Month: July 2017

It’s easy to look at those numbers and give credit to the Warriors for staying active defensively

The fourth-year guard out of Michigan was really good this season, earning starters minutes as the season went on. But you have Thabo Sefolosha (if he isn’t too mad about Mike Dunleavy playing over him in the playoff loss), Kent Bazemore and Tauren Prince, who grew at the end of season at that position.

Hardaway averaged a career-high 14.5 points on the season. He improved exponentially and will command a hefty salary. Paying him could limit other options, but losing him takes away precious points. If you think Prince — who is a better defender — can step up, then maybe you can let THJ go. If not, you have to pay the piper.

It’s easy to look at those numbers and give credit to the Warriors for staying active defensively. That’s only part of the problem, though. According to tracking data, the Cavs are 9 of 30 on wide-open 3-pointers (no defender within six feet) and 11 of 46 when a defender is within four to six feet.

Klay Thompson has done an incredible job challenging Irving in one-on-one situations. Durant can guard just about every position on the floor. Draymond Green is the best defender in the NBA. It’s possible to accept all of that and still point out the Cavs have missed shots they normally make. They can’t afford to miss many more if they want to stay alive.

This one is particularly rough in hindsight with all the stars that came right after the No. 10 pick. An injury-prone drop machine, Ebron has done little to live up to his draft status. That Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys said, he’s still holding down a starting job and the Lions don’t have Cheap Basketball Jerseys steelers_130much depth in the passing offense. So Ebron will get another chance to put it all together next year.

NBA Draft scouting report: Why Markelle Fultz is clear-cut top prospect in talented 2017 draft class

A true late-bloomer, Markelle Fultz didn’t even make his varsity team at DeMatha Catholic until his junior year of high school. But since that point, it’s been a meteoric rise for the 6-5 guard who spent his one-and-done season at Washington. He’s the clear No. 1 player in the 2017 NBA Draft, a player in a tier all to himself.

Simply put, Fultz is one of the 10 best prospects to enter the NBA over the last decade. Here’s why he’s the prize of this selection process — and why the Sixers wanted him so badly.

In a move to clear cap space and likely prepare for the arrival of Lonzo Ball, the Lakers are trading guard D’Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Nets for center Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in this year’s NBA Draft, according to The Vertical.

The Lakers will shed the final three years of Mozgov’s four-year, $64 million contract, along with a young starter in Russell, as they begin to target big names via trades or free agency. Lopez is on an expiring contract, making him an unrestricted free agent in 2018, the summer when LeBron James and Paul George will be unrestricted free agents.

There is some hope that Bridgewater can play this season. He threw passes in OTAs and his rehab is going well, according to Zimmer.

“You know like sometimes when you see a guy every day you don’t Cheap NFL Jerseys USA steelers_124notice the progress that he’s made,” Zimmer said. “I’m gone for two weeks, and obviously he’s not on the tape. I come back yesterday, and I say ‘Well, Teddy is moving better, quite a bit better in my opinion’.”

The Cavaliers have hit 43.5 percent of their 3-point attempts this postseason

He will need to get used to it. Durant recalled that, with 55 seconds left in Game 5, it had begun to sink in that he would be an NBA champion. He got a bit dazed and bent down near the halfcourt line. “And Draymond was like, ‘Keep playing until the end! Andre (Iguodala) is like, ‘Keep playing!’ We had like 50 seconds left. And I’m like, ‘Bro, we’re about to win this title.’”

They did, with Durant starring. After his postgame press conference, Durant took his MVP trophy and strolled through the tunnels of Oracle Arena. He went to the court and sat, graciously for another interview, the champagne-protecting ski goggles still around his neck. He patted the trophy again. He is an NBA champ. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

James (68) and Stephen Curry (57) rank first and second, respectively, in NBA Finals history in 3-pointers made.

The Warriors (118.3) and Cavaliers (116.8) rank first and second in the playoffs in points scored per game. No other team is averaging more than 109 points.

The Cavaliers hit 1,067 3-pointers in the 2016-17 regular season, the third-most in NBA history. They are also were only the third team in league history to hit more than 1,000 3-pointers in a single season (2015-16 Warriors, 2016-17 Rockets). Cleveland (38.4 percent) and Golden State (38.3 percent) finished the regular season with the sixth- and seventh-best 3-point percentages Buy Cheap Jerseys Online for a team in a single season (min. 2,000 3-pointers attempted).

The Cavaliers have hit 43.5 percent of their 3-point attempts this Basketball Jerseys Custom postseason, 0.1 percent behind the 2004-05 Suns for the best percentage in a single postseason. Their 190 3-point makes also are the eighth-most in a single postseason.