Also, for some reason..Spoelstra took out Ray when they needed a 3...
AJ played quite well though.
Well done Greg Smith loved that dude in college. Just shows what proper coaching and development at the Dleague level can do. He outplayed Dwight tonight well done by him and the rockets bench.
And the Lakers blame-a-thon is starting to escalate. Kobe blamed free throws, Howard indirectly took a shot at Kobe about defensive rotations and bad ball movement.
At least when Pau played, they had a whipping boy.
That team lacks leadership and it could get even uglier from here.
Just kicking some ideas around for Pau, none of these would come true for various reasons, it'd just be interesting to see the outcome.
-Pau to Spurs for Diaw and Leonard.
-Pau to Celtics for Jeff Green and Brandon Bass.
And my absolute favorite:
-Pau to NY for Amare and Shumpert.
KG might've had some words thrown at Pau over the years, but I think they'd be great together. It's a shame the Celtics have no expirings to reduce the Lakers' tax. Maybe a 3-teamer? The Celtics have a ton of players that would be interesting for D'Antoni -- Green, Terry, Courtney Lee, maybe Sullinger.
Leonard+Diaw+S-Jax expiring (+maybe Bonner or some other pieces to put Spurs back under tax) ---- that seems like a good deal for both teams, imo, but the Lakers might not want to send Pau to a conference rival.
I'd really like the Pacers to find a way to get Greg Smith. He's good and I think he'd flourish here by re-teaming with his college buddy, PG.
Pau at this stage is really not meant for fast-paced games. Triangle and post-up plays are what really suit him with his ability to score and pass.
Maybe the Pacers can try to work a trade for him and be a 25min/game backup. I'm sure Vogel and Shaw would be happy running plays for him. Just wishful thinking.
New Orleans Hornets will become the Pelicans.
Maybe it's posted already, didn't see it. http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/87...cording-report
I think he could play a running game, but as a 5. Compare him to other 7 footers, his mobility is still elite. But a David West type is going to be faster if that's Pau's matchup. And Pau doesn't look nearly as explosive as in his prime, but that may be just tendinitis.
I agree that his minutes will probably have to be managed carefully from now on, like San Antonio does with Duncan. Maybe 30-32 minutes a game. There have been some pretty sad reports of how Mike Brown was managing him -- huge minutes + grueling 4 hour practice schedule (other Lakers vets were excused from some of them). Combine with how healthy he's been over his career and how much he played in games, add playoffs runs over the last 5 years, add summers for Spain... It's not surprising at all that his knees are feeling it.
I've just seen Pau criticized a lot after that game because he couldn't keep up with West at times, but it's really unfair to compare a 7ft 4/5 with a very skilled smaller PF, not to mention that Pau had trouble with those kind of players even in his prime and Lamar Odom used to match up against them.
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After watching that Rockets game, Greg Smith = impressive indeed. Just outworked Dwight when they were matched up. Dwight looked lazy, he basically pulled an Al Jefferson on boards a few times and tried to just move and grab them, instead of boxing out.
Also, Kobe really needs to chill. I guess hack-a-Dwight is bound to be analyzed a lot, but Kobe's hero ball is what really killed the Lakers offense in the 4th quarter. Hack-a-Dwight looked like it actually helped the Lakers score compared to the alternative.
Defense sucked again, and Dwight really hasn't looked impressive. Neither did Kobe. Jamison and Duhon seemed to be doing a better job with defensive rotations than the Lakers "All Defense" guys. Even Artest fell asleep a few times, but at least he was guarding Harden.
Those guys need to get some mirrors and look at them long and hard.
The Rockets did a great job getting Asik at 8 mil, btw. They should've signed him for 4 years. By far the best defender on the court today, and he looked like that in every game I've seen so far. Last year I had doubts if he could handle starter minutes and maintain his effort, but clearly he can.
Congrats to Kobe.
No denying he's flawed as a player. Frustrating even. But he's also going to be the guy that I'll look back on with nostolgia, measuring up every new "star" to him. (I never watched MJ.) I think he'll be more appreciated when he retires.
Atlanta is playing better than I thought, Denver needs to play faster.
You know you suck when an old a$$ Derek Fishers is starting in front of you.
DC made a typical DC mistake and Rick send him to the bench.
Damn I didn't know Atlanta had so much money to spend next year.
so yeah how about that Austin rivers huh posting a mighty 5.6 PER in 27 MPG.
keep ballin' son.
srsly the guy is terrible he cant shoot a lick to save his life and this is what he was said to be one of his strengths coming out of duke.
I would love for NO to get the 1st pick again and take Noel. That would be pretty funny, but ultimately could give them a pretty exciting frontcourt for years.
i think they'll be fine, Davis looked like a legit star, Anderson was a great signing, Vasquez and Aminu have been solid. Gordon signing won't kill them no matter what, rebuilding projects take 3-4 years anyway, by that time Gordon will be expiring. And yeah, they could easily get another high pick this year.
Even OKC had a couple strikes - Jeff Green, Aldrich picks, Tyson Chandler fail, Perkins contract.
Too early to call Rivers a bust, but I see the potential for it. He can still get to spots on the floor with his handles, he needs to become a lights out shooter like a Stephen Curry for it all to work, imo. The book on him has shown to be true, tries to play like Kobe without that kind of size or athleticism. I was surprised at Duke he had the green like for coach K like he did. It's going to be a steep learning curve for A Rivers, but by most accounts he has the work ethic. NO had designs on him being a Point Guard, thats a huge adjustment. We'll see, it'll be interesting, he's very young and just doesn't have the NBA game yet. If he shows he can be a back up Point Guard and be clutch that'll be a good start for him, but he may be a year away from even that.