In a society where patience has gone out the window and only instant gratification matters, the poor play of the 2013 rookie class has many ready to write them off entirely. But while there isn’t an Anthony Davis in the bunch, this year’s draft had plenty of good young players who, for a variety of reasons, were simply not ready for the NBA. Read More. Written by Jonathan Tjarks on Apr 17, 2014
The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.
The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.
The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.
LeBron James all but conceded the Most Valuable Player award to Kevin Durant on Wednesday, praising the Oklahoma City Thunder forward as the most deserving candidate.
"I think K.D. has had one heck of a season, and if he was rewarded with the MVP, it would be great," James said. "It would be awesome for him, for his family. It would be a great thing for him. He has played MVP-type basketball. The most consistent basketball player as far as MVP this year. He has put up some great numbers."
Durant has averaged 32 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists this season while James has averaged 26.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists.
Dwyane Wade missed his seventh straight game on Tuesday, but he was held out as a precaution and is close to returning.
Wade might return on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Wade's hamstring strain came after rushing back from a sore Achilles tendon.
“He really pushed it the last two days and came in this morning and really pushed it,” Erik Spoelstra said. “He is making progress and making, actually, significant progress, but he’s just not quite there.
“We’re going to go into it day by day like we usually do. I like the progress he has made. It’s day-to-day.”
Dwyane Wade said that the Big 3 of the Miami Heat have yet to make a collective decision about whether they will opt out of their contracts this offseason.
Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh met before they made their free agent decision in 2010 and could have another such meeting before their June 30 opt-out deadlines, which allows them to leave in 2014, 2015 or 2016.
"I'm at a position where I don't really have to worry about it," said Wade. We've won multiple championships, so it's no reason where I need to think about that yet. I'm not at a point where we are a bad team and I need to think about the future so right now I'm really focused on just enjoying this team, enjoying our quest to try to 'Three-peat.' And when the season is over, and whatever happens, then I will sit down and I will sit down with Chris and I will sit down with Bron and I will sit down and make the best decision for myself and my family."
Bosh hinted last week that he and LeBron would stay in Miami when he answered "True" to a question posed by ESPN's Dan Le Batard as to whether he and James would be back with the team next year.
LeBron James wanted the Miami Heat to find a consistent rhythm before the playoffs, but now his goal is for the team to simply be as healthy as possible.
“I worried about it before, but at this point it’s something you can’t control," said James. "You go out and whoever has a uniform, that’s who you roll with, and you wait for the other guys to get ready.”
Erik Spoelstra used his 19th different starting lineup on Monday.
“You want to have a rhythm going into the playoffs,” James said. “I’ve always wanted to have a rhythm going into the playoff with the lineups and the flow, but this is a different season. This season is very different than any other I’ve been a part of. So, you take it as it is.”