It’s A Perfect World For Warriors Defense

Lacking sexiness, the Warriors defense is under the radar, rarely discussed, yet they have the best defensive rating in the playoffs at 101.9. No other team has a defensive rating below 103.  Why is no one paying attention to what the Dubs are doing on the other end of the court? For starters, the Warriors…

Don’t Change The Lottery, Blow It Up

For 33 years the lottery has operated on a lie: the worst teams get the best players even if they have to tank to do it.  But the worst teams do not get the best players. In 2007, Memphis won 22 games and should have been hand delivered Kevin  Durant. But a 31 win Sonics…

“We Got Rings” Greed

The Golden State Warriors are finished with the pretenders. Their title defense begins tonight in Houston as they face the team that was structured to defeat them. The classic rule about team building is you build your team to beat the best team in the conference. Daryl Morey obeyed that edict. He has shot makers…

Is It A Massacre if the Best Team Wins?

Call it The Mother’s Day Massacre if you want. The bottom line is this. The defending Eastern Conference champions Cleveland Cavaliers were blown out the gym with offense, defense, creativity and toughness. The Boston Celtics were exactly who the Boston Celtics have been all playoffs long- at least at home- and the LeBron-ettes had no…

The Fake Dwane Casey Outrage

The moaning and groaning about the Dwane Casey firing (as if no one saw this coming) is pure theater. It was akin to an alternate universe where television and social media were suddenly obsolete and no one witnessed what had been going on the past few years. The best predictor of future behavior is past…

Stan Van Gundy Blueprint Running Out of Oxygen

Stan Van Gundy and Doc Rivers were revered coaches  in charge of personnel for their respective teams, the Pistons and Clippers. Both asserted their power as NBA intellects who mattered. Van Gundy appeared in the NBA Finals in 2009. One year earlier, Doc Rivers won the NBA Finals in 2008. Rivers appeared in the Finals…

The Process Needs More Process-ing

Brian Windhorst (ESPN) summed it up perfectly when he said that the 76ers are a young team that plays young and the Celtics are a young team that plays old. Translation: The Process doesn’t have its cap and gown with diploma in hand. Still some work to be done. That, in a nutshell, the still…

DeMar DeRozan Owes Us Some Money

DeMar DeRozan isn’t a star. But he is the best player on his team. He is an All-Star and when the pressure is off he can drop 25 points a game. But a star takes the pressure and flicks it over his shoulder. A star delivers in the playoffs, not necesarily a win all the…