“I can’t remember the last time a team got 25 free throws in a game against the Bucks. And then conversely, the way Giannis [Antetokounmpo] attacks, the way Khris [Middleton] attacks, as many opportunities as Khris has with the ball … it’s frustrating, but it’s part of the sport. It’s part of the game. “We’ve got to be better defensively. We’ve got to keep them off the free throw line and we got to be more aggressive attacking and getting to the free throw line and getting to good offense.”
May 27, 2022 | 10:17 am EDT Update
Bally Sports Southwest: “We can pay him more than anybody…I think he wants to stay and that’s most important.” @mcuban talks to @TheSteinLine about the Mavericks chances of re-signing @jalenbrunson1 this offseason.
Callie Caplan: Jalen Brunson, free-agent to be: “When it happens, it happens. I’m not worried about it right now. Honestly, at this point, how I feel, I’m really happy that I got to play with these guys, and the things that we did this year, that’s all I’m really focused on right now.”
Speaking of Serbian basketball, it was inevitable not to comment on back-to-back Final Four MVP Vasilije Micic and the rumors linking him to the NBA. “Micic can make a difference in the NBA,” Savic tells Eurohoops. “The best players in EuroLeague can stand out there”.
The Warriors went the sustainability path. They used all three lottery picks on three teenagers. Steph Curry watched them do it. He didn’t shake the table. He didn’t turn his nearing free agency into a power play. He signed a five-year max extension, messaging to every teammate that the most powerful voice in the room was accepting of management’s long-term approach and everyone else would need to fall in line. “A lot of stars would’ve said, ‘No, you have to trade all these young assets for a star. I need a star,’” Steve Kerr told The Athletic. “Organizationally, the decision was ‘Let’s grow these young guys so we can have a bright future.’ Very few people in Steph’s shoes would’ve said, ‘All right, I’ll embrace it and let’s go to work.’”
Why didn’t Curry ever make noise or leverage his power to reconfigure the roster to his exact preferences? “That’s not how I operate,” Curry told The Athletic. “There were conversations and different paths to take, and we all had conversations about going different ways. But at the end of the day, I have a lot of trust in Bob, a lot of confidence in what we’re about. There was no panic. Obviously, it helps that we had won a couple championships. It affords patience. But there was no panic in terms of getting me, Klay and Draymond another run at it, figuring out how we could get pieces around us to make it work. It’s just patience at the end of the day.
Ohm Youngmisuk: The trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have now won 21 playoff series together, the 2nd-most by any trio over the last 30 seasons per Elias Sports Bureau. They passed the Lakers trio of Shaq-Kobe-Derek Fisher. pic.twitter.com/WlNCPF5ltr
Justin Kubatko: Klay Thompson last night: ✅ 32 PTS ✅ 12-25 FG ✅ 8-16 3P It’s the fifth time Thompson has made at least eight 3P in a playoff game, breaking a tie with Ray Allen, Stephen Curry, and Damian Lillard for the most such games in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/8eM1Guy4fb
Justin Kubatko: Stephen Curry in the 2022 WCF: ✅ 23.8 PPG ✅ 6.6 RPG ✅ 7.4 APG Curry (34 years, 73 days) is the second-oldest player in NBA history to average at least 20 PPG, 5 RPG, and 5 APG in a conference finals, trailing only LeBron James (35 years, 271 days). pic.twitter.com/VFl3WYd18b