January, 13, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- Gregg Popovich draws up the play of the year, and gets Tim Duncan all alone under the hoop for the key bucket of a close win.
- Other teams could undoubtedly do some of what the Clippers did to beat the Heat. Ryan Gomes explains the specifics.
- Name the NBA's highest-scoring starting backcourt over the last couple of weeks. The answer will surprise you.
- Less than three years ago, there was some pretty good research showing the Blazers were essentially the youngest, really good NBA team ever. After some aging, some injuries, and some young-for-old trades, they're now in the NBA's top 10 old teams, at least in terms of who's actually producing for them on the court. At least they're not as old as the Suns.
- The Cavaliers are letting opponents make 3s at a record rate.
- JaVale McGee's mom, former WNBA player and Olympian Pam McGee, is coy about whether or not she'll be part of his dunking act at All-Star Weekend.
- Zephid, on Forum Blue and Gold, on the Lakers' thrilling win over the Warriors: "The possessions read in some order: Kobe miss, Kobe free throws, Kobe jumper, Kobe jumper, Kobe bad pass, Kobe jumper, Kobe bad pass, Kobe jumper, Kobe miss, Kobe miss. Frankly, I could’ve sworn that there were more 'Kobe bad pass’s' than were stated in the play-by-play, because Kobe did his patented jump-in-to-the-air-then-figure-out-what-the-f***-I’m-gonna-do move on at least four occasions, all leading to less than desirable results (read: turnovers). Honestly, Kobe kept the Lakers in the game in the 3rd, but he also kept the Lakers out of the game in the third. Kobe, the one-man double-edged sword." In the fourth, Bryant won the game with similar attempts, but better outcomes: "Kobe 3, Kobe free throws, Kobe and1, Kobe jumper, Kobe assist, ending with a Kobe dagger 3 to put the Lakers up 6 with 43 seconds to play."
- A loving look back at, of all things, "Space Jam."
- Creepy/fascinating painting of Chris Bosh as a cocktail waitress. And LeBron James.
- "Buffoonery," says Tayshaun Prince, of his coach's decision not to play Rip Hamilton.
- A bouquet of mental lapses cost the Raptors down the stretch. On the key play, Mike Bibby sure looked like he was setting a screen, but it was all a ruse and he was, in fact, nailing a big 3.
- Jeremy Lin has a big game at the D-League showcase. Also, remember Nick Fazekas? Injured, he has been released by his D-League team.
- Other names the Kings might have considered for their arena.
- Would Carmelo Anthony improve the Nets or Knicks much? (Insider) It's a fair question. I have laid into his defense before and many point to his weak rebounding. But ... on that last point, the story is getting a bit stale. Anthony has the highest rebound rate of all starting small forwards, which is new for him and speaks, undeniably, to effort.
- It's tough to detect corrupt referees. But if the situation ever got serious ... how about lie detector tests?
- Lakers assistant Phil Hamblen tells the L.A. Times' Mark Medina about the retirement plans he and Phil Jackson have: "We always threaten when we're old and retired, we'll go to Omaha and go to the College World Series, eat some hot dogs and drink some beer. I'm looking forward to it. We both played a lot of baseball. We talk a lot about baseball."
- Brook Lopez sure looks unhappy at being removed in crunch time. Some context.
- Add Blake Griffin to the list of NBA players you ought not anger. (Via Basketbawful)
- Back when the Flintstones hooped.
- John Krolik on Heat Index: "Blake Griffin and LeBron James would be the first people to tell you that they're different in a lot of ways. Blake is a power forward who lives in the paint, loves crashing the boards and has an intuitive sense of how to work off the ball to free himself up for dunks. LeBron is a perimeter player who passes and handles the ball as well as any point guard in the league, can drain a 3-pointer from anywhere on the court and is only now learning how to work without the ball in his hands. Off the court, Blake is soft-spoken. He snuck up on the league somewhat after missing what would have been his rookie year with a knee injury, while LeBron is an extrovert who has been the focus of tremendous hype and controversy since Sports Illustrated called him "The Chosen One" as a high-school junior. Still, it's impossible to watch Blake Griffin now and not remember what LeBron James was seven years ago -- a thrilling young player with all the talent in the world, the savvy to use his strengths to take over games, the drive to shore up his existing weaknesses, the maturity to be a historically poor team's franchise player as a rookie and the hopes of a long-suffering fanbase on his shoulders."
- The top 100 teams in Europe.
- Down in the middle of this post: Jason Williams' elbow pass.