Watching the highlights from last night, I am amazed at his improvement with his offensive skill set. He could not make or finish some of those moves years ago.
If Dwight wants to be fouled less, he should try shooting over 60% from the line one of these years. They can't call everything, and the rest of his game is just so good.
Rondo getting 30 reminded me of Nash destroying the Mavs back in 2005 when they played him to pass. He had 48 in one game, then 39 in another to eliminate them. Rondo was taking what the Knicks were giving him by backing off his shot. Instead of just passing out of that, he was taking it right at them. I'm a Knicks fan, but I had to admit it was pretty awesome.
Honestly a better reaction than whining and drawing techs would be for Howard to pop some 2nd-stringer in the mouth, take the 3 game suspension, but serve notice to the rest of the league that he's The Man. Hitting FTs would help too. But it seems pretty clear that Dwight is not focused on dominating and winning the way he should be.
Barkley, Malone and Shaq all got hacked, but they came out swinging every once in a while and you knew not to mess with them. Crude but effective.
JJ's hustle play earned Top 10 Play on SportsCenter.
It was indeed a great play which shifted momentum in the game. Up until then, Orlando didn't seem to be playing with any urgency. It also got the crowd going.
That said, I do think that DH would be wise to go live with JJ Redick this off season and learn how to shoot FT's I also think that DH needs to handle his frustration a little better. How many times has SVG been fined for brining this up?
Just be you. You is enough. - K, 4/5/10, 0:13.8 to play, 60-59 Duke.
You're all jealous hypocrites. - Titus on Laettner
You see those guys? Animals. They're animals. - SIU Coach Chris Lowery, on Duke
Your point about taking the suspension is especially true if he's going to be suspended for taking too many T's anyway.
The Thunder rolled the Nuggets tonight. I still think that they are going to make a surprise run at the NBA Finals this year. Probably next year. A couple of years away. I hope they keep on playing this well. From the action that I saw tonight I was gone most of the day. I saw Paul play. Great point guard. And a juicy rumor??? Paul to the Bobcats??
I wonder if he'd consider the Nets, if Deron stays there. It'd be an opportunity to play with a big-time playmaker on a team moving to an interesting market with cap space. I know the Nets are, well, the Nets, but they're going to have a shiny new building in an interesting sports market.
Great to see the Spurs bounce back today, should be a good series now. Do wish Rudy Gay was playing though.
Did the Nuggets just shut down today because they were flat about getting hosed in Game 1 or is this it for them? OKC looks a tad bit scary. If the Spurs have a 6-7 game series with Memphis and OKC rolls Denver in 4-5 games, Rnd 2 could get nasty for the Spurs real fast.
Sidebar -- for a guy who was certainly the best player I've ever seen, Jordan was not then, and isn't now, a personnel expert. I mean, the guy wanted Joe Wolf over Pippen. Of course, if he had one thing right, he also wanted Johnny Dawkins over colossal bust Brad Sellers. Not that JD was an amazing pro, but that would have been a far better pick, and a guy who could have contributed to those teams.
As someone who appreciated and could analyze hoops in the 90's, MJ is also the best player I have ever seen. But that cuts out about 40 years of watching. I guess he's the GOAT, but maybe there has been better, Russell does have 11 rings after all. Sucks that MJ went to UNC, but nobodies perfect.
As with many players, injuries took away much of what Dawkins could have been. In the thread about Duke's #2 greatest NBA player after G.Hill, I believe had Dawkin's body not betrayed him he would have been a special talent. Maybe not number 2, but right up there.
Because someone brought up Isiah, those interested in an extremely interesting interview with him should check out Jason Whitlock's new recurring podcast, "Real Talk with Jason Whitlock". The 4/6 episode featured an interview with Zeke where he states his claim as being as good as Magic and Bird and that he never gets that kind of credit, addresses the rumor that he substantiated the "Magic got AIDS from gay sex" rumors, and addresses the "Larry Bird would be considered just another player if he were black" comments he made back in the 80s.
Back on the playoffs, based on what I've seen, and I haven't seen Miami, I think this year is more wide open then it has ever been. I see no reason why the Thunder or Bulls can't make the jump to title winner because I think the Celtics are over the hill and the Lakers have lost a step.
Indeed, back to the playoffs. I agree with your assessment of both the Bulls and Thunder, but I feel with both teams this is their year to 'learn a hard lesson'. I feel the Thunder are more likely than the Bulls, something about Durant just screams winner. I have a feeling over a 7 game playoff war some of Rose's teammates may not come through for him (none who previously wore Duke uniform obviously ) and the hole at shooting guard will become an issue.
Like most of the basketball watching public I wasn't in love with how Miami came together last off season, but if I were every other team I would be very scared. Basically every game they played this year was like the opposing teams playoff game and a regular season full of that scrutiny and criticism may bring them together so they can just play basketball in the playoffs. To be honest I hope they don't win it all, but any team with that much talent can't be held down forever.
Isiah was truly an amazing player, one of the greatest ever to play point guard, and probably the greatest of his physical stature. It is too bad the rest of the package was so far from ideal, from the odd and cutting comments that come from his mouth, to his horrendous tenure as a front office executive (although he did well in the NBA drafts), to his less than stellar coaching gigs, to his various legal issues. BUT, his bad rep punches heavier than its weight -he has no felonies on record, etc. He never fails to put his foot in his mouth.
I hear you about the Bulls and Thunder - I have just been so unimpressed by the Celtics and Lakers that I feel like the time is ripe for any of these teams to get hot and grab the brass ring. I agree that the Bulls seem to do a lot of Derrick Rose watching, but the guys is so unstoppable right now that it may be an ok offensive strategy.
Fellow Knicks fans - where do you stand on D'Antoni's coaching this series? I have been defending him, but am starting to lean toward the "he has stunk" camp. Critics are pointing to the fact that he has no timeouts left at the end of the game, his team was not ready to foul with 4 seconds left being down 1, and that he had a bad offensive line-up on the floor for the last possession. What say you?