Northwest Notes: Harris, Towns, Lillard, Green, Hill

Despite the Nuggets opening the season with a 4-5 record, the team is widely recognized as having one of the best offenses in the league — one that significantly improves when Gary Harris finds his rhythm, head coach Mike Malone acknowledged.

“Gary allows us to be a different team when the offense is flowing like it was tonight,” Malone said after Denver’s 115-103 win over Philadelphia on Saturday, according to Mike Singer of The Denver Post. “…Gary deserves it. He’s been working so hard, and for him to see the ball go through the net, I’m just happy for him because I know it’s been on his mind.”

Harris finished with 21 points against the Sixers, shooting 7-of-11 from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range in 28 minutes. He’s been a key cog in Denver’s offense for several years, averaging double-digit points per game in each of his last six seasons. The team could use his offensive production as it looks to contend in an already-crowded Western Conference this season.

There’s more from the Northwest Division tonight:

  • Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic examines the return of Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, who finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds and four assists in an overtime loss against the Spurs on Saturday. “People don’t know the toughness that he has, not just physically but mentally, too,” head coach Ryan Saunders said postgame. “I’ll always ride with KAT. Tonight was evident of that. He was clearly limited. I thought he was unbelievably effective.”
  • Damian Lillard and his camp have advocated for the Blazers to acquire Warriors forward Draymond Green over the past couple of years, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic (hat tip Dan Feldman of NBC Sports). However, there has been no indication that Golden State has any interest in trading Green, who has spent all nine seasons of his career with the Warriors.
  • Marc Spears of The Undefeated examined the Jacob Blake decision and more with Thunder guard George Hill, who offered insight about topics on and off the court. “I can’t speak for everybody. I can only speak for myself. I just think with the way the world is going, I just think we all need to come together,” Hill said as part of a larger quote addressing where players should go with the social justice movement this season. “We’re 450 [players] and when 450 stand strong, we’re more powerful than everyone thinks. We’re way more powerful than they think we are. I learned a lot from LeBron [James] and how he migrated and moved on and off the floor. He is a huge inspiration with how he uses his leverage to open doors and how powerful he is. That is just one guy. Four hundred and fifty can be really strong if we just come together.
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15 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Harris, Towns, Lillard, Green, Hill

  1. harden (mvp),wall, and wood

    If they can trade Draymond to Portland the Warriors should jump on that one.

      • Marty McRae

        He really loves making fake trades that make the Warriors bad and irrelevant – he lives in a fantasy world. GSW literally just beat the Clips and Raptors back-to-back. They are going to be odds-on favorites to make the WCF vs the Lakers in like a month, trollboy hates this fact, and wants the Warriors to be bad and lose, so he thinks they should trade everyone and rebuild, which is just utter nonsense that flies in the face of what the TEAM OWNER literally has said. But sure, butthurt troll on here knows more than the GSW owner, huh? LOL

        Nevermind the troll…

        • Wait for the Laker fans come to attack you for your comment. They were attacking both of us yesterday. harden guy i understand his rage since the warriors took the rockets opportunity of winning a championship away. Why do laker fans hate warrior fans so much? That is the question.

  2. Sillivan

    Blazers have no assets to acquire underpaid Draymond
    Draymond $22 million
    Griffin 37m
    Conley 35m
    Walker 34m
    Harris 34m
    Love 31m

  3. Simmons>Russ

    Draymond Green for Derrick Jones Jr, Zach Collins and Gary Trent Jr

    GSW acquires three young pieces for the future but also could be the injection they need to get better. Trent Jr would be a huge addition for that bench his shooting.

    Blazers would be very solid with Lillard McCollum Covington Green and Nurkic with Hood Melo and Kanter off the bench. Not to mention Simons, Little and Giles still developing.

    Seems like a lot of give up and Draymond isn’t the force he was 4 years ago but Collins and Trent Jr are on expiring contracts and will need new deals, and Jones Jr has been nice but Green is an upgrade for a win now team. Green wouldn’t be used to score 15+ points or give you 10 rebounds that’s not his game. He can lead the defence and locker room. He can play make and allow Lillard and McCollum to play off ball more. He would have 30 point from Lillard, 20+ from McCollum, 15+ from Covington and 20 ish from Nurkic. With Nurkic grabbing loads of boards aswell.

    Would be a great deal for both teams

    • It wouldn’t make the warriors better. It would open up a big hole on the warriors. They would still be way over the tax line next year anyway so it does no good for the warriors.

    • Marty McRae

      No, it would make the Warriors much, much worse. Draymond would make the Blazers be better than the Warriors with this trade. You are clearly a Blazers homer if you think thats a fair deal lmao

      “Green wouldn’t be used to score 15+ points or give you 10 rebounds that’s not his game.” that is literally his exact game – he’s a triple double every game type if he’s switched on.

      • Simmons>Russ

        It’s really not, if he’s peaking he might just give you 15-10–10 or near shouts but realistically he’s probably going to give you about 12-6-7 but be a leader for your defence.

        Yeah I’m a Sixers guy for the east and blazers for the west. Mainly Sixers. But Green would be a great addition and I can’t see much teams giving up better offers for Green then DJJ, Collins and Trent Jr.

  4. El Don

    Fans here underestimate KAT so much, he is a good defender, unstoppable scorer & a very tough guy & competitor!
    Just having a bad year phisically, as he only missed 3 games his first 4 years (2 for concussion protocol after a car crash) so basically missed 1 game for his health, only last year & this one having some niggles, but when he plays last year was as always a top 5 guy, this year, I know he only played 3 games (2 in bad shape) but still has managed to be a top 3 player!
    Not to mention that apart of his physical ailments he is battling emotional ones, but still playing at MVP level, guy is just a legend!

  5. George Ruth

    I don’t know why anyone would want to acquire Green because his maturity level isn’t anywhere near what it should be. Green needs to grow up & quit acting like a spoiled entitled brat

  6. SFGiantsFan09

    I don’t want to get rid of Draymond. He is a huge part of the Warriors, and has been for a while. He needs to stay here

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