Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade played the final home game of his legendary 16-year NBA career on Tuesday. The Heat won the game against the Philadelphia 76ers 122-99 and their playoff hopes died since the Detroit Pistons beat the Memphis Grizzlies. Continue Reading!
It’s no secret from the content I write that I watch a lot more hockey than I do basketball. But, I still do have some idea of what’s going on in the association. So, I thought, why don’t I take a stab at predicting the NBA playoffs? You know, just for fun.
*Disclaimer-I do not know all the ins and outs of everything going on in the association, so don’t get up in arms if I completely whiff on some of this. Continue reading!
One of the most beneficial skills that a basketball player can have is the ability to get to the foul line. Elite scorers in the modern NBA have the ability to draw contact and get to the charity stripe when their team needs to slow the pace of the game or get a quick 2 points to stop a momentum swing.
James Harden is today’s king of getting to the line. Averaging 11 free-throw attempts per game, Harden converts 88% of the time on his foul shots. While Harden has openly said “I don’t try to get fouls, I just play. Fouls come,” in an ESPN interview, he clearly seems to have a lot of foul drawing moves in his bag of tricks. Something, however, that grinds my gears are fans who try to discredit the historical season Harden is having because of his high free throw attempt totals.
In less than two weeks, the 2018-2019 NBA regular season will come to a close and the stage will be set for the playoffs. Some teams that have secured a playoff spot are fighting for a higher seed and will be doing so until the last game of the season. Other teams will be resting star players and preparing for the playoffs.
A new team will come out on top in the East with LeBron out of the conference, while the Warriors will be fighting their way through a stacked Western Conference in hope of a fifth straight Finals appearance. Plenty of teams have a shot to be crowned NBA Champions. These are the teams that look to make the most noise this postseason.
It irked me, along with many Lakers fans, last year, when Lonzo Ball was labeled a bust. For one it’s unfair to call anybody a bust with only one year of being in the NBA. (even Markelle Fultz) Anyone who dared to call him a bust had a notable lack of basketball knowledge, and clearly didn’t look at his play, or probably just took what the critics said and ran with the notion.
People also took what Ball’s father Lavar Ball said as gold. Lavar was saying things like he could beat Micheal Jordan one on one, Lonzo is better than Stephen Curry, and that Lonzo would lead the Lakers into the playoffs in his first year. Comments like this should be a red flag as to how knowledgeable Lavar is when it comes to the sport of basketball. Still, people decided to go with the narrative that Lonzo was going to come into the league and be the next superstar during his very first season.