Trey Kerby is the editor of The Basketball Jones and the newest member of the team. He's also the only non-Canadian. In the past, he's been the bro behind The Blowtorch and was editor of Yahoo! Sports' Ball Don't Lie. He likes pizza more than anyone else likes anything.
Ballin: No real crazy lines last night, but Jarrett Jack made the midrange jumper relevant again by knocking down five of the least efficient shots on a court during the fourth quarter and overtime of yesterday’s Game 4 Warriors win. JJJJJJJJJack shoots 48 percent from 10-23 feet though — far above the league average of 40 percent from that zone — so it’s chill.
Not so much: In a similar vein, Manu Ginobili didn’t have a horrible game — 8-18 shooting, 21 points, three assists, three steals, two blocks, two turnovers — but he did airball a wide-open three in overtime that sent Gregg Popovich’s face in to blink mode, so he’s your underperformer of the day.
Achy breaky: Even though he missed this shot, props to Mananu Ginobili for making a guy fall down.
You might think the worst part of this clip is Manu blowing the three after a great move, but it was really the refs blowing the out of bounds call and giving the ball to the Warriors on the rebound. Oh, and that came after another blown out of bounds call that went the Warriors’ way a couple of possessions before, so maybe those refs are the real Not So Much.
This is how you know you’ve made it — when the NBA tailors one of their current ad campaign’s ads to you because you’ve been playing so well and doing such amazing things that they just can’t help but promote you. That’s legit baller status. I haven’t been this proud since Joakim Noah got his own “Where Will Amazing Happen?”. Way to go, Nate.
The passionate Ujiri will be rewarded for his work Thursday, when he is named the NBA executive of the year, a source told The Denver Post on Wednesday night. Ujiri, the first African-born general manager in major American sports, put together the Nuggets’ roster, a squad that won 57 games — the most in Denver’s NBA history.
As always, it’s important to remember that this is a single season award that is given to a person who has been making personnel moves for several years and hoping they all pan out eventually. Which is to say, always take Executive of the Year with a grain of seasoned salt. I mean, if the Lakers miraculously win the next three NBA titles with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash around, are we going to retroactively give this trophy to Mitch Kupchak because he pulled off some huge trades in the summer of 2012? It’s weird.
But it’s still a nice award to receive and it’s hard to argue that Ujiri isn’t deserving. Sure, the main trade he pulled off that left the Nuggets with an incredibly deep team — Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks for several of their rotation players — took place two seasons ago, but he also ended up snagging Andre Iguodala for a couple of guys who were expendable (Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington), stuck with reigning Coach of the Year George Karl, and continuously added players who Karl could use in his frenetic system. He built this team in a very smart way, and save for a few injuries, they could have made some noise in the postseason.
This is the Nuggets’ second award of the season, after getting nothing since 2006-07. That’s probably small consolation after a first round update, but it’s better than not getting trophies, I guess. At the very least, with the NBA’s best coach and best executive, according to some voters at least, they’re sitting pretty for the future. Let’s hear what you think in the comments.
Ballin: 34 points, including 8-9 from three, for Klay Thompson, who set his career-high in Golden State’s series-evening Game 2 win. I don’t even care that he only scored five of those points in the second half and that he didn’t score at all in the fourth quarter. Eight threes is pretty persuasive.
Not so much: The Bulls lost by 37, which is the worst playoff loss in franchise history. Now I know how the 1998 Utah Jazz felt after Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Bleck.
Angry Bulls: Want to see two-thirds of the Bulls’ big man rotation go nuts and get kicked out of a game? Sure, you do.
Easily the most F-words I’ve seen in that quick of succession since “Blue Velvet.” Probably a few more coming once Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson get their inevitable fines.
In his last three sideline interviews, Gregg Popovich has explained how and when the Spurs decide to double team the post, asked for a follow-up question and then this, where he legitimately makes a joke about strategy during a playoff game his team was losing. Either the script done been flipped or this is the end times. Either way, someone hold me.
How many times has a coach yelled this at J.R. Smith — more or less than a thousand times? He’s played more than 650 games (including the playoffs), suited up for three different teams and four different head coaches, and has taken more than 6,800 shots in his career, so I’m going to go with more than a thousand, though I’ll admit that coaches probably get bored yelling the same thing over and over, so they all probably change it up eventually. Either way though, really glad to hear the elusive J.R. Smith call captured by microphones for the first time ever. It’s a big day for all of us.