A masterful performance and the draft prep gets going
Chris Bosh gets off the canvass with a bad eye that was verging on swollen shut and hits the game-winning basket in the final 40 seconds of a NBA Finals game?
Yeah, we all saw that coming, didn’t we?
How good is Dwyane Wade?
I’m sure it’s something we’ll explore more fully this afternoon at practice but whatever was bothering him in the Chicago series sure isn’t now and Game 3 was as good as I’ve seen him the entire playoffs.
It started early, with three forays to the basket in the first quarter, and continued unabated all night and he may very well have won his team another championship with that effort.
This may sound odd, but I think we tend to take Wade for granted because he’s not as flashy as, say, LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, he’s not as noticeable at Kevin Durant or Dirk Nowitzki and he has a tendency to blend in a little bit every night.
But, man, is he good.
Not sure anyone in the game goes side-to-side with the ball as well as he does, he can defend and shoot jumpers and he’s as complete a player as there is in the game today.
Is the series over?
It was being openly debated when we were lounging in the hospitality suite into the wee hours of the morning and the consensus was, yes, it is.
Think about it:
Except for about a five-minute stretch of the fourth quarter of Game 2, everything the Mavs done, the Heat have had answers for and the “other” Dallas starters have been relatively bad.
Maybe it is going to unfold as some of us thought before this thing began: The Heat are just enough better that it could be a five-game series with every game decided by eight points or less.
That would make it close; one-sided but close, if you know what I mean.
Okay all you draftniks.
You can get serious now because things are starting to really heat up for the HOTH.
But, as always, there’s an aspect of tail wagging the dog.
kind ofKemba Walker and Brandon Knight are scheduled in Toronto but, sadly, not to work out against each other. They’ll do two separate workouts, I’m told, which is nice to see how far they jump and how fast they are and how they shoot the ball but lacks any true competition between two guys really close to each other in all the fabricated mock drafts out there.
Then the HOTH are off to Europe to see Jan Vesely and Bismarck Biyombo in Europe mid-week before taking in the Eurocamp in Treviso on the weekend.
Kinda sucks that they have to travel to another continent to get a look at kids they might want to draft, in my opinion, but if you’re going to do your work, you’ve got to go where the people are.
In a perfect world, guys like Vesely and Biyombo would make a tour of North America and maybe workout with, and against, some top-rated NCAA kids.
But it’s not a perfect world; in many respects it’s an agent-driven world, and NBA teams have to grin and bear it.
Give the folks at the NBA credit for one thing: Good media seats in Dallas.
Far too often – like every city other than Detroit, where they put us right on the baseline for those two Finals – the out-of-towners are banished to the nether regions of the arena, either a hockey press box, the upper bowl or some farflung corner.
This series? Seats in stands at the top of the lower bowl in Miami – a bit cramped but not bad – and seats at the top of the lower bowl on a concourse kind of set up in Dallas that were the best I’ve had since those Pistons series.
And, as we know, it’s all about me. And my buddies.
I forgot tell you yesterday that warmed the cockles of my heart to turn on the TV in my room Saturday afternoon and see basketball from the Key Arena in Seattle.
And it was my beloved Storm laying waste to the Phoenixes in their WNBA opener.
Yes, I am way back on that bandwagon again.
Sign of creeping age?
Not sure how I feel about having to proofread Super Son’s first resume yesterday but “old” would be among the adjectives.
Speaking of the WNBA, and I do every often for those of you who might be new Irregulars, we’ve got two Canucks to track this year.
There’s Old Friend Tammy Sutton-Brown, who’s back for another run with the Indiana Fever, and she’s joined now by London’s Miranda Ayim of the Tulsa Shock.
Two to watch.
Is there a more compelling rivalry in all of sports than Nadal-Federer?
I don’t watch much tennis at all but when those two hook up, I’m sure I’m near a television because they never seem to disappoint.
And I guess that’s a big a testament as you can get, a guy who doesn’t care about the sport, really, makes sure to see those two play it.
LeBron can be a cranky pants.
Now, maybe it was a stretch for the questioner to suggest James was “shrinking” from taking control of games in the fourth quarter but that word and that kind of question got James all riled up.
“I think you’re concentrating on one side of the floor. All you’re looking at is the stat sheet. Honestly, I’m a two-way player. Since D Wade had it going offensively … we allow him to handle the ball, bring it on offensively.
“You should watch the film again and see what I did defensively. You’ll ask me a better question tomorrow.”
Now, this is not solipsism, James was not particularly good last night. A few of us were discussing it post-game and while, yes, Wade had it going and maybe it was time to defer, but for all his talk about being more aggressive, James was entirely too passive offensively through most of the game.
No surprise that Detroit coaching job is open but it does mean competition for Bryan
Now with a third job open, it’s a bit different than last week and if you’re one of the usual suspects seeking employment – Lawrence Frank, Dwane Casey, Mike Curry (well, maybe not him in Motown), Mike Woodson, Mark Jackson, Mike Budenholzer (what the heck is it with all the Mikes?) – you’re going to throw your name in all three spots and see what transpires.
But you know what I think?
Maybe one of these teams makes a bold move and does something off the wall.
It doesn’t strike me as it’d be Toronto – the criteria laid out by Bryan last week sort of points to a recycling program and that’s certainly can be defended – but maybe the Warriors or the Pistons, both with new owners, do something considered off the wall.
And why not? If a GM screws up, what’s the worst that can happen? He can get fired. What’s the best that can happen? A new owner says, ‘hey, thanks for taking a shot, let’s do something calmer the second time around.’