“I’m a cerebral player,” Livingston said. “Once I slide to the shooting guard or small forward, I’m a little bit more nontraditional as I don’t space the floor. So I find other ways to stay occupied and attack and cut, offensive rebound, set screens. It’s just part of being a basketball player. It’s not necessarily what you have to do when you’re playing playing the shooting guard, playing the small forward. It’s the game of basketball. Be a basketball player. It comes with many roles. How can you help your team win? For me, it just depends on the personnel that’s out there.”
So did the Wizards make the right call in opting for Beal over Barnes? Despite his injury history, which included a concussion, broken nose, bruised pelvis and shoulder contusion this season alone, that appears to be the case. If Barnes hits the market and is allowed to leave (he rejected a $64 million extension before the 2015-16 season began), he’ll get similar money to Beal. Based on what CSNmidatlantic.com has been told, however, the Wizards won’t be one of those teams in the running at that pricetag.
Storyline: Harrison Barnes Free Agency
It was a clip of Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green nearly nailing a vertical standing split while attempting a baby hook over Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook during the fourth quarter of last night’s Western Conference Finals. Green flailed his right foot so high that he inadvertently kicked the 6-4 point guard near his chin. When I showed the video to other players, their mouths dropped to the floor, including the mouth of LeBron James. But there were no comments to follow. Each player just handed my phone back and shook his head in disbelief, except for J.R. Smith. “[The league’s] not going to do anything, though,” he said.
Storyline: Draymond Green Suspension?
Jones is still miffed at the way his situation was handled. Earlier in the week James was asked for his take on Green being allowed to continue playing following the Adams kick. “I have no opinion on it,” he said. “[The league] didn’t ask me my opinion on Dahntay’s play, so they definitely don’t want to hear my opinion on Draymond, so it doesn’t matter.”
“It’s important to kind of fulfill the vision we had coming into the season,” Curry told The Vertical. “It’s not the way we wanted to get it done. But honestly, I think the collective unit is doing a good job of staying in the moment, understanding nothing is possible if we didn’t get [Game 5]. Now we can look forward to Saturday. We’ve got to focus all of our energy looking to the next 48 minutes, not so much on Monday. There’s no Monday without Saturday. Saturday is the only game we have left right now.”