Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Sort of like a game of horse......
LeBron: "How about a lefty lay-up?"
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Well, maybe more so than you think.
For now, let's leave out the possibility of Chris Bosh missing the remainder of the series. Yes, that is certainly a concern. However, personally I am more concerned with the reaction and body language of LeBron James to a play that occurred during the second half of last night's game (and I'm not talking about the final play call with 8 seconds left, but more on that in a bit).
Did you happen to see Danny Granger come down on top of LeBron with his elbow to his head, which resultantly knocked LeBron's headband off?
Well, as you might expect the two proceeded to then have a (no pun intended) heated exchange. This is understandable, if not expected in playoff basketball. Besides, how would you react if someone was extra physical with you and perhaps took a cheap shot in the process.
More importantly, how did LeBron react?
See for yourself:
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The "Truth" will set you free.
Something has to be said about how this team just gets things done regardless of the circumstance. We all keep trying to write them off, saying they're "too old," "too injured," or "don't have enough depth." But no matter who is or isn't in the lineup, how old or novice their personnel on the floor is, collectively they find a way to win.
It seems you can do just about anything to this group and they'll still find a way to remain relevant. It certainly will be interesting to see how the rest of this series goes for Boston.
And then the next one after that.
Speaking of Avery Bradley. You may remember this play from a month ago:
Many of you may wonder where this guy came from.
He is a 22 year old second year player out of Texas. Although he was selected 19th in the draft, he only played in 31 regular season games last year, averaging 5 minutes per game. He didn't play at all in last year's playoffs.
This year, Avery played in 64/66 of Boston's regular season games and has been starting over the last month or so - mostly at the 2 position, but last night at the 1.
What changed in a year?
I actually had a chance to talk with Avery after their win against the Heat last week. Did you know that during the Lockout, Avery was playing in Israel? Considering that is where I worked out for several professional teams, I jumped at the chance to ask him about his experiences playing there, the differences in style of play, and more importantly how playing there helped him prepare for this season.
Take a listen: