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Tim MacMahon on Jalen Green: 'Rockets believe he can be the best non-big defender in the NBA really soon'

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Tim MacMahon on Jalen Green: You ask Ime Udoka about Jalen Green and he didn’t talk about the fact this guy’s put up 30 per game over a 10-game winning streak. He didn’t talk about the scoring. He talks about the progress he’s made as a defender, as a rebounder. He had 10 rebounds again last night, as a facilitator making the right reads. He had seven assists last night. I think four of those were in the last minute or so of the fourth quarter. So there’s certainly optimism that a 22-year-old who’s had a rocky rollercoaster career, that was the number two overall pick, is turning a corner… The Rockets believe and have data to back up that he can be the best non-big defender in the NBA really soon.’
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What’s the buzz on Twitter?

David Hardisty @clutchfans
We’re talking #Rockets at 11:00am CT — come on through.
— Jalen Green, Fred VanVleet carry the Rockets in the 2nd half to their 11th straight W
— The incredible impact of Amen Thompson
— The big test on deck: Luka, Kyrie and the Mavs playback.tv/clutchfans?s=f…11:10 AM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
After scoring 34 points tonight, Jalen Green is officially averaging 20.0 points per game on the season. He is averaging 28.9 ppg in March and 31.8 ppg since Alperen Sengun went out (last 9 games). – 1:14 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Jazz fall just short to Houston 101-100……Jalen Green and Collin Sexton went at it. Terrific game but the Jazz fall a possession short. Utah is 29-45 on the season. Sacramento next – 11:55 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
That’s 11 straight wins for the Houston Rockets.
They misfired from three all night. Missed 10 free throws. It was UGLY. But they found a way to win. Big defensive play by Jabari followed by a huge jumper by Fred late, but Jalen Green played the superstar role again with 34… – 11:54 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Jalen Green tonight:
34 PTS
9 REB
6 AST
2 STL
11 straight wins. statmuse.com/nba/player/jal…11:53 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Jalen Green has no interest in losing this game pic.twitter.com/XbjwF2Ywcp11:37 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets end a six-shot possession with a Jalen Green 3. They lead by 7 with 3:44 left. They have 25 second-chance points, 27 points off turnovers. They way this one had to be. – 11:36 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Taylor Hendricks is having a bit of trouble staying with Jalen Green… – 11:36 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Jazz 72, Rockets 69 after 3. Jalen Green accounted for 82 % of Rockets scoring in the quarter with 20 points, one assist for a FVV 3. But he’s up to 31 minutes after playing 46 on Wednesday. Someone will need to step up. – 11:18 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz finish that quarter on a 14-2 run, and lead by 72-69.
Fun quarter… a Collin Sexton 360 alley oop, Jalen Green scored 20 points in the 3rd, and a couple of really impressive defensive plays from Kris Dunn. – 11:17 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
This Jalen Green definitely seems different pic.twitter.com/KKvoUDX6Cm11:16 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
As many strides as Jalen Green has made this year, one area he still hasn’t shown enough improvement in is ball handling.
It’s still just way too easy for some of these defenders to pickpocket him. – 11:13 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Jalen Green for three and the Rockets lead the Jazz by one and Will Hardy calls an early second half timeout – 10:55 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
Another Jalen Green triple gives the Rockets their first lead of the night, 51-50. Green has come out firing in the third quarter, already with 10 points in the first three minutes. – 10:54 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Jalen Green is starting to do that thing again pic.twitter.com/rtLed2VaFb10:53 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Jalen Green had four points in the first half. He has 10 in the first three minutes of the second half, with his second 3 of the half giving the Rockets their first lead. – 10:52 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Jazz 47, Rockets 41 at half. Rockets had their most points in a quarter or half against the Jazz on Saturday. They have their fewest points in a first quarter or half tonight. Jalen Green, with seven-consecutive games scoring at least 25, with 4. Rockets 15 of 48, 5 of 22 on 3s. – 10:35 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Taylor Hendricks starts on Jalen Green – 9:42 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Jalen Green: From trade candidate to potential max player in a month.
hoopshype.com/lists/nba-rock…6:57 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most points over the last two weeks:
217 — Dejounte Murray
205 — Zion Williamson
199 — Jalen Green
178 — Collin Sexton
178 — Pascal Siakam
All non-All-Stars. pic.twitter.com/oXDhkamEN75:47 PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
I had a ton of fun with @MotorCityHoops breaking down this Houston Rockets surge, with special emphasis on Jalen Green, Amen Thompson and more.
Felt like we really dove into what’s led to this Jalen Green leap with tape:
youtube.com/watch?v=6PL5WH… pic.twitter.com/AznUxS7eav5:39 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
This from @JADubin5 is the best thing I’ve seen on Jalen Green’s breakout. Great use of the tracking data to explain it. lastnightinbasketball.com/p/film-finding…4:02 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
We’re talking #Rockets:
— Going for their 11th straight win and 7th straight on the road tonight
— The Jalen Green-Amen Thompson duo
— Brooklyn pick threatening to fall to #9 or #10
playback.tv/clutchfans3:00 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“Could you see Jalen Green going first [overall in a 2021] redraft?”
@TermineRadio is very impressed with the recent play by Houston’s star guard pic.twitter.com/YI9pJFC2CO12:00 PM

More on this storyline

David Hardisty: Ime Udoka absolutely nails it here on the need to be patient with young prospects. “I don’t judge Jalen [Green] on the past two years or even the start of this year. It was ‘How good is he going to get with us throughout this season?’ And now you see him hitting his stride and understanding. That’s what we’re looking at big picture-wise. It’s not always going to happen overnight for guys. Patience is really important with our young guys.” pic.twitter.com/o9hGaQ0bPe -via Twitter @clutchfans / March 29, 2024
David Hardisty: Ime Udoka said Jalen Green’s incredible run is a combination of his mindset/confidence and team tactical changes: “The aggressiveness and confidence is obviously up, and that’s due to making shots and reading defenses better. So that’s part of it, but with Alperen [Sengun] being out, the ball is in his hands more and he’s getting more opportunity there. When you’re in that rhythm, and he’s shooting it as well and attacking as well as he is, he’s going to have the ball more.” pic.twitter.com/H6h3WkguIQ -via Twitter @clutchfans / March 29, 2024
NBA Central: ESPN’s Tim MacMahon says the Rockets want to make a big swing in the trade market “I don’t know if both Alperen Şengün and Jalen Green will be around long term.” 👀 (h/t @iamsohappy28 ) pic.twitter.com/qnJ9ACQN33 -via Twitter @TheNBACentral / March 29, 2024

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