Analysis: Trying to play good NBA defense ‘wild, hot mess’


              Phoenix Suns' Josh Okogie (2) goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Buddy Hield (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Phoenix, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
            
              Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) drives to the basket as Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)
            
              Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) drives past Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) and guard Josh Hart (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)
            
              Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nathan Knight, front, argues after he was called for fouling Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
            
              Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts after watching a replay during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
            
              Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) loses his balance while dribbling against Los Angeles Clippers forward Robert Covington (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
            
              Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) looks to referees for a call, near Minnesota Timberwolves forwards Kyle Anderson, right, and Jaden McDaniels during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Analysis: Trying to play good NBA defense ‘wild, hot mess’