As the calendar flips to 2018, here are New Year's resolutions for three NBA stars that could propel their teams to even greater heights:
James Harden — Rockets
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2018 resolution: More movement off the ball
The Rockets, having the luxury of featuring two premier penetrating playmakers, don't set many off-ball screens for anyone. They actually rank dead last in the league in that category, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Houston has set only 40 off-ball screens for Harden all season — that's less than half of even Russell Westbrook, another elite ball handler who tends to be a spectator when he doesn't have the rock.
Kyrie Irving — Celtics
凯瑞 欧文 — 凯尔特人
2018 resolution: Consistency on defense
The Celtics have played their best basketball when they are defensively engaged, and Irving has repeatedly noted how much easier the game comes when Boston is not taking the ball out of the basket each trip down. Irving must set the tone, defensively, with his effort level, and his defensive-minded teammates will feed off that energy.
Kristaps Porzingis — Knicks
克里斯塔普斯-波尔津吉斯 — 尼克斯
2018 resolution: Improved passing
One adjustment the Knicks would like to see Porzingis make in 2018? Dealing with — and passing out of — double-teams. Porzingis has seen an extra defender frequently this season and he's admittedly still getting used to how best to handle it.
"Teams are obviously trying to make it as difficult as they can for me — trying to force the shots I don't want. So it's always a battle." he said.