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post #21031 of 27205
Lol at David blatt deliberately yelling at Danny green shooting a wide open 3 point shot. Can he do that?
post #21032 of 27205
ugh blatt is one of those?? so lame. del negro is the king of it.

this cavs-spurs game is great. kawhi's gonna get all the money. just don't let him shoot fts w/ <1 min left.

every time kevin love gets benched in crunch time it seems inevitable that he's gonna walk after the season. i feel like the cle gm should override blatt and force him to play love.

YOOOOOO KYRIE. haha that just happened. kyrie is amazing. if steph didn't exist a lot of his credit would go to kyrie. like bryce dallas howard and jessica chastain. not nearly as good a passer tho.
post #21033 of 27205
Thread Starter 
So good!

Chuck is more annoying than funny as a commentator.
post #21034 of 27205
Love me some chuck: "this is rehdickalus"
post #21035 of 27205
if kyrie averages 50pts/game from here on out they definitely have a chance at making eastern conference finals.
post #21036 of 27205
chuck gets more annoying the more times i see him, and the closer he is to running for arizona governor. best part tho was when barkley brought up when bron scored 29 of the cavs last 30 pts against the pistons and webber was like, "why you gotta bring that up man?" charles was like, "huh, you were on that team???"

yoooooo kyrie. seriously i'm still sitting here cackling.
post #21037 of 27205
"decent player" rudy gobert shut down the rockets today w/ 8/11 shooting for 19 pts, 22 rebs, 4 blocks

beast.

who blocks a floater??!?!
post #21038 of 27205
didnt he have like 19 boards at halftime?
post #21039 of 27205
maybe? jazz and the pacers just keep on winning. the jazz blew the rockets OUT

this is for all bulls fans, pretty funny
http://www.reddit.com/r/nba/comments/2ytkpm/i_literally_sat_on_the_chicago_bulls_bench_last/
post #21040 of 27205
^ that was fun thanks. i remember several years back i bought my brother and i tickets 2 rows behind spurs bench against kings in sacramento. and everytime parker checked in we would yell "eva" in a chorus. bitch tony never looked over happy.gif
post #21041 of 27205
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Monster of the Midrange: Don’t Sleep on Chris Paul’s Deadly Elbow Jumper

It’s February 19 at Staples Center. With the Clippers in possession and clinging to a late-game one-point lead against the Spurs, Los Angeles needs to both kill time and produce points. Fortunately, it has Chris Paul. As the game clock dips below 20 seconds, the point guard calmly dribbles out near half court. Then, with the shot clock getting closer to zero, Paul dribbles toward his happy spot, the right elbow. Everyone in the gym — including his defender, Manu Ginobili — knows he’s going to shoot.



As Paul arrives at the elbow, Ginobili can’t be any tighter, but that’s a problem. Paul nudges the Argentine away with his left forearm and slips the ball behind his back with his right hand. And just like that he has all the space he needs to knock down one of the most reliable 16-foot jumpers in the league and ice the game. No assistance necessary.





Paul isn’t just good at creating his own midrange buckets; he’s the best at it. To fully appreciate Chris Paul in 2015, you have to consider not only his Hall of Fame–worthy playmaking skills and defense, but the greatness of his less-heralded jump shot. It’s time to herald this shit, you guys.





It’s been a decade since the league legislated handchecking out of existence, and now guys like Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, and Stephen Curry effortlessly blend driving, scoring, and playmaking in ways that would’ve been impossible in the Jordan era. But with all due respect to those ascendant young bucks reinventing the position, in March 2015 it’s still easy to argue that Paul is the best point guard on the planet.

The job description of the contemporary superstar NBA point guard is clear:

• Must be willing and able to create shots for others.
• Must be willing and able to create and make shots for himself.
• Must be willing and able to play effective defense.

Again, Paul is one of the best shot creators in the business. While that’s easily represented by his currently leading the league in assists, let’s take a deeper look at what those assists are actually leading to. So far this season, 27 NBA players have scored at least 1,000 points, led by James Harden with 1,681. However, only five players have created more than 1,000 points via the assist:

1. John Wall, 1,4411
2. Chris Paul, 1,440
3. Ty Lawson, 1,358
4. James Harden, 1,081
5. Stephen Curry, 1,072




What’s more, when you consider combined points from field goals and assists, no player has been involved with more points than Paul — and much of that comes back to his lovable midrange jumper.

Paul has mastered the midrange jump shot. If you think that’s an overstatement, check this out: So far this season, 53 players have attempted at least 250 midrange shots. Of that group, Paul (51 percent) is the only one who’s converting at least half of those attempts. The next closest point guards make only 45 percent (Jarrett Jack and Mo Williams), and they haven’t attempted nearly as many midrange shots as Paul has.




While this midrange production might seem anathema to current NBA trends, it’s the opposite: In a league that’s become enamored of the pick-and-roll, a point guard who can come off a screen and knock down a 17-foot jump shot keeps defenses honest. And nobody is better at it than Paul.





He is lights out anywhere around the free throw line, but as Ginobili found out last month, he’s especially outrageous from that right elbow.





Top Five Shooters From This Area, 2014-15, Minimum 100 Attempts:

1. Chris Paul, 53 percent
2. Jarrett Jack, 49 percent
3. Anthony Davis, 49 percent
4. Pau Gasol, 49 percent
5. Gordon Hayward, 47 percent




In addition to being the most accurate volume shooter in the league from the right elbow, he also leads the NBA in made shots from this zone. In other words, he blends volume and efficiency in ways nobody else can touch.





Oh, and he’s nearly as good from the other side.





Top Five Shooters From This Area, 2014-15, Minimum 100 Attempts:

1. David West, 55 percent
2. Chris Paul, 51 percent
3. Nikola Vucevic, 51 percent
4. Al Horford, 48 percent
5. Pau Gasol, 48 percent

Everyone else on this list is a catch-and-shoot guy because, generally speaking, it’s easier to convert jumpers with your feet set than it is off the dribble. Paul’s putting up the same numbers with the added burden of creating his own shot.

When you compare Paul’s volume and efficiency numbers strictly against his peer group of shot-creating guards, he stands out even more.

Most Unassisted Midrange Field Goals (Midrange FG%):

1. Chris Paul, 232 (51 percent)
2. Monta Ellis, 153 (42 percent)
3. John Wall, 140 (40 percent)
4. Russell Westbrook, 135 (39 percent)
5. Jarrett Jack, 130 (45 percent)

No matter how you slice it, Paul is having a phenomenal year. He’s getting assists like Magic, draining midrange jumpers like Dirk, getting steals like Gary Payton, and he’s not even mentioned in most MVP conversations.

Among the pantheon of contemporary NBA superstars, the one tie that binds much of the league’s brightest talents together is an uncommon blend of size, athleticism, and basketball talent. LeBron is built like a tight end but can pass and handle like a much smaller player. Russell Westbrook looks like a running back but can jump out of the gym. Anthony Davis, well, he’s just a monster with a wet jumper. And then there’s Chris Paul, who’s equally as good, despite being shaped and sized like a relatively normal person.

Nobody blends playmaking, scoring, and defense as effectively as he does, and nowhere on the court is that work more evident than around the elbows. Paul won’t win the MVP this season, but that’s fine. He’s still the MVPG.
post #21042 of 27205
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who blocks a floater??!?!

Marginal case for goal-tending. Smith ran out of ideas, that was a shit excuse for a floater. But his chicken wing flap was worth a chuckle.

I saw some highlights of the game, Gobert looked impressive as does Terence Jones.
post #21043 of 27205
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Monster of the Midrange: Don’t Sleep on Chris Paul’s Deadly Elbow Jumper

Surprised this was even published. Should be accurately titled "Let's state the obvious about CPs mid-range game and color it in with graphs and stats". Prime bromide: "Among the pantheon of contemporary NBA superstars, the one tie that binds much of the league’s brightest talents together is an uncommon blend of size, athleticism, and basketball talent." Yup. Keep it midrange.

Lawyerdad: I edited the post, I'll save you the trouble.
post #21044 of 27205

Kyrie Irving sank the Spurs last night basically by himself (57 points on 20-32 shooting and 7-7 from 3).  Yeeeee.

post #21045 of 27205
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Originally Posted by diadem View Post

Kyrie Irving sank the Spurs last night basically by himself (57 points on 20-32 shooting and 7-7 from 3).  Yeeeee.

Before I fell asleep, I thought SA had the game in hand. Surprised they lost. Still elite productive, but Lebron is looking old, he just doesn't move as well anymore.
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