It is no surprise that DeAndre Jordan absolutely sucks at the free throw line, and San Antonio is taking advantage of it. That’s just something that they are supposed to do as competitors.
In the regular season he shot 39%.
This scheme is boring and it lengthens the game far too much. Seeing a fast paced first half get slowed down near intermission is depressing. Especially, if you our on the east coast and the clock has already struck midnight. Not to mention those watching internationally.
The method has worked through half time of game one, as Jordan is 5/12 from the charity stripe.
Overall, I believe in “Hack-A-_____ method. You cannot punish a team for intentionally fouling someone who is a bad free throw shooter. The best way to eliminate this problem is to teach said player how to shoot a free throw.
I have to say that I have not been this excited about the NBA playoffs in a long time. No one knows who is going to take the title home.
The Eastern Conference seems to be more chalk as compared to the West.
The teams out west are so comparable any team can represent the side in the championship series.
8 New Orleans v 1 Golden State
The Pels may have saved Monty Williams’ job by making it to the postseason for the first time in four years, but I’m sure they did not want to go against the best team in the NBA in the first round (record). New Orleans is young and they have a great nucleus, but it is not enough to defeat the Warriors.
7 Dallas v 2 Houston
Earlier this season, Dallas put all of their eggs in one basket so that they could win a title this year, but the experiment flopped. Rajon Rondo never became that spark plug that was going to distribute to Dirk, Parsons, and Ellis.
James Harden has had to lead the Rockets past a lot of people’s expectations. No one thought that they would get home court advantage and the number two seed with Dwight Howard only playing in 41 games. This series will be highly contested as both teams want to make the claim as being the “Best in Texas”.
6 San Antonio v 3 LA Clippers
The defending champs will have to start each round on the road if they want to repeat. The Spurs would have had the number two seed if they had beaten the Pelicans in the regular season finale. This team is experienced and rested enough to make a push this postseason.
The Clippers have solidified their position as being the best team in LA and will try to make it to the second round. Chris Paul played in all 82 games this season for the first time in his career. This team will be seen as a failure if they can not get over the hurdle once again.
4 Portland v 5 Memphis
I believe this will be the most compelling series in the Western Conference. Though Portland is the higher seed, they will not have home-court advantage as Memphis won their division.
The Blazers will need to have a healthy LaMarcus Aldridge to contend, but if he can’t they stand no chance. He missed three of the last six games because of a foot injury. Portland comes into the playoffs losing five of their last six contests.
Memphis is not healthy either. Mike Conley and Tony Allen need to get well for them to continue. I would think that Memphis will try to win this series by going to the paint.
5 Washington v 4 Toronto
Both teams enter the postseason warm and it seems that they’ve hit their stride at the right time.
Paul Pierce is using is veteran knowledge to call out his young teammates who need his guidance. John Wall has worked his way into the discussion of the best point guard in the league.
The Raptors seem to be happy just making it. This team is deep. They are also winners of 4 out of 5.
Note: Toronto also has Drake on their sideline. (Hey, he’s better than Spike Lee.)
We may look back at the end of this series and say it was a classic.
The bottom three teams in the East are not over .500 and do not deserve to be mentioned, however congratulations on making to the playoffs by beating the Knicks and 76ers. Expect no upsets here.
A source is saying that Carmelo Anthony will consider waiving his no-trade clause to get out of New York just months after signing a new contract worth around $125 million dollars.
He would drop the clause if he were dealt to a team of his liking.
It is rumored that Anthony has gotten into feuds with teammate, Tim Hardaway. At the moment, the Knicks are 4-20, which is the worst start in New York team history. Also, Carmelo has a sore left knee that may eventually need surgery.
Let’s remember the main reason why Carmelo signed with the Knicks. He would have been paid around $50 million less if he had signed somewhere else.
The only teams that Anthony visited over the offseason include the Lakers, Bulls, Rockets, and Mavericks.
Anthony is averaging 22 points per game and six boards.