Originally Posted by DCAllAmerican I know you don't listen to podcasts but as usual, JvG speaking basketball brillianceJeff Van Gundy: 5/31/16 Zach and Jeff Van Gundy preview the 2016 NBA Finals, and share some leftover thoughts from Thunder-Warriors. https://www.espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=15858852
JVG is one of the better basketball minds in the NBA. I remember when the Heat first formed the Big 3, he was one of the first to explain how all 3 would be used effectively in games.
He's been around in the league for a LONG time and has been around basketball for a lifetime. The man knows the deal and is one of the best. The Knicks miss you, Jeff
Originally Posted by awwsome
Great article on how much of a problem Kyrie and Love are on defense.
The level that Lowry played at when they defended him vs anybody was basically multiplied.
Irving numbers giving up drives to the rim is
If the Cavs want a real chance at winning, Delly is going to have to play more minutes than Kyrie and we know that's not happening.
This was Lowry we were talking about, not the greatest offensive force in the history of the game.
Lue talking about he wanna play fast.
Son already booked the villa in Cabo with that new contract money I see.
I've been harping about this for the last few days, and someone finally illustrates a well enough visual for everyone to get clear optics on what I've been talking about. Sure, having Irving and Love gives you a stronger punch on the offensive end but they're major liabilities on the defensive end as well. You need DEFENSE to stop the Warriors. If the WCF's has taught us anything, it's that you can in-fact run with the Warriors, but you're going to need to capitalize on their turnovers and bother the shooters with speed and size on almost every position. Unfortunately, Cleveland does NOT have this.
Having Delly and Thompson step up last year on the defense end is almost the equivalent of what you get on the offensive end with Love and Irving on the floor. You just hope to God Curry and Klay go cold for the series.
No one has yet to give a clear cut reason why they think the Cavs would beat the Warriors in a 7 game series. All signs point to Warriors repeating.
Originally Posted by lakersman3000
since when do players traded away mid season get chips. thats stupid and dont even make sense.
I think you have to play a certain number of games with a team in order to qualify to get a ring, if they do go on to win the championship. But from what I've been reading, it's also at the discretion of ownership, considering they're the ones who pay for the rings to be made.
Originally Posted by BayArea23
Lebron is one of the most misunderstood criticized player I have ever seen... A lot of people label him a choker for losing in the Finals... In the 7 Finals he made.. He probably faced 6 teams that was better than his... Most of those finals he didn't have a HOF squad and with HOF caliber coach.
This is the worst excuse I've ever heard. LeBron has almost full control over players and coaches throughout most of his career. He could've chosen to go to San Antonio and have played for Pop if he wanted to.
The dude is selfish. He wanted his cake and eat it too. Don't give me this nonsense.
Originally Posted by whywesteppin
"choke" is one of those terms that is overused in sports.
so is the term "the next Jordan" or "as good as Jordan."
The Jordan comparisons are a bit overused and arbitrary in most senses.
But there is such a thing as "chocking" in professional sports.
Originally Posted by tyisny
I really don't understand how they got back to playing like that after being so effective pushing the ball in transition and swinging the ball across to the open man
To be fair for OKC, a lot of their points were off turnovers. At the end of the game, the Warriors stopped turning the ball over and started to hit their shots. OKC on the other hand, was missing all their shots and turned the ball over.
This was basically the formula that gave the Thunder their 3-1 lead and the allowed the Warriors to come back and take the series.