So for one night I encourage all of you to soak into childish imagination. Put on an eye-patch and indulge in a Sharpie-drawn handlebar moustache. Grab a shovel, a handle of dark rum and draw yourself a treasure map. This is your year.
For a player who appears to be so intentionally involved in crafting himself as a personal brand as well as an athlete, it seems incomprehensible that we might care about LeBron's legacy more than he does.
If you're Frank Vogel, what in the world do you do with this?
In terms of on court play there is little to cling to in describing Popovich as a coach. He’s teams have been both offensive machines and defensive juggernauts. They’ve played fast and slow, inside and out. Without any definable quality to latch onto, is it possible that Popovich’s greatness comes from his ability to be everything and nothing, all at once?
Mirza Teletovic is shooter of another stripe.
Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers don't waste space or movement. Everything they do on offense is about reducing the level of difficulty, not overcoming it. They create open jump shots and they drill them, simple as that.
The Mavericks and Spurs have met in the playoffs six times over the past fifteen years. Duncan, Nowitzki, Ginobili, Popovich and Parker are constants but the rest of the cast has changed, a dozen times over. But there is something about both teams and this matchup in particular that feels timeless and indelible, vivid memories on an eternal loop. The names and faces have changed, but the basketball hasn't.
Shot accuracy and shot distribution are incredibly intertwined and TS% gives us no obvious ways to separate them. So which factor is really driving the development of LeBron’s historic scoring efficiency?
In the attempt to sand down all of his rough edges I fear that the Pacers may have inadvertently compromised Lance Stephenson's greatest quality -- chaotic variance.
The Pacers' offense has been shell of its former self, which was really just a shell of an efficient offense to begin with. But watching George simply walk away from any attempt at system or synergy was maddening. Equally troubling was that no one appeared interested in stopping him.