The Whiteboard: Jalen Duren looks special, Chris Paul returns and more

Today on The Whiteboard, Jalen Duren and the Pistons are showing signs of life, Chris Paul is back, the Lakers Achilles' heel and more.

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1. Time to put 'em on the glass: "If you’re an elite shooting team and take care of the ball, you don’t need to juice your offense with offensive rebounds because you’re winning the possession and efficiency battle by other means. Unfortunately, the Lakers don’t have that luxury." How the Lakers can fix their biggest Achilles’ heel 

2. Boston Celtics fans are ready to get hurt again: "I’ve spent most of the season in search of reasons to doubt the Celtics, a form of protective hypervigilance that comes from years of bearing witness to deep but self-defeating playoff runs. You can’t help but get some postseason flashbacks when the offense breaks down in the fourth or Brown commits a costly turnover." Grading Every NBA Team’s 2023-24 Season So Far

3. The difference a defensive plan makes: "Now with Rivers at the helm, Milwaukee looks like a team with a plan, executing different schemes on a nightly basis. Earlier this month in a win against the Dallas Mavericks, the Bucks threw out traps in the second half against Luka Doncic. One week later in a win over the reigning champion Denver Nuggets, they played drop coverage virtually all game against pick-and-rolls involving Nikola Jokic. And then in their first game out of the All-Star break, they did a little bit of everything in an impressive win against the best-in-the-West Minnesota Timberwolves." Has Doc Rivers Fixed the Milwaukee Bucks Already?

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