Thursday, June 9, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- The case for finding LeBron James some minutes as a power forward.
- Watch LeBron James not attacking in the pick-and-roll. He has been so singled out for passive play, I wonder if now the Mavericks can can aggressive helping on him in Game 5 and assume he'll be more reticent to pass this time around.
- Beloved former Cavalier and Spur Mike Mitchell dies of cancer at 55.
- The Bulls are looking to stay cheap heading into the next, presumably more restrictive, CBA. Which means they'll likely keep their draft picks. Makes sense. Who would be spending money now? Well, Portland would like some players in their prime.
- Tonight's referees: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan and Bill Kennedy. I'd bet Steve Javie is on deck for Game 7 if the series gets there. The referees really matter in this series because Tyson Chandler is both essential and foul-prone. The last couple of games, since Brendan Haywood's injury, he has hardly fouled at all. The Mavericks need him to keep that up, because Miami's offense is much better when he sits.
- Dirk Nowitzki says his fever is gone, and sniffles are for wimps.
- Charles Barkley says there's something about LeBron James' DNA that prevents him from being like Michael Jordan.
- Hard to define Jason Kidd's job at this point. Although I'll tell you this: It involved more than a little guarding LeBron James, and in Game 4 that had Kidd looking exhausted.
- HoopSpeak Live -- worth a visit this afternoon.
- Chuck Klosterman on Grantland: "My life is broken into two halves. They're not equal halves, but sometimes they feel that way. The first half is spent trying to figure out how reality works, if time is real, and what it means to be alive; the other half is spent scheduling my life around sporting events I am compelled to watch, even though I don't care who wins and won't remember anything significant about the game in two weeks' time."
- Rick Pitino knew that Dirk Nowitzki would be really good and was going to draft the player he calls "the next Larry Bird" with the tenth pick. The Mavericks, though, pulled off a trade to get him before that. My thought is ... if you're sure he's the next Larry Bird, could you possibly give up too much for him? Why not go even higher?
- Why can't the Mavericks keep coming back from behind? It actually makes a certain sense to me, if you believe the results so far, showing they're a much better team with Nowitzki on the floor, and a worse one without him. They play him at the end, so they outplay the Heat at the end.
- Not sure what Gilbert Arenas was fined for Tweeting, but that account sure has some misogyny.