Other than a free-throw percentage that has dipped to 61 percent, Giannis Antetokounmpo's entire advanced statistical profile is trending up — which is saying something for the guy who just won MVP.
Antetokounmpo's three-point and free-throw rates are both better than they were a year ago.
His rebound, block and assist percentages are at career-high levels.
With a box plus/minus of 13.3, he's ahead of the 10.8 figure he posted in 2018-19.
Kawhi Leonard posted 38 points and 12 rebounds on his old pals, the San Antonio Spurs, handing his former team its first loss of the year.
The most surprising aspect of Leonard's stat line: He managed just one assist.
In an illustration of Leonard's remarkable growth as a passer, it was the first time he'd had fewer than five helpers in a game this year.
Showing deft touch on one-handed bounce passes in the pick-and-roll and looking off defenders more cleverly than ever before, he may have completed the final stage of his evolution into the league's most complete offensive weapon.
Imagine the passing angles that'll materialize when Paul George returns.
We should have known something was up when the Nuggets allowed a disintegrating Sacramento Kings team to hang around for most of last Monday's narrow 101-94 win.
Though still more productive than most bigs, Nikola Jokic continues to look out of shape and unfocused, and the rest of Denver's roster seems to be taking its cues from the All-Star center.
Following Thursday's low-energy loss at New Orleans, Denver's second straight defeat, head coach Mike Malone lit into his team, per Andrew Lopez of ESPN.
星期四全隊缺乏激情地輸給鵜鶘隊后，這是掘進第二次連敗了，主教練麥克.馬龍通過ESPN的 Andrew Lopez 告誡他的球隊。
"We're a great talk team. We can talk before the season starts about all the things we want to accomplish, and we want to be a contending team.
It's all bulls, Don't tell me about it, show me." he said. "And right now we've got a lot of guys that aren't showing me much."
Rookies Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn continue to make the idea of trading for Chris Paul seem ridiculous.
新秀Tyler Herro和 Kendrick Nunn繼續讓交易保羅的想法看起來像石樂志。
The duo combined for 194 points through their first five games, the most by a pair of rookies since 1959.
Herro put up 29 points off the pine in Tuesday's win over the Atlanta Hawks (drawing a remarkable four shooting fouls on three-point attempts), after which Nunn hit the Hawks for 28 during Thursday's return engagement, also a Heat win.