If you said that to the casual NBA observer, that would be heresy, says Lindsey, who re-signed Ingles to a four-year, $52 million deal last summer. But we know what we have.
Ingles’ per-game numbers (10.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists) don’t jump off the page, but there are some advanced statistics that support Lindsey’s statement. For example, Ingles ranks ninth in ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus and sixth in RPM wins added among small forwards.
Ingles starred during the Jazz’s recent 11-game winning streak, when he averaged 15.9 points on 53.4 percent shooting, firing at a sizzling 54.2 percent clip from 3-point range. Ingles was a team-best plus-166 in that span.
Golden State Warriors: Here’s a stat about Stephen Curry that is hard to believe: During the past 10 games, the star point guard and two-time MVP has scored 25 points or more in a game only once. You’d have to look a while to find another stretch like that for Curry.
Houston Rockets: Clint Capela missed Monday’s game due to illness, but it sounds likely that he’ll return to the court on Wednesday against the Clippers. The blossoming big man has been upgraded to probable for the game and enters the night averaging 15.8 PPG, 11.7 RPG and 2.2 BPG in his past nine games.
My heart hurt for him, knowing how hard he worked for that opportunity, says Renae, who retired last summer after a decorated pro career in netball, which Joe describes as a weird Australian sport — kind of like basketball without dribbling.
Ingles, who had journeyed from Australia to Spain to Israel in his pro career before giving the NBA a crack at age 27, momentarily considered taking a few months off before returning to Europe. He thought he could have helped the Clippers, and getting cut stung, causing him to wonder whether he’d ever get a legitimate shot to prove he could play in the NBA.
LA Clippers: Danilo Gallinari (hand) has been ruled out for a third straight game and will sit out Wednesday night against the Rockets. Without Gallinari in the frontcourt, Doc Rivers is expected to dole out more minutes to Wesley Johnson, Sam Dekker and Tyrone Wallace.