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Friday, May 17
Gotta love the islands :)
Also, Kenny Kadji: 6-8 3/4 without shoes, 6-10 with shoes (241.6 pounds)
Two important NBA combine numbers for Shane Larkin: Height without shoes 5-10 1/4. With shoes: 5-11 1/2. (Also, weight 170.8).
If Heat make NBA Finals, their home dates would be: Thu. June 6, Sun. June 9, Tue. June 18 and Thu. June 20. Road: June 11, 13, 16.
Watching the "butt fumble" every Friday morning never gets old.
Rain go away
These Warriors had a 2003-04 Heat feel to them. Heat made a major trade. Don't think Golden State needs to, since game has changed.
Western Conference Finals will be the ESPN series. Eastern Conference Finals on TNT.
Grizzlies vs Spurs should be a 7-game series. This time, Shane Battier won't be hitting a game-winner.
Never like canceling a hotel reservation in San Francisco.
Just heard from source saying the deal is done between the Maloofs and the Sacramento ownership group.
Thursday, May 16
It takes a special kind of dumbass to make Nick Saban a sympathetic figure (full disclosure: I'm one of the few media guys who likes him).
Names NBA folks say they're hearing for Clippers job if VDN goes: Byron Scott, Phil Jackson ("he's sniffing around"), Lionel Hollins.
Miami will open Wednesday at home against either Indiana or New York.
The Heat had seven full days off between the first and second rounds. Now, they'll have six full days off before their next series.
Confirmed that Eastern Conference finals start next Wednesday in Miami.
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals will begin Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Heat with six full days to prepare and rest.
*in* duck costumes.
Just watched a video of my dad and his rotary club doing the Harlem Shake I'm duck costumes. Still better than this game.
Desert thirsty. Honey nut Cheerios. The NBA playoffs will miss the Knicks when they're done.
Dirk's I'll-take-less-money pitch is fascinating. Be very interesting to see what others stars - DWade, Kobe - do in 2014 in that regard.
If it's not stocked at your Barnes & Noble, just ask and they will order it. Could be in family & childcare or sports section of store.
Last nerdy thing I promise: go find this bad boy if you're curious about NBA analytics. http://t.co/w2oy4hOti2
And now, back to your regular NBA programming.
Once we can measure defensive value (like baseball's UZR and plus/minus runs saved) it will change the game.
Some basic hoops concepts we haven't quantified yet, but know are important: screening, spacing, ball pressure, 'shell drill' angles, etc.
Goes to show that the NBA world is just getting started in this whole analytics thing. Sooo so much we can't quantify yet.
How do you turn a ball into a strike? A fundamental concept that has HUGE value. Sabermetrics, after years of work, can now quantify it.
It's been a few years since I "left" baseball's sabermetrics world, but I remember a catcher's value being a giant ?.
Appreciate all my friends in business -- and others -- who have helped get word out about "Raising Your Game." It's making a difference.
Not sure know why I'm so surprised by this but I am: LeBron has already reached the Eastern Conference Finals more times in MIA than in CLE.
LeBron is 3-1 in Conference Finals. Put up his best stats in series (2009 vs Orlando) he lost.
FYI, Derrick Rose says he's thinking about coming back for Game 6 but still listing himself day-to-day.
Look, PER isn't the end-all, be-all. But holy smokes was he awful. 24 TOs vs. 24 pts. 39 fouls vs. 5 blocks. -40 for playoffs.
Projecting out to minutes he used to play, Haslem would be averaging 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds on 63.4 percent shooting
Three Heat players are shooting over. 60 percent in playoffs: Andersen, Haslem, Cole. One shooting under 30 percent: Battier.
Then again, I don't watch much ESPN anymore. So maybe it was done there.
Carmelo Anthony has a 58.2 percent usage rate in clutch situations this postseason per StatsCube. 5-13 FG in 15 mins.
A quick word about momentum: Spurs swept through the first two rounds last playoffs and went up 2-0 vs. OKC in the WCF. Yeah.
I, for one, still can't believe the Grizzlies are doing this without Hamed Haddadi.
Rip Hamilton a Heat next season if Miller is amnestied? No way he's back with Thibodeau.
Very possible that the team Durant had in the Finals last June will be the best he ever has
So, should Sam Presti have held onto Harden and let it play out? Would it have mattered once Westbrook went down?
Thinking back on that post-2012-Finals moment when KD-RW-Harden stood arm-to-arm watching Heat. Less than a year ago, feels like a decade.
Listening to OKC radio. They are taking it rather well, all things considered.
Marc Gasol daggers are more like guillotines.
What more do you need to see? Pat Riley got it two years ago: You need multiple stars to compete for a championship. Period.
LeBron said he needed 24 hours. He'll get them. Heat not practicing Thursday.
Wednesday, May 15
In summary of the series: Chicago deserves great respect for how it competed. Miami can't have similar lulls against Pacers.
Pacers logo coming soon, possibly Monday http://t.co/DKabXaf7bH
All that with Nick Collison at the 5. Hmmm...
LeBron will do nothing next 24 hours except rest. “I need at least 24 hours after going against those guys. They’re very tough mentally.’’
LeBron James: "It was a tough series. Tonight we gave everything we had. I got no energy left.''
LeBron on Wade 'I really don't care for the trash talk he receives' great stuff will soon tweet his full comments
LeBron on Wade: "I can go on and on about how great he is. I really don't care for the trash talk that he receives."
LeBron with a spirited defense of Wade: "He doesn't have to prove himself to anyone."
Wade on doubt: "That's my life. I'm not supposed to be sitting up here at this podium right now."
LeBron: "I need at least 24 for sure. I need at least 24 hours."
LeBron: "Tonight we gave everything we had. I've got no energy left."
Wade said he felt better tonight than he has felt in a while
Wade said he took a "mental day" yesterday. Said LeBron told him before the game: "I need one from you."
LeBron: "This is probably one of the toughest (close out games) I've had in my career."