May, 14, 2010
By Henry Abbott
- John Krolik of Cavs: The Blog: "The Cavs turned it over 24 times in game six, and most of those turnovers came from being overly aggressive rather than nonchalant. It was like watching a drunk throw haymakers and a karate expert calmly moving out of the way and countering. When this Celtic team plays defense like they’re capable of doing, there’s no way a one-dimensional attack is going to work."
- Cleveland.com has a way for Cavaliers fans to tell LeBron James they want him to stay in Cleveland. Not sure how well that's going to work. One of the top comments includes the phrase "and take the rest of the team with you." (Maybe they should just let these chipper people speak, or sing, for everyone. Once "Cleveland soccer legend Otto Orf" has weighed in, how could James possibly leave?)
- Bret Lagree of Hoopinion on Mike Woodson: "Tyronn Lue, Anthony Johnson, Mike Bibby, Flip Murray and Jamal Crawford each took their turn spotting up on the weak side while Joe Johnson had the ball. Each also took his turn guarding the opposition's least-dangerous offensive player as Woodson cross-matched in an attempt to hide his point guard from quicker players. In time, this effort to hide, on the defensive end, players deemed essential to the offense turned the Hawks into a fully predictable team, one that switched almost every screen, both on- and off-the-ball, in an effort to maximize the involvement of its two good defensive players (Josh Smith and Al Horford) in each possession. In the playoffs -- especially on the road, where the Hawks lost 12 of 14 games under Woodson -- opposing teams took advantage of this defensive predictability to create whichever matchup they desired and/or to pull Smith and Horford away from the basket. It proved just as damaging as the more-publicized isolation-heavy offensive sets which too often failed to trouble sound defensive clubs in the postseason. It was damaging, because the Hawks never appeared to have any other options, either in terms of tactics or personnel, at their disposal."
- Steve Luhm of the Salt Lake Tribune asked Jerry Sloan to name the highlight of the Jazz's season. Sloan's response: "Highlights are something people enjoy. But what happens from my standpoint ..." You see what he just admitted there? That he's non-human. Do with that information what you will.
- Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins bares his soul on all kinds of stuff in a long interview with Geoff Calkins of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. At one point, he goes off about young players' work ethic: "It’s not as important to these players anymore. They’re already going to get paid. They’re going to get a second contract before they’re the player that they’re going to be. So what’s the motivation for you to go out there and bust your (butt) extra? We set up times before practice for guys to work and we set up times after practice for guys to work. Why do we have to set times? Because none of them will be in gym once that two-hour block of practice is over. They’re not going to come early unless you make them, they’re not going to stay late. That’s the whole group, that’s around the NBA. There’s very few where you see guys like LeBron is in the gym four hours before a game. That’s the exception, that’s not the rule. We’re dealing with a whole new group of young people who think they’re entitled to stardom and money just because they’ve gone through the process. And it takes a few years to get them to play together and understand it’s not about your numbers or his numbers but about the team’s wins and losses and going out there and playing every night." Hollins was asked who on his team "gets it" and replies: "Marc (Gasol) is probably the No. 1 guy that gets it. And No. 2 would be right there, Mike Conley. They’re 1 and 1A."
- Nice little chart of team scoring in the second round.
- How the Cavaliers helped Kevin Garnett have a good scoring night.
- NBA fans need to know a lot more about the Orlando Magic. Keep reading Magic Basetkball. What you learn will come in handy in the weeks to come.
- Omar Samhan's charisma, on video.
- Betting can be bad for your eyebrows.