Earlier today, ESPN Insider’s Neil Paine beautifully broke down whether or not Heat center Chris Bosh is worthy of the Hall of Fame. You can either read it (suggested), OR look at the clip above and laugh the heartiest laugh. (After you finish laughing you should probably still read the article. It’s really good.)
John Wall is back, and Ish Smith was the last to know.
In one of the more fascinating individual match-ups you’ll see all season, Avery Bradley (a top 3 on-ball perimeter defender) guarded James Harden (one of the four or five hardest perimeter players to defend in the league) for much of Friday night’s Rockets/Celtics game. For the most part, Bradley stifled Harden better than anybody yet this year. But as we all know, it’s an offensive player’s league. That’s why this happened. Afterwards it was unanimously decided by me that both players are still elite in the area they’re known for being dominant.
Thank you, Lakers fans. Read more…
This play is the definition of putting a defender on skates.
“Defense wins championships” is the old adage that everyone knows by heart, but a little offense never hurt anyone. The ultimate example of this has been the Boston Celtics, a team that regularly has an elite defense and a terrible offense. In fact, since the Kevin Garnett era started in 2008, the Celtics offensive ratings have ranked like this: 10th, 6th, 15th, 18th, 27th, and, currently, 24th.
An obvious decline has occurred in every season after 2008-09, and many interesting theories have risen to explain the cause. One theory that seems to be growing in popularity is the idea that the emergence of Rajon Rondo has led to the collapse of the Celtics offense. While this sounds reasonable, it seems to be a case of “correlation does not equal causation” in my eyes. Rondo has not exactly helped due to his lack of scoring ability, but the Celtics offensive problems stem from much larger issues. Read more…