2015 NBA Playoffs: Finals

No doubt Jeremy will be watching the Finals closely, cheering on his childhood favorite NBA team. Some experts are predicting a lopsided series, but I think it will be a very exciting matchup.

Many people are discounting the Cavs chances because they lost 1.5 of their Big 3. Kevin Love is out with the shoulder injury. Kyrie Irving has severe knee tendinitis and may be well below 100% for the series. But actually, the Cavs may be playing better with their replacements. Tristan and Dellavedova are both better defenders, and don’t need to have the ball on offense. They have other 3pt shooters to pick up the slack with JR Smith (40%), Shumpert (37%), Dellavedova (36%), Jones (35%) (playoff 3pt %). One of the biggest surprises is Lebron’s struggles from 3pt in the playoffs, only 17.6%! The most 3s he has made in a playoff game this year is two.

The key for the Warriors is actually their defense. In the regular season, the Warriors were #2 offense, Cavs #4 offense. On defense, Warriors #1, Cavs #20. The Warriors have 4 guys they can assign to guard Lebron (Harrison, Iguodala, Draymond, Klay) to take turns and mix up the looks. Klay’s post-concussion health will be critical. He should be able to force JR Smith into poor percentage shots, and he has been shooting a terrific 42.5% from 3pt in the playoffs, even with the mini-slump in the first 3 games of the Conference Finals.

I predict the Warriors win in 6. Due to their high variance with 3 ptrs, I can see them losing one game where they just go cold, like Game 4 with Houston. And I’ll give another game to the Cavs where Lebron goes on fire, gets favorable foul calls, and becomes unstoppable.

Game 1: Thu June  4, 9pm ET @ GSW
Game 2: Sun June  7, 8pm ET @ GSW
Game 3: Tue June  9, 9pm ET @ CLE
Game 4: Thu June 11, 9pm ET @ CLE
Game 5: Sun June 14, 8pm ET @ GSW
Game 6: Tue June 16, 9pm ET @ CLE
Game 7: Fri June 19, 9pm ET @ GSW
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  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • real-dsb

    you’re the first!

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yep:-) Haven’t been first for a long long time:-)

  • real-dsb

    brent’s busy =)

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Guess we won’t learn where JLin will be heading until after he returns from his Asia trip. In the mean time, I’m glad that JLin keeps his fans update of what he is doing often. That’s great! JLin is really awesome! Also good to see how hard he continues to improve his games.

  • real-dsb

    Game 1 vegas spread: Warriors by 6. That’s actually relatively small for a Warriors home game.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    That’s very true. He hasn’t been around much. Wonder where he is. Still in Dallas or ?????

  • zxcvb

    The loss of Love and injury to Kyrie have actually benefitted the Cavs. Their defense has been elite as a result and Lebron gets to unleash his full potential as a playmaker. Even the ISOs Lebron gets are actually well designed by Blatt and Co. to create mismatches and clear the floor for him. And then Thompson and Mozgov can get offensive boards with JR, Shump and Dellavedova open for 3s.

    That said, I don’t think it’ll be enough to beat GSW, who has homecourt advantage. Lebron as the lone reliable playmaker is okay against the weak East, but against Golden State? JR Smith has to have a great series and Irving has to play off the ball…with reduced minutes. Cleveland can win if they wear the Warriors down with their defense and make it ugly.

  • zxcvb

    Hopefully, we’ll at least get a coaching announcement in Denver by next week. If it’s MDA…great. If not, then we can speculate elsewhere (e.g. Dallas).

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)
  • Jeremiah (the Grey)
  • JLin Fan from Australia

    That’s why I keep on paying attention to this news. Like JLin, God knows what’s best for him. He knows that God has brought him thus far not for nothing. All these ups and downs esp downs help him to become a better and more complete player. He knows very well what he needs to improve and work on. He works on what he can and the rest God will take good care of him. Am excited to see where he will end up with after he returns from Asia trip. Not long now. Only 26 days to FA. Exactly a month JLin will return to US for his FA. Because of FA, he plans for Asia trip earlier than his normal time. That’s very good!

  • blubell
  • blubell
  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    D’Antoni/Lin vs. BS/Kobe. That could be an interesting match-up.

  • John Lee

    Missed your insightful analyses, glad to see you find your way back here. 🙂

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Seems that many sports writers are rooting for Melvin Hunt but he has never been a head coach before. They refer him as the respected Melvin Hunt but how could you be more respectable than someone who had been a successful NBA head coach. Sport Writers by and large talk nonsense and they are crooks and play games with the language instead of reporting facts.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Some silly sport writer tells us this is just a conversation. I call this a formal interview for the job. If MDA takes this job, Denver should fire Melvin Hunt to make sure that he doesn’t start a mutiny against MDA.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Wow, you don’t take any chances!

  • Grandp “Take a hike” Nash finally delivered! LOL

    https://youtu.be/5RzI6_4-_jQ?t=3m

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    That picture of Nash coaching Lin made my day!

  • John Lee

    Here’s an idea: if Steve Kerr can get hired as a rookie coach and succeed, what’s stopping Steve Nash, who’s a much superior guard, from pulling the same gig?

    If Denver doesn’t want D’Antoni, Nash would be a nice option too.

  • KL

    Since D’Antoni might be going to Denver, what are your thoughts on Ty Lawson? I don’t watch enough NBA these days (apart from JLin games). Anyone has views?

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    This confirms that JLin did read fans comments. Probably not all of them but enough. He chose not to read any during season but definitely some off season.
    https://twitter.com/penny10654/status/606321564611571712

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Just as Lin will be reuniting with D’Antoni, Lawson should reunite with Karl in Sacramento. Then there will be peace and harmony in the universe 🙂

  • I’m sure Nash could be a good coach being ex-guard like Kerr.
    But like Kerr, he would want to be close to his young daughters.

    Just maybe .. Assistant Coach Steve Nash next to MDA coaching Lin will be a possibility!

  • KL

    If only… Heard that Lawson is inconsistent and has patchy defence but have not seen him enough to have a clear assessment. Just wonder if Lin can beat him out to be the starter.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Let’s say Lin can. It would be still be considered a subjective decision made by the coach which could lead to controversy and bad team chemistry. A better option might be to start both of them.
    Lawson’s offensive skills seem pretty impressive.

  • KL

    That could work cause Lin is good on and off the ball now. I remember Baron Davis and Lin were good when they shared the floor in spurts back in NY.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Yeah two PGs that work well together can be very effective.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    You don’t want to be another Brian Shaw. This guy Melvin Hunt is serious about getting this job in Denver whatever way he could. His media friends have written tons of articles and posted his pictures for him. Given that he has no experience being a head coach, his friend goes as far as telling people that it’s trendy to hire new faces as head coach in the league.

    Coaching is a factor and the management of the front office and the GM and the owner are also factors that couldn’t be ignored easily. For a team to succeed, they of course need to find the best coach that they could given that they are not going to change ownership and the GM soon. Melvin Hunt is a problem.

    The owner should fire Melvin Hunt for the new head coach.

  • Filler-up

    Steve Nash is supposed to be 6’4″ but he looks shorter than Lin.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Steve Nash should be an assistant coach and then one day he might be the head coach of a championship team.

  • Filler-up

    Dantoni will have freedom to select his own coaching staff.

  • Filler-up

    About time.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    I like that idea. Fire Melvin Hunt. Get Steve Nash. Then it’s all in the family; sort of.

  • I’m sure Steve Nash wouldn’t want to appear interested in any coaching to jeopardize MDA’s chance in Denver. But it would be shocking if it happens.

    IMO Steve is not ready for coaching yet or TV broadcasting since he wants to spend time with family.
    But never say never

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    I think they’re both listed as 6’3″ and unfortunately we do shrink as we age 🙁

  • Some TV analysts actually value LeBron’s 5 Finals experience to win in 6 against newcomer GSW.
    I think GSW will prevail in 7 due to their depth

  • John Lee

    Along the lines of “it’s trendy to hire new faces as head coach in the league”, there’s no newer face than Steve Nash for head coach. 🙂

    If Kerr and the GSW take the championship, then the idea may catch on.

  • John Lee

    Love’s absense and Irving’s injury may prove to be double-edge swords. There’s more ball movement, but the bench will really need to stand their ground.

  • John Lee

    Not by that much and not at his current age.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Apparently we start to shrink in our 30’s and eventually lose an inch. I think worsening posture also plays a role but that probably is at much later age.

  • Spot

    That would be a dream

  • JoeTeam

    Wow!

  • JoeTeam

    Yes can’t wait for the first game to see how each team is truly matched up at their respective strengths. Like Steph said, first twenty mins of feeling it out.

  • John Lee

    Say it ain’t so! I’ve already past the big 4.

  • TTNN

    Lin has been good playing with sharing PGs, he plays good with Beverley, Price, TD, Brooks. I think he was only not playing good with J. Clarkson. Lin’s shooting % dropped to 35% when playing with JC last season after ASG. Was over 40% playing without JC.

  • TTNN

    I’d really hope Nash will go as assistant coach and do player development, I think he will do wonders there, and also learn coaching skills.

  • TTNN

    well, he is literally out of NBA for a full year, so it is time for him to start something new, and looks like maybe coaching would be a great way to hang within NBA, and he might still find it fun there. If MDA get his job, it would be fun to work for somebody you know and trust.

  • John Lee

    J. Clarkson is not a PG, much less a sharing one. More like a Harden-wannabe SG.

  • John Lee

    Dumb and ignorant are probably as strong as words they come from the J-man, one rarely sees him use any derogatory words.

  • sport

    MDA as coach and Nash as assistant coach, yea it doesn’t get better than that!

  • real-dsb

    Nash is listed as 6’3″. The way that NBA players have their height listed is with shoes on, which is 1.5-2″ taller than their true height.

    But for some weird reason, Lin’s listed height of 6’3″ is without shoes. (Conspiracy theorists can have at it). He should be listed at 6’4″ or 6’5″ to be comparable to others. That’s why Lin always looks a inch or two taller than all other players listed at 6’3″.

    This site lists players heights with and without shoes:
    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Steve-Nash-3719/
    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Jeremy-Lin-5802/stats/

  • real-dsb

    spot on analysis

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yes the strongest words that I’ve seen JLin use. Guess he is responding to all those who have bashed Nash for the past year or so.

  • real-dsb

    randall park is everywhere

  • real-dsb

    Interesting idea. Nash’s situation would be more like Jason Kidd’s, coming right out of playing into coaching.

    Kerr had a ton of post-playing experience. ~3 years as the Suns GM, ~7 years as analyst. And Kerr was a real analyst, not just an entertainer like some “analysts”. He actually compiled plays that he liked into his personal collection, to prepare for a possible future coaching gig.

  • John Lee

    His last big move as the Suns GM wasn’t all that flattering, disbanding the run-n-gun team and inserting the slow, aging Shaq into the mix.

  • real-dsb

    Lawson is a solid PG and Denver’s best player.

    But the rumors are that Denver would be trading Lawson away to rebuild (and Lawson wouldn’t want to be part of the rebuild). So if Lin did go to Denver, Lawson most likely wouldn’t be there.

  • real-dsb

    true. what did people say about Nash?

  • I will keep crossing my fingers. What better way to impart his MVP knowledge to the best protege in Lin with MDA as the coach?

    If things are clicking so next season, it will be validation of what could’ve been for Lakers for all 3 of them

  • real-dsb

    Yeah, that was a disaster.

    But as a GM, he must have gained a lot of experience (including from his mistakes LOL) about scouting players strengths, weaknesses, etc.

  • So true, GSW bench and defense is quite good so if they can slow down LeBron without melting down like Clippers, they can really win in 7 by wearing down the Cavs

  • yesss!

  • that’s a win-win scenario 🙂

  • real-dsb

    where do Nash’s kids live, Arizona?

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    There are 899 left comments 🙂 Can’t really remember. Over 50 that I’ve read There are a few JLin and Nash haters in there that keep on bashing both JLin and Nash. Mostly are on Nash. Similar to the ones you read in Twitter. Believe they are Lakers fans. A little bit like most fans in Clutch. i.e. Nash just wanted money and didn’t help Lakers….. (I said it nicely:-)

  • K. P. Chan

    Yesterday some L.A. beat writers tweeted about seeing Lin in the Lakers’ facility without explaining why, and got those who wanted Lin to say in L.A. all excited. Lol!

    This confirms my feeling that some of the writers are trolls (albeit nice trolls) even if they may be Lin supporters, and that they just like to tease. Medina comes to mind. Medina headlined his article on Lin’s latest blog with “burned out”, totally taken out of context from Lin’s blog.

  • K. P. Chan

    This scenario does have a probability of occurring, and may go down as the textbook example of how a right fit is more important than having a superstar on the team.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Lin does look a bit taller..My guess is in between 6’3 and 6’4…Very good size for a point guard.these days.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    For a new guy, Hunt seems to have a lot of believers.

    My sense is pressure is being applied heavily on the Nuggets to hire a black man…Of course, Denver shouldn’t so easily submit to these demand since they’ve hired black coaches in the past…none other then Bryan Shaw, the previous coach.

  • Maknusia

    Its quite obvious SNash is not 6’3″ …he is actually 6′ 1″ without shoe

  • Maknusia

    I think its gonna be close as well…lets see

  • Maknusia

    Why do you say he is a new guy? He has been in the league long enough and moved around fairing well.
    http://www.nba.com/coachfile/melvin_hunt/

  • 1mtoldman

    there was this one guy used to post on lakers fan sites his “handle” was nash….’d the lakers.

    he was actually funny because like

    “dot” the guy on yahoo who always links anything that happens to a bashing of lin

    this guy would link anything that happened to a chance to bash nash.

    so uh yeah i can see what type of thing lin is responding to,

    (while “dot” was a seirous psyco/racist, the anti nash guy was actually kind of funny in his obsessive despair to blame everything in sports on steve nash!)

  • 1mtoldman

    lawson will be gone imo regardless if d’antonioni comes in or not. all non-agenda driven observers fell the nuggets (as has been their wont in the past) desire a “clean deck” and will move any moveable name players they feel would command more salary than they want to pay.

    so oh opps didn’t read the post directly below so what they said.

  • 1mtoldman

    i would place lawson bottom of top 10 in league last year just passed on his main numbers, he shoots a decent percentage, not a volume % shooter, everyone is “inconsistent” in the nba and in all sports, nobody is good all the time and defense is hard to objectively measure unless as you say one has actually watched a high volume of games of that particular player.

    one thing he does is get a lot of assists. he was 3rd to paul and wall last year in the league in assists.

  • 1mtoldman

    i dont have the numbers to hand but my memory (which may be faulty) of how lins shooting % dived at the end of the season was more to do with his health and the way he was being used (not used) when on the court rather than clarkson per se; ie. initially when he was given some “free reign” of his own his % was fine; once he was forced (it seemed) to just bring the ball up and pass it in a pre-set plan his shooting fell off.

    but its imo not a healthy thing to talk of lin as playing with pgs, lin needs to be the point guard to be truely effective, not playing with another pg.

  • 1mtoldman

    a pretty accurate description;

  • 1mtoldman

    and play football. (soccer to us “exceptional” americans).

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    the MVP unmatched ever in NBA history.
    Phoenix gave up on him.
    Dallas gave up on him.
    IT is only Mike D’antoni let him be what he is.
    MDA put his players in the best position to succeed.
    Steve Nash and MDA are genius and unprecedented in their way of playing basketball.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    That is going to be a knockout stepping over anyone in their way.

  • 1mtoldman

    most “sports writers” these days are not writers in any historic sense of the word and their goal to increase their profile is just to regurgitate click-attracting headlines.

    thats how “nonsense” gets spread so fast.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    He has never been the head coach for anything

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Steve Nash is destined to be a hall of famer. That dot can eat his/her heart out on the dark side of the force.

  • Charlie S

    If Nash, D’Antoni, and JLin all end up together, it may just be Christmas in July.

  • Charlie S

    Some about Nash being injury prone

  • KL

    If Lawson is gone because of rebuilding I hope it does not become all out tanking for the Nuggets.

  • KL

    Thanks. My impression is that he is a very good point guard who did not have a particularly good season last year.

  • BobbyH

    If they get to play together, every game is a Christmas eve game.

  • Maknusia

    Cant wait….hope it happens!

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    When all these trolls see what Kobe does to the Lakers next season (for the 2nd year in a row at $25 mil a pop) then all their venom should be refocused on the black mamba. Lin and Nash will be pleasant memories for them.

  • Maknusia

    true….everyone would like to move up in their career 🙂

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Well I would never expect anything good to happen under the coaching of tank commander BS. But for the first half of the season, the Suns had 3 PGs: Dragic, Bledsoe, and IT and sometimes all 3 were on the court together. That was very hard to defend against. But the Suns have a competent coach.

  • Maknusia

    The Houston Rockets Considering the Return of Lakers Guard Jeremy Lin – by
    Nicholas A. Norman

    The Houston Rockets are still licking their wounds after succumbing to the firepower of the Golden State Warriorsin five games of their Western Conference finals series. Although it’s quite an accomplishment compared to their previous postseason results, James Harden and company will be looking for more next year.

    However for the Rockets to take another step towards competing for a title, the Bearded One believes they need to enlist the service of another point guard capable of alleviating some of the playmaking duties off him, a role Jeremy Lin once assumed during his two-year stint in Clutch city.

    According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Harden raised some suggestion during a conversation with Rockets GM Daryl Morey as to how to improve a team that won 56 games and go all the way to the West finals. After setting a record 13 turnovers in Game 5, the MVP runner-up stressed the need to acquire another playmaker this offseason.

    “Yet, when Rockets general manager Daryl Morey puts together his shopping list, Harden had a suggestion. He said he “definitely” would like to see the Rockets add another playmaker to take some of that responsibility out of his hands.”

    “That’s one of the conversations me and Daryl are going to have (and) the coaches,” Harden said. “That’s one of the pieces to add, but that’s later conversations. We’ll be all right. We’re very confident in the group we have. This summer we have to work hard and be ready for next year.”

    The summer of 2015 will be loaded with top notch playmakers, starting off with former Rocket Goran Dragic. Rajon Rondo, Reggie Jackson and even Patrick Beverley, who was unable to return from a wrist injury, are also viable options at the PG spot.

    Then again, there’s a reason to believe the Rockets aren’t going to use a large piece of their cap space for a max player point guard. After all, Josh Smith, who played a big role in the Rockets playoff campaign, would demand a raise in his next contract, and Morey would not risk losing a do-it-all big man like him.

    Lin, who averaged at least 13 points and 5 assists in two seasons in Houston, has emerged as a potential free-agent target for the Rockets. While he had a rough year with the Los Angeles Lakers, the 26-year old Lin somehow evolved into a fine ball handler. According to Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report, the former Harvard hot-shot actually did well in keeping the ball glued in his hands as he finished the season with just 2.2 turnovers per game – the lowest in his career.

    Moreover, despite being traded by the Rockets to Los Angeles for salary-saving purposes last summer, most of the scouts and analytics experts agreed that Lin’s run-and-gun playing style is a perfect fit to the Rockets high-octane offense that runs on pick-and-rolls and a lot of three-point plays.

    In an article by veteran NBA writer and Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck last December, he mentioned that the Rockets remained high on Lin and are set to become one of the chief suitors this summer.

    Perhaps, Lin’s playmaking skills is what Harden and Rockets were missing during this year’s postseason run. Yes, Lin had some hiccups over his two year stint with the Rockets, even losing his starting job to Beverley at the end of year 1.

    However, Lin proved that his pick-and-roll brilliance and slashing ability did make wonders for the team. It’s a fact that might lead him back to the Rockets and become an important lynchpin in next year’s campaign.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    And it took him 6 seasons to become an All-star, 9 to be MVP.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Huh. They should just keep it simple and stick to height without shoes. Harden is listed at 6’5″ so Lin at 6’3″ looked accurate to me.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Anyone who wants Lin to stay in LA doesn’t have Lin’s best interests at heart or just doesn’t understand how badly Kobe/BS treated Lin.

    I always liked Medina’s writing. There were pieces by several news organizations that tried to use Lin’s “burned out” comment against him. And Medina did put that in the title, but the piece overall was sympathetic.

    Those that tried to ridicule Lin for his honesty made it seem like: Ok you had a losing season and the coach didn’t suit you too well, what’s the big deal? They have no clue what Lin suffered through this season.

  • Grace Nsns

    Rox too busy to lure Llull here, no space for Lin.

    Cuenta @Hectorfernandez que SERGIO LLULL puede ser el
    próximo español en saltar a la NBA. Está cerca de aceptar la oferta de Houston
    Rockets— Al Primer Toque (@AlPrimerToque) June 3, 2015
    translation////
    Real Madrid’s Sergio Llull really close on accepting Houston
    Rockets’ contract offer (Via @AlPrimerToque).— Nayib Moran (@nayibmoran) June 3, 2015

  • I think they’re in LA but I’m not sure now

  • CJSHYY

    So they don’t want PB either?!

  • Grace Nsns

    They want him for cheap I believe. His last chance to get paid, perhaps Cuban may throw him a big contract, lol

  • blubell
  • yes, after 3 years of playing next to diva-ball, we might see how team-ball with great chemistry will unleash JLin’s true potential.

    I’m hoping and praying hard for the right doors to open for JLin.. also for Lin fans’ sake LOL

  • Besides, it’s always good to add great footwork and deception to Lin’s athleticism for a complete repertoire.
    That way Lin can have long-career in the NBA like Nash did.

    Plus JLin will preserve energy to use his quickness when it matters most in the 4th quarter or OT

  • Charlie S

    Absolutely, improving efficiency will only make him better

  • real-dsb

    Not sure what that means. The best players use deception all the time. Crossover dribble, pump fake. All basics.

  • real-dsb

    no please no

  • real-dsb

    PB’s not a ball handler. He’s just a tennis practice wall for Harden (you know, Harden passes him the ball and it comes right back =)

  • real-dsb

    Good article. Says that most teams try to double Lebron and stop him, forcing the other players to beat them But Lebron actually likes to distribute the ball and get his teammates involved.

    “The Bulls chose the other approach. Using Jimmy Butler as the primary defender, with another big
    man lurking behind, it wasn’t a strategy to double-team as much as to tilt the floor or form a wall near the paint. Chicago invited James to be a high-volume scoring threat. It’s the Spurs’ plan from 2014 with Kawhi Leonard.”

    Goal is to make Lebron become a volume shooter and not get his teammates involved.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_28245803/how-beat-cavaliers-cleveland-scribe-draws-it-up

  • real-dsb

    Of course, that’s the poison you have to pick. But Lebron is only shooting 17.6% from 3s in this playoffs.

  • Spot

    I’d put green and iguodala (20 min each) on James and Barnes on Irving.

    In this way Steph and Klay would play less defence and they could shoot better.

    I fear dellavedova though. Hopefully Steph will be smart enough to avoid contacts

  • real-dsb

    If Dellavedova tries one thing, Draymond and Bogut will send a message.

  • Spot

    Exactly. I’d rather prefer him to shoot 3s than driving to the rim.

    If he drives, refs will call fouls on minimum contacts.

    They must isolate him and let him stop the flow of his team

  • Spot

    Hopefully nothing will happen.

  • Keep calm … “Run, JLin! Run”
    http://cdn.meme.am/instances/59959276.jpg

  • real-dsb

    I obviously hope Lin doesn’t return to Rockets, but these kind of articles do boost Lin’s demand and visibility around the league.

  • bolero

    dell might go for the knee.lol

  • bolero

    yup. good for FA..

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Nonsense article, goal is to make him a volume shooter? He’s the best in business so Goal should be getting the ball off him. Only LBJ can stops LBJ.

    Reg season: FGA: 18.5
    Playoff: FGA: 24.9 = 2 sweeps and a 4-2

  • real-dsb

    The Cavs playoff improvement was mostly because of their improved defense without Love and Irving.

    Check out the Pts Per Shot of playoffs compared to regular season. In the regular season, Lebron had the highest PPS of the rotation players (except for the big men who get easy baskets). In the playoffs, Lebron has the worst PPS of the rotation players, whereas all the rotation players’ PPS increased.

    In this playoffs, Lebron’s offensive efficiency is lower than all his teammates. What that means is that the worst thing you can do is give Lebron the ball and have him draw the double teams and find his teammates for high percentage wide open shots. You’re better off giving Lebron his 1.11 PPS than his teammates higher PPS.

    PPS POff Reg
    —————-
    Lebron 1.11 1.36
    Shump 1.17 1.05
    Smith 1.26 1.12
    Mozgov 1.29 1.46
    Irving 1.37 1.32
    Love 1.39 1.29
    Tristan 1.63 1.42

  • David Kim

    There is some debate who is the greatest player between Jordan and James. I think Jordan is better than james.

    https://youtu.be/LAr6oAKieHk

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    It’s just take I have seen more of his pictures than Steve Kerr and Blatt in the media lately.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Rockets always look for bargain in the league: The cheaper gets their calls.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Jeremy is 18th among all NBA point guards as far as RPM is concerned.
    TY Lawson is 19th. But here is where they are drastically different. Lin is a player at both ends of the court but Lawson is unquestionably negative in DRPM

    I think Denver should keep both.

    DRPM:
    Player’s estimated on-court impact on team defensive performance, measured in points allowed per 100 defensive possessions
    RPM:
    Player’s estimated on-court impact on team performance, measured in net point differential per 100 offensive and defensive possessions. RPM takes into account teammates, opponents and additional factors

  • zxcvb

    He’s quick and crafty and unselfish on the court. But he’s also small, defensively weak and afraid of contact. I think he’s as good as overrated talents like Dragic, Lowry or even Lilliard, but he’s not quite well-rounded (like Lin), clutch (like Fisher) or elite at any one skill (like Curry) to be a franchise PG.

    He had a falling out with the coach and front office and contributed to the toxic atmosphere in Denver with a DUI and hangover no-show. Denver actively wants to trade him for a lottery pick and Lawson wants to leave. He will likely be gone no matter who the coach is. Faried, by contrast, may stay if they can’t get a great deal.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    You changed the subject friend. One stat does not speak for the entire game matchup. LBJ has been playing with other team’s trash and he’s made them success, not the other way around like the article stated.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Steve Nash can run circles around you.

  • zxcvb

    Just content farm nonsense. Lin ain’t going back to Houston…not in a million years.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    If LBJ wins the championship this year, the debate is over.

  • Alain Gervais

    cavs showing rox how to defend curry

  • guest

    LeBron played mind game with Curry; Curry has two challenges: Irving and Lebron..

  • Alain Gervais

    cavs are a much better defensive team. defense win championships

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Jeremy played against Jeff Teague

  • guest

    Bogut can’t score, that hurts GSW

  • Alain Gervais

    a little but bad defense hurts the most. lebrun on cruise mode curry working hard for everything.

  • guest

    Lin can finish at the rim much better than Teague does. Lin is also a more versatile playmaker.
    Had the Hawks have Lin as their PG, the team would probably be in the Finals now.

  • guest

    Curry is warming up.go Warriors!!!

  • Alain Gervais

    still not playing they’re style this iso ball favors cavs heavily.

  • wandertheglobe

    Subliminal message by Lin on his IG?

    #tbt to when i played for the Warriors…this is gonna be an awesome NBA Finals! Gods put me on an amazing journey since my rookie year in the NBA!! #thankful #caliboy

    #tbt to when i played for the Warriors…this is gonna be an awesome NBA Finals! Gods put me on an amazing journey since my rookie year in the NBA!! #thankful #caliboy A photo posted by Jeremy Lin (@jlin7) on Jun 4, 2015 at 6:17pm PDT

  • Alain Gervais

    now we see gs ball

  • Keith

    NBA mean tweets .. Lin at 00:50

  • Maknusia

    Yeah…if KT could get going…they are gonna have the lead soon…its 3 pts lead for Cavs for 1st half

  • Charlie S

    Oddly specific insult lol

  • Maknusia

    Wow…very close game….

  • sport

    Yes done to the last minute but Lebron’s been on fire this game. Splash brothers not so much but I hope they come through.

  • orLinaryjoe

    My heart is racing. Let’s go GSW!

  • Alain Gervais

    if lebrun wins this series its the greatest performance ever in the playoffs. its him vs 5 all playoffs. he alone maths both splash brothers. keep in mind mj never did it on his own.

  • Alain Gervais

    wth kyrie playing defense all of a sudden

  • Alain Gervais

    over time

  • sport

    Curry should’ve shot a reverse lay up so Irving couldn’t block that.

  • real-dsb

    Going reverse could have given the weak side defense time to come over. Curry could have made the scoop layup directly in front of his body, using his body to prevent Irving from the ball. Shooting the layup from the side exposed the ball to Irving.

  • real-dsb

    Nice to see that the Cavs are all Lin fans, wearing their ALLIN shirts. =p

  • orLinaryjoe

    Overtime is crunch time! Woot! GSW!

  • sport

    GSW took over during OT!

  • Maknusia

    Yeah…they have kept LJ at bay…and start pushing…KT come thru well!

  • Maknusia

    Both team pushing it thru their 3ball…where is BScott? is he watching?

  • real-dsb

    Poor Irving, he played out of his mind for the entire game. Hope his knee’s okay. But usually non-contact knee injuries are not trivial.

  • real-dsb

    David Lee time?

  • orLinaryjoe

    KT due

  • real-dsb

    busy retweeting Phil Jackson’s twitter. Oh wait, he probably has no idea how to use twitter

  • real-dsb
  • sport

    GSW already won this lol.

  • zxcvb

    Ignore Kyrie’s flashy statline — he hurt his team overall with his ballhogging. JR, Delly, Shump had no shooting rhythm because of Kyrie, and Curry got what he wanted against a weak defender like Irving.

    Cavs looked really good despite the OT loss, and if Delly starts in place of Irving, they can pull off a series win.

  • guest

    Too much LeBron James?

  • zxcvb

    I think he might just be injury prone at his joints. Hate to see that happen to anyone and it’s my biggest fear with Lin. That’s why I’m happy to see him rely on a less contact-heavy game w/ more midrange Js.

  • Alain Gervais

    he is amazing more like not enough anyone else

  • Alain Gervais

    lebron scored on par with both splash brothers. one of then won the mvp. how amazing is that. if i was lin i would think of the cavs. to the finals would be guaranteed .

  • zxcvb

    Not enough! Too much Kyrie pounding the dribble. He had a nice statline for himself, but he prevented others (JR, Delly, Shump) from finding their stroke.

  • real-dsb

    Letting Lebron volume shoot and prevent him from being a distributor worked out. He had 44 pts on 38 shots, 1.16 PPS. Right about in line with his playoff average of 1.11 PPS, and still way below his regular season 1.36.

  • Alain Gervais

    still almost won. thats what koby attempted this year but failed. lebrun is btw not selfish its just cavs really don’t belong anywhere near the finals without him.

  • guest

    That’s right.

  • zxcvb

    I disagree. When you win or lose in OT, it all comes down to a single basket/call. A lucky coin flip.

    The problem was Kyrie pounding the dribble, especially in the 4Q. Even though he had a great individual game, he takes people out of their shooting rhythm and it’s no coincidence that JR, Delly and Shump were all non-factors offensively.

  • Alain Gervais

    we will see looks like he is done

  • sport

    Not with Lebron, Love, and Kyrie there already. Also what’s the point of going to the finals if you won’t get credit for it?

  • zxcvb

    Yep. I hope he’s not badly injured of course, but if Kyrie were so valuable then how come the Cavs couldn’t even get the 8th seed in a horrible East w/o Lebron?

    No one in the mainstream media will say it, but Kyrie’s injury actually helps the Cavs’ chances.

  • Alain Gervais

    kyrie was on cavs last year and where was the cavs….. lottery pick. how about the wolves with love. 5 years in a row two different team 1 person. if lebrun has help and lin plays big he will. h*** skip gives ray allen all the credit for the three of the spurs. a champion is always a champion no matter what.

  • blubell

    Not as funny as last time but… still funny 🙂
    https://twitter.com/Librafree/status/606641601419436032

  • Alain Gervais

    i don’t think it matters also.. jr smith is more important to the cavs then kyrie. i actually preferred the less athletic off ball kyrie more. if the get him off the bench to spot up maybe win/win

  • zxcvb

    Agreed. Off the ball he’s valuable because of his shooting ability. But as a PG, he doesn’t get others involved enough. Lebron goes ISO a lot but still gets others involved regularly.

  • zxcvb

    You’re right that they could definitely use Lin, do we really want Lin to be wasted there? Even if Lin can’t live the dream in Denver with MDA, he’ll have better offers elsewhere (e.g. Dallas).

  • Alain Gervais

    yea i agree. but i would think about it if i was lin.

  • John Lee

    Seems trendy in today’s NBA to mistake ball-hogging SGs for PGs, as if the art of playmaking is either completely forgotten or confused with something else. Stricly speaking there might be less than 10 competent true PGs left in the league.

  • Maknusia

    Hope not…would like to see more close game encounters! 🙂

    To me both team played well, but I liked GSW rotations, despite playing OT, the starters played less than 40min (except SC),unlike CC who had 3 players above 40mins

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    1.) Melvin Hunt, career record of 10-13
    (.435 win percentage)

    2.) Mike D’Antoni,
    career record 455-426 (.516 win percentage)

    3.) Mike Malone, career
    record of 39-67 (.368 win percentage)

    4.) Mike Woodson, career
    record 315-365 (.463 win percentage)

    5.) Don Newman, never
    been a head coach. He has been an assistant coach for the Bucks (1999-2003),
    Nets (2003-04), Spurs (2004-12), Wizards (2012-present). He’s a defensive
    minded guy, that has been a long-time assistant … sort of in the same light
    as a Tom Thibodeau (not saying he is Thibs).

    Dempsey still thinks Melvin Hunt is still the frontrunner for the head coach.

  • real-dsb

    “LBJ has been playing with other team’s trash and he’s made them success, not the other way around like the article stated.”

    Huh? Where did the article say that? That would be an absurd statement. Of course Lebron is the best player in the league and makes all his teammates better.

    “You changed the subject”

    How did I change the subject? I started by talking about the article’s strategy to beat the Cavs. You pick your poison, either 1) Double Lebron, allowing him to his distribute to his open teammates, or 2) Don’t double Lebron, just keep a big man lurking, let him volume shoot, but limit his distribution.

    Then I used PPS stat to backup that the #2 option is the better option.

  • real-dsb

    You can’t even compare Kobe to Lebron. Lebron is an unselfish player, prefers to get his teammates involved, and usually makes the best basketball plays. If he’s taking 30+ shots a game, it’s probably because those were good shot selections. He’s not taking low percentage shots against double or triple teams while there are open teammates waiting.

    Kobe, on the other hand, loves to take crazy low percentage shots against double or triple teams while there are open teammates. Now, back in his prime, he could make a lot of those. But not anymore.

  • real-dsb

    Yeah, I think so too.

  • real-dsb

    Warriors defense was the key to the win. Iguodala guarded Lebron on 19 plays, holding him to 11 pts on 4-14 fg, 3 tos. Warriors team defense also did an excellent job of keeping Lebron away from the basket. Lebron only had 4 FGA in the restricted area (2015 playoff average is 9 FGAs). Lebron had 22 FGA outside the paint, the most in his playoff career.
    https://twitter.com/tomhaberstroh

    Lin would thrive in a team-defense oriented team.

  • Filler-up

    I predicted Duds with the sweep. A team will beat iso ball, even Lebron isoball, everytime.

  • Spot

    Oh, if things could be so easy …

    It’ll be Cavs in 6 or Warriors in 7.

    Hopefully warriors will win it but it will be pretty tough

  • Filler-up

    I agree. Let him take his shots. Let their starters play 45 min and get tired out so that in the ladt quarter your team comes back to win.

  • Filler-up

    make them iso heavy. Make them play 44 min so their defensive effort wains in the closing minutes of games. Keep TT off the glass.

  • orLinaryjoe

    I think he just likes to support his home team. Come to think of it, if he was not let go by GSW, Linsanity would not have happened. He has come a long way.

  • orLinaryjoe

    MJ for sure. Lebron is 2nd.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Give trash some credit. LJ selects his own team. Handpicked is more like it. No other player has that power. Kobe doesn’t come close. Kobe picks guys to make himself look great. Lebron picks to win.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Not that I want him to go back, but truth in article. One Lin short of finals for Rockets this year. Not bad to have demand go up for FA for Lin. This article will help Lin, not hurt.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Telling like it is. Positive impact for FA.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Overrated wolverine, who will want more mula?

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    The old school said, “You lived by the 3s. You died by the 3s.”
    The truth nowaday is,”You live by the 3s or die.”
    Take this Byron Scott, you’re so dumb. You’re worse than McHale.
    Champions take 3s. Cellar teams take 2s.
    MDA’s choice: Open 3s or layups.

  • 1mtoldman

    its interesting thus to read pop’s recent comments: he hates the 3 as much as scott; but hes smart enuf to acknowledge its necessity. so he adjusts, scott just sticks to his old school ideas even when entirely proven wrong.

    actually mda is being given a lot of credit recently for all this. as the primary if not innovator at least instigator.

    i have had a hard time with this but i think yer right scott is dumber than mchale; but its like scott is actively dumb, mchale is passively dumb.

    mchale couldn’t be smart if he tried; scott has i beleive the capacity for intelligence he is just too vain and stubborn to utilize it.

  • 1mtoldman

    ok so it appears likely irving is out; how does that affect your prediction (if he is)? cavs better with or without iriving.

    both opinions have been expressed both here and elsewhere

  • IsabeliJane*17

    This is the guy who could’ve given Stephen Curry a hard time on the floor.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    I think the appropriate saying should be,”you live by the 3s or die by the 3s when you rush those 3s, more especially during crunch time”.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Imtold right, lol.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Cavs got decimated in OT. Lebron needed a long nap. GSW small line up in OT with pedal to the medal.http://www.businessinsider.com/warriors-small-ball-lineup-nba-finals-game-1-2015-6

  • wandertheglobe

    Harden hung out with Ty Lawson in LA. Good news, if Lawson’s going to Houston. MDA gets the job and Lin joins him in Denver.

    http://www.tmz.com/2015/06/03/nbas-james-harden-i-didnt-steal-from-lil-b-i-dont-know-who-that-is/

  • rookie75094

    Here’s what I like to see before Jlin even consider coming back to the Huston rockettes. ..1) Daryl morrey publicly apologize to Jlin for jerseygate 2) McHale publicly guaranteed Jlin as the starting point guard…and 3) the rockettes makes klutzch the racist hater publicly grovel and beg for Jlin forgiveness and then get his press pass revoked by the rockettes. … then and only then I like Jlin to sign with MDA Denver nuggets….hahaha

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    LOL. Yep the Rox should make Lin “an offer he must refuse.”

  • real-dsb

    The old saying is still true. The Lakers are dying by the 3s… that the opponents are scoring on them! lol

  • real-dsb

    At first I thought you were crazy for predicting Cavs in 6, but actually that is possible if you consider home court advantage as a strong factor. The Cavs almost won Game 1 in regulation on Shumpert’s shot, and they led for most of the game. So it’s totally possible for them to steal a game in Oakland. Then you could argue that the Cavs would have a decisive advantage at home and win their 3 home games.

    Don’t forget that in the 2006 Finals, most people were saying the series were over when the Mavs went up 2-0. I remember thinking, sure the Mavs took care of business and won their home games. But Miami could just as easily win their home games and tie it back to 2-2. Which they did, then stole game 5 at Dallas, and won game 6 at home again.

  • Spot

    Warriors would have a major boost if Irving will miss the rest of the finals.

    Kyrie can dribble, can go to the rim, can shoot off the dribble, can easily catch and shoot from 3 too.

    You’ve seen that in OT, warriors easily won.

    If Irving is injuried, Warriors are the favourite to win it all. In less than 7.

  • real-dsb

    More importantly, Irving seemed to be interested in defense!

  • Rick Johnson

    Penny Lee
    ‏@penny10654
    Rt @notjasoncorrea: Ditched class to come meet @JLin7…..
    https://twitter.com/penny10654/status/606909338502840320

  • real-dsb

    Speaking of UCLA, don’t forget that the UCLA coaches regretted not offering Lin a scholarship and admitted that Lin probably would have ended up as the starting PG for UCLA.

  • John Lee

    That’s class, something McHale and Morey lack and in all likelihood fail to understand.

  • real-dsb

    Terrible news for Irving. MRI tests revealed a fractured kneecap. He will be undergoing season ending knee surgery. Hope he has a speedy recovery.

    http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13020515/kyrie-irving-cleveland-cavaliers-fractures-kneecap-season-ending-surgery

  • real-dsb

    non-Asian Lin fans represent! LOL (lower left corner)

  • 1mtoldman

    looking at a list of “top” 30 or 40 nba point guards (including lin) and their games played this year and thinking back off top of my head, wow, there were hardly any point guards who didn’t suffer some kind of major injury.

    i guess tho there was disappointment with the lin usage in la.; looking around the league he’s one of the few who made it out in one piece.

    a success in itself in that.

  • Filler-up

    Too many of Lebron’s shots were tough shots. He had no one else to pass to. JR couldn’t shoot. Iman was cold. TT had only 2 pts.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Yeah!

  • Rick Johnson

    SteveNBA‏@FunnyNbaGuy
    The Big 3.
    @marcelluswiley

    https://twitter.com/FunnyNbaGuy/status/606974697692119041

  • LOL .. King James face

  • So Harden is recruiting.
    Lawson is a safer 2nd playmaker next to James since his fanbase won’t be more than JLin.
    Non-threatening indeed

    But I think Lawson would prefer Dallas given the choice

  • that’s a good perspective.
    It definitely create more market for Lin in the FA, perhaps by being a tough PG during NBA seasons

  • sport

    You know the saying the less you do the less mistakes you make. =p

  • I wonder why JLin practiced in UCLA today?

  • JoeTeam

    Dad to read. That’s a bad break …

  • spiderman

    Probably wanted a change of scenery.
    Plus a lot of cute asian girls at UCLA

  • JoeTeam

    Good post, for the sake of our pride in him, it was not worth it for Lin too risk injury. Easy good that his usage was good enough to keep him earn for fa. Ppl are saying kyrie took too many minutes coming back and do true.

  • JoeTeam

    You should talk to Phil on ny bcuz I think he’s ready for the idea.

  • JoeTeam

    You live by the big three and team ball will make you die by the big three.

  • JoeTeam

    Danny green on his hot days.

  • JoeTeam

    Way too many minutes on kyrie last night. Gsw have had curry on lower mins into the po.s and now let’s see them peak. Dad for kyrie. Now let’s hope delly doesn’t play pbev style, diving on knees inn accident.

  • ah, a different kind of “Free Agency” then :]

  • yes, in hindsight 44 min for Kyrie while he already had nagging injury was not wise.
    Instead of stealing Game 1, the Cavs lost the Big 2 out of 3.

    LeBron is great but GSW depth and firepower will outlast him in 6-7 game series

  • Acbc

    Mchale and his like are so hung up on mistakes. They focus on Lin’s mistakes and TOs like it’s an indictment of his character and abilities. They are basically disallowing one of their own players to grow beyond the limits of their own preconceived values of that player. As such, they aren’t really coaches, they merely are bosses. They are terrible coaches that never help their players to grow and reach for greatness.

    As a coach, I’ve seen students struggle to become great players. Sometimes not making mistakes dooms athletes to a cycle of repeating the same mistakes. Look at the physical gifts of so many first round draft picks. It takes a special mindset that dares to fail. Taking risks with purpose is what separates foolhardiness from fearlessness. They wilt away by fear of commitment. They stop growing from the fear of making mistakes.

    Why do teams and athletes choke? They fear making mistakes. The opposite of that fear is fearless bravery to reach for the prize instead.

  • Acbc

    It is a very good sign for GSW that Lebron took 38 shots to score 44 points. If this number isn’t a typo from the news I read, then the Cavs have no chance of winning.

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  • real-dsb

    classy as always

  • linspiredinla

    Someone said his big bro’s b-day is 6/8, so staying in LA. He usually practices at UCLA when there.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    LeBron made a gamble. He’s going all out for the first win. It’s close down to the last second of regulation time.
    Next game, back to normal.

  • Grace Nsns

    It appears Lin’s shooting for some video game: the third one? look at the ears lolol
    http://lol.qq.com/act/a20150605mystery/?atm_cl=ad&atm_pos=916&e_code=35240

  • JoeTeam

    I’m thinking sweep because I had Cavs at 1 before the injury. However, Delly is probably going to be very aggressive and that will disrupt the O, o.well.

  • JoeTeam

    “Get healthy Kyrie! I know how injuries can impact a team and playoff series so much lol …”

    heh heh, fixed it for him

  • JoeTeam

    GSW made Lebron shoot by single covering him and staying hard on D on others. And Kyrie didn’t share, so the other 3 were just not in rhythm. Wonder with Delly out there, if that minor difference will get other players in rhythm.

  • Grace Nsns

    Lin’s new Adidas promo: takeOnSummer

  • Rick Johnson

    NBA Rumors Blog: Why Steve Nash Can Take Jeremy Lin To Next Level?

    http://en.yibada.com/articles/36820/20150605/nba-rumors-blog-why-steve-nash-can-take-jeremy-lin-to-next-level.htm

    Jeremy Lin kicked off his offseason training receiving one-on-one point guard tutorial from former Los Angeles Lakers teammate and future Hall of Famer Steve Nash at the Lakers training facility in El Segundo, California.

    Lin, who will enter a very crucial free-agency period in his career, resorted to one of the best point guard in history to help him polish his playmaking skills and find more consistency in his game.

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    In a report by Serena Winters of Lakers Nation, the two-time MVP confirmed that he will spend several hours of training with the 26-year old Lin. Nash was unable to play any regular-season game last season due to chronic back problems – which ultimately forced him to retire – but he was instrumental in helping Jordan Clarkson have a phenomenal rookie year.

    Lin is hoping the same with Nash, whose playmaking genius changed the dynamics of the game forever. After dealing with up-and-down trends for three seasons (two with the Houston Rockets and one with the Lakers), the former Harvard standout is looking for stability in his career, and he believes Nash is the guy who will take him to the next level.

    First off, working out with top-caliber point guard like Nash is a great way to start offseason training. Lin, who was yearning for mentorship from the playmaker last season, can finally learn the nuances of being a consistent playmaker in a point guard-driven league.

    Will this partnership with Stevie bring out the best in him? Absolutely, even Lakers head coach Byron Scott admitted that Nash would do wonders for Lin’s development because the two share similarities in their game. Both products of Mike D’Antoni high-octane offenses, Nash and Lin thrive in a free flowing system that features pick-and-roll and run-and-gun plays.

    In short, Nash is a perfect Jedi to a still unpolished padawan like Lin. This partnership might be a bit late to save his Lakers stint, but the timing couldn’t have come better for the Asian-American star. Moreover, working out with Nash would also suggest that Lin is leaning towards playing for a team ‘where he fits the most’ and contribute immensely through his pick-and-roll brilliance.

    Lin started his offseason on a right track, and who knows how big of an impact Nash would make for his game. After a hum-hum season, the future is certainly bright for Linsanity!

  • JoeTeam

    This is a hit piece imo.

    The basics:

    – we only heard about Nash and Clarkson at the end of the season, and it was only one blurb and not much really
    – Lin PR’d a pic of Nash helping him. This is to me a hit piece in respond, judging ty the spin.

    Anybody know this site’s reputation?

  • JoeTeam

    Kyrie vid: saw the vid and KT knocked knees accidentally, so it might not have been over usage we can’t know for sure.

  • sport

    True a healthy Kyrie would make a much more challenging finals. But all luck are on GSW’s side! Go Curry win that ring!

  • zxcvb

    Useless content farm. I wish people would stop posting anything from these sites — good or bad.

  • zxcvb

    Kyrie’s teammates may disagree:

    https://twitter.com/NYPost_Berman/status/607230840838299649

    It sucks to play with ballhogs who don’t share!

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  • zxcvb

    He and Lin made an ideal backcourt pairing…damn Dolan.

  • Brent Yen

    I do not trust articles from this site….

  • zxcvb

    Today’s ESPN feature on MDA’s “influence on the NBA Finals.” The timing of this feature is interesting:

    http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/13023943/nba-playoffs-phoenix-suns-mike-dantoni-influence-nba-finals

    “So you’d better believe Mike D’Antoni, the coach of the Suns from 2004-08, was among the nearly 18 million television viewers who watched the Finals opener.

    “I like it because all the guys I was associated with are there,” D’Antoni said. “That makes it fun. And it validates a little bit of what we did in Phoenix. It makes you feel good.”

    Is this coming from Denver and MDA’s camp to pave the way for his hiring? A little self-promotion to defuse knee-jerk skepticism over MDA (e.g. “You can’t win titles with his system!”).

  • JoeTeam

    Sorry then. I git linked and didn’t know who it was.

  • JoeTeam

    He’s tough

  • Rick Johnson

    Ya it was +/- so that’s why I posted whole article so wouldn’t need to click to it if didn’t want to.

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  • guest

    I really like Lin’s endorsements: Tag Heuer, League of Legends, Adiddas..all are pretty cool *.*

  • blubell
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  • Interesting, perhaps JA Adande is a good friend with MDA and tries to drum up some positive publicity to nudge Denver Nuggets in the right decision to hire him

  • ah, that makes sense. Thank you.
    Great to see he’s in good spirit

  • Charlie S

    If the Warriors win, that would make MDA the Godfather of this new style offense.

  • JLin’s arm looked really long trying to block a jumpshot w/o jumping .. Dikembe Mutombo style
    I never noticed he had such a long arm. Photo effect?

    https://twitter.com/penny10654/status/607342431533539328

  • real-dsb

    It looks like some distortion in the photo. His fingers look freakishly long. It was probably a phone camera, which are susceptible to distortion, especially if it was in HDR mode.

  • Spot

    All of Jeremy’s shoes these times are light blue: Denver?

  • real-dsb

    LOL, subliminal messages

  • real-dsb

    Did they actually hit knees? I couldn’t tell from the angle that I saw.

  • real-dsb

    Game 2 predictions:

    I don’t think this series is over without Irving. Here are some reasons why the Warriors could lose Game 2.
    – Cavs defense improves with Dellavedova instead of Irving.
    – Cavs offensive flow could improve without Irving dominating the ball.
    – Dellavedova could easily take out Curry for the series with a reckless dive.
    – Cavs could be galvanized by the Irving injury and play with extra determination.
    – Cavs feel like they have nothing to lose.
    – Warriors may fall into complacency trap, no matter how hard they try not to.

    That said, I still think the Warriors win Game 2. But it has nothing to do with Irving being out. It’s because I don’t think they’ll start the first quarter so poorly, which was probably mostly due to nerves.

  • guest

    Anybody heard of Victor Yu, who is also from Cali like Lin ? Hope he is the next AA we see in NBA! Quite impressed with his popular video circulate on web.

  • Rick Johnson
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  • orLinaryjoe

    You got it covered. Your prediction will come true, lol. Hope it is number 2 tho.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Must be Lin’s own rule to give even out the playing field.

  • David Kim

    7′ 3″ middle schooler

    https://youtu.be/EiomWHNfPBE

  • JoeTeam

    yes, I didn’t copy the link sorry. It was from one of the articles and it had an angle where you could see it was incidental contact. I’ll try to find it.

  • steven ko

    Very good looking shooting form. Seems to have more potential than Chris Tang of UCR…

  • 1mtoldman

    THE TROUBLE WITH LEBRON IN ISOLATION

    Even before Kyrie Irving went down in Game 1, the Cavs relied heavily on the King. LeBron leads the league with 28.8 iso plays per game this postseason, but he’s shooting just 38 percent 1-on-1. –espn

  • real-dsb

    He only weighs 175 lbs! O_O

    I’m impressed with his moves though, a lot of freaks that tall have no mobility. But he has athleticism, quick, good footwork. His jump shot form looked good too.

  • real-dsb

    post the video?

  • real-dsb

    which of you is it?

  • JoeTeam

    Let’s Go! GSW be nice to LBJ. Not too nice …

  • zxcvb

    Jameer Nelson has officially opted out in Denver.

    This may be relevant to Lin since Nelson said he’d seriously consider staying if Hunt were head coach. Aging Nelson would obviously be a bad fit in a run-and-gun MDA offense.

  • Brent Yen

    The final should be Spurs vs Warriors….what is this no move only ISO cavs I am watching?

  • Keith

    #Warriors fans still love Jeremy Lin. #Linsanity pic.twitter.com/X6oWywa1ri— Adrian Garro (@adriangarro) June 7, 2015

  • kittyhead

    But Malone got a 2nd interview…: (

  • zxcvb

    https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/607683936911650816

    Malone was fired and replaced with an uptempo coach (Karl). Seems like a bad fit in Denver unless they want him as a defensive-expert assistant.

  • Keith

    Game 2 is pretty boring for Final.

  • Rick Johnson

    That’s what I was thinking 🙂

  • blubell

    Watching the game… just saw Jeremy in the Adidas commercial!

  • blubell

    Is it you? lol.

  • blubell
  • John Lee

    This makes me wonder…are the Lin brothers bigger fans of Street Fighter or Tekken?

  • John Lee

    At work so not watching the game. But by the boxscore I’m not sure I want to: Cavs with 11 asts and GSW with 10 half way through 4th quarter. Lost any and all motivation to go down to the cafeteria to watch, much to the detriment of the cafeteria owner (less business).

  • blubell
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  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    If this goes to double OT, Lebron is going to collapse.

  • John Lee

    If LeBron collapses, the Cavs go with him and it’ll be GSW all the way.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    I mean literally collapse.

  • blubell
  • John Lee

    Yeah, I got you the first time. 🙂

  • John Lee

    YES! J.R. does it again! Long live J.R. LOL

  • sport

    Thank You JR Smith! LOL

  • Rick Johnson
  • John Lee

    Oh no, Barnes just pulled a J.R. too!

  • blubell
  • zxcvb

    Bull crap. Tonight was teamball, thanks to no Irving.

  • zxcvb

    As many of us predicted…no Irving, no problem!

    The refs tried to GIVE the Warriors the game, but Cavs were too tough.

    – The defense went from weak to elite w/o Irving.
    – JR and Delly hit some clutch shots late w/o Irving hogging it.

    This is why Lebron is the real MVP and why I dislike fawning over Curry (as gifted a shooter as he is). A true star contributes even when his shot doesn’t fall and he doesn’t get calls. Amazing defense and hustle by Delly as well!

  • Alain Gervais

    ill give it to deli but jr really tried to lose

  • Alain Gervais

    jr had 3-4 stupid fouls

  • sport

    Curry should’ve just taken a shot instead of passing to KT ><"

  • John Lee

    Unfortunately, J.R. was out-J.R.’d by Barnes. LOL

  • Grace Nsns

    Yay! just got back in time to see LBJ won!

  • John Lee

    I really don’t get the Irving hype, Cavs accomplished nothing since his arrival until LeBron came back.

  • blubell
  • zxcvb

    Yeah, some dumb moves at the end with the 11pt lead. But they were able to hang on tonight despite 3-4 total BS ref calls to keep GSW in it.

    The difference? No Irving pounding the dribble and getting torched on defense! Notice it was Shump hitting the big 3 to start OT and Delly hitting the clinching FTs!

  • blubell
  • zxcvb

    Yeah, I rolled my eyes at all the people saying “Cavs can’t do it w/o Irving!”

    Just goes to show that 90% of fans, journalists, analysts and even many coaches don’t really understand basketball. They just see boxscores and points.

  • John Lee

    Personally I refer to players like Irving (and the likes of Melo) as “contract superstars”, in contrast to real franchise players like Duncan and LeBron.

  • zxcvb

    JR hit some big shots tonight! 5-13 may not look great, but against great defense, it’s the difference between winning and losing. Without Irving, JR had enough rhythm to keep GSW honest.

  • Briiick

    Can’t agree more. Irving was only good for sinking his team to the bottom similar to Melo did.

  • John Lee

    Irving’s play reminds me a lot of J. Clarkson.

  • blubell
  • zxcvb

    Yet people, even coaches like JVG and Mark Jackson, fawn all over those selfish fake stars! They just boxscore watch like the average fan.

    Cavs would be up 2-0 if Irving just sat out.

  • Briiick

    Even LBJ thought he needed help from Irving and Love, LOL.

  • zxcvb

    Ha! That’s probably true. He definitely wanted Love, but I’m not entirely sure he wanted Irving. That might have just been the Cavs’ front office caving to pressure.

  • Briiick

    He thought Irving could be the younger wade but realized he’s just a pretender.

  • JoeTeam

    I don’t agree, Curry earned his MVP. Just because the world likes to pile on doesn’t change how good Curry is.

    And, while some of what you say is right, here are some other things to consider:

    – low number of assists
    – Warriors took shots too early
    – very low shooting % of Cavs tells you GSW had no offense.
    – Warriors had about 10 less assists than normal
    – the atrocious 3s% … Warriors would come back by going into the rim, and then they’d get lazy and hit the early 3 for a miss. Notice the last 3 mins, it was going to the rim that caught them up right quick, with a 3 form Curry too.
    – I disagree on refs, so many against GSW too. For example, Lebron trips over Curry’s planted foot and gets a foul. Phantom fouls for Lebron first half. The Delly one, well, so many scrapping inside contact, maybe that was good, maybe that was a game call.

    I was texting friends if Lin was on the team, they’d have a right pg and a threat to the rim. Lin can handle the last quarter, GSW did not have that kind of focus to stop settling for the 3. Curry would only go in if he had to – he prefers the shot. The last play was very poor shot selection. He had time on the clock and was doubled, so that was the time to look for the swing swing that Lin talks about. GSW need Lin more than they know, and I hope they can get away with it and win this.

  • JoeTeam

    I also thought Irving being out made Cavs a team game, instead of Lebron Irving. But see my points above – I believe GSW went in thinking they’d have it easy, and so were completely unprepared for the toughness they faces.

    Kerr did not adjust – it was easy to see by the 3rd they should not shoot the 3. Going small, they had so many opportunities to penetrate and even move it around in the paint with no Moz.

  • JoeTeam

    Now one of us has to go to the nosebleed section of the Lin bleachers lol.

  • JoeTeam

    JR gets emotional ha ha that’s how to work him.

  • JoeTeam

    what about the ones he got first half? Tripping over a planted Curry foot gets you a foul, write that down.

  • JoeTeam

    v ugly game, bro.

  • JoeTeam

    that would have been epic as he made that 62′ shot against MEM.

  • Maknusia

    Lebron with superb game with triple double! Better ball movements from Cav won the game. KI is good but at times, over dribbles and stalls the movement.

    As for GSW, I thought, they didnt have the legs, SC and KT showed some tiredness hence the 3s was not falling as usual.

    Lesgo Game3 to GSW 🙂

  • JoeTeam

    let’s go GSW! They are a good road team, and now they are humbled to play ball again. Last week at home was too easy, I’m thinking.

  • Maknusia

    Even end of last game…I could see their tiredness especially SC, but they were lucky to pull thru OT.

    Yup. hope the 2 day rest brings some energy to those tired legs

  • JoeTeam

    charter plan, workouts and hotel rooms. Good time to focus, really, and Lebron had that out here away from family. team dinners, etc.

    anyway, good to see Santana again lol.

  • Brent Yen

    I have been bashing irving for too long now..so I will stop….Iol.
    This is one of the few games that I actually watched entirely since the playoff starts.
    Curry’s defense really gives the team some problems….I expected better…

  • real-dsb

    that’s pretty awesome

  • real-dsb

    I will neither confirm nor deny that. =p

  • real-dsb

    Game 2 reflections:

    – I’m not that surprised that the Cavs won. There were plenty of people (not mainstream media) that predicted that the Cavs could very well play better without Irving. I did say before the series that “Due to their high variance with 3
    ptrs, I can see them losing one game where they just go cold”. The Cavs had some possessions where their ball movement resembled the Spurs.

    – One major factor was that the refs were allowing a ton of contact throughout the game. So much hand checking and grabbing. That is a disadvantage to the Warriors as they rely on a lot of movement.

    – A direct beneficiary was Delly. He did a good job staying attached to Curry, and to his credit, he did not resort to dirty tactics, except for a ton of hand checking (but that’s not that dirty, that’s more on the refs).

    – Despite Lebron’s 39 pts and triple double, that was not the main factor in the Cavs win. I think GSW’s strategy of defending him was sound and they should not change. Lebron had 1.11 PPS, that was even worse than Game 1’s 1.16 PPS. Cavs only shot 32.2% FG.

    – The biggest reason for the Warriors loss is simply Curry. I was pretty upset with the way Curry played, and it wasn’t because he was missing 3s, but because he took too many 3s on a night where his rhythm was off. It wasn’t like his 3s were pure and they just didn’t fall in, he was missing them badly. Curry should have mixed up his game and drove in more instead of stubbornly repeatedly jacking 3s. Delly was hedging to defend the 3, I don’t think he could have stopped Curry’s drive without fouling. Curry only attempted 4 shots in the paint vs 15 threes.

    Outlook for the rest of series:

    Cavs have the advantage now, since they split the games at GSW and now hold home court advantage.

    I’m still sticking with my original prediction. I think the Warriors will still win in 6. I think they’ll split the next 2 games in CLE because Lebron will have a monster game. (No, his past 2 games don’t count because his PPS were so low).

  • blubell
  • KL

    Frankly for every game Lin had played against Kyrie which I followed, I was underwhelmed by Kyrie. Kyrie had so little impact on winning that I would hardly notice he was there. Yet Kyrie had so much hype and praise. Kyrie is the Melo of his generation.

  • Filler-up

    Kyrie is a great dribbler. But he doesn’t always get the ball moving.

  • Rick Johnson
  • Filler-up

    It’s all about family. That’s why I can relate to Lin.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    No! Kings should be a potential landing spot for Lin. Why would a good, up-tempo coach like Karl be interested in Rondo?

    But if it’s true that Lakers are no longer interested, that’s further evidence that the Kobe era will come to an end this season. FO is no longer catering to Kobe’s whims.

  • Great article showing why LeBron is a great leader who knows how to take care of his teammates with inspiring speech & gifts.
    He tried to inspire his depleted teammates to rally against a deep GSW team. They stole Game 2 but will it be enough for a 7-game series? I still think the deep GSW team will win in 7.

    <a href="http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/06/the_meeting_and_gift_lebron_ja.html The meeting and gift LeBron James presented to teammates to prepare them for roller coaster of a Finals

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Before the Cleveland Cavaliers lost Kyrie Irving for the season, before they were a couple of missed shots away from stealing Game 1, LeBron James prophesied to his teammates about the obstacles that would await them in the NBA Finals.

    Northeast Ohio Media Group learned that James gathered the team together at their hotel, the Four Seasons in downtown San Francisco, in advance of Thursday’s game.

    I’m told he rented out a lounge, and what he would tell them there ended up being spot on.

    The four-time MVP spoke of the unforeseen trials they would face, he touched on the adversity that would come with the territory, and he warned them of unexpected setbacks. In it all, his message was to stay the course. But most importantly, stay together regardless of the circumstances.

    “His was like, we’re here for business and to be prepared,” center Tristan Thompson said to NEOMG. “All the media attention, all the hoopla stuff is cool and what not, but we’re here to take care of business.”

    After two games of this grueling, mind-blowing series with the Golden State Warriors, his teammates have now experienced exactly what James was preaching. Every aspect of his message has come to be. Irving’s season-ending knee injury turned out to be the unexpected setback.

    When James concluded his address, he shifted the tone of the meeting to a looser, more casual setting. He arranged for food, music was blasting and he even brought in a barber for players to get haircuts.

    “I don’t know how he does it, but every day it’s something different,” Smith said with a laugh. “Watches, sneakers, Beats [headphones], hoodies, book-bags. Man, I can’t wait to come back next year. I want to see what we’re getting next year.”

    Brendan Haywood also issued a comment on James’ kindness by offering a unique compliment.

    “Look, LeBron is probably the greatest player in the world who gives out gifts like it’s candy,” he said. “We look forward to it every single time.”

    When the star player genuinely cares about his teammates’ well-being, the rest of the troops follow his lead, knowing he has their best interests at heart. They see James playing 50 minutes and giving it everything that he has, and in return, they’re doing the same.

  • Good analysis. What do you think about Curry’s low 3P% after the fall in HOU that Marcus Thompson mentioned?

    https://twitter.com/ThompsonScribe/status/607798578841452544

    I think GSW will win in 7 if Curry is back to his MVP form & GSW bench does its job to wear down the Cavs

  • yup, he knows what’s important in life.
    Definitely great role model to many people

  • and there was another tweet from a guy who gladly admitted JLin swatted his 2 shots in losing 9-11 LOL

    NBA players do play at a different level (height included 🙂

  • possibly yes, it looks so unnatural but still cool to see Lin in Mutombo pose

  • haha .. I can almost hear him saying that. We know Khuang too well

  • It looks like Mike Malone (Kings ex coach), Mike D’Antoni and Melvin Hunt will get 2nd round of interview with Denver

    I’m hoping for a lot of 3s falling in the GSW-Cavs series so DEN is leaning to choose MDA’s 7-second or less offense style

    https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/607683691242885120

    https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/607683936911650816

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Many are saying that the Cavs are actually better off without Kyrie Irving’s poor D and ball hogging O. I think that’s an exaggeration but in light of yesterday’s game, it seems the Cavs game plan was a major coaching fail in game 1. KI played over 43 minutes while Delli got only 9 minutes. If KI had played a more reasonable 30 minutes and Delli was guarding Curry for the extra 13 minutes, perhaps the Cavs would have won in regulation, now be up 2-0 and very likely to win the series.

    To me this raises the question of how much authority coaches have to utilize players in the way that is most likely to win. Can a rookie coach play an All-Star like KI “only” 30 minutes? What about Lebron? He seems to be able to overrule the coach. Did Lebron also not realize that less KI and more Delli would make the Cavs more efficient? Ironically, KI’s team (father, agent) were furious that an already injured KI was played so many minutes resulting in a more serious injury.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Two Lin boys still available for our female posters here?

  • GoodDayLA

    what adidas commercial?

  • Rick Johnson

    Librafree‏@Librafree
    @JLin7 workout at John Wooden Center,UCLA!(credit Ben ChenMorris Lam,UCLA Bruin & Shiloh Tsang) #3or4hourseveryday

    https://twitter.com/Librafree/status/608020164668354560

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    That fall was very dramatic but Curry did a good job of landing mostly on his shoulders. He did bump his head on the floor but that caused only a contusion (bruise) not a concussion. Klay is the one who later had a concussion and he shot very well last night. In game 1 Curry shot 50%. So I wouldn’t attribute much to the fall. Curry simply had a poor shooting night and deservedly or not Delli is getting the credit for it. It seems likely that Curry will find a way to get Delli off his back and have a great shooting night tomorrow.

  • Rick Johnson

    Librafree‏@Librafree
    @JLin7 just finishing practice at Student Activities Center in UCLA. #perseverance

    https://twitter.com/Librafree/status/608034327906152448

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)
  • TTNN

    I don’t want Lin to go to Kings. that’s a franchise don’t know what they are doing, fire their coach when they are doing good, and Karl was not actually winning after he take over the team. Karl was not working well with their star center, it is a mess to go there.

  • bolero
  • Rick Johnson

    caesarastar(IG): Yo what’s up, my best work out buddy @JLin7 at #uclawoodencenter

    https://twitter.com/Librafree/status/608072542817894400

  • Rick Johnson
  • Filler-up

    Hey Hong Kong Lin fans, Jeremy is here on June 28 at the Chinese University 3:00-5:30. Anyone trying to get there?

  • karen sy

    i think it’s open to “Hongkong tertiary students” only.

  • Filler-up

    I could pass for a student.

  • karen sy

    sure. no doubt about it. a bit confusing tho whether it’s open to CUHK students only or other tertiary students in hk

  • Brewkowski

    I agree, Kings are a mess.

  • JoeTeam

    enjoyable read, bro! Now the news today about Curry’s shooting slump since the fall. I hope he’s not hiding some pain in shoulder, etc. We shall see …

  • JoeTeam

    Great bballbreakdown on fouls … I felt it was more unfair to GSW, esp on ones against KT early on.

  • Briiick

    Coach’s revenge to previliged selfish players.

  • Briiick

    Only work for 1 on 1 show in practice.

  • Rick Johnson

    seansan‏@ssspangan
    Chillin with my boy @JLin7

    https://twitter.com/ssspangan/status/608134302384033792

  • too bad i’m busy that day argh

  • Rick Johnson

    Salt City Hoops: Salt Lin City? A Proposed Free Agent Target

    http://saltcityhoops.com/salt-lin-city-a-proposed-free-agent-target/

    June 8th, 2015 | by Matt Pacenza

    It’s hard to exaggerate how woeful the Jazz point guard play was last year.

    That’s the bad news. The good news is that even with such poor production at PG, the Jazz by the end of 2014-15 were a playoff-caliber team in the loaded West. Improvement at point guard — even to just league average — could be the key move that propels this young and improving team forward.

    However, I’m skeptical that the next good Jazz point guard is currently on the Jazz roster. While I’d acknowledge that it would be absurd to dismiss Dante Exum after just one season, it’s basically impossible to find a successful NBA player who started out his career with such minimal production. (See this list of all guards who played at least 500 minutes as rookies but had a PER of 7 or under.) I’d love it if Exum broke that mold, but that may not be realistic.

    Smart analysts have already identified intriguing potential trade targets at PG for the Jazz. If those don’t pan out, what about free agency? Free agent PG rankings (see HoopsHype andBasketball Insiders) start with several restricted free agents most likely to stay with their current rosters (Brandon Knight and Patrick Beverley), a coveted unrestricted free agent likely to choose Miami over anywhere else (Goren Dragic) and a few guys who the Jazz hopefully have no interest in (Rajon Rondo and Reggie Williams).

    But there, at #6, a name jumps out. What if I told you that a 26-year-old point guard with an above average career PER — despite playing on some highly dysfunctional teams — is available? A guy with decent shooting and assist numbers and the ability to create shots for himself and teammates? A guy who can likely be had on a good contract for not too much money or for too many years?

    Credit: ESPN The Magazine. Photographer: Joe Pugliese

    I think the Jazz should think long and hard about making a free agency offer to Jeremy Lin.

    I’m going to delve into some pluses and minuses about the Jazz acquiring Lin below, but before I do, I’d urge everyone to readPablo Torre’s amazing ESPN The Magazine’s profile of Lin from this past March. It’s a terrific story and puts Lin’s recent production into an important context.

    The Positive

    Lin exploded on to the scene with seven excellent weeks of NBA basketball (Linsanity!) before a knee injury in March 2012 cut his Cinderella Knicks season short. It was brief, but it was fantastic:

    Two up-and-down seasons with the Rockets followed, before last year’s frustrating run with the Lakers.

    What’s interesting, though, is that while my perception of Lin is that he didn’t play very well in either Houston or Los Angeles, his numbers are actually pretty solid. Last year with the Lakers was widely characterized as disastrous — Kobe mocked him! Bryron Scott benched him! — but let’s compare a few of his key numbers to the Jazz PG production:2014-15TS%3FG%AST%PERLin.539.36928.615.6Burke.455.31825.012.6Exum.457.31416.65.7

    Those offensive numbers for Lin aren’t elite, but they’re solid. He remains an average PG on offense, even in a tumultuous season. Here’s a bit more detail:

    Lin’s three-point shooting has steadily improved each of the past four years, from 32 percent to 37 percent.

    Lin continues to draw fouls at a high rate, though these numbers declined some with the Lakers. He averaged 5.1 FTA per 36 minutes last year. Of the 100 guards who played at least 1,000 minutes, Lin ranked 14th in the league in FT rate. (Not surprisingly, Exum ranked dead last.)

    Lin remains a solid distributor of the ball. His 6.4 assists per 36 minutes rank him 24th of the same 100 guards who played 1,000 minutes.

    The Negative

    Some key numbers for Lin are trending in the wrong direction. During that celebrated Knicks season, Lin’s game had a little Harden to it. He took mostly shots at the rim and from 3 and gave out a ton of assists. A few of those Moneyball ratios have shifted, unfavorably:

    With the Knicks, 57 percent of Lin’s shots came within 10 feet of the rim — by last year, only 42 percent did. And Lin shot most poorly from mid-range, shots which he took more of last year. Very poorly. On long 2s, he shot just 32 percent, for example.

    The shift in Lin’s game away from the rim towards the mid-range has led to a declining 2FG%. It was 47-49 percent with the Knicks and Rockets before declining to 44 percent last year.

    Lin’s assists per-36-minutes have dropped from 8.3 to 6.4. That’s the difference between being an elite assist man — think Jeff Teague this year — to average at the position.

    Now, while those trends are worrisome, it’s important to remember the widespread sense that the 2014-15 Lakers under Byron Scott weren’t well coached. The team famously shunned the 3-pointer, in an era when nearly every NBA team, including the Jazz, are taking more and more.

    It’s reasonable to expect that with better coaching, Lin would take more shots at the rim and from 3, boosting his efficiency and production.

    A couple other areas of concern for Lin:

    His turnover numbers, while improving, continue to be high. Even during his Knicks run, Lin turned the ball over frequently during his daring dashes to the rim. The good news is that those numbers have steadily improved during each of the past four years, but his turnover ratio remains high: Last year, he turned the ball over on 13 percent of possessions, leaving him 64th out of 74 NBA point guards.

    Reviews of Lin’s defense are mixed. He’s good size for a point guard, at 6’ 3’’, but isn’t considered particularly quick. He hasn’t played for terribly good defensive teams. The deepest dive on his defense was a post last summer from Fern Rea on Raining3s.com which concluded Lin is better than popular sentiment would believe, calling him “a tireless worker who makes up what he lacks in quickness and lateral movement with effort, size and smarts.”

    Conclusion

    Clearly, a trade for a young talent like Jrue Holiday would represent a stronger upgrade at point guard than signing Jeremy Lin. But if the Jazz strike out on the trade market, I believe that Lin at the right price would be a worthwhile gamble.

    Lin’s value is low right now. What if the Jazz could get him for two years, $10 million? Signing Lin at such a modest price wouldn’t mean the Jazz were giving up on Dante Exum. Rather, Lin could step into the role that Trey Burke played late last year: coming off the bench to anchor the second unit offense. And on nights when the Jazz need more offense than Exum can offer, Lin could play more minutes and even close games. Lin is unlikely to play defense as well as Exum did by the end of his rookie season, but would be an upgrade over Burke.

    The most likely scenario for Lin is that he never returns to his burst of success as Knick. However, even the Lin of the past three years would be a significant upgrade from the Jazz PG play the past few years.

    Watching highlights of Lin also reminded me that he has a particular flair for passes to bigs — lobs and clever entry passes. Imagine Gobert and Favors on the receiving end of a few of those each night. Imagine a ball handling guard to take the pressure off Hayward on a few nights.

    I also think it’s possible that Lin improves. I’m not one to put too much stock into intangibles, but after a rough season in the spotlight in Los Angeles, might mellow Salt Lake City and an improving Jazz team be a great environment to get back on track.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    The Jazz are a very interesting team for Jeremy…but Exum is very young and does have potential…..Bringing Lin in would probably stunt his development unless they are thinking of a 2 guard combo thing.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    That is great. I will go there.

  • Brewkowski

    I like their bigs and would love to see them dominate with lin in pnr freeing up the perimeter 3s.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Expectation and fact are different. We are sure that Mike Malone will get his 2nd interview but the rest aren’t sure. It’s clear that Mike Malone is in the driver’s seat. Fans for MDA and Melvin Hunt can eat their heart out.

    I don’t think the owner and the GM of Denver Nuggets are good enough and I certainly don’t think they can make decision to turn the franchise around. Therefore, MDA would have a slim chance to be hired. Melvin Hunt is never in the picture because if he is, the FO won’t start the coach search. However Melvin Hunt has the support of media friends and that I can say. At the end, Mike Malone would get the job. I think this is a realistic estimation.

  • guest

    No thanks.
    To be a backup at 5mil/season is an outright downgrade.
    If Jazz wanted to clinch a berth in the WC playoffs, they have to start Jeremy Lin as the1st unit doesn’t have an elite PG to lead the team.
    Jeremy’s teambiscsmart enough to have assessed each and every team in the league and hence I dondon’t see any chance Jeremy will sign with Jazz to be a backup at a huge discount.

  • Yellow

    Wonder if we put Curry in the role Lin played on Houston Rockets, would Curry have had similar production, won MVP and be touted as one of the greatest dribbles in the history of NBA?

  • Filler-up

    Lin should start over both Exum and Burke.

  • Filler-up

    Open to all HK University students and recent grads. I had my intern call them as he was a CU graduate. He’ll try to get me tix when the window opens tomorrow.

  • Yellow

    For tomorrow’s game, I predict CLE win in regulation as the King et al are all pumped up and the momentum from the last game us still running high.
    I hope GSW prove otherwise.

  • rookie75094

    No,no and no.

  • Yellow

    Thanks Rookie for your affirmative reply. ,:>
    BTW, your ‘favorite” all star Rondo has only one (per rumor) team interested in him..why?

  • GoodDayLA

    The article is accurate but fails to realize that Lin on the Jazz should mean Lin leading that team as the main guard, not some off the bench chump.

    If Lin is going to be a bench warmer, he can do it elsewhere in more desirable locations.

    But Utah as a starter? I’d like to see the Jazz GM have the brass to pull the trigger.

  • GoodDayLA

    How most NBA fans (and some NBA GM’s I suspect) think of Jlin (from that Salt Lake Site):

    cw says:

    June 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    It’s totally weird that out of all the potential guards available that someone zeros in on Jeremy Lin. His time in the NBA is most likely done. He’ll be available all fall then sign a contract to play in Europe.

  • takemeback2reaganyears
  • zxcvb

    Most racists, maybe. Judging the average person based on random internet comments isn’t fair to humanity, ha. Lin, even totally marginalized, has proven himself as a quality rotation player.

    The only question is whether there is one current GM and/or coach who is willing to let him be a true starting PG. Now that we don’t know.

  • zxcvb

    Right now, it looks like the Nuggets or Mavs for Lin. I suspect a smart coach like Brad Stevens would love to have Lin, but an “old school” GM like Danny Ainge would never allow it.

    Free agency could be slow to start with teams waiting for that first domino to fall (e.g. Deandre Jordan, Aldridge). I just hope MDA gets hired in Denver and Lin gets his situation wrapped up ASAP.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    It’s still very difficult to say as GMs are quietly working behind closed door. We’ll all find out very soon.

  • haters are not worth our time and space.
    just ignore them.

    If JLin listened to any of them, he’d have quit the NBA a long time ago.

  • Rick Johnson

    I think it’s about as good as it is going to get from the media right now. JLin is just going to have to play out of his mind to change the mentality of him being a good bench player.

  • Rick Johnson

    Ashley Solomon‏@a_solomon6
    Shout out to @JLin7 and @Lakers for these gifts to our school in Beijing!!! So encouraging! #linsanity #林书豪 #谢谢

    https://twitter.com/a_solomon6/status/608317598237917185

  • zxcvb

    In theory, Lin would be great on the Jazz, but they seem intent on giving Exum another chance. Bad pick, bad move, but GMs are always desperate to prove that their draft picks are “for real.”

  • Rick Johnson

    He just needs to be in a good system with a good coach that plays the right way so he can prove himself. During the season, how players play, injures things change so much. Just think right now if Lin was on the Cav’s and Kyrie is out the stage he’d be on to prove himself.

  • JoeTeam

    I agree on that, many choices being worked on by all sides.

  • JoeTeam

    Very many take Lin seriously. Gsw know Lin can get to the rim at well and make or draw contact. Gsw needed that in ot Sunday. It’s about the finals.

    I am ten mins away from a mtg with an owner not gsw as he’s a mentor through 100% his grace. Just trying to say it’ll be ok, they are really smart.

  • 1mtoldman

    an online note says delladenova/mozgov are the first pair of non-drafted players to start in an nba finals game since 2007.

    i have unsuccesfully tried to find a complete list of current (as of end this last regular season) nba players other than lin who are undrafted.

    it is quite rare i think. off the top i know besides the two mentioned above, well wesley matthews….and lin.

    does anybody know or have directions to a list of other active undrafted players. (this with nba draft coming up in mind as well).

  • PPP
  • 1mtoldman

    uh i think i defined active fairly well above; this list you send me to is a list of EVERY UNDRAFTED PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF THE NBA.

    not something i could sort thru. what i was hoping for was as i said: “current (as of end this last regular season) nba players other than lin who are undrafted.”

    i get udonis haslem, barea, calderon.

    on further investigation.

    my point would be, hardly any current , emphasize current, nba players undrafted who have accomplished anything in nba. very rare and short list must be. with lin and matthews at the top of the list. (actually just combining pts/assist/rbs/ per game avg per career among these players listed here lin comes out #1 with matthews and calderon tied for second. )

    mozgov tho getting a lot of credit for this particular series has been around the nba quite awhile and not done much and of course delladenova tho getting ridiculous credit (the next p.bev) has done almost nothing. (tho albeit not having the extended time to possibly do something that mozgov has had.)

    still would hope for more input as to current, active as of end of this past season, current roster players. not historic. undrafted.

  • GoodDayLA

    I agree that’s why he should chose the best place to play off the bench. There are better fits for Lin than Utah as far as bench roles.

  • Grace
  • real-dsb

    cool, but are they getting them tickets to the game too? that’s more expensive than the flight! lol

  • Grace

    it must be nice to work for the Warriors 🙂

  • Grace
  • Rick Johnson

    Snakes‏@kael_williams
    Just ran into my boy @JLin7

    https://twitter.com/kael_williams/status/608400058736852992

  • real-dsb

    from http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/players

    Player Team Drafted
    Alan Anderson Brooklyn Nets 2005 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Alexey Shved New York Knicks 2010 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Alonzo Gee Portland Trail Blazers 2009 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Anthony Morrow Oklahoma City Thunder 2008 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Anthony Tolliver Detroit Pistons 2007 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Arinze Onuaku Minnesota Timberwolves 2010 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Aron Baynes San Antonio Spurs 2009 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Brian Roberts Charlotte Hornets 2008 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Bryce Cotton Utah Jazz 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    C.J. Watson Indiana Pacers 2006 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Cartier Martin Detroit Pistons 2007 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Chris Andersen Miami Heat 1999 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Chris Babb Boston Celtics 2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Chris Copeland Indiana Pacers 2006 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Chris Johnson Utah Jazz 2012 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Chuck Hayes Toronto Raptors 2005 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Damjan Rudez Indiana Pacers 2008 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    David Stockton Sacramento Kings 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Dewayne Dedmon Orlando Magic 2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Donald Sloan Indiana Pacers 2010 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Earl Barron Phoenix Suns 2003 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Elijah Millsap Utah Jazz 2010 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Eric Moreland Sacramento Kings 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Garrett Temple Washington Wizards 2009 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Gary Neal Minnesota Timberwolves 2007 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Gigi Datome Boston Celtics 2009 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Greg Smith Dallas Mavericks 2011 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Greg Stiemsma Toronto Raptors 2008 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Henry Sims Philadelphia Sixers 2012 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Hollis Thompson Philadelphia Sixers 2012 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Ian Clark Denver Nuggets 2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Ish Smith Philadelphia Sixers 2010 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    J.J. Barea Dallas Mavericks 2006 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Jabari Brown Los Angeles Lakers 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Jack Cooley Utah Jazz 2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    JaKarr Sampson Philadelphia Sixers 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    James McAdoo Golden State Warriors 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    JaMychal Green Memphis Grizzlies 2012 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Jerel McNeal Phoenix Suns 2009 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Jeremy Lin Los Angeles Lakers 2010 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Joe Ingles Utah Jazz 2009 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Joel Anthony Detroit Pistons 2007 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    John Lucas Detroit Pistons 2005 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Jorge Gutierrez Milwaukee Bucks 2012 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Jose Calderon New York Knicks 2003 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Justin Holiday Golden State Warriors 2011 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Kent Bazemore Atlanta Hawks 2012 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Lance Thomas New York Knicks 2010 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Langston Galloway New York Knicks 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Lou Amundson New York Knicks 2006 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Matt Dellavedova Cleveland Cavaliers 2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Mirza Teletovic Brooklyn Nets 2007 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Pablo Prigioni Houston Rockets 1999 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Pero Antic Atlanta Hawks 2004 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Phil Pressey Boston Celtics 2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Reggie Evans Sacramento Kings 2002 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Reggie Williams San Antonio Spurs 2008 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Robert Covington Philadelphia Sixers 2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Ronnie Price Los Angeles Lakers 2005 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Shayne Whittington Indiana Pacers 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Tarik Black Los Angeles Lakers 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Tim Frazier Portland Trail Blazers 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Timofey Mozgov Cleveland Cavaliers 2008 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Travis Wear New York Knicks 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Troy Daniels Charlotte Hornets 2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Tyler Johnson Miami Heat 2014 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Udonis Haslem Miami Heat 2002 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Vander Blue Los Angeles Lakers 2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Wesley Matthews Portland Trail Blazers 2009 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Will Bynum Washington Wizards 2005 NBA Draft, Undrafted
    Zoran Dragic Miami Heat 2011 NBA Draft, Undrafted

  • real-dsb

    I still want Eastern Conf for Lin

  • real-dsb

    I thought the refs made some pretty bad calls, but pretty much a wash on both sides.

  • real-dsb

    LOL, of course they are

  • real-dsb

    I thought Mike Malone was a defensive oriented coach. What’s his offensive philosophy?

  • real-dsb

    Kyrie has flashy offensive skills, that’s what gets the hype in the NBA.

  • real-dsb

    Good point. I thought everyone was referring to hitting his head, which I didn’t think was a factor. But good point about shoulder pain, I think that could be a factor. Even just some minor stiffness that impacts his stroke a tiny bit would cause a major difference in %.

  • real-dsb

    I don’t think hitting his head is a factor, but as JoeTeam brought up, I do think it’s possible he has some shoulder stiffness, which is completely unapparent to outside observers.

  • real-dsb

    My wishes for Game 3 tonight:

    1. Warriors continue to defend the Cavs as well as they have the first 2 games. Their defensive strategy is sound. Lebron will get his 40 pts, but if they keep him to around 1.15 PPS or less (e.g. 40 pts on 35 shots), that is great.

    2. The key to bouncing back is Curry, and it doesn’t requiring him getting hot and making 10 3 ptrs. He is too all-around talented to just resort to taking 3 ptrs like he was Steve Novak or something. He needs to diversify his game, drive a little more to the paint, pick up fouls on Delly. Team should run plays for him to get to the paint, set him more double screens. Curry should do more facilitating and let the game come to him.

    As for Curry’s “shooting slump”, I’m not sure it’s really a thing. Yes, he is 4-21 (19.0%) the past 2 games, and 7-32 (21.9%) the past 3 games. Well, in the Memphis series, he had a 2 game stretch 4-21 (19.0%) and 3 game stretch 8-30 (26.7%).

  • Grace Nsns

    Lin’s driving back home?

  • real-dsb

    Baja Fresh? why does it say Quiznos?

  • Grace
  • Grace

    I don’t know.

  • real-dsb

    if the Laker went to the finals, they’d have 5 undrafted players haha

  • Grace Nsns

    Guess it’s at the I-5 / Hwy 41 intersection. According to customer review by Vishal W. San Francisco, CA, “(seems like same ownership as there is no wall separating Quiznos from baja fresh). ”
    ^_^

  • JoeTeam

    Thx sir.

  • JoeTeam

    Yep, wash. No cry.

  • JoeTeam

    Bogut better back his confidence with output.

  • Maknusia

    At this point Cavs are playing better than Warriors…too many TO as well for GSW

  • Alain Gervais

    their defense is unbelievable

  • Maknusia

    And Cavs are using MD well in this game

  • Alain Gervais

    yea but its a team effort everyone is sound defensively. lebron on offense is slowing the game, yes some of his shots are bad but it always waste the whole 24 clock. cavs never go 2 for 1 when the chance is there. all they want is a slow old school game and its working.

  • Maknusia

    Looks like Game3 is not in favor of GSW…hmmm

  • 7iger

    Warriors should calm down they rush things too much, sign of inexperienced.

  • Maknusia

    wow…they just cut down Cavs 17 pt lead to 9pt lead to Cavs

  • Maknusia

    GSW with a 13-3 run!!!

  • Rick Johnson

    Maybe going to game 5 of the finals Sunday? He’s an ex Warrior and friends with the owners son, Steph, and Lee.

  • 7iger

    Warriors is a better team but less experienced

  • sport

    How was that not a foul by James on Curry diving at his legs like that when he was trying to make a shot?

  • David Kim

    Curry is really good shooter…..

  • Maknusia

    Oh well…Game 4 then!

  • MoominFloren

    Yesssss 2-1!

  • 1mtoldman

    yes thats correct i been there.

  • Bearness

    Cavs are just as inexperienced, perhaps more so. But, the difference is they have experienced version of LeBron guiding them.

  • Bearness

    He is an unbelievable shooter. What impresses me the most is how fast he can get a shot off. Amazing to watch every time.

  • zxcvb

    Best shooter in history. But most other aspects of his game are sub-par.

  • zxcvb

    Great win by the Cavs! Lebron + team defense + Blatt is just too good.

    Curry didn’t find his stroke until it was too late and had too many TOs. Also got exposed repeatedly on defense. Dellavedova (a KHuang favorite!) outplayed him on both ends of the floor tonight.

  • zxcvb

    The only people who predicted this after Irving’s injury are here or on JeremyLin.net!

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Silver lining:
    1) Lin fans may stop calling Kerr a genius
    2) Kerr may stop treating Lin’s friend DLee like Lin
    3) Curry’s shooting is just fine.
    4) Lebron is beating GSW by brute force. He’s not MJ.

  • Alain Gervais

    added he also doesn’t have mj teammate i.e. kerr

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Someone to punch for not passing? 🙂

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    For this to be true need to recruit KHuang here.

  • JoeTeam

    Good one, the Lee. I hate seeing him on the bench – we could all see that Festus today was way softer than Lee. You need Lee to get in there and bang because GSW is not hard enough inside.

  • zxcvb

    Who here calls Kerr a “genius”?

    As long as he’s not on PEDs, Lebron is absolutely comparable to MJ. Duncan is still the best of this generation, though.

  • JoeTeam

    Brent: I know you are lurking lol. Bogut is a hot mess I know you are seeing it too. The fouling he’s getting called for now.

  • zxcvb

    He’s still on JeremyLin.Net…still counts!

  • JoeTeam

    nobody. Kerr is now having to man up because he too got overconfident and it’s on him these last 2 losses. Blatt with 16 championships is really out coaching kerr.

    GSW have to decide to be champs and stop pouting. How can Delly get 3 scrap balls and how can Curry do 3 TOVs down the stretch? They have to decide if it’s time to be champs, because Lebron, Delly, and Shump have already decided to be champs.

  • JoeTeam

    pains me to say, but GSW too overconfident and also very fragile when reality bites. Time to man up.

    ps, I was the first to mention Delly to KHuang on the other site last year. He’s a St Mary’s guy so we were all happy to see him get the support at CLE. You can’t use him on fantasy, but man is he a contributor.

    Finally, now we can see where GSW needs a Lin. Everybody except Lee is too soft emotionally and physically. Pouting.

    Lin with Lee right now alongside Curry, KT, Barnes, and so one would win this one. They don’t have someone who is tough enough to decide to go to the rim and finish or draw contact or get a dish. Come to think of it, that’s Lebron and that’s what Lin would do for GSW if he were here now. Now, I say!

  • Maknusia

    I still think he is a good coach

  • Maknusia

    valid points…lets see, if there is any adjustments on next game

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    There were many posts giving Kerr a ton of credit for this extremely talanted team.

    MJ always maintained a 50% FG%. Lebron is shooting in the 30s, missing game winning shots, and just not fun to watch the way Jordan was.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Oh. I only saw here. My bad.

  • JoeTeam

    untrue zx. I was saying that now CLE plays team ball not Lebron/KI. I’m just not do demonstrative. It’s always about the team and team spirit, and CLE have more grit now that a fragile GSW. I’m not happy with Kerr because he had 2 days to get his team ready knowing the Delly/Lebron/Shump effort on Curry. It’s like Kerr came up with a couple of bandaids.

  • JoeTeam

    At least we got to see Curry start scoring again. But his fancy moves are now too risky because of the recovery of the D.

    I thought Lebron tackled Curry on that last TOV, though. CLE whistles.

  • zxcvb

    Kerr deserves credit for elevating his team another level beyond Mark Jackson. Not a genius, but you gotta cut him some slack.

    Playoff MJ was truly a sight to see! But what Lebron is doing is just as impressive overall, IMO. The game has changed and the matchups require the Cavs to “win ugly” with defense and low %s.

  • zxcvb

    Good eye on Delly! I remember him a little bit in college, but didn’t watch him closely. He’s the player that people pretend Beverley is.

    Put Lin on San Antonio and the Spurs would be waltzing to another title. Spurs were/are in denial about Parker and Manu’s age and ran out of gas against the Clips. Duncan is still elite, but man, it was painful watching Tony and especially Manu this season.

  • Briiick

    Cav – Irving – Love are the strongest team in the league, even LBJ failed to recognize it so I don’t blame the stat-spinning analysts and their copycat fans, who are the reason why there are so many stat-padding pretenders.

  • JoeTeam

    Yes. Lin anywhere esp now on GSW> They really need a guy who will not collapse and hang his head. They need a guy who will go into the paint and take contact, to get the whistles flowing. Kerr and GSW had too much fun this year. They need to sober up tonight and feel what it’s like to be Lebron, losing more finals than he got. To be a Delly, never having a Linsanity and working in a protected role until he was ready.

    Lin had it too hard, then he broke through, and everyone got harder on him. Delly had it hard but he has support.

    This is why I watched Delly’s news, but now, I can’t root for his strength to beat my soft team lol. They’d better man up or I’ll have to stay a Lin fan 🙂

  • zxcvb

    If they insist on keeping Irving or Love, Irving is the one they should get rid of. Love still has value as a rebounder and stretch 4, but Irving is truly an empty stat-padder. Unfortunately for Cleveland, if someone leaves, it’ll probably be Love.

    If I were Cavs GM David Griffin, I would “shock the world” by trading Kyrie for the Lakers’ #2 pick. Or even the Sixers or Knicks picks at 3 and 4.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    I don’t cut Kerr any slack because of the many times he dissed Lin 🙂

    This type of ugly bb that the Cavs are resorting to may not keep the NBA popular enough to pay Lebron’s max salary. (JK sorta)

  • dave lam

    LeBron carrying the Cavs to NBA title.
    Don’t need Kyrie
    Don’t need Love
    I even forgotten about Wade and Bosh
    Who needs big 3 ?
    When all you need is LeBron

    David Blatt grateful to be coaching
    Shump and JR grateful to be out of NY
    LeBron is goin be the MVP of the playoffs
    No doubt
    Would it be cool to see Lin and LeBron on the same team?

  • JoeTeam

    heh heh why not. Lin did it with the knicks, and now Lebron can too lol.

  • Spot

    I don’t like this basketball with fouls all over the court.

    If the game’s changed it’s in bad, not in good.

    It’s like watching royal rumble. That’s the reason why I just watch Jeremy and few others and that’s why people still remember Nash and D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns instead of teams that won the title.

  • TK Wong

    Yup, feels like Lebron, Delly, Mazgov, Triston, and Shump have want it more

  • Spot

    https://youtu.be/SV0PsMLonPc

    Is this still basketball?

  • 1mtoldman

    yer right.

  • 1mtoldman

    yer right. but as spot points out above: when is brute force basketball, well basketball? not pretty. depressing to me.

  • 1mtoldman

    i thought “lin fans” dont like kerr cause they are of the opinion he was not kind to lin as a commentator (then after “linsanity” who was?)

  • 1mtoldman

    ive never liked ugly anything. baseball more interesting at the moment. lots of really exciting stuff going on last nite (tho basketball fans generally consider baseball about as exciting as watching paint peel).

  • 1mtoldman

    there i was right about both things. a. this is the typical “lin fan” opinion of kerr
    b. ugly bb doesn’t cut it
    (actually prior to this big new tv package kicking in the nba is still the least profitable/sucessfull major sports franchise)–

    however forbes and other business analysts think the big tv money coming in and expanded “cap room” will change all that.

    i acutally (seeing things less from a forbes-ian perspective imagine that in 2017 it will jsut set off another round of conflicts between players/owners over

    money).

  • Bearness

    That is championship basketball. I’m not being sarcastic. Cavs are playing their hearts out. I’m not a fan, but I am enjoying watching this series. I didn’t know they had it in them. This type of intensity is what Finals should be like. Although Warriors should be rolling over Cavs, they did not come in mentally prepared.

  • Yellow

    As predicted, CLE won.

    Well, CLE played with their hearts under the leadership of the King. Not a fan of LeBron but just can’t deny his experience and playmaking that slow the pace of the game to swing the game to CLE was the key, oh not forgetting Delly too..haha, read lots of hate tweets that compare him to Linsanity…lol

    “May the best men win”.

    Go Warriors!

  • orLinaryjoe

    Funny, how opinion changes so quickly. CLE won, up 1. Give them that. Don’t see GSW quiting. If they learn something from the SF Giants, it ain’t over, not by long shot. Still pretty close. They need to respond. Pretty obvious what they need to do.

  • Spot

    Don’t agree. Sorry.

  • Yellow

    GSW won’t and shouldn’t quit. And the series arenot over yet. So we will see.

    There seems to be tough matchup at the GSW starter line up : Mozgov overpowers and shoots better than Bogut; Barnes for some reasons didn’t do as well as before; Delly “outplayed” Curry(?,not sure, watched 2nd game only); Tristan defended D Green well; except KT seems to do better than Iman.

    Considering GSW swept CLE in the regular season and they have better WC winning record(80-18); they are, and rightfully so the favorites. But hey, it’s a long series and there isn’t anything (except death is certain as the adage goes), so “Its a much more entertaining series than everyone thought it was gonna be…”@Jlin7 *.*

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    “GSW swept CLE in the regular season” No, each team won their home game by a wide margin.

    01/09 – CLE 94 @ GSW 112
    02/26 – GSW 99 @ CLE 110

    Let’s see if Kerr starts DLee.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    In game 1, Blatt had every reason to restrict the injured KI’s minutes and play Delli more. Perhaps Cavs would now be up 3-0 and we all know what that means. Missed opportunity that Cavs will regret?

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Not typical Lin fans, but informed Lin fans who don’t give Kerr a pass because they are also GSW / Curry fans.

    The case against Kerr:

    1) $25 mil salary: for what?
    2) BB gods against Lin (one of many negatives)
    3) Felton>Lin
    4) Bev>Lin
    5) Called Yao a CM.

  • Brent Yen

    Bought is a good player and I do not like him as a player…lol

  • Brent Yen

    I have only watched game2….the quick impression I have is that Cavs played better defense without irving and love.

    I think win or lose….Curry will be upgraded next season.

  • orLinaryjoe

    No sweep. Still much bball left. GSW needs to comeback aggressive. More Lee. Green and Bogut needs to step up mentally.

  • Brent Yen

    Good list..

  • orLinaryjoe

    Not sure how sliding into someone and knocking them off their feet is not a foul. Not soccer. Oh well, next.

  • 7iger

    Curry inexperience shown in last night game, the only whole game that I have watched ever since..

  • 7iger

    LeBron played Soccer in Basketball court.

  • 7iger

    Playing their hearts out is a different story than slide tackle in bball court.

  • 7iger

    LeBron had 3 air ball in 4th quarter if I remember correctly. If it wasn’t for Delly Cavs loss.

  • 7iger

    Slide tackle no call
    Travel no call
    Privilege of the superstar

  • 7iger

    If Warriors just calm down they will take the trophy but if Cavs win Delly is the MVP.

  • 7iger

    No way in h*** LeBron can be compare to MJ. I don’t remember MJ ever have 3 air balls in 4th quarter alone.

  • 7iger

    Ugliest final I have ever watch.

  • dolphin2k2

    LOL, perhaps Blatt knew and need to take out KI with an injury.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Perhaps Kerr doesn’t play Lee because he can’t shoot 3’s. Kerr is obsessed with raining down 3’s which was his specialty. After Lee came through for him in the Grizz series, Kerr said, “For him to come in after the way this season has gone, the fact that his dumb coach hasn’t played him enough probably…” So did Kerr learn his lesson? In the first two games against a team which is like the Grizz on steroids, he played Lee… 0 minutes.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    That’s a huge advantage the Spurs have. Pop plays everyone according to what’s most efficient and not what star players expect or demand.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Even when MJ had the flu he played better than Lebron 🙂
    I’m also thinking about last year’s finals with the A/C breakdown and the cramps. Lebron seemed to throw in the towel because the Spurs were running him ragged. MJ would never surrender.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Earlier there was a post about GSW flying their whole staff out to Cleveland to watch the game. To me that just means they can’t fill the arena in that city with paying customers. To avoid empty seats, fly in a large crowd of loud GSW fans.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Kerr apologized for the Yao comment and excused himself by reason of stupidity. Ordinarily, and if that were an isolated incident, I would just accept his stupidity defense. But, if I were him, and I really just blundered, I would be very careful about commentating on Lin and at the very least I would try to be neutral. Not trash his PG decision making on every play.

  • Brent Yen
  • Spot

    Agree

  • Spot

    Probably ref thought it took the ball…

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    I didn’t mean it literally 😉

  • Spot

    So Pete D’Alessandro joins the Nuggets’ staff.

    He sacked Michael Malone for being a defensive minded coach. He wants to play faster and he’s offensive minded.

    So maybe Denver could really get D’Antoni. If that happens, we must wait if they want Jeremy too.

  • Rick Johnson

    Joy Jeng‏@Loveforlife0323
    @JLin7 is working out!!
    Whistlesports’ snapchat- behind the scenes w/ JLin #JeremyLin #WhistleSports #GoJeremy

    https://twitter.com/Loveforlife0323/status/608733919299522562

  • David Kim

    If LeBron wins the championship with the rosters, do you guys think lebron is the greatest player of all time. In espn Mike and Mike today’s show, one of the mike said lebron can be the greatest player if lebron win the championship with the cavs roster. I dont agree with that.

  • Spot

    Don’t like Lebron and didn’t like Jordan either.

    Don’t care bout these silly stuffs like “goat”. Every decade got its players and you really can’t compare players from 50-60 to the ones we’re seeing nowadays

  • JoeTeam

    ha me too, not liking him while watching his fouls hurting the team and his lack of intensity at the rim last night. yet when ye does well, I’m a fan and like his low key sarcasm in the press.

  • JoeTeam

    nope, he just has the best team this year.

  • JoeTeam

    I totally agree, too many slide tackles on Curry and traveling by Lebron.

  • JoeTeam

    what do you mean upgraded? He’s going nowhere GSW loves him. Do you mean he will better his game?

  • JoeTeam

    I see GSW coming back, but Kerr has to do his job. Steph is getting attacked out there, sometimes without fouls and sometimes by tackling him (Lebron).

    They need a Lin game now … attack the basket, get contact to start the whistles flowing, and spread the floor. Every time they settle for a 3, or an early 3, I see it going CLE way.

  • JoeTeam

    To the paint with Dragon contact!

  • JoeTeam

    ha ha soccer is a foul if you slide from more than 3/4 behind, so it was even a foul in soccer. What a key terrible no-call to give CLE the game.

  • real-dsb

    wow, 200 lb dumbbell chest press, impressive

  • Brent Yen

    meaning his experience. He has very little problem in terms of skills, mostly just experiences.

  • real-dsb

    Starting in 2017-18, Nike will be the new official uniform provider of the NBA for the next 8 years. Adidas decided not to renew.
    http://www.slamonline.com/nba/nike-announces-8-year-partnership-as-official-uniform-provider-of-the-nba

    The big news is that for the first time, the sponsor’s logo will appear on the on-court jersey. In the past, the players’ official jerseys only had the team and NBA logo, no sponsors. The sponsor’s logo only appeared on jerseys that the fans bought.

    I can see a lot of disgruntlement from players are sponsored by Adidas, Reebok, etc, having to endorse a competitor’s brand.

  • JoeTeam

    lol, for sure he’s learning now it’s too early to bring your daughter to the presser.

  • JoeTeam

    Nike paid up big I guess and then they now will be on every game photo wow.

  • Rick Johnson

    This is the Official NBA review:

    http://official.nba.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2015/06/L2M-GSW-CLE-6-9-15-FINALS-GAME-3.pdf

    Q4 00:57.9 Foul: Personal LeBron James Stephen Curry CNC
    James (CLE) cleanly strips the ball from Curry (GSW) before contact is made. The contact made after the strip is incidental to the players’ attempt to retrieve the ball

    But then if true he got all ball in the initial contact shouldn’t it then be a loose ball foul then because Curry couldn’t regain possession of the ball because James tackled him after he lost it?

    http://official.nba.com/last-two-minute-report/?gameNo=0041400403&eventNum=1472

  • Grace Nsns

    He mentioned last year he used 105lb each before, how come it’s now 100? :=(
    Wonder how much he squats now, it’s reported he improved his 100lb squat–pretty bad then– to 231 during his 3 month Sparta special training session before Linsanity happened. Kobe used to squat 325lb, half-squat 405lb eight times.

  • bolero

    Greatest flopper..lol

  • zxcvb

    Hard to compare across eras, but Duncan and Lebron are definitely the best “post-Jordan” players. I’d give Duncan the edge for now because of his amazing longevity.

  • zxcvb

    Woj tweeted that it has “no effect” on Malone, but that may be a clever way of saying “Malone is not being hired anyway.” I mean, come on. You can’t hire Malone and then hire the guy who got him fired.

    Fans may not know this, but teams interview coaches for a lot of reasons — to pick their brain for free, to establish relationships for the future, to make their coaching search look “exhaustive” to the public.

    Once Gentry got hired in New Orleans, I think it’s always been MDA or Hunt. Compete with MDA or tank with Hunt.

  • real-dsb

    Steve Nash should recruit Lebron for his charity soccer game. LOL

  • real-dsb

    People don’t do their max for every set. For all we know, this could have been his warmup set. Then he moved on to 110, 120. =)

    And there’s different training cycles too. Sometimes you do more reps of lower weight, then sometimes less reps of higher weight.

  • zxcvb

    Almost certainly. Considering they almost won Game 1 even with Irving ruining the defense and icing guys out, I have little doubt they’d be up 3-0 if Kyrie just sat out.

  • JoeTeam

    just like the tabloids, “sources completely deny …” when they mean to say, it’s likely …

  • JoeTeam

    I’ve noticed he’s wails to the refs a lot, hence getting away with his travels and slide tackling Steph for the win.

  • bolero

    he always gets away with something. lol

  • bolero
  • HY C

    I can never forget this ->> “LeBron James cheating: Holding Jeremy Lin”

  • Alain Gervais

    he would be

  • zxcvb

    Warriors set 1000 illegal screens every game. Some of them downright dangerous. They have no right to complain about anything. And Bogut has always been a cheap shot master.

  • Arsenium12 .

    The 8-year deal between Nike and the NBA that makes Nike the official uniform supplier is worth approximately $1 billion dollars, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, which would mark about a 245% annual increase from the previous deal.

  • Rick Johnson
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  • orLinaryjoe

    Of course I remember this. Dirty.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    That’s his game of intimidation trying to take players off their game mentally. He’s was trying to do the same to Jeremy. But Jeremy kept his cool and ultimately overpower him in plays that counted the most. All Klay needed to do is to bounce off him and post him up. Kerr should make plays to post him up.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    For some reasons unknown to many of us, some sport writers insisted Melvin Hunt is among the front running candidate. That doesn’t make sense. That means the front office after all those searching discovers that they have what they need in their organization. It will definitely be detrimental in their coach search in the future. Scott Brooks has already refused to be interviewed for the job. I believe Melvin would have a hard time to hold on his job even if he were given the job. The ultra small sample of Melvin’s success really did not make him qualified to be a head coach in NBA.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    But when the game is filled with uncalled dirty plays, the championship is fake. The competition is unfair. I prefer watching Eurobasketball. American basketball are full of hypes. Actually a dunk and a layup are worth the same. Europe games are fun to watch with their plays on the court.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    NBA officials have to make the calls to save the basketball game. Superstars got away with too many dirty plays. I consider watching Eurobasketball more than NBA basketball.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    From the stats of last season, I believe Jeremy has found his niches and improved his games tremendously. Coaches could find less and less faults with him. Jeremy learns to overcome odd situations and becomes a much better player despite changes in his roles, and coaches.

    Jeremy’s games after All star break last season had proved that he is going to play at the next level consistently even
    when his role is defined and redefined by coaches in tumultuous situations. “Jeremy becomes a very versatile basketball player”. Jeremy had been the leading NBA player taking the ball to the basket when court spacing was done properly when he played for Rockets. Jeremy had proved that he could block lots of players from behind and became the leading shot blocking
    point guard in the league last season.

    Let’s be fair to Ronnie Price who took minutes from Jeremy last season. He had an exceptional year.

    Ronnie was given 22.8 minutes per game last season; the most in his career. He made 3.8 assists per game and 1.6 steals,
    the best in his career. He shot 28.4% 3 pointers and 34.5% overall; among his better seasons. Byron Scott called him the head of the snake. However we noticed that Byron Scott used him instead of Jeremy just to tank for the season.

    Ronnie’s RPM was quite respectable last season though
    2014-2015 27th among PGs
    (ORPM 0.17 DRPM 0.40 RPM 0.57)
    2013-2014 54th among PGs
    (ORPM -3.09 DRPM 0.21 RPM -2.88); the lower DRPM is probably because of the worse team that he was playing for overall in defense. There is virtually no rim protector when Jeremy was in the court most of the time. Byron Scott broke up Lin-Davis connection lots of time last season.

    Jeremy had been better than Ronnie. Jeremy was given 25.8 minutes per game, the lowest since Linsanity. Jeremy shot 42.4% only 2% below his normal shooting % since Linsanity owing to Byron Scott’s abysmal court spacing. However, Lin’s 3P% is 36.9%, the highest since Linsanity. Jeremy’s rebounds, assists, and block shots are better or equal to his last season in Houston despite playing 3.1 less minutes.

    Jeremy’s RPM made lots of improvement from last season.
    2014-2015 18th among PGs
    (ORPM 1.39 DRPM 0.27 RPM 1.66)
    21013-2014 26th among PGs
    (ORPM 0.17 DRPM 0.40 RPM 0.57)

    I believe Jeremy is at the verge of breaking out which is confirmed by his performance after ASGs last season. I believe that
    teams like Utah Jazz would notice that the change in Jeremy was quite promising. The latest result always counts more towards evaluation of a FA. Jeremy was among the best PGs after ASGs last season. Moreover, Jeremy is an unrestricted free agent. That means he is easier to be signed.

    Racism or not, there is nothing that can change the fact that Jeremy has been improving steadily and he’s among the top
    PGs in the league. He could stay with anyone of them on the court and that include Westbrooks, Steve Curry and James Harden. He’s not better but Jeremy can certainly help his teams making their cases in winning games.

  • John Lee

    What’s the old adage about two wrongs again? Just because person A was speeding doesn’t mean that it becomes legal for person B to also do it.

  • 7iger

    Nah, he is not greatest player.

  • 7iger

    Exactly, surrender is not in MJ book that is why he is one of the greatest.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    What’s Hunt record after he took over?…

    The fact that Denver is still interviewing people seems to suggest they have some issues with Hunt….Normally, Hunt should had been hired by now since he’s in their organization and have seen him coach their team.

  • Brent Yen

    Finger crossed for a good FA for Lin

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Denver Nuggets: Melvin Hunt Would Be Wrong Choice For Coach
    http://hoopshabit.com/2015/06/06/denver-nuggets-melvin-hunt-wrong-choice-coach/

  • real-dsb

    “Let’s be fair to Ronnie Price who took minutes from Jeremy last season. He had an exceptional year.”

    LOL

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Really Don’t think he could do it after Jeremy leaves Lakers.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    I’m sure you mean well but your multiple comments in response to this article are not helpful. Interim HC Melvin Hunt is being considered for promotion. You not only trash Hunt repeatedly but you call for him to be fired. You need to realize how mean-spirited that sounds. Nugget’s FO have probably made their decision already. Better to be patient and wait for their announcement. Perhaps they are waiting until the finals are over.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    I mentioned that Melvin Hunt is the least qualified among the candidates. That’s not trashing. I called for him to be fired once the new coach is appointed. That’s a natural decision when the assistant was the competitor for the head coaching job unless the FO took the chance that the new head coach fell like Brian Shaw.

    Nuggets FO probably had made their decision already and all those interviews are more likely lowballing the new head coach; not necessarily MDA. The only ones that I trashed are the owners and the GM of Denver Nuggets in running their search for head coach and I’m definitely not the one; others prefer to state it more diplomatically.

    The general feeling towards the head coach search typically can be summarised as underwhelming.
    http://hoopshabit.com/2015/06/04/denver-nuggets-underwhelming-coaching-search-continues/?utm_source=FanSided&utm_medium=Network&utm_campaign=Trending%20on%20FS

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  • Rick Johnson

    That 1 year $14.9 Mil salary boosted him up there. Unfortunately he won’t be making that next year. If he wanted to though he could make more than $4 Mil in endorsements but that’s not what motivates him. He would have been able to keep much more of that $14.9 Mil if he wasn’t in California and have to pay state income taxes. Texas has no state income tax.

  • deesee5

    Interesting.. ehh, I like Nike better anyway. To me it seems like there are more Nike sponsored players in the NBA.

  • deesee5

    He can be one of them.. Jordan had Pipen, Kobe had Shaq, Gasol/Bynum, Bird had McHale, Lebron had Wade back then. A lot of these great players had a side kick. I don’t think any of Lebrons “side kicks” are as good with Love or Irving. Shoot right now he dosen’t really have a major superstar side kick or anything right now due to injuries. If he wins a ring right now, against a stacked Warriors, i’d label him one of the greatest! Shoot as of right now, I think Lebron is the best player in the league right now.

  • deesee5

    Yeah Duncan has been up there for a long time.. We’ll see if Lebron can match up or do better at the end of his career. Still a young dude.

  • deesee5

    Because superstar! lol

  • deesee5

    Why do you not like the two? They are both pretty darn good!

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    I don’t think he should go back to Houston or New York. With Byron as the coach, he shouldn’t go back to Laker too. However, I have no objection if the Clippers want him and make him an offer.
    You know Jeremy is the most productive Laker last season.

  • real-dsb

    Game 3 Recap:

    Ha, I almost predicted Lebron’s output 40 pts on 35 FGA (actual was 40 pts on 34 FGA). Broken record: Warriors defensive strategy was once again solid. Let Lebron be a volume shooter. In Game 3, he had 1.18 PPS, which is relatively low. His teammates scored 56 pts on 42 FGA, that’s 1.33 PPS.

    I also predicted that Curry’s “slump” would end, which it did.

    The biggest reason for the Warriors loss was the awful shooting of Harrison and Draymond, combining for 2-20.

  • Brent Yen

    FA is coming within 3 weeks..

  • Brent Yen

    I did not watch the game…thanks for the breakdown.

  • real-dsb

    Game 4 outlook:

    As I’ve said every game, Warriors defense should continue to cover Lebron the same way. He is only averaging 1.15 PPS and 40.2% FG in the Finals, that is very low.

    Cavs defense has played extremely well. Their strategy is to cover Steph and Klay at all costs, pack the pain to prevent drives, and leave all other players open for jumpers. They do not bother rotating to players other than Steph and Klay, so they don’t get caught in the “chase” mode, which leads to a breakdown of the defense and easy cuts to the basket.

    I don’t think the Warriors need to make any drastic changes (like start David Lee). They just need Draymond and Harrison to hit some shots, which may be suffering due to guarding Lebron. I think Iggy should guard Lebron more. It may also help the Warriors to drive a little more and pick up fouls when the jumpers aren’t working.

    Delly has played admirably, but I think he is spent. He went to the hospital with cramps and dehydration. If the Warriors keep playing their style and Delly has to chase Curry all over the floor, I think he will be dead by second half. Delly is also cutting off coffee to help with dehydration. But going cold turkey with coffee will have other side effects of withdrawal headaches and other psychological factors.

    The Cavs basically only have 7 players in their rotation. Warriors should not take shots early in the shot clock, keep moving the ball to make the Cavs run. If they do that, I think they will wear down the Cavs due to their bench depth. I still say Warriors in 6.

  • real-dsb

    actually that was a very lame breakdown =) I kept it short since it Game 3 was two days ago. =)

  • JoeTeam

    Kerr just said they think their D is doing well to hold them about 90, so they just have to score more and indicated the challenge was to score more but not lose the D effort. He said he didn’t know. But he also said DLee would factor tonight.

    Fingers crossed. I’m not for the slide tackler.

  • JoeTeam

    JLin is heading for something great, I know it. I just hope the karma gods do not punish Steph for talking it too lightly (daughter to the presser 2nd time, etc.) Kids have to have a chance for redemption, and it’s tonight and Sunday that really count.

  • JoeTeam

    Don’t forget the slide tackle and uncalled travels. Bogut got called finally, so why not Lebron and Delly’s hand checks.

  • Riddick

    HooHoo! With Lin, I’m hoping for the best and expecting the worst, so I won’t be too disappointed w/the nba bs. Goooo Lin!!

  • Yellow

    GSW win this game.
    Go Warriors!!!

  • Alain Gervais

    warriors went small, kerr just made a very stupid choice. kern inexperience coming in to play

  • Alain Gervais

    well looks like i was wrong

  • Maknusia

    GO GSW!!! Good start Q1

  • rick

    Of course you are wrong. They want to outpace the Warriors and it is working. What is the reason you say Kerr made a stupid decision?

  • orLinaryjoe

    They r back!

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    That or the exhausted Cavs are playing like zombies tonight 🙂

  • orLinaryjoe

    Deli and Lebron will have to hit the ER after this.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    At least Starbucks

  • orLinaryjoe

    Make it a double

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    A double for dirty, dedydrated Delli.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    This is boring. I miss those teams with fancy passes despite a tight defense. This game is too hurried to say the least.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    If JR Smith contributed anything to this series GSW would be in trouble.

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  • Maknusia

    Good going from GSW…well executed

  • zxcvb

    Iggy really stepped up big time when Curry was struggling. JR Smith, on the other hand, was ice cold when Lebron needed him.

    Gutsy win by GSW, but I’m still picking Cavs in 6 or 7. They showed they can win on the road and now they have two days off to rest up. The shots just didn’t fall tonight because of tired legs.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Kobe just breathed a sigh of relief. You could tell he was getting very jealous of James.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    JR wants to find out if Lebron’s love is unconditional. LOL.

  • real-dsb

    “I’m still picking Cavs in 6 or 7”

    I respect your opinion, but I’m sticking with my original prediction of Warriors in 6

  • real-dsb

    All my predictions for Game 4 came true:

    “Warriors defense should continue to cover Lebron the same way.”
    “I think Iggy should guard Lebron more.”

    The Warriors continued to single team Lebron, let him volume shoot, but keep his PPS low. The adjustment was that Kerr put Iggy on Lebron way more, since he was the most effective on him the past few games. It paid off, as Lebron scored an atrocious 0.91 PPS (20 pts on 22 fga).

    “They just need Draymond and Harrison to hit some shots, which may be suffering due to guarding Lebron.”

    Putting Iggy on Lebron also helped Draymond and Harrison, who combined for 10-20 and 21 pts, a huge improvement over the first 3 games. It surely helped that they didn’t have to guard Lebron much today.

    “It may also help the Warriors to drive a little more and pick up fouls when the jumpers aren’t working.”

    The Warriors had an incredible 27 FTA, almost equal the Cavs 28 FTA, more than double the 12 FTA they had in Game 3.

    “Delly has played admirably, but I think he is spent.”

    Delly was a non-factor. He was only 3-14 fg, 10 pts, and only played 33 mins, the least of the starters. He is gassed.

    “I don’t think the Warriors need to make any drastic changes (like start David Lee).”

    Kerr didn’t start Lee, just spot played him 15 mins. But it was an important 15 mins as Lee played good defense and helped the offense flow. 9 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, 0 tov in 15 mins is outstanding.

    Game ball goes to Iggy, who shut down Lebron despite not having a center/rim protector behind him. Not only his defense, but his team high 22 pts on 8-15 fg, 4-9 3pt.

    Still sticking with my original prediction, Warriors in 6.

  • JoeTeam

    The way KT said on local TV, if they are going to double Steph and me, Iggy stepped up bit. Then he rattled off Dremond, David Lee, HB, Shaun, Andre … so the game plan was to robe a dope and counterpunch with everyone else.

    They aren’t taking about it, but KT’s interview makes sense. Iggy’s strength is he’s fast in the paint for threatening a dunk, and they give him open 3s all day long. They did too, and he made the necessary %.

  • JoeTeam

    actually, Kerr did something with his 2 other coaches that is very different.

    Kerr started small and asked for ball movement. His focus pre-game was to say they have good enough D, but they needed the 3 of them to figure out how to get more O without messing up the D.

    His post game with local news was about his 0-7 Time Out, where he said there are 47 mins left and they have to stick with the ball movement and push the pace. Then Steph came in and knocked down a 3 and they were off to the races.

    So, starting Iggy was for O, not D. Also, local post game is talking about how they did double up on LBJ, and he only got 20 pts. It wasn’t just Iggy, they doubled him.

    So, it was a very different game plan than what you are saying. Also, Kt said in post game with local newscaster that using KT and Curry to draw D so DGreen, Iggy, HB, Shaun etc can score more, and that worked.

    And, they have been gushing over Iggy’s speed and you could see his threat to the rim. Warriors needed to play inside out, with the threes not early and not settled-for, but the extra pass. And they did it, with the threes were mostly wide wide open.

    Great Kerr +2 assistant’s Game Plan. They also said in MEM, they did something great too putting Bogut on Tony Allen and messing up their whole game plan.

    Notice, Bogut came in and was so aggressive he picked up 3 fouls in 2 mins and he was left in, because DLee had already been in so Bogut was expendable. That sent Lebron a message, and Nate Thurmond on local news said that lebron actually was trying for the flagrant by accelerating in his fall, so he hit the camera. That was his call. Anway, Bogut did as he was told, and it impacted the game even through it looks like he was a non contributor. He was anti-soft, very much unlike last game where he gave Lebron the rim. He was lazy last game, and coaching even adjusted Bogut as a chess piece this game.

  • Great analysis. It could very well be done in 6.
    The longer the series goes on, the more fatigue will set in for depleted Cavs team.

    I think it will go to Game 7 as LeBron manages to pull one monster performance before succumbing to tired legs in Game 7

  • JoeTeam

    Possible in 6, but GSW are young pups and Kerr needs to stay on top of them so they don’t get exuberant.

    Local news say GSW play better on the road because the guys tend to play to the crowd here and they can lapse. Fingers crossed, tonight’s game was not ugly finally.

    The 10 rotation vs 7 on Cavs is going to start mattering after Sunday.

    This lineup still a bit risky, and kerr said so. They admitted they expected to get hammered on rebs, and they paid a heavy price in the 3rd and weathered it.

    Sunday will be a great game. 6 or 7, GSW have the advantage now because GSW have more configurations they can play. Did you notice now when Lebron was out at the end of 3rd, early 4th, that CLE lost offensive shape because they are getting too used to leaning on every play going through Lebron. This is catching up with them.

  • orLinaryjoe

    I thought the same on the Bogut foul. Looked like a flop flagrant attempt. Bogut never pushed.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Still a great series. Rockets would have been done.

  • yes, I think pushing the pace will work for GSW favor in both O & D
    There’s no way Cavs can keep up with GSW in 7-game series in such frenetic pace.
    LeBron is great but he can’t do it himself. Depth will be the key just like Spurs did last year

  • yeah, that’s what I thought too.
    Not sure what DEN looks in him if they look to push the pace.

  • I just checked twitter on Mike D’Antoni.
    No news yet on DEN head coach but a lot of references to GSW fast-pace to MDA’s 7-second or less offense.

    MDA’s chance will be greater if GSW can win it all in a runaway fashion

  • for sure, too one-dimensional with Harden is not a championship material

  • David Vanterpool (POR Assistant Coach) is added as the 4th candidate to DEN Head Coach candidates

    Interim coach Melvin Hunt remains a strong candidate for the Denver job, along with Michael Malone and Mike D’Antoni, league sources said.

    https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/609232798436626432

  • JoeTeam

    Yep, and I think Nate Thurmond knows a lot so I really loved his read on it. I was just thinking why didn’t they take Lebron out for a concussion protocol because if you cut a head with a camera lens, it’s like hitting it with a hammer. He bricked so many after, they should have sat him down for tests, but instead, they held up the game to let him shoot his fouls.

  • JoeTeam

    I wanna for JLin’s sake …

  • JoeTeam

    LOL, Harden vs Lebron. Sweep.

  • JoeTeam

    7th at home would be epic, but it would be very emotionally exhausting.

  • Rick

    “The Warriors continued to single team Lebron”

    Obviously, I saw a different game. What I saw was once LaBron got the ball, he got double teamed.

  • real-dsb

    “Kerr started small and asked for ball movement… Also, local post game is talking about how they did double up on LBJ,
    and he only got 20 pts. It wasn’t just Iggy, they doubled him. So, it was a very different game plan than what you are saying.”

    Not really a different game plan, but rather a different way to achieve the game plan. I said that the Warriors needed to “keep moving the ball to make the Cavs run. If they do that, I think they will wear down the Cavs due to their bench depth.” I didn’t expect Kerr to bench Bogut though, that was a gutsy call, and a different way to achieve that game plan.

    You’re right, Lebron did get an occasional double team more often this game (“getting the occasional double-team help on LeBron James”). But it was still mostly a single team by Iggy except someone would randomly flash over and double Lebron briefly.

  • Filler-up

    Once a flake, always a flake. If One of Draymond, Iggy or Barnes has a decent game, this series would have been over already.

  • Bearness

    I agree. I think Cavs got one more win in them and then run out of gas. Makes me wonder what would have happened in game 4 if there was 1 more day of rest in between.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    As long as it’s not Melvin Hunt!

  • 1mtoldman

    “great analysis”.

    there was a stat where in 4th period of 3 consecutive game 4 finals lebron has 0 points now.

    also: lebron has had the highest useage rates and related data for any finals player in history; i mean clev. is basically just lebron (despite all this “delly” nonsense. delly is like the new p.bev.).

    and yeah it was only 2nd and 3rd and 4th and 5th chances from more than a dozen extra offensive rebounds that gave cleve like a dozen more shots in the game that kept them in it at all.

    i said b4 the series (and that was b4 irving went out) that it would be just a matter of could lebron’s ego will a win against the obviously superior and more versatile warriors.

    and i think yer right too that at times warriors get a little too flashy, want to put on a show.

    and yes finally not an ugly game. thats the effect of smaller speedy lineup but depending on how game goes warriors have a lot of combinations they can throw out there.

    smith/delly/shump/ play back down to form last nite and only mozgov/thompson rebounding esp. against speed lineup kept cavs in game with many extra shots.

  • 1mtoldman

    agree with both thoughts.

  • 1mtoldman

    funny.

  • 1mtoldman

    triple d’s

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Denver might not be a good team for Jeremy.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Harrison Barnes, Iggy, and others had lots of open looks. Even David Lee got open looks that he couldn’t covert.

  • JoeTeam

    yeah, I think DLee missed 3 easy baskets, and that was bumming me out for him for a bit until GSW ran away with it, it didn’t matter. Still wished for him he converted those.

  • JoeTeam

    Yep, agree and here’s to add to the convo:

    1. Delly – I like his place, and really, he’s better than Bev. I like his blue collar team mentality. I’m just bummed he got the shine instead of Lin for a finals, but I’d rather have Lin shine in his time and win a championship. Though CLE can still win 2 out of 3 now, I think they got shown GSW can handle adversity and is deeper with more options. Kerr just needs to be able to adjust his team in-game, not between games.

    2. GSW are flashy indeed and that’s the great balance, to let Iggy and DLee who are not flashy but very seasoned tough get in their with significant minutes.

    3. That giving up 2nd chances is what Kerr and his assistants were risking, and how it played out with Moz’s 28 pts was overall so strong on the open looks that they overall pushed it over 100 pts finally. Give up a little to get more, and the risk was could it work, and will it work again next game?

    4. Shump I love from being Lin’s running mate, and we all here know he cannot make his own offense. JR we know is v streakily, and last night he was nada, very nice very nice.

    Next game, It’ll be interesting to see if GSW anticipates a Blatt counter and makes more change ups because they have the personnel. Or, if they just keep this and run it hard. Hope it’s another great game, with GSW winning of course because of what you said, ego ball.

    Lebron is not as irritating as Harden on the ISO side, but I just want 5 + bench to win, not just 2 or 3 guys.

  • JoeTeam

    yep, the pace needed to go up and it’s interesting that Kerr gave up points to Moz and rebs o and d to him, TThompson.

    I think Lebron got more than the occasional double, did you see the press on him? It’s like they had some basic rules … you could see Steph hedge on lebron to keep him pinned at the baseline with whomever was on him, while looking back at his own guy. They did a great job cheating on the help, not really helping but helping. I think it was safe because JR was not hot, Shump was ok, etc and even Delly was off except for his 2-3s on that one run.

    Next game, look for more help, cheating the gap to pin lebron, etc. It was well practice, given the discipline I saw.

  • JoeTeam

    This will be ancient history by Sunday 8p Eastern. But here goes:

    1. I wonder if Kerr will hammer down on what worked, or if he will have a contingency or 2 expecting Blatt to counterpunch from his 16 Euro Championships? My answer … Up until now, Kerr has been somewhat overconfident. He hasn’t shown respect for his opponents to let a talented team like that go down 2-1 with known grinder teams. So, Sunday could be a close one if Blatt counters and Kerr doesn’t have quick planned responses. I say 70% Kerr caught by surprise.

    2. Lebron, Delly will definitely be rested, and there won’t be a throbbing bloody wound to distract him Sunday. JR will have probably practices some 3s under pressure. Blatt will have a way to run more options when Moz and TT get the Oreb and Dreb is what it is.

    So, again Sunday is full of wonder, can’t wait. Champions attitude will win Sunday and I still want it to be GSW.

  • JoeTeam

    Brent, you gotta watch the next 3 games, amiright? Or are you boycotting to save time for next season? Miss your 100 character walk softly big stick comments.

  • Brent Yen

    No lin no fun……lol….well somehow I kept fall asleep before the game…..I do think this will go to game 7…..if no more injuries…

  • Brent Yen

    LBJ is been there done that. A big plus to Cavs.

  • Brent Yen

    I feel the way Den finding a HC is very much like what LAL did last summer….

  • Brent Yen

    Delly is Delly….he is already over-achieving.

  • Brent Yen

    Less than 2 week for NBA Draft 2015! Then a few more days….we will get a lot of Lin news!

  • Let’s hope for the best

  • Yeah me too .. Game 7 is very likely IMO
    Good for the NBA piggy bank for sure lol

  • 1mtoldman

    speaking of the draft; running some quick numbers over the last 10 years; there is about a 40% chance that a lottery pick will end up being just an everyday player in the nba. less than a 25% chance of being an actual “star”.

    the majority of lottery picks (what everyone makes such a big deal about getting to and then fusses over getting more priority than the finals i think); those literally hundreds of guys running all around now getting “work outs” for various teams, will never do anything in the nba.

    quick quiz: if we take stats from the all star game this year back (to avoid the jordan clarkson post all star anonomaly) other than marc gasol, of the about 20 first and second round draft picks of the lakers in the last 9 drafts what player has the highest career nba scoring ave?

    (answer provided later in edit).

  • 1mtoldman

    brent’s been know as the king of the one liner since before this site existed.

  • 1mtoldman

    delly’s the new p.bev. just reverting back to normal.

  • 1mtoldman

    got that same feel to it doesnt it?

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Was out of reach of internet since 6 June. Just returned. Seem like not much added news on Nuggets coach and JLin. Any interested news thus far?

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    LeBron was discovered diving into the cameraman; a flop in short to get his head the cut that gave the game to Warriors.

  • Acbc

    Pretty much!

    The only reason I even visit site is to get Lin news. No Lin, no Linspiriation. Lol

  • FrankW

    Couple of nasty deep cuts with an indentation on his head put back together with glue rather than stitches. Got to give it to him, the guy didn’t quit. Hope he is ok and 100% recovered and play well on Sunday, just not too well.

  • FrankW

    “Lebron, Delly will definitely be rested, and there won’t be
    a throbbing bloody wound to distract him Sunday.”

    Then turn on the heaters and disable the A/C units on
    Sunday.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • JoeTeam

    Yay. Now I’m calm.

  • JoeTeam

    Sunday 7 pm your time. Be there or be square.

  • Not much. Just rumor of the 4th candidate.
    They might decide after the Finals completed before making a decision IMO

    GSW winning in RunNGun mode might work in MDA favor to be hired in DEN.
    Let’s hope so…

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • I just saw NBA stats that LeBron played 91% of total min in these series, up from 78% average.

    With depleted team playing 7 players mostly, Steve Kerr screamed to keep wearing down the Cavs in Game 4. 1 day rest might help but maybe not much

  • LAJane

    Pizza! And not an ounce of wheatgrass juice in sight. Bro not so changed after all 🙂 Glad he’s enjoying before hopping back on the training train.

  • real-dsb

    Had to look up what the heck #FBF was (flash back friday). Groan, do we need a acronym for every day of the week to post old photos!

  • real-dsb

    Well, the Nuggets hired the Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro, so the assumption is the Mike Malone (who was fired by D’Alessandro) would not be hired as coach.

  • real-dsb

    yup, the draft is still mostly a crapshoot

  • real-dsb

    > 1. I wonder if Kerr will hammer down on what worked, or if he will have a contingency or 2 expecting Blatt to counterpunch from his 16 Euro Championships?

    I think Kerr will stick with the starting lineup that got them the Game 4 win, but he will have contingency plan if Cavs make adjustment.

    > 2. Lebron, Delly will definitely be rested,

    Lebron, yes. But I think Delly will still have cramps/dehydration. Even though he has an extra day rest, it’s simply the physical toll of trying to cover Curry for an entire game.

  • JoeTeam

    Glad to read delly will have his hands full. Wonder what blatt has up his sleeve.

  • Grace Nsns

    So he is back home now.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    New training from JLin’s Line message.
    https://twitter.com/Librafree/status/609660523714490368

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Believe JLin is getting ready for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan trip:-) He will arrive Beijing on 19 June around 18:30 (US should be on 18 June).

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    JLin’s Asia tour itinerary:
    19 June @1830 Arrive in Beijing, China

    23 June To XiaMen, China

    25 June To ChengDu, China
    27 June To Hong Kong
    28 June To Taiwan
    5 July(?) Leaving Taiwan

  • real-dsb

    Blatt will start Miller and Marion, LOL

  • real-dsb

    “a new…” what? hairstyle?

  • K. P. Chan

    Both LeBron & Delly are exhausted by now, I think. If J.R. doesn’t step up, Cavs may be done in 6, is my guess.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Thanks for the update! Good that I didn’t miss much:-)

  • Rick Johnson

    No testimonial this year?

  • Rick Johnson

    Never mind I see it, July 1

  • Acbc

    It’s a whole new language now. It’s too hard to keep up. Lol. I can feel the tire tracks all over my back as technology runs over me.

  • JoeTeam

    getting thin, he needs to heat up some new players.

  • JoeTeam

    July message: though I didn’t want to idle my jets, I was put in that position and I am thankful. Thank you for all the fans. I learned through that xyz, and now life is good because I am on ____ (maybe by them) lol. It’s a good message. He didn’t get hurt, and he’s ready to go.

  • LAJane

    LOL. Yes indeed 🙂

  • orLinaryjoe

    Having some myself at moment. Wheat grass, yuck!

  • orLinaryjoe

    Tattoo! No, dunno.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Wondering when he will attend the pro am thing in SF?

  • orLinaryjoe

    Yes, had his 15 minutes, flash in the pan, lol.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Unsustainable effort from him. Call it hustle/ grit/ aggressive. I call it mixed with dirty, imo.

  • orLinaryjoe

    That would be win win for me.

  • orLinaryjoe

    No, they did at times. Keeps him from eating the clock and slowing the pace. AND preventing otherwise very boring bball games. Anytime game over 100 pts is better to watch.

  • Rick Johnson

    What a backstabbing way of killing his market value :

    https://twitter.com/kc1nyk/status/609814674394099712?s=09

  • linspiredinla

    July 1st Good TV : Linsanity 2.0-redefining success. That’s his testimony, I believe.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Same evangelical topic on 28 June 2015 @ Chinese University in Hong Kong.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • Great to see JLin incorporate a new sand workout which should improve his lateral quickness

  • I’m interested if there are solid leaks or rumors that 7 teams are interested in JLin in this June 8 article
    DEN, DAL, HOU, then the next 4 are a bit unclear

    https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/609853597702975488

  • hm, it sounds like HOU plans to make Bev the backup PG (unless JLin resigns of course)

  • Good to watch funny Top 30 Shaqtin’ A Fool moments while we wait for the Finals to be over and any pertinent JLin news to be released.

    Note: It’s curious why they put Kobe & JLin picture as the cover. Probably as the most polarizing players with most fans/haters

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    No wonder Jason Kidd traded him away to Phoenix. #8 & #7 Brandum Knight.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Once Jeremy left, Patrick Beverley, Ronnie Price and Jordon Clarkson would all show their true worth.
    Much hype has been made about JC but I still don’t buy into him playing effectively as a PG.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Both Dwyane Wade and LeBron play at the next level beyond real basketball.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Why would they hire Pete D’Alessandro before a new head coach? Is he going to be the one making the choice of the new head coach? Yeah, I got it. Tim Connelly and Josh Kroenke wouldn’t want to make the choice. So they hire someone to do the job for them.

  • John Lee

    Not that you’re complaining…

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    I don’t see it that way. For once the Rox are being honest and telling teams, if you make a good offer, he’s yours. We will not out-bid you. I don’t think the Rox have any interest in keeping Bev if he takes up significant cap space. Similarly, I can’t see any team wanting Bev as their starting PG. The rumors about Parsons trying to recruit Bev are probably just an attempt to inflate Bev’s market value.

  • JoeTeam

    The jlin stakes: if gsw wins, it is twice that teamball jlin style wins in sas and gsw. Hou, monta … big three ball fails.

    The stakes are high this week for jlin to be valued fully. At least that’s what I tell myself being a lin duncan, then gsw fan.. Let’s go fans ….!!!

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    Once again, I think Kerr is getting way too much credit. This time for switching to a small lineup in game 4. Lebron and Delli were so sleep-deprived, dehydrated and simply spent that the W’s could have won with their lineup taken out of a hat. The bottom line is that when Lebron and Co. are close to full strength, they impose their will on GSW. It’s up to Kerr to impose GSWs up-tempo, team ball on Lebron the way the Spurs did in last years finals. If Kerr thinks starting Iggy for Bogut is the silver bullet, he may be in for a surprise tomorrow against a rested Lebron. And you never know when JR will decide to hit a bunch of 3’s.

  • zxcvb

    Sixers may be back in play for Lin. Embiid just suffered a setback to his foot, which substantiates recent rumors that Hinkie is now eyeing Porzingis at #3 instead of Russell.

    Lin in Denver with MDA is still the dream scenario, but I wouldn’t mind Lin in Philly dominating weak East teams. Go ahead and let Hinkie treat Lin “like an asset” — he always pumps up the stats of guys he trades (MCW, Jrue Holiday, Thad Young, Evan Turner). If nothing else, it’ll help Lin reestablish his reputation around the league.

  • zxcvb

    This is Jeremy’s “Rocky IV” workout.

  • sport

    No to Sixers, GM learned under Morey that’s why Sixers are the forever tanking team! No Thank You!

  • Rick Johnson

    I can’t see him playing his high usage, shoot first, low assist game, like last year with Kobe back.

  • oh yeah, 6-7 traveling steps were so unbelievable
    Brandon Knight has almost reached Javale McGee’s level

  • it would be epic if JLin climbed up the stairs in Philadelphia ala Rocky!

  • Yellow

    All Jeremy fans who are travelling during Jeremy Asia trip should get ready their Jeremy jerseys in case they bump into him and snap a pic with him like this guy did *.*

    https://twitter.com/penny10654/status/609957538222600192

  • Yellow

    Jeremy travels 1st class? Business class?

    https://twitter.com/penny10654/status/609959865788661760

  • Yellow

    smart read!

  • Yellow

    Killing his market value and making him buried deep into the bench.
    After all, it’s the ABJ strategy that makes him look like a all hyped up all-defensive 2nd team ball boy yet he acted like he outplayed Jeremy. Time for punitive justice.

  • Yascar

    Looks like Business Class. Not sure though, it looks different from one airline to the other. But definitely not Economy. His poor long legs wouldn’t like the long haul in Economy.

  • Yellow

    and why is he heading to Tokyo? meeting his “secret” gf? ;>

  • Yascar

    Vacation again? Tokyo is only a few hours to Beijing. He’s always said he likes Japan but has never been. Wouldn’t be surprised if it was just a prolonged stopover before heading off to his tour. Or it may indeed be a secret girlfriend 🙂

  • Yellow

    Ok, let’s pack up and fly to Tokyo NOW!!!

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Look like JLin travels to Japan before he goes to Beijing. He should go to Beijing on 19 June and it’s 14 June here. Not sure what’s all about but soon we will find out more:-)

  • I’m interested to find out how high Hinkie actually is on JLin in the FA.
    Rumor said he kept the pen that JLin used to sign in HOU.

    If he’s that high on Lin, he should try to persuade Lin to come to 76ers for an extended workout.
    I’m still on the fence with Hinkie

  • Yellow

    aw, i ain’t live in no fairyland..gotta work for a living…can’t just pack n go anywhere i’d like to stalk my idol.. *.~

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LOL No worries! None of us can:-) Our heart is willing but our pocket can’t make it:-)

  • Brent Yen

    Lin is already in Tokyo now, do you have Chipotle there?

  • Brent Yen

    I hope he is not high on Lin, I feel Lin has no reason to play for a rebuilding team that is going no where.

  • Tey Ling

    Any idea what is JLin’s plan in Chengdu? Intend to attend and have to postpone my flight schedule from Chengdu to Shanghai to 26 June instead of original date on 25 June.

  • Brent Yen

    IDK, but good luck! Show some pics if you meet him!

  • CJSHYY

    I think it’s for vacation bc after that it’s all for business trip. LOL!

  • Tey Ling

    Sure, if I can find him in this 4th largest city of China with 20 million in population excluding the pandas!! Ha ha …

  • orLinaryjoe

    Destiny awaits, good luck!

  • orLinaryjoe

    Haha, very funny. On second hand, not funny at all.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Yes too much credit. Credit goes to all players stepping up. If GSW takes this seriously and plays with focus, I believe we will see a close game that will lead to a large win. Lebron will tire. Delly can’t play any better. Shooters will get hot and cold on both teams. Rebounds go to Cavs, but GSW has more offense.

  • orLinaryjoe

    Only what ifs….
    Lin, the Warriors killer, was playing for Cavs instead of Delly?

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    You’re acting like Lin has a large amount of team willing to offer him playing time and money…..

    Many of the good team already have very good point guards, which means Lin would probably have to accept coming off the bench….

    Unless Lin doesn’t mind coming off the bench, teams like the 76ers will be his mean suitors as a free agent.

    Hope Lin is not as arrogant as some on here who seems to think the Sixers are beneath him….He actually need a bad team that can offer him the space to play and also take shots so he can prove to people he can succeed at this level as a combo guard.

  • Yascar

    Nope. Sushi galore though. His favorite. And I’m not in Tokyo but have been there for business several times. Nice place.

  • Rick Johnson

    Maybe Adidas paying for it.

  • Rick Johnson

    Here are some pictures of China Airlines First class. The monitors, wood paneling, seat colors seem to match:

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    I wouldn’t take sources from these website seriously.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    How is that backstabbing….They simply are letting it be known they aren’t interested so he doesn’t get the wrong ideas.

  • Rick Johnson

    They could have told him privately or to his agent how aggressively they will pursue him. By saying it publicly they are giving signs to other teams the okay to low ball him. I’m not a Beverley fan but I think the Rockets are a low class organization.

  • David Kim

    Vindication at Last? Mike D’Antoni’s Fingerprints All over the NBA Finals | Bleacher Report http://teamstre.am/1Bflvma

  • Brent Yen

    Wow…the 1st class…..

  • Brent Yen

    I believe he will get a lot of offers, and it is ok if he does not get a lot of offers. He only needs one good offers in the end. I am optimistic.

  • LAJane

    Even if Adidas isn’t paying for it, the guy splurges on nothing else – no clubs, fast cars or fast women, obviously no designer clothing (except for maybe a few good suits needed for fancy events). At his size, and with his schedule, pay for the 1st class and survive the trip ready to show up sane and healthy! Practical choice, Mr. Economics major. Go Lin! Have a great trip!

  • LAJane

    I agree, but again, they don’t have to go so public on it to get their message out to either him or to would-be takers. They have happily made full use of PB to their own ends of keeping Harden happy and sticking it to Jeremy out of bad blood for having him shoved down their throats. He’s not useful any more…OK…but have some class. Clearly they have no class, and apparently proud to show that fact yet again. I never cared for Bev…two-faced and blinded by ambition, though that’s not so uncommon in the NBA bright lights. Still…two wrongs don’t make a right. Poisonous place.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    My understanding is it’s an Adidas event. You may ask what it’s and how to enter the event:-)

  • zxcvb

    Absolutely. Besides, it’s more exciting for Lin and his fans to see him elevate a bad team than it is to be a mere cog on a team that is already good/great.

  • zxcvb

    False narrative. Hinkie is extremely different from Morey.

    Hinkie tanks like crazy for picks and big men. Morey NEVER tanked and bet the farm on Harden. Also, Hinkie was in Houston before Morey so…

  • zxcvb

    The random MDA publicity push (that began with the Lin article in ESPN Magazine) makes me think that he’s really pushing for that Denver gig. But if the Nuggets decide to tank and keep Hunt, then I hope MDA can join another team instead. And maybe Lin can join him there. Brooklyn and Charlotte can’t be happy with their coach.

  • zxcvb

    The word is that the Mavs won’t re-sign Ellis if he gets paid anymore than he’s making now (which is likely), and they’re trying to unload Felton. Also, Parsons and Ellis did not get along last season.

    Dallas seems like the most likely suitor if MDA does not land in Denver.

  • Rick Johnson
  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Hinkie and Morey are alike. No confidence in him. Lin at his prime should not play for GM like him.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    I have confidence Lin is exactly the kind of players that can take a contender to the next level. He’s an inexpensive non-restricted free agent. There are many teams who need a player like this. It’s still early, no team would tell you they want to sign Jeremy Lin yet. I believe many teams have their eyes set on Jeremy. They don’t have much choice next season.

  • Alain Gervais

    good adjustment by cavs going small giving james more room

  • kittyhead

    If you mean that ESPN article that bashed Ellis didnt give CP the damx ball and let CP dominate the ball because he is the better PNR offensive ball handler, then I am really against LIn to Mavs to stand in the corner and watch CP’s funny handling and controling the ball all the time because CP says he wants the ball in his hands. I have already seen that enough in Rox. No, thanks.

  • Brent Yen

    So this whole series, is about when will LBJ be gassed in each game.

  • Rick Johnson
  • Rick Johnson
  • Rick Johnson
  • John Lee

    Gal’s bf doesn’t look too pleased…

  • John Lee

    I’d give Carlisle a bit more benefit of the doubt than McHale on letting CP25 play point forward.

  • very true

    LBJ is trying hard to rest in Q3 so let’s see if GSW can pull away now

  • GSW is up 73-67 at end of Q3

    We’re about to see if LeBron or Curry will take over in Q4

  • Brent Yen

    Shmups’ D….yikes…

  • Brent Yen

    Ok….LBJ is gassed….what now?

  • oxygen mask? 🙂

  • Iggy scored 5pts + Curry 2

    93-85 with 3 min left

  • Brent Yen

    Shump needs Lin, not vice versa.

  • Curry step-back 3 made it 10 pt lead with 2:43 left
    Nail on the coffin?

  • Brent Yen

    When you are ahead, I guess the rim becomes larger.

  • That’s truth indeed.
    Shump needs Lin to feed him the ball at the right spot

  • I guess Iggy brought a crowbar to make the rim bigger for his teammates

    Iggy should be Finals MVP if GSW win it all

  • ok, I take it back.
    Iggy can be Finals MVP if he can be 50%FT shooter
    wow..2-11FT

  • Brent Yen

    It is a miracle that LBJ has not lost his cool yet….this CAVs team minus LBJ is really a ______

  • John Lee

    Makes Shaq and Dwight look like good FTers with those numbers…

  • lost group of sheep?

    Man, they couldn’t make any plays w/o LBJ at all

  • yeah, even Shaq made 50% or more when it counts most

  • Brent Yen

    They just need one more play maker…..then the whole series wound be different

  • orLinaryjoe

    LiKe Lin.

  • Yes, they need true PG like JLin!
    Kyrie can move to be a starting SG so he won’t feel guilty having 0 assists

  • John Lee

    LeBron = Franchise
    Irving = French chives

  • Brent Yen

    LMAO

  • LeBron had 11 out of 17 CLE assists
    GSW had 25 assists with Iggy/Green/Curry leading with 7+5+4=16 assists

    Unfortunately, LeBron is a King without any army

  • John Lee

    Irving is just like Ellis, Kobe, Harden and the likes: SGs who hog the ball and keep shots from teammates, never realizing that the PGs job is to still get them those shots in a much easier setting. Dumba**es.

  • Irving probably modeled his game after Kobe/Melo because of how rewarding individual play in the NBA has been. It’s too bad how selfish play is being allowed in the NBA

  • Brent Yen

    Or Iverson

  • Alain Gervais

    deli does remind me of bev although he is better . this is his regular self. back to normal. and batman just lost his robin. how the h*** jr smith go off at the worst time. and go scoreless when it matters the most.

  • Alain Gervais

    if only lin was there

  • Alain Gervais

    also shumpart is such a terrible. he always make the momentum killing plays. tov’s at the wrong time. lebron won’t be able to walk at 40 if he keeps playing like this

  • sport

    I thought Lin had an Audi r8, how is that not a fast car?

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    You’re not really surprised by anything JR does. Are you?

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    He will be able to buy state of the art bionic legs.

  • Jeremiah (the Grey)

    That would be a luxury. At least someone who could shoot. Towards the end who could Lebron trust? Shump, JR, …Delli?

  • John Lee

    That’s J.R.’s M.O., coming through for the other team when things matter most. He handed a sure victory to the Rox one game last season.

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  • zxcvb

    Warriors take Game 5 at home.
    Cavs will take Game 6 at home.
    Game 7 will be a coin-flip…but GSW will be favored.

  • zxcvb

    Love those sand workouts. Improved lateral quickness will help his PnR defense, helping him fight through or around hard screens.

  • JoeTeam

    GSW close it out in CLE. I know everyone makes more money if it goes to 7. I just think it’s too iffy and GSW will try hard to close it out.

  • JoeTeam

    Team ball vs big 3 ball.

  • John Lee

    Not only that it’s allowed, but it’s actually encouraged by the huge financial rewards. Hyped ISO pseudo-stars are huge turn-offs for true fans of the sport.

  • JoeTeam

    And, Curry decides to win-at-will. Just cruising for the time when it’s right. That’s a champion mentality, an MVP.

  • JoeTeam

    Maybe, but GSW would adjust another way and maybe GSW would be playing more open ball over 100 every game.

  • JoeTeam

    This is a great post, that’s how it is or was until Curry, KT, JLin, and SAS start to make their popularity known. NBA go to Euro and China, bigger, will need to be more team ball. ISO era I hope will wane.

  • John Lee

    Clippers would’ve swept the Rox if Game 2 wasn’t handed over by the refs. Never underestimate the powerful swing of money and corruption.

  • JoeTeam

    That was really really awful, to have to pay that price to see him mark up on LBJ and then there would be the switches. But he was really good overall.

  • Brent Yen

    The fact that GSW can only pull away after LBJ is gassed made me thinking this will go to G7

  • Brent Yen

    Probably benefits more for 1 on 1 D…not PnR D

  • Rick Johnson
  • wu kong

    Hello. long time not posting. I lurk a lot…I just don’t post anymore. Just thought I would share that my daughter was married yesterday. 🙂

  • JoeTeam

    Yeah, well, I can say I saw some ref vs GSW plays this series. Esp in CLE. I know Lebron’s slide tackle was a foul, but NBA sanctioned it officially wow ow ow.

  • JoeTeam

    Hey hey hey, that is such good news! Happy day and days ahead, wu kong. Hope to read you more, and how about Curry’s/Iggy’s faces when the score key plays. Such fun youngsters, and so will Lin be when he’s on his own team who values him.

  • JoeTeam

    Yeah, not sure what I make of that except that I saw Steph just cruising and then a win-now attitude. I love that in an athlete. Daggers. I was wondering why Blatt did not call a time out. Weird.

  • Brent Yen

    Congrat!!!

  • Yascar

    Awwww congratulations! Beautiful couple!

  • Guest

    Lovely couples. Congrats!

  • Brewkowski

    Congrats!

  • JJ Hui

    Congratulations!

  • John Lee

    Hi wu kong, thank you for taking the time to share this very happy personal moment with us. BTW, is it coincidental that your son-in-law has a profile that’s very similar to JLin’s? 😉

    Best wishes to the very happy newlyweds!

  • adele

    True

  • LAJane

    An r8? I didn’t know…I guess the Volvo is long gone…hahaha. Even so, I was thinking stupid money fast, like Maserati GranTurismo, Mercedes AMG-GT, or especially the Lamborghini Huracan. Still…I don’t think he qualifies as a lavish spender, so I still say 1st class is a practical choice 🙂

  • yes, his clutch shots still outweighed his poor FT shooting.
    Even Curry had problems making big time shots but Iggy was able to drain big shots ala Linsanity =)

  • that would be good for basketball and all fans in the long-term

  • yeah, hopefully the ISO-diva dinosaurs will become extinct soon replaced by team-players. I’ll take LBJ anytime over ISO pretend stars

  • true .. Kyrie is little like Iverson but not as talented, but more stable mentally

  • Sad but true.
    Maybe King James would invite JLin to come to Cleveland in July to help him out

    https://twitter.com/mattballislife/status/610327366741590016

  • I bet JLin was thinking he could be a difference maker for either team in playing SmallBall

    https://twitter.com/JLin7/status/610276492975538178

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Congratulations wukong! Glad to hear from you and hope that we can hear more from you:-)

  • John Lee

    That last part means as much as saying someone’s more emotionally stable than Sprewell. LOL

  • John Lee

    I liked the Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, Larry Nance, Ron Harper, Craig Ehlo Cavs better. That was a good TEAM. The current Cleveland team is not the Cavs, but the LeBrons.

  • John Lee

    The slide tackle was a bad precedent to make. What is the NBA to say when the next guy tries it? The NBA is a real travesty these days in terms of principles (or lack thereof).

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Well, I don’t think there is a taker. The Mavericks would get stuck with Felton for one more year.

  • JoeTeam

    that weave by Steph to get to the rim reminded me of so many JLin weaves in NY during Linsanity. But I gotta be honest, that Steph behind the back dribble to get separation on the first 3 during crunch time … that then taught me what Brent had said on how Lin could improve handles. That next jiggle move that just froze Delly and then he moved between Delly and Shump to pump in the 3 … wow. Those moves were so effective to get the separation and set up the shooting rhythm. I would love to see Lin at the next level now, and see how he fares. It’s like he’s been on a paid vacation working in the warehouse the last 2 yrs.

  • JoeTeam

    self fulfilling by James, in him saying “I’m the best player in the world.” Sheesh … how’s that working for you, Lebron? Team anyone? I don’t think Lebron can win it alone, and I think Cavs had a chance. Think it over, Lebron, but after GSW wins lol.

  • adele

    Congrats

  • 7iger

    Will be no game 7.

  • 7iger

    @5:00 is best LOL

  • BobbyH

    Congrats to you and the lovely couple! You must be very happy!!!

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    LeBron can not win a championship all by himself. He couldn’t do it with the Heats. He couldn’t do with the Cavaliers.
    If they played the Spurs with size and speed, they would have been swept if they played like that.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Congrats to the lovely couple and the mother/mother-in-law!

  • livyrlife

    Congratulations, Wukong.

    The newly-weds are so beautiful.

  • deesee5

    The thing I worry about if Lin was there is that he wouldn’t handle the ball as much. Lebron is there to do that. And I think he’s pretty good at it too!

  • LeBron will definitely have the ball in crunch time (Q4 & OT) but he definitely wouldn’t mind sharing the ball-handling if it means freeing him up from double/triple team.

    But it depends on whether LBJ likes JLin as a PG and if Kyrie feels threatened as a PG (although he’s more an SG)

    I don’t think Cavs is the best destination for JLin, but getting invited by LBJ would still be good to increase JLin’s market value

  • I think LBJ knows he has to win with Big 2 or Big 3 like in Miami
    The loss of Love & Irving definitely leaves LeBron short-handed.
    It’s quite impressive what he tried to do.

    He tried to let others create in Q3 but noone really could

  • yeah, that comment was ironic 🙂
    Idk the context if he still emphasizes team or stop short of that.

    GSW is definitely loaded and win as a team

  • whoa, you went MJ era right there :]

    This team is definitely the LeBron+4 non-playmakers
    Curry was reportedly dehydrated after Game 5, idk if LeBron got dehydrated since Game 3 playing crazy minutes

  • LOL ..yeah at least Kyrie is not known for ‘choking’ among coaches’ rank hehe

  • JoeTeam

    Yes, he might be seeing up the internal signaling to the team. If I’m anyone else, I’d see it as a rate career moment and get focused on more makes. Like, though just can’t make the many mistakes dump made, watch the Barnes poster etc. Our the jr misses.

    Go gsw though.

  • I am The Jason

    https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/610507672085991424

    I guess we can rule out the Dantoni and Lin reunion.

  • Rick Johnson

    Nuggets must be planning to tank like the Lakers and 76ers.

  • real-dsb

    What a shocker, especially after the Kings GM was hired by the Nuggets. Or will he fire Malone again? LOL

  • real-dsb

    Don Nelson must be screaming from his home, “See, I told you small ball could work!!!”

  • real-dsb

    too bad for Lebron the NBA Finals are not 1 on 1

  • real-dsb

    thanks for sharing! what a lovely couple, congratulations!

  • real-dsb

    I always laugh when JR starts hitting crazy shots, because I know the inevitable end when he goes cold and reverts back to hurting the team again.

  • real-dsb

    no photoshop? maybe he means green screen instead

  • real-dsb

    Lin should buy one of those $100,000 tuna and share it with fans =p

  • real-dsb

    I would be in favor of Lin to Mavs if Ellis is gone.

  • JoeTeam

    Bummer, oh well, let’s see what happens.

    Does anyone know if Malone was under Smart with Lin there? It seems like the case, I wonder how he sat relative to the JLin year there.

  • Rick Johnson

    Congratulations. Good to hear from you. Hope you’ll have some grandchildren to play with soon.

  • Curry’s ability to do step-back 3 with such a quick release is definitely one of his strongest weapons.
    Floaters around the rim is another one.

    I was a little surprised that Curry’s ball-handling resulted in quite a few TOs.
    But his sharp-shooting definitely compensated them.

    Hope JLin can learn to improve his scoring skills further. Noone will talk about his TOs anymore LOL

  • I guess so .. Hiring MDA might win enough games to reach playoff like the Lakers did

  • oh well.. on to the next one DAL PG
    I guess DEN doesn’t want to win now.

    It’s their loss … literally LOL

  • real-dsb

    Game 5 Recap – same broken record as before:

    Let Lebron be the volume scorer. 40 pts on 34 shots is 1.18 PPS, which is not enough to beat any team. The Warriors defensive strategy is right, let Lebron do all the work and wear him down. Brief and occasional double teams to prevent him from getting comfortable.

    I declared Delly as done after his Game 3 severe cramps and dehydration. His effort is admirable, but he is done.

    Compare Curry’s 37 pts on 23 shots (1.61 PPS) to Lebron (1.18 PPS). I can see Curry breaking the record of 8 3ptrs in a Finals game.

    Iggy gets the game ball again, his defense on Lebron is the difference maker. Yeah, he hasn’t been shooting FTs well, but if they try hack-a-Iggy in Game 6, I believe Iggy will make 60%.

    Amazing, Kerr only played his centers a total of 3 mins. That must be a playoff record.

    As I’ve predicted every game, Warriors in 6. As much as the league would love to extend it to 7, I believe the the Cavs are broken down, and they cannot keep up with the Warriors in Game 6. There’s only 1 day rest, and that includes flying back to CLE.

  • real-dsb

    “I was a little surprised that Curry’s ball-handling resulted in quite a few TOs.”

    Curry’s always been a TO machine, he’s careless with the ball and likes to make fancy passes. But everyone’s willing to overlook that when you shoot the way he does.

  • real-dsb

    Curry was not feeling well after the game with dehydration and lightheadedness. I think he’ll be fine for Game 6 though.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_28315654/warriors-stephen-curry-treated-dehydration-after-game-5

  • Rick Johnson

    Seems like after falling on his head his shooting was uncharacteristically poor. Now with more time it seems like he’s regaining his shot. Otherwise just a coincidence?

  • 1mtoldman

    so much for the theory that d’alessandro hiring meant malone was not going to be hired.

    to be or not to be. turns out

    to be.

  • 1mtoldman

    maybe he was hired for just that purpose; because he has experience firing malone after just one season.

  • 1mtoldman

    it is (a playoff record) well sort of; been like since the early 70s a team in a playoff put that small a team on the floor. (dont remember the exact details).

  • Cookiemole

    Dallas is looking increasingly likely to me. Houston just picked up Sergio llull and there’s lots of talk of monta leaving Dallas.

  • yeah, Harden was the same way.
    It’s just Curry had bad TOs at crunch time and announcers didn’t say anything.

    oh well, it’s a scorer’s league after all.
    Hope Lin takes a lot of notes

  • 1mtoldman

    i think lakers will tank one year to satisfy their kobe commitment; 6ers appear to never going to get out of the tank. till someone realizes hinkie is not a genius and unceremoniously removes him.

  • 1mtoldman

    is the llull thing confirmed or just speculated about?

  • I really hope DAL has interest in Lin.
    Old ties from summer league 2012, Parsons lobbying and a chance to beat HOU in the playoff would be great to watch

  • Nellie-ball!

  • 1mtoldman

    its all relative. of course anyone who controls the ball a lot and also scores a lot is most likely going to turn the ball over a lot.

    a turnover to points scored ratio: the ave. for a point guard would be about 6 pts per turnover be game, during reg. season curry was better than that with 8 pts per turnover (paul is the best of high volume scorers at 10 to 1) –these approximate; lin actually was ave. at 6 to 1; ironically pbev whose main strong point besides his “delly” defense (ie. pesky); actually had not only a predictably much worse 3 to 1 pts to t.o. (because he can’t score)–but actually more raw #’s turnovers per game this year than lin 3.3. to 2.6.

    in the playoffs however curry has been worse; but just falling back to the ave. of 6 to 1 however in raw #’s turnovers per game he is tied with lebron for worst at 4 (both trailing the champ harden with his 4.6.

  • Funny spoof of “Game of Thrones” NBA edition continues

    Highlights of EP4 include Derrick Rose seeking advice from Michael Jordan (“Not the Knees!”), Austin and Doc Rivers have a man-to-man talk and Boston “legend” Rajon Rondo gets recruited by The Black Mamba.

  • if a healthy Curry shows up in Game 6, GSW can come home as a champ.

  • GoodDayLA

    this is all possible because Curry has the touch to shoot the 3 ball and to shoot it in that manner.

    Lin simply does not. So Lin could dance with the ball but he doesn’t have the ability to launch 3 pointers the way Curry does. And dancing with the ball to nowhere gets you benched.

    Nobody in the NBA can do this consistently except for Curry.

    It is not about improving handles. I have to strongly disagree.

    This is about Lin’s shot not being good enough.

    If Lin’s shot were stronger and he could shoot off his own movement, such moves would be inherent in Lin’s game.

    Lin cannot shoot the ball that way plain and simple. EVen on pull ups, Lin is at best a 50% shooter. Curry is shooting 90% from the baseline 3. That’s how far off they are right now

    If I were Lin’s trainer, I would work on turning him into an even better shooter. Lin’s game hinges on his shot. And his shot is simply not good enough yet for him to be a super star.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Lin release is simply not quick enough…..Curry has a very quick release that allows him to get the ball in the air before the defender can even react.

    Lin takes a full jump and releases the ball when he’s high enough…Curry tend to release the ball earlier….Curry release is a bit alien but has some huge advantage to it because defenders are simply not quick enough to defend against it.

  • Of course, the funniest one would be if Rondo plays with Kobe

  • Brent Yen

    Lin is not as quick as Curry does not mean he is not quick enough. Lin is clocked as one of the quicker one in the NBA.

  • GoodDayLA

    solid post

  • GoodDayLA

    JR SMITH does step back 3’s with the best of them. The difference is Curry’s is much more consistent in making them particularly this season. JR is streaky as h*** as is D Will, another step back shooter.

    I suspect Lin would shoot 30% or 80% game to game shooting step backs. He has not show the Curry consistency that makes Curry an MVP in 2015.

    Curry also tends to make the hard shots when they count this season.

  • GoodDayLA

    Curry is so good at relying on his shot this season, it covers up a lot of weaknesses and errors.

    Lin’s weakness is that he can make stupid TO’s and shoot poorly but needs to get volume touches to get going in a league that wants to pull him onto the bench at his first mistake.

  • zxcvb

    The dream is dead! Sounds like a potentially disastrous hire for Denver considering Malone’s slow-pace and total reliance on an elite big man in Cousins. Not to mention D’Alessandro pushed for Malone’s firing in Sacramento! I read some speculation that MDA’s salary demands were way too high, but who knows?

    Looks like Dallas is the prime landing spot for Lin now. Then again, this news just shows how much can change in a heartbeat. Maybe another job will open up for MDA/Lin…hopefully in the East.

  • zxcvb

    And that sweet Lin/Tyson PnR action.

  • zxcvb

    Very possible. I think keeping Hunt would be better for that, but maybe Hunt didn’t want to preside over a tanking team (would be a bad start to his coaching career).

  • Brent Yen

    10 days to the draft!, just 15+ days…guys and gals…..just 15+ days to go

  • Brent Yen

    I feel he shoots better when not feeling well…..oh well…

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LOL We probably won’t know which teams will offer JLin until he returns from Taiwan. Will take a while to know which team JLin will choose to sign:-)

  • wow.. just over 2 weeks now

    I’d like to see JLin visiting DAL first after coming back from Taiwan on July 5

  • zxcvb

    A lot of rumors already that could affect Lin directly or indirectly:

    – Clips talking with Charlotte about Lance Stephenson.
    – Mike Malone coaching Denver. If Lawson stays, will Kings look elsewhere for an uptempo PG?
    – Embiid may miss next season…Sixers may draft Porzingis instead of PG Russell.

  • Filler-up

    Maline hired as Nuggets coach.

  • Hm, JLin in Phoenix Suns uniform?
    I can see Jeff Hornacek trying to recruit him after losing Goran and Isaiah Thomas

    Not an ideal place but it’s always good if more teams want JLin
    Note: I’m pleasantly surprised to see the 1st article that says Lin doesn’t under-or-over-perform his $25M in the past 3 years. $8M/yr is said to be fair

    https://twitter.com/HoopsHabit/status/610594041470799873

  • Brent Yen

    I am not sure how “fit” Lin will be….but I think Hornacek will treat him more fairly.

  • Brent Yen

    I guess Clips just do not like to win rings…..so after Rivers, now it is Lance S.
    https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/610604958086492161

  • zxcvb

    Welp, there we go. Things are starting to move! I actually think Doc could revive Stephenson’s career; give him the confidence and spacing to be a good 6th man.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • Brent Yen

    I just feel his problem is mental…..his attitude in particular. I do not root him to fail tho.

  • Alain Gervais

    free agency is so close…. cant wait.

  • zxcvb

    Only if they don’t resign Brandon Knight. Hornacek knows how to make a “double-barreled” backcourt work.

  • JoeTeam

    I don’t agree, we’ve seen a sample of Lins shooting %s fine before he hurt his back two yrs ago. Didn’t count in lal bc he’s not supposed to compete there.

    No one’s shot is as good as currys. Look at LeBrons. I would think Lin is fine at his sustained percentage for about two mos there.

    It’s those handles where curry can get separation at will that I see he lacks. He can get it off his first step, and he’s smarter and does more with it than barbosa. But man those curry moves….

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Not with Eric Bledsoe. There is no point to put up with someone that Goran Dragic wouldn’t.

  • JoeTeam

    Definitely disappointed when he makes tovs

  • Riddick

    Why Dal? I’ve got mixed feelings on Lin being w/Dal. I’d like to see him on a team w/o any drama queens & Dal has parson, so another team may be more ideal( imo ).

  • JoeTeam

    Dang, but not if it goes too far past 2017

  • JoeTeam

    It’s too risky … what if delly had broken dgreens arm. Just close it out in six and keys see Riley curry again.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    The trend of NBA is to go to play small. Lakers of course will hang on with their old school posting game and is going to get busted next season even when they have Randle and Kobe back. Of course, they would win more games next season because they aren’t going to loss more games on purpose. Lakers is not going to tank next season. They’ll go all out but still fall short of the playoff with Kobe insisting on taking more than 20 shots per game.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Josh Kroenke wanted to control the team, the coach to change the style of playing. He still thinks firing George Karl was a great decision and he is going to prove this despite all facts are against him. He’s the boss and he would do it his way. If I were a Denver Nuggets season ticket holder, I would stop buying the season ticket and go to fishing carps or trouts instead..

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Shoutd start letting other create at the beginning and gets them used to it before everyone defers to him. LeBron shouldn’t expect any help when his game starts failing with him dictating the flow of the game.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    If they plan to tank, they would’ve chosen Melvin Hunt at a less cost. They choose Mike Malone because Josh Kroenke still thinks he’s right in hiring Brian Shaw. It’s only the players who failed him. Now the Nuggets is going to do away with most players next season in order to prove that the boss is right.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    If things make sense in Denver, they wouldn’t fire the coach of the year, George Karl. This hiring means that Denver will remain in its crash course to please Josh Kroenke.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    God has shown us that it’s the Almighty in control of Jeremy’s career; not Mike D’Antoni.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Ready for surprise from JLin.

  • kittyhead

    I think Mavs is going to rebuild soon if they lose Tyson, Ellis and couldnt get any big fish, which is very possible. I dont want Lin to waste his golden time on a rebuilding team and their cornerstone is CP…

  • GoodDayLA

    cap is doubling after next season so 8 mill becomes like 4-5 mill

  • GoodDayLA

    Lance is quite good Brent. Doc will keep him in check. He offers extra iso scoring punch. He’s a bigger badder JR SMITH and homesless man’s Lebron clone.

  • BobbyH

    Could be a team that we never thought of.

  • Alain Gervais

    thats two years from now not gonna affect this contract hopefully he only signs a 2 year deal. that would be very smart on him.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    That’s my thought exactly. Waiting for the surprise! That is the most fun part of following JLin. Never know what tomorrow will bring:-)

  • Brent Yen

    I disagree….but that just me…lol

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Utah Jazz!

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Brandon Knight is going to sign for the Suns.

  • Looks like JLin’s hop is back after doing some Olympic-worthy weghtlifting.
    He’s getting ready to impress some teams in July!

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    I think Lance Stephenson is not going to help Clippers

  • Yellow

    awww, that yellow kicks *.*

  • So far DAL has a good opening at as a starting PG after the Rondo disaster.
    Carlisle has said some nice things about Lin’s strength (a better version of Jameer Nelson before they traded for Rondo) in the past so he knows how to utilize him properly plus Lin was ‘discovered’ in the DAL summer league team in 2012 so Cuban might like to take credit in featuring him. Parsons will be Parsons but he also realize Lin will help his career.

    While I’d rather Lin starts in East Coast with a young team giving him a chance to be an All-Star, a DAL invite to compete for a starting PG would open up the market for other teams that Lin is a starting PG material, not just a backup PG. So it’ll be good for a leverage

  • true, DEN ownership and FO don’t know what it takes to build a championship team

  • wandertheglobe

    Denver hired Mark Malone. Shrugs….

  • GoodDayLA

    how do people know Lin is doing olympic weight lifting?

  • GoodDayLA

    While I do agree Lin’s handle could improve, it’s not his handle that keeps him from shooting lights out. Curry simply shoots off a millimeter of space and has extreme confidence in his shot and a better repeatable release. Lin does not have that type of confidence in his shot. Lin’s form sometimes changes and his jump height changes whereas Curry is more consistent with it.

    Lebron shoots 3’s worse than Lin in my opinion, but Lebron is so good he can get away with being just an ok shooter. Lebron often makes incredible 2 point shots and so many long fadeaways from 15 feet out.

    Curry’s moves and hesitation work because he is such a good shooter. People respects his stunts and fakes because they fear his shot. If you play basketball against some actual guys with game, you will know why it is hard to guard shooters who have actual offensive moves and step back movement. Why do you think Harden’s slow predictable step back works so well? It’s not because of his dribbling. It’s because he can shoot and he is ox strong so you have to stick close to him and bite when he moves forward.

    Rajon Rondo could do the same dribbles and nobody would ever bite.

    Lin’s shot is like a 7 out of 10 right now at the NBA level. Curry is a 9 out of 10.

  • Yellow

    jlin7Bounce is slowly comin back like the NASDAQ!! (I don’t actually know anything about NASDAQ stocks but it rhymed) #audienceofOne #dragonPEs#olympiclifts #buildingthefoundation

  • kittyhead

    Tanking to get top picks and rebuilding for another decade : )

  • JoeTeam

    Lebron is so good he can get slide tackles normally a foul in soccer sanctioned by the NBA. He can also whine all night and never get a T. I do see he has a good step back fade, but who cares, so does Steph. Lin … he doesn’t use step back much because I think he can power through a crowed and get contact or to the rim. Lebron is too big to get around people with he gets pinned on the baseline.

    We just haven’t see a real Lin game in a long time. He’s that good, Linsanity was no dream it happened.

    As for Curry being so good with his shot his handles get larger latitude in space, I don’t agree. Just watch how a v good defender in delly, but not as long as iggy, has to adjust left and right while he’s trying to body up. Delly had a lot of success bodying up on Steph early on, he did not give steph much room and he could stay with him. But the last 3 mins of Game 5 … wow, those handles broke Delly’s ankles. And how about that deception on the last 3. He walked away from Lebron and slapped the ball high as if he was just going to run the clock down, so Lebran gave him room and Delly didn’t come up to cover thinking he had another step before Steph would initiate with Iggy. Wow, he shot way out and it was in for the game ender. Lebron sat down after that. That was not quick release but pure deception and shooting from very deep. Lin has shot that deep to.

    So anyway, my OP was that I wish Lin had those handles, and you said he can’t use them because his shot is not good enough and I said no, they are fine. Now you say Lin’s release is not quick enough because it is Steph’s release that is getting him the points. Just watch the tape, it’s his separation and deception. I wish Lin would work on that more, because he’s more first step like Barbosa but much better.

    Finally, did you see the one where Steph weaved through the crowd for the layup? Near the end of game 5. Wow, that was just like so many Linsanity plays, I was Lin deja vu.

  • sport

    That looks like a dunk?

  • JoeTeam

    both are better than McHale and BScott lol.

  • sport

    That’s Lin running speed but his shot release is really slow. Curry has the fastest shot release I’ve seen which makes his 3 point shooting that much more deadly. What Lin needs to improve on his is off dribble 3 point shooting! Last season he barely shot any 3s!

  • Dan Cohen

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/sport

    Donaghy also talks in the article about how the league favors certain players and has the referees call games accordingly. Additionally, he tells Jordan the NBA threatened a publishing company so that it wouldn’t publish his book. A lot of the information Donaghy told Jordan such as how referees disliked Allen Iverson and gave Kobe Bryant superstar treatment is stuff that he also said in his book.

    ;;

  • Dan Cohen

    so makes sense that lin was getting calls left and right during linsanity because he is the first aa to breakout and it’s something unique, but then after that era, god knows what happened. Thing is that it doesn’t say whether the organizataions influences refs too.

  • Dan Cohen

    but they recruiting pb..according to cp

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  • K. P. Chan

    Hi Wu Kong! Congratulations & best wishes to this beautiful young couple! I really miss you, especially on Twitter. I respect your decision not to tweet, but do wish you would lend your wisdom once in while. Anyway, many thanks for everything you’ve done for us. 🙂

  • K. P. Chan

    Yes! Just 15 days. But any tidbits of news or even rumors before then would be quite tantalizing. Unfortunately aside from the usual speculation about Dallas & Denver (now gone), there seems very little.

  • K. P. Chan

    If Parson is a drama queen, it would not affect Lin. They have been good friends & were good teammates in Houston where Lin’s troubles didn’t primarily come from Parson.

    Yes, it would be nice to see Lin competing for starting PG in Dallas, where he is no stranger.

  • Brent Yen

    He clocked below .55 second. Curry is around .4 I believe. He is on the quicker side, just not quickest

  • Brent Yen

    Makes sense.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
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  • wu kong

    Now that the wedding is over I might be able to do some more. It is SOOO hard to sit back and just observe after being so involved. I miss everyone.

  • wu kong

    yeah he does actually look a bit like JLin in profile 🙂

  • Dorothy

    Do we know how much it is?

  • Brent Yen

    I think someone posted saying around USD 1300-2600? Not sure

  • Dorothy

    Really? Too bad, was thinking of buying one for my son.

  • Lin fans need less expensive “JLin Smart Watch” that can say good morning and teach a few BB moves

    we need to start working on it LOL

  • It just dawned on me that a big part of Jeremy’s appeal to his large fanbase is his ability to be genuinely happy taking pics and be patient with all fans. I can’t remember any pictures where he wasn’t too happy to oblige to fans requests.

    idk if most people have the ability to do so (i.e. when the privacy is invaded during quiet family dinner). I’m reading his insightful notes in the Humility book by CJ Mahoney and understand more about his mindset. He’s really quite a remarkable young man.

  • Brent Yen

    Not sure about the exactly amount for that Lin’s edition. The price is for the general Aquaracer line I think

  • Dorothy

    Just checked, only the jewelry stores in my area sales TAG Heuer, so it will not be cheap. I can see in Asia people may pay that kind of money for a watch, but I doubt in the US people will do that.

  • Brent Yen

    I see….too bad. Not sure about the US ppl, I think there is always a market for high-end watch everywhere.

  • GoodDayLA

    Not sure why Penny Lee put in #olympiclifts. I have not seen Lin do any such thing lately.

    As far as deadlifting – which is not an olympic lift, I’d like to see if Lin can deadlift over 400 pounds like Curry. It looks like Lin was deadlifting about 270-300 in the instagram video. It would be nice to see Lin hit close to 500 pounds and I imagine his vertical would increase an inch or two. Takes a lot of work though.

  • Rick Johnson
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  • JoeTeam

    Doesn’t mean Lin’s were not legitimate fouls. It just means he got treatment by the rules during Linsanity, but when it was time to reverse for news cycles, the Miami Heat beatdown was amplified. And in HOU and after, the story was more fun to promote Harden and support that agenda.

    Just look again at Lebron’s slide tackle that got sanctioned by the NBA. If you look at that as an example, you can see Lebron didn’t get the ball (in soccer, you have to contact the ball first) and his slide made Steph lose his handle to Delly.

    So, Lin did not get special treatment during Linsanity, and he got unfair treatment after.

  • GoodDayLA

    A&F is a big guy

  • GoodDayLA

    First, I never said Lin’s release is not fast enough. You made that up.

    Lin doesn’t use stepbacks because of a combo of him not comfortable with it, that good at it, and he has other go to skills. His other skills are greater than his stepback skill so he doesn’t use it much even when it presents itself to be used.

    Do you actually play competitive basketball against players today or just watch on TV? I really assume it’s the latter. You have no idea why player’s moves are working. You are guessing based on what you think you see.

    Go guard a player under 30 years old who can really shoot and dribble and do step backs and play the modern game. You will be trying to stick to that person like glue because you fear him getting an open look at the basket. After 2-3 makes, your teammates will be calling for your head and the opposing player will be laughing in your face at how bad your defense is.

    Then go guard a great ball handler who cannot shoot that well or shoot at all and see if you play defense on him differently or if you are more relaxed on the perimeter and more ok with sagging off.

    Your comments are wrong. it’s because you don’t play competitive basketball against today’s athletes so you cannot relate properly to what is happening.

    Curry doesn’t have greater latitude with his dribble. He has less airspace than most. Curry fakes people out because they are in his face and too close to him so every little fake works on them. You cannot sag off on Curry. And being that close makes it easier for him to drive past you or for you to overreact to his moves and then he busts out a stepback.

    Lin doesn’t have fancy handles because of his style of play. He relies on his first step. He does not rely on trickery. In an ideal world, he would rely on both. Mostly though, Lin loves the pick and roll and that is what he really relies on the most. And no fancy dribbles are needed to run a pick and roll.

    Curry built his dribbles to get into his shot so he can get it off. Lin does not play that way. He can’t shoot like that so he will never need to do set up behind the back dribbles.

  • GoodDayLA

    The new Adidas 2015 Crazy Light Boost Low looks like a great shoe. I hope Jlin rocks those this season and I hope the boost gives him an extra inch of vertical leap.

  • Brent Yen

    I just went in a Adidas store…..did not see it….

  • GoodDayLA

    releases July 1, 2015

  • Brent Yen

    Oh ok, thanks!

  • CaliUSMC

    I just read Malone signed with Denver… which ruins the chances of a D’antoni and Lin reunion. !@#

  • Alain Gervais

    ok so when does free agency officially start is it as soon as the finals are over?

  • Brent Yen
  • real-dsb

    no, July 1

  • Alain Gervais

    ok thx

  • Alain Gervais

    i prefer lin succeed without dantoni because lets say he went with denver with dantoni there and played out of his mind. people would always say he is a product of the dantoni system. let him succeed without him them maybe later in his career they reunite

  • Brent Yen
  • Brent Yen

    GSW clearly adjust quicker than CAVs do

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Jeremy tells us he counts on God more than anyone.

  • Maknusia

    Thru out the final series, I do observe that too, credit to Kerr and his team

  • Brent Yen

    Curry is already getting too comfortable now….I guess it is too late…

  • Maknusia

    lol…too late for??

  • Brent Yen

    Too late for CAVs to do anything to slow him down. Not saying Cavs will lose tho.

  • Maknusia

    Got it…Good Q1 for GSW…

  • Brent Yen

    Seems like Blatt knows it is small ball era but no one can beat GSW with small ball. Has to do something different.

  • Brent Yen

    Man….Cavs are doing everything they can….

  • Maknusia

    yeah…Barbosa is good spark!

  • Brent Yen

    If Mozgov has Lin and LBJ together….it will be a great triangle.

  • Brent Yen

    Green sets good screens…..

  • Alain Gervais

    looks like going small last game was a major mistake. also the cavs have gone sane and abandoned jr smith.

  • Brent Yen

    KT and Iggy have shown from time to time that their BBALL IQ is……..

  • Alain Gervais

    high?????????

  • Brent Yen

    LOL

  • Brent Yen

    I hope so…but…

  • Alain Gervais

    there are??????

  • JoeTeam

    Puppy dogs too excited.

  • Alain Gervais

    fail lol idk iggy is smart klay is ok. iggy cant shot idc how much shots he makes.

  • Brent Yen

    He is ok, not really smart…but experienced.

  • Alain Gervais

    well idk about smart he seems to always start the gsw fire. its never curry who is usually the finisher. without iggy these last two game the result would have been different. also experience is wisdom is it not. so idk exactly by what you mean by he is not smart basketball wise

  • Brent Yen

    He makes bad decisions……he just also makes shots….:P

  • Brent Yen

    I am done watching this game…..let’s sleep…lol

  • Maknusia

    SCurry still having trouble with his 3ssss

  • Maknusia

    Cavs are getting too many rebounds

  • Maknusia

    5pt game now…

  • JoeTeam

    Nice narrative. I’m not that guy you made up on the court getting beat down by you.

    You actually are agreeing with me. Lin has a sort of stepback that has been discussed here. not as good as LeBrons or stephs and he doesn’t use it bcuz he doesn’t have to.

    I disagree and repeat, stephs dribbles are needed and they create space and time for his shot. It is not just for rhythm. If you play competitive ball, you know what is needed for space and time. Jlin will do well to have that. This statement actually is for brent and others bcuz I always argued against Lin needing better handles giid enough. But steoh showed me in a championship game, how he is gaining that space with it to show so many on tough d.

    Actually, you’re seeing

  • JoeTeam

    Steve curry, lol. Announcers …

  • JoeTeam

    Why so bored?

  • JoeTeam

    He needs to be ready to take over again. oToo much talk about lebron being mvp lol.

  • JoeTeam

    Fans gotta goof it up with him to give him some fun.

  • GSW led 73-61 at end of Q3 but CLE just made 7-2 run

    Will CLE be able to win Q4 for the 1st time this series?

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Very interesting. LBJ played almost the whole game. Game won’t be won by relying on only one.

  • hey KP, yes .. I also believe JLin feels very familiar with DAL system, coaches & players. Definitely one good option to consider, especially if he starts

    Which one is your favorite & dark horse team for JLin?

  • yeah, no way LBJ would have anything left in the tank, esp. if it goes to OT

  • Uh-oh, Curry raining 3s now. 86-75

  • Iggy and Klay started joining the 3s .. 89-75

  • Shump tried to help w/ banana kick

  • Maknusia

    Team Ball vs One Man show…not to discredit LB…he is good…but a team should not built one one man….Rox making the same mistake as well

  • John Lee

    Looks more and more like GSW’s gonna take it all the way. So glad that classless, jealous, toxic J.R. won’t be getting a ring.

  • zxcvb

    Iggy is the Finals MVP — no question. I didn’t expect this from him at all, which is why I picked the Cavs in 6 or 7. His defense is super-elite and he’s hitting every open jumper on offense. It made all the difference for GSW.

    Warriors got away with so many defensive fouls and illegal screens, which taints the win for me, but I guess that’s the way the NBA is now. Lebron benefitted from refs for his first two rings…now he’s being hurt by them.

  • yeah, JR Smith got better this year but he needs to work more on his humility for sure

    GSW wins as a team with MDA offensive style. Gotta love it!

  • LBJ last 2 shots were short.
    Those 42 minutes took its toll on his tired legs

  • John Lee

    Between those and Curry’s concussion, Klay’s bleeding ear and that legalized slide tackle, let’s just say the playground was more or less leveled.

  • Nitron

    Yeah, GSW plan working well

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Well, seem like Warriors is going to get the ring after 40 years. 81 vs 94 with 4:16 left. Not much time for wornout LBJ to reverse the game.

  • I agree. Iggy made so many big plays throughout 6 games eve when Curry also struggled
    Offense & defense. His poor FTs didn’t really hurt much

  • John Lee

    Which is why I’m puzzled by Denver’s decision with slow, half-court offense Malone. Unless, of course, the plan is to tank.

  • Alain Gervais

    started a few games ago

  • yes, amazing how CLE only played with 7 players, and asking LeBron to be the only playmaker
    But I guess there’s no other way

  • yes, he didn’t look good at all in the past 2-3 games

  • John Lee

    They really could’ve used Love’s help. Irving’s absence, however, was a positive.

  • Just as Hack-A-Iggy idea might be worth trying, JR traveled.
    LBJ must be feeling sooo tired

  • John Lee

    J.R. at work again. He has the tendency to play for the other team during clutch time. It would’ve been fun if he got traded to the Rox.

    McHale: “J.R., we’re trying to win here!”

  • zxcvb

    If their ownership is that dense, perhaps it’s best Lin didn’t go there.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    No doubt about it. He only rest for less than a minute. Can’t win game like that.

  • John Lee

    The NBA is full of surprises. Just when one thinks he’s seen it all, a new low is achieved yet again.

  • the only thing good about Irving playing is to probably give LBJ some rest.
    LBJ looked like he’s looking for a sauna room, just walked around now in Q4

  • most definitely, he has missed his last 5-6 shots

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    98 vs 85 with only 1:50 left. Cavs can’t get anymore 3s. Go Warriors!

  • John Lee

    This is why Pops is such a great coach, he starts working on preventing this early in the regular season by building a TEAM.

  • They can use 3pt shooter and a scapegoat there 🙂

  • sport

    Cavs don’t have any more fight in them already. Congrats to Stephen Curry! Finally a Champ that isn’t arrogant! LOL so much for the premature talk of Lebum legacy, what legacy? Dude can’t even 3 peat!

  • Cav only shot 3-20 for 3pt shooting.
    Not going to work at all

  • zxcvb

    If Kyrie had sat out that first game, they would have been up 3-0.

    Cavs would never do it, but I would gladly trade Kyrie for a Top 5 pick. No question.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yep. They had 2 3s consecutively and couldn’t make it.

  • John Lee

    Some on Twitter joked that Blatt played Irving heavy minutes in Game 1 so that he’d be out for the rest of the series. Well, even that may have been too little to late to rescue the series.

    Now, if Love was still around, then GSW would’ve been in real danger.

  • Maknusia

    Its crazy playing him that many minutes!

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    He is about to drop. Sad to see the hero mindset lost another title! Well I’m glad teamball gets title again.

  • Alain Gervais

    so he did what every other superstar has done…. not win by himself. that team without kyrie and love couldn’t be a college team

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    101 vs 94 with 0:36 left. Seem like it’s going to be foul shootings for the rest of the time left.

  • John Lee

    The mememe superhero mentality has hurt many superstars careers. Kobe Bryant could’ve EASILY had 2-3 more rings if he didn’t keep running people out of town. And not to mention less injuries.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Hope Warriors can hand on with the win. It’s 103 vs 97 with 0:21 left.

  • Alain Gervais

    kobe is not indicative of most superstars. you need a superstar with aded help to win. it has ands will always be that. kobe had shaq and the gasol. help is the most important.

  • John Lee

    They have it unless refs start meddling with things.

  • John Lee

    Isn’t that what I just said? 🙂

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LBJ finally gave up and left the game before the game is over. He has already headed into locker. So, Warriors got the ring!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Congrats, Golden State Warriors!
    So glad a team ball and the good character guys won it again after the Spurs last year!

  • I’m with you! Teamball all the way!

  • Alain Gervais

    yea sorry misread still hold to point most superstars are not like kobe. most winning teams play team bal i.e spurs.

  • John Lee

    LBJ must not know about Reggie Miller. 8 points…in 15 seconds. 🙂

  • blubell
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  • definitely a bad recipe to win a series

  • blubell
  • John Lee

    Spurs (and GSW and ATL) are in the minority, though the tide is likely to turn after GSW title, hopefully team owners are not too dense to observe the trend.

  • John Lee

    I’m glad the GSW won the title, and that everyone can move on to focus on draft and FA.

  • Alain Gervais

    i will agree there but most of the winner lol also jordan to his displeasure needed team ball

  • Alain Gervais

    yes

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    I always believe in team bb until I watched NBA closely in the last 3 years. Sick of heroball! So happy that teamball won rings in the last couple years!

  • John Lee

    It took MJ six years, but better late than never (Kobe). This is also why savvy fans hold David Robinson and Tim Duncan in high regard, not only because of what they’ve accomplished, but also for being classy role models while achieving.

  • John Lee

    Morey is so stup*d, he cared more about licking his bruised ego than developing Splash Bros. Jr. in Harden and Lin.

    Harden, Lin, D12, Josh Smith and Ariza would’ve gone places.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    At least we know JLin is watching the game as we are in Japan:-) Hope he is able to get the ring soon!!!!!

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  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • John Lee

    Which is exactly why his so-called “team” lost said series.

    Wake up, NBA!

  • blubell

    yup, no team no win.

  • Alain Gervais

    now lets focus on the rumors

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    That’s precisely why whatever LBJ’s team played in the past couple seasons didn’t get the ring. Not working!!!!!!

  • sport

    Except Harden and D12 are both selfish players. One insist on his ball hogging while the other insist on not playing PnR and only post ups! Once D12’s contract is up you can bet he’s out of Houston.

  • MomentousPetey

    I see the dumbass Laker fans are still on Kobe’s nuts, lol, ridiculous. Haters still tryna throw jabs at Lin too, smh.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • John Lee

    True, which is why they’d also need a true coach to rein those two in. McHale simply doesn’t cut it.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Please open threads on JLin’s Asia’s trip–Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Another draft on FA. That will be awesome! Thanks in advance!

  • John Lee

    In a democratic society, people are entitled to a preference to nuts, and have the natural right to be dumb. 🙂

  • Rick Johnson
  • So … they’re against #WobblyTable LOL

  • ok, I’ll do so

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Wow… is this a magazine?

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    You are awesome! This way I’m able to put the right info on the right thread;-)

  • karen sy

    better if there’s english version

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yeah. This is special JLin magazine by Taiwan publisher.

  • Maknusia

    Finally the Season is over!!! FA the next hot Topic!!!!!

    Bravo to GSW!

  • New Thread is open. Only 2 more weeks to July 1 Free Agency!

    2015 Jeremy Lin Asia Tour
    http://www.jlinportal.com/2015-jeremy-lin-asia-tour/

  • bolero
  • bolero
  • New Thread is open. Only 2 more weeks to July 1 Free Agency!

    2015 Jeremy Lin Asia Tour

    http://www.jlinportal.com/2015-jeremy-lin-asia-tour/

  • real-dsb

    wow, only 11 people vote for Finals MVP?

  • real-dsb

    The Warriors championship is a win for teamball and the way basketball should be played.

  • bolero
  • K. P. Chan

    Psalm: This gets back to the internal conflict of Lin fans between preferring Lin as a starter on any team, or on a contending team but as a back-up.

    Ideally, of course, he becomes a starter on a contending team. That’s not going to be a slam dunk. Not being knowledgeable about salary cap situations, I may answering your question out of school here.

    Dallas seems to hold that possibility. Beyond that, after watching the Finals, I can’t help but think what the Cav’s could have done had Lin been there. Lin’s not going to start at PG with Lowry on the team, but he may very well be considered to start along side Kyrie at SG over Shump. In spite of public perceptions, I don’t feel that Lin’s defense is not as good as Slump’s, and Lin can certainly generating more offense. And, even assuming Lin begins the season as a back-up to Lowry, the latter is so injury-prone that the situation is likely to change. But again, if Shump stays, I don’t know if Cavs have the cap room.

    I had previously not thought about the Suns until I read the Michael Dunlap article. But that assumes many things, including not re-siging Brandon Knight, etc. Seems like a good fit, but who knows.

    Then there’s the possibility in Denver, if the new coach wants to let Lawson goes….

    And so it goes…. This is long-winded way to answer your question, which shows that I am really not up on this stuff. There are just so many possibilities. But sometimes the stars do align, and the most implausible things do happen. Lin has gone through a lot. He’s due for a break. He deserves a break. This may be the year for that!

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, KP

    After asking a few people, it is indeed hard to guesstimate where Lin might land because of the limited information that fans are privileged.

    But knowing how NBA superstars exert so much influence in the team, I can expect that they will give input to the GM on who to recruit.

    If Cavs, GSW, HOU want to recruit JLin, we’ll know that LBJ, Curry, Harden give the green light that they are not threatened by Lin’s popularity but think he can help.

    I also still think DAL offers the best opportunity to advance deep in playoff but another starting PG in the East would be good. Let’s hope & pray that this year would be another breakthrough :]