April, 16, 2012
By Henry Abbott
- Watching the Bulls in overtime on Sunday night I had something of an epiphany. They just played so hard and together on both ends. So many Bulls seem to love that very intense time of the game. The Pistons got the first rebound of overtime, and then no more. The Bulls played very tough defense, and on offense, they created one good look after another. Joakim Noah was everywhere on both ends, even making fabulous passes. Nobody forced anything. And things were chippy and intense and they appeared more than OK with what. The whole thing was just nasty. Shortly we'll be making all kinds of playoff predictions. It'll be tough to pick against Chicago.
- Having left the Kings, J.J. Hickson is back to showing all kinds of promise, like he once did in Cleveland. Kind of weird, huh? He does his best to explain.
- The suggestion that Dwight Howard has his eye on Warriors assistant Michael Malone as his next head coach.
- Bill Simmons, talking tanking on Grantland on Friday: "You can expect David Lee to get shut down any day with 'knee tendinitis' or some equally bogus injury." The Warriors need to lose some games, and Lee is a pretty good player. The end of Lee's season was announced at essentially the same time.
- More charges are being called in the NBA, which could be a sign of flopping.
- It's just possible the Maloofs aren't acting with the city of Sacramento's best interests at heart. It'll be tough for the Kings to stay in Sacramento ... but it'll also be tough for them to move.
- Pau Gasol's 3s are heroic. Andrew Bynum's are dastardly. Is this really a tale of shot selection ... or makes?
- Lots of talk about what it will take for the Knicks to reach their full potential. They have improved mightily on defense, won a lot of big games, endured some injuries and questionable signings. They were never going to be that great anyway. Just wondering if, instead of hand-wringing, it's time for celebrating. A pretty good team is looking pretty damn good. That's no sign of trouble. All that is out of whack is the expectations.
- This is a question that comes up in sports as much as anywhere. Who cares what your gender is? Why does that matter? Why do official bodies need to know that?
- Are the Celtics contenders?
- Rodney Stuckey talking with a lot of poise about the value of seeing a therapist. This is far more macho to me than the traditional macho approach, which is denying you're seeing a therapist. Kudos.
- Jan Vesely gets everywhere on foot.
- A little video of John Wall's blazing speed -- leading to an airballed midrange jumper.
- On Hardwood Paroxysm Jared Dubin notices that the Spurs' best defensive lineups feature Danny Green: "You can do a lot of things with Danny Green. You can ask him to shoot, you can ask him to pass, you can ask him to rebound and you can ask him to defend. You can start Danny Green and you can bring him off the bench. You can yank his minutes around. You can run plays for Danny Green, but you don’t have to. You can ask him to fill in the blanks and you can count on him to make the right play. You can win games with Danny Green. That’s for sure."
- Lakers up and down the roster played well. How often has that been true this season?
- Jamario Moon promises to play his legs off, and pretty much does.
- The Pacers have a shot at emerging as the ultimate winners of all this playoff positioning -- with the potential for homecourt advantage against the compromised Magic. Check it out in the playoff odds. The Pacers play their brains out, too -- kind of emerging as the Grizzlies of the East.
- The Thunder players talk about tornadoes. And on the topic of safety, Royce Young and I have the same first thought on seeing this video: Be careful up there, Kevin Durant!