Blogtable: Who Needs A Break?

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes across the globe to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.

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It’s All-Star time: Which team needs this break the most?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.comThe Timberwolves have dropped four in a row and seven of their last 10 heading into their pre-All Star finale vs. Denver Wednesday. They’re banged up (Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin) and even their coach, Rick Adelman, had to miss their most recent game (personal reasons). At 24-28, this season hasn’t gone at all the way the organization and fans had hoped, and a newly blueprinted practice facility across the street from Target Center in downtown Minneapolis isn’t going to keep Kevin Love around if it doesn’t get used consistently in late April and May, never mind June. That’s down-the-road fodder for worrying, though – the Wolves need a breather right now, for they return from the break having to face Indiana, followed by a five-game trip out West.

Tony Parker of the Spurs (Allen Einstein/NBAE)

Tony Parker of the Spurs (Allen Einstein/NBAE)

Fran Blinebury, NBA.comThe Spurs are beaten up, broken down, aching, ailing, worn out. And old.

Jeff Caplan, First inclination is to say the Sixers after getting blown out by 45 and 43 points on consecutive nights. Not sure I’ve ever seen that before. But whatever Philly does the rest of the year is only consequential in terms of ping-pong balls. The Warriors and Suns really need the time off. Golden State is dealing with some internal turmoil and needs to get things straightened out over the break. Phoenix just has to be dead tired and will need the rest to go for one of the more improbable playoff runs in recent memory. I guess that’s one positive to Goran Dragic not making the West squad.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.comThe Spurs. They need pages turning on the calendar without games being played. The more days that pass, the closer they are to good health, or at least better health, without having to play with the patchwork lineup. The closer they are to good health, the more Spurs-like they will seem.

John Schuhmann, My initial answer was the Timberwolves, but break or no break, they’ve probably sunk too far to have a shot at the playoffs. The Warriors, meanwhile, had sunk to the eighth spot before getting some help from the Heat and Bobcats on Tuesday night. David Lee and Andrew Bogut have been banged up and their starting backcourt has been taxed by their lack of depth. This team can be great on both ends of the floor when it’s playing well, but it’s been barely treading water since the end of its 10-game winning streak five weeks ago.

Sekou Smith, The Philadelphia 76ers need the break to get here … last weekend. These epic losses are getting ridiculous. It’s one thing to be a young team, a lottery team, and an uneven bunch that simply is not ready for prime time on a nightly basis. It’s another thing to get your doors completely blown off the way coach  Brett Brown‘s team has here recently. They’ve given up 108 or more points in seven straight games, all losses, and surrendered a mind-boggling 123 points each in back-to-back losses to the Los Angeles Clippers (123-78) and Golden State Warriors (123-80). Again, the All-Star break cannot get here fast enough for our friends in Philly.

Lang Whitaker, All Ball blog: I have found myself increasingly interested of late in the happenings in Golden State. Mark Jackson‘s honeymoon period seems to be over, as he and Andrew Bogut publicly disagree over injuries, and ownership has made it clear that they aren’t happy with several home losses the Warriors have had lately. To me it just feels like every one could use a vacation to refocus. It wouldn’t hurt to spend a few days not only looking ahead at how far they have to go, but also remembering just how far they’ve come.

Akshay Manwani, NBA India: The Atlanta Hawks. Of the top eight teams in both conferences, no team other than the Hawks have lost successive games. The Hawks, on the other hand, are in the midst of a four-game slump and fell below Chicago in the East standings after their loss to the Bulls on Tuesday night. They could use the All-Star break to regroup, take a bit of a breather and fight their way back to the No. 3 or No. 4 spot in the East.

Stefanos Triantafyllos, NBA Greece: The teams that will make the most out of the All-Star break are the veteran crews of the league, the Nets in the East and the Spurs in the West. San Antonio had 5 losses in their last 10 games, so they could use the time off to find their breath and regain their focus. Brooklyn, on the other hand, hopes to give some rest to the veteran players. The All-Star Weekend is like a psychological barrier. It can turn out to be the check point where the Nets push the button and get into post-season mode.

Davide Chinellato, NBA Italia: It’s too easy to say the Lakers, but how can you not? Their injury list is longer than their rotation and a break is much needed. Guys like Pau Gasol and Steve Nash would benefit a lot from a week off and coach Mike D’Antoni could use that time to figure out the rotation. Waiting for Kobe Bryant, who is too proud and competitive to give up on the season.


  1. wew says:

    atlanta need some break. just by looking at their current streak

  2. International fan says:

    A.J – Too many Americans are very arrogant and self-obsessed. They think they are the world rather than just being part of it. Bare in mind basketball isn’t technically an American sport as it was invented by a Canadian. While I’m on that subject baseball wasn’t invented by an American either.

  3. A.J. says:

    India and Greece have team franchises in the NBA? I had no idea. When did the NBA get into the cricket business?

    • Bball7 says:

      You obviously don’t realize that most systems implemented today are EUROPEAN systems with the pick and pop and such and actually most teams today consist of one or MORE international players that actually CARE and know the NBA is more than just the AMERICANS. Nope, all you think is that everything must be from AMERICA because you know it is the best and doesn’t have any players from other countries right? DIRK is AMERICAN right? MANU is AMERICAN right? TONY PARKER is AMERICAN right?

  4. dustydreamnz says:

    I think the Warriors need a break the most. There are other teams playing worse but they can’t make the Playoffs anyway. Like I always say Fran…don’t write off the Spurs.

  5. MIke says:

    It doesn’t matter how much rest these teams get. Their top players are participating in the All-Star weekend and won’t get any rest at all. Quite disgustung really, how players that are worth millions to their franchises have to be risked unnecessarily to take part in a meaningless circus event at a crucial stage in the season.

  6. A.J. says:

    It’s a well-orchestrated marketing plan to try to make headway into those markets.

    • Bball7 says:

      Stupid arrogant Americans all these foreign players and countries are part of the league! Those writers probably forgot more about basketball than you will ever know.

  7. A.J. says:

    Get a clue, it’s entirely self-serving. I’m waiting to read something from some extraterrestrial writing from “NBA Mars.” The only reason they’re including these people in these posts is only to create the perception that the NBA is huge in every country on the planet. They will beat people over the head relentlessly until you believe it.

    • Kamote says:

      not in every country, but a lot of countries. if you’ve not been smoking dope and spanking your monkey all day, you would’ve noticed that there is a lot of basketball competitions around the globe. there are a lot of fans who love the game, not just in the US. NBA is still the top basketball league in the world with all the best players (non-americans included), that’s why we watch these games.

  8. DutchNBAfan says:

    Why wouldn’t you care for what they have to say?
    Does their nationality make it any less significant what they have to say?

    don’t be so ignorant, and please if you ever feel the urge to comment here again, hold it in..suppress it, ignore it…do whatever it takes to not bother us again with your disrespectful opinions i rather read what the sports writers from India and Greece have to say

  9. A.J. says:

    Jeez, talk about shameless self-promotion. Explain why anybody should care what guys writing for “NBA India,” “NBA Greece,” and “NBA Italia” think.

    NBA India?

    • Is there any reason why you shouldn’t listen to them? They’re paid writers and their job is to express what is going on in the league to people in other countries. That requires a ton of attention, probably more attention than you pay to the league by far.

      But only Americans can play or write about basketball right? Ask Dirk or the Gasols about that. Ask Yao Ming. The NBA is a global game now, so you can ditch the “America, f*ck yeah” nonsense.

    • TomT. says:

      Why not? People watch the NBA from all around the world so why shouldn’t the website take opinions from other countries?

    • MIke says:

      Has it ever occurred to you that there’s a whole other world out there?

    • Carlos Garcia says:

      NBA is played in the US, but has tons of fans and followers worldwide, so, the point of view from another countries and cultures could be interesting for some people… I’m from Mexico and i like to read the opinion of writes from everywhere.

    • Kamote says:

      It is actually you who doesn’t think. And yeah, no one cares about what you say either.