TORONTO - Brett Brown constantly teaches his players - at practice, during film study, at team meetings, and during games.
For injured center Nerlens Noel, one of the assignments is to study opposing post players' offensive tendencies from the bench. Brown has had in-game discussions with the rookie, who has not played this year.
Friday night's subject was Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas.
Wednesday, Noel studied the Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic. The 6-foot-11, 285-pounder had 20 points, 10 rebounds, and a blocked shot in the Timberwolves' 106-99 win at the Target Center.
"I would talk a lot about defensive positioning, because that is going to be Nerlens' greatest challenge," Brown said of his in-game conversations with Noel. "Imagine Nerlens in a game like [Wednesday]. What's the pound difference - 60, 70, 50? You know, pick a number. It's big.