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  1. Bledsoe was good -- really shows how team style and pace can affect a player's performance. IMO this Pels team should run run and run, even with Zion and BI.
    Last edited by ice-9; 05-10-2021 at 04:51 AM.

  2. #1682
    Quote Originally Posted by sagegrouse View Post
    Zion (and Brandon?) on the bench tonight watching the Pelicans come from behind to beat Charlotte on the ro-ad. See, it's not that hard.
    So I guess the real problem is Zion and BI. Go ahead and trade both of them and then you have a winner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice-9 View Post
    Bledsoe was good -- really shows how team style and pace can affect a player's performance. IMO this Pels team should run run and run, even with Zion and BI.
    Zion and BI can both handle the ball and finish...I agree that they should run as much as possible. I don't think Zion and BI prevent that, I think they would thrive in the open court a little more!

  4. Last season the Pels ran a lot more and both Zion and BI were great. All those highlight alley oops from Lonzo to Zion from last season? Mostly missing this season.

    Various experts blamed the Pel's poor defense last season on the faster pace. So this season they slowed it down...but the defense is still poor, except now you have some ill-fitting pieces like Bledsoe, Lonzo when his shot is off, Adams and Hayes.

  5. #1685
    Great Knicks-Lakers game tonight. Old school physical battle. They are going at it, OT in important game for both teams. Barrett not doing anything offensively but playing hard on defense.

    AD working his I'm a real wanker for saying this.I'm a real wanker for saying this.I'm a real wanker for saying this. off and will need multiple IVís. Julias Randall playing like superstar. 1 pt Knick lead in OT with 55 secs left.

  6. #1686
    Laker stifling defense at end and Barrett heaves desperate 3 for win - unfortunately an air ball. Much improved Knicks vs decimated Lakers made for a very even matchup: 20+ lead chances.

  7. #1687
    Quote Originally Posted by Skydog View Post
    Laker stifling defense at end and Barrett heaves desperate 3 for win - unfortunately an air ball. Much improved Knicks vs decimated Lakers made for a very even matchup: 20+ lead chances.
    RJ is taking a good amount of heat for that end of OT shot selection.

  8. #1688
    Quote Originally Posted by subzero02 View Post
    RJ is taking a good amount of heat for that end of OT shot selection.
    Im sure going 2 for 11 with 7 points for the game didnít help his case. But for the season his shooting has gotten a LOT better - fg% improved from 40 to 44%, ft from 61% to 75% and 3pt% from 32% to 40%. He just didnít have it tonight. Well not on the offensive end, at least.

  9. #1689
    Quote Originally Posted by Skydog View Post
    Im sure going 2 for 11 with 7 points for the game didnít help his case. But for the season his shooting has gotten a LOT better - fg% improved from 40 to 44%, ft from 61% to 75% and 3pt% from 32% to 40%. He just didnít have it tonight. Well not on the offensive end, at least.
    He was actually 2 for 13 from the field and 0 for 7 from 3 point range... 8 pts, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subzero02 View Post
    He was actually 2 for 13 from the field and 0 for 7 from 3 point range... 8 pts, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
    From watching RJ night to night, on offense, it often can take him a long time to get it going. Last night, he was never really dialed in, and with the Knicks being thin in the backcourt because of the Quickly and Burks injuries, Ntilikina came off the bench, went 3-4 from 3 (rare) and took some of RJs minutes. This has been a great year for him, and I read an article where he said he and Drew Hanlen are going work on some specific offensive skills this offseason, which I agree are areas where he needs to improve:

    "Some point to a clear hole in Barrett's offensive game: his poor shooting on non-rim 2-point shots in the paint, generally referred to as "floater range," from roughly three to 10 feet. For the season, Barrett is shooting 33.7% on those shots, the fifth-worst percentage in the league.

    He also is shooting a below-average 56.6% on shots in the restricted area."

    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...tt-year-2-leap

  11. #1691
    Quote Originally Posted by subzero02 View Post
    He was actually 2 for 13 from the field and 0 for 7 from 3 point range... 8 pts, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
    I used espn’s post-game box score which apparently was errant at the time. I remember writing the post and, having watched part of the game, thinking “doesn’t Barrett have 8?” but figured it wasn’t worth double checking.

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    Justise Winslow had his biggest game of the season with 25 points and 14 points as the Grizzlies beat Sacramento.

    Not a meaningful game in the standings, but perhaps Justise can do some good things in the playoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roywhite View Post
    Justise Winslow had his biggest game of the season with 25 points and 14 points as the Grizzlies beat Sacramento.

    Not a meaningful game in the standings, but perhaps Justise can do some good things in the playoffs.
    He was 4-6 from three. Luv Winslow.
    "This is the best of all possible worlds."
    Dr. Pangloss - Candide

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    Quote Originally Posted by roywhite View Post
    Justise Winslow had his biggest game of the season with 25 points and 14 points as the Grizzlies beat Sacramento.

    Not a meaningful game in the standings, but perhaps Justise can do some good things in the playoffs.
    Ooops, make that 25 points and 13 rebounds. Darn late night posting.

    4 of 6 from 3-pt

  15. #1695
    Ben Wallace to the HOF. Not a Duke link but what a player. Humble, hard working and fierce. The good old days...
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

  16. #1696
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    Some nice stats

    RJ Barrett finished the regular season with 40% accuracy from 3-pt, and improved his FT shooting to 74.6%

    Kyrie joined the exclusive "50/40/90" club by finishing with 50.6% from the field, 40.2% from 3-pt, and 90.2% from the FT line.

  17. #1697
    Quote Originally Posted by roywhite View Post
    Some nice stats

    RJ Barrett finished the regular season with 40% accuracy from 3-pt, and improved his FT shooting to 74.6%

    Kyrie joined the exclusive "50/40/90" club by finishing with 50.6% from the field, 40.2% from 3-pt, and 90.2% from the FT line.
    RJ was also one of only 11 players to play in all 72 regular season games this year.

  18. #1698
    I normally don't consider transfers in this "Dukies" in the NBA thread, but this Semi Ojeleye factoid was too interesting to pass up:

    Ojeleye just set a new high-water mark for at least the last 30 years by playing the most minutes without registering a blocked shot by a player 6'6" or taller.

    While he is a fairly stout defender (and unquestionably a stout human being at 6'6" 240 lb), Ojeleye played 950 minutes over 56 regular season games and did not register a single blocked shot.

    The only other players who played meaningful minutes without blocking a shot are much smaller guards who played way fewer minutes than Ojeleye--Tyler Johnson (6'3", 684 minutes), Brandon Goodwin (6'0", 620 minutes), Ryan Arcidiacono (6'3", 450 minutes) and Langston Galloway (6'1", 438 minutes)

    And here are some players ahead of the 26-year old, 6'6" Ojeleye on the blocked shots list this year:
    • Facundo Campazzo (5'10", 30 years old) - 14 blocked shots
    • Stephen Curry (6'3", 33 years old) - 8 blocked shots
    • Jordan McLaughling (5'11", 25 years old) - 6 blocked shots
    • Patty Mills (6'1", 32 years old) - 3 blocked shots
    • D.J. Augustin (5'11", 33 years old) - 1 blocked shot

    In the last 30 years, the next closest mark from a player 6'6" or taller was Michael Redd in 2012, who played 770 minutes in his final, injury-riddled season.

    Evidently the all-time record (since blocks became a recorded stat in 1974) belongs to former Cavs/Timberwolves/Wizards coach Randy Wittman, who played 1071 minutes in 1984 without blocking a single shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truth&Justise View Post
    RJ was also one of only 11 players to play in all 72 regular season games this year.
    The Ringer's KOC with an extensive video breakdown of RJ's sophomore NBA season
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvODVmmraZU

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    Tatum hits 50!

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