Everything You Need To Know About DeMarcus Cousins’ Attitude

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Draymond Green’s Set Play Hype

Here is a great example of the hype and the so called “cheap assists” I’ve seen discussed recently regarding Draymond Green. I saw these two clips on a Hoops Hype article entitles “Draymond Green Puts On Passing Clinic Vs Utah.”

To be sure, they are very pretty passes. No one is trying to take away from a guy who’s worked hard on his game.¬†They’re nice but it’s not Draymond creating these shots.

The above is a straight up set play. Steph passes to Iggy to distract the defence. Ezili is left alone at the 3 because he can’t shoot. Ezili cuts to his spot in the paint the moment before Iggy gets the ball. Simultaneously Green cuts under the hoop to receive the pass. He then passes for the easy bucket in front of the hoop. The reason this play works isn’t because of Draymond Green’s genius passing. It works because the perimeter defence is so terrified of the shooting from Curry and Klay they leave a wide open lane for the 5 cutter. The passing lanes are wide open and created because of that shooting.

If Klay or Curry’s defender actually leaves him to stop the cut down the middle Green gets one of the easiest dimes in basketball. Green gets the dime but his contribution to setting this play up is basically waiting for others to spread the D, standing in one place, and passing to one of 3 very defined options, one of which is always going to be available without him doing anything but reading the very obvious defensive coverage and passing to the open guy.

“What a find by Draymond Green” the play by play guy says with delight. But is it really a find? Draymond is again standing in one place. On each dribble he’s cocking his arm back ready to pass inside while his all star guards are being overplayed by a defence terrified of them getting an inch of space beyond the arc. You can literally see Green waiting for others to make the play happen as he cocks his arm back to make the pass every time he dribbles.

A simple weak side screen free’s curry with a wide open baseline to the hoop. Klay’s defender doesn’t switch because it’s drilled in his head that leaving Klay equals made 3s. Green makes an easy pass through a lane he stood there waiting for, that didn’t create, and suddenly he’s miraculously done it again.

The thing is this is old hat for Stephen Curry. He annihilated defences in college as a 2 guard and is just as effective on the ball as he is off. I don’t want to take anything away from someone who’s clearly found a great role for himself on a great team. Kudos. That in itself is an accomplishment. But I can’t accept this¬†seasons talk about Green being an elite top ten player any more than I can accept these are examples of a clinic.

It’s not a passing clinic by Draymond Green who’s playing a role in set plays created by it’s all time shooting back court.

It’s a system clinic by the Golden State Warriors.

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How To Lose A Game In 14,000 Words By Russell Westbrook

After being called a “Westbrook Hater” the other night I decided to tune in to the Thunder Hawks game and see if I’m really that bias. Albeit it’s still early so sample sizes aren’t large enough yet, but his numbers projected over a whole season are pretty great.

In the first quarter he got off to a shaky start with many TOs and bricke but greatly recovered in the second ending the half only down one.

In the third the wheels started coming off with his only production being 2 free throws and a dime amidst many poor shots and TOs. Redemption was coming in the 4th. Russ took over the game and was beginning to make doubters feel foolish capping a 17 point spurt off with a beautiful in rhythm 15 foot pull up in the face of his defender with 2:22 left in the game. Going up 4 to build their firsst lead since he made it 2-0 on the first shot of the game.

And then the following happened all with Kevin Durant’s ability just being ignored. Billy Donovan has his work cut out for him. For the sake of the careers of everyone involved I hope he succeeds. From where I’m sitting I still see a guy full of potential who’s making the same mistakes he made as a rookie.

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Poo Pooing The GSW Win Parade

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry heads down the court after making a three point shot during the second half of the Golden State Warriors 106-101 win over the Boston Celtics in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry heads down the court after making a three point shot during the second half of the Golden State Warriors 106-101 win over the Boston Celtics in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

I love Curry. I love to watch the Warriors. I hate hype. The odd thing is that the Warriors are so good they don’t need hype. It’s real however. Look no further than the NBA schedule.

It’s not that the Dubs have played scrub teams. My own raptors put up a decent fight against the juggernaut. Lets step away from reputation and name values for a moment though. Here is GSW’s sked in terms of defensive efficiency through their 18 wins.

So far they have played the 29th, 26th, 29th, 17th, 23rd, 25th, 27th, 7th, 17th, 14th, 22nd, 12th, 23rd, 5th, 25th, 28th, 18th and 27th, “best” defensive teams.

Then you have to consider that the 7th team is the Pistons who are not even used to being a winning outfit yet. The 12th team are my raps who are not bad but not elite. And while the Bulls at 5th play decent D, they’re 27th in offence and not really a threat.

Not to take anything away from GSW, but the league knows what it’s doing. They don’t face the spurs till game 45. They don’t face the Thunder till game 50. Both West teams with lots of games to play as well.

They face Cleveland at game 28… if they don’t lose by then it will be one game after they break LeBron’s previous Heat’s streak. Do you think the league didn’t know that when it planned the game? Do you think they have this kind of streak to start if NBA schedules were made randomly? Probably not.

League clearly wants to help Curry get another MVP and hype the Warriors greatness as a team. Odd cuz it’s not like they need any help but if they can somehow justify 3 or 4 warriors as allstars that makes it easy to market another season.

What about their January schedule? The story will be about “everyone is starting to compete. What a wonderful league it is!” Starting Jan 18 they face cleveland, chicago, Indy, SAS, OKC, HOU, LAC, OKC, ATL, OKC, Bit of a different 19 game stretch. No way they’d win all those or have any such closing stream as they close of the season playing the spurs 3 times in their last 14 games. Not because they aren’t good enough to finish with 18 straight wins. But because the league simply doesn’t want them to.

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