jokic. Big honey stuck it to Team USA when required, he wasn’t given that much of an opportunity compared to the other centres but when he was on the court he was very good. Adam Mares (@Adam_Mares): I have to go with Jokic. Joffrey had a few very nice games and was fairly consistent but Jokic had a much bigger impact on the games. He was instrumental in helping Serbia keep it close against the U.S. and even though he came off of the bench for Serbia, he was a huge boost to their team throughout the tournament. Gordon Gross (@GMoneyNuggs): Jokic. Joffrey put up some nice points and rebounds, but his defensive woes were still evident especially in his rotations. I’m beginning
The NBA season is so long, it's not really one season. Schedule analysis always focuses on who will open where, what the Christmas games are, and who has back to backs and hard schedules. When you know, to open the year, who will roughly be in the playoff conversation, which teams will not be scrapping for a seed (Golden State, Cleveland, San Antonio), and which teams will be out, those closing schedules are important from the get go. Hardwood Houdini, a Fansided Celtics blog, took a look at the closing schedule of Boston, and it gives you a sense of something to remember as the Celtics' season progresses: If they are in a battle for home court in the first or second round, or for a particular seed, they have an extremely easy finishing run.