Here’s how you can tell someone is in full job search mode: They say any job sounds good. Cleaning out portable toilets at an amusement park? Sure, I can see myself doing that. Great chance for advancement.
Coaching the Clippers? Sure, great opportunity.
The second of those is something Byron Scott said on a Los Angeles radio interview Monday. He wants to coach again in the NBA. Badly. Badly enough to take any job.
One some levels the Clippers are a tempting team for a coach: They have some talent with Baron Davis and Chris Kaman, not to mention when Blake Griffin returns he will remind people why he was the number one overall pick. Some decent role players there, too. But the flip side is this is a franchise that never wins, and has an owner more concerned with the bottom line than Ws. Put simply: This is an organization mired in a losing mentality and one coach can’t change that if there are not changes above him.
And for the Clippers, Scott could give them a credibility boost — a former Lakers star who has coached a team all the way to the NBA Finals (Nets) and had some success everywhere he has been.
But Scott isn’t getting the Clippers job anyway. Remember how he lost his team and players in New Orleans (and New Jersey, for that matter)? His first clash of personalities in the Big Easy was with Baron Davis — now the Clippers starting point guard and center of the team. Not sure even the Clippers want to try to reconcile that marriage.
Besides, the job Scott really wants is down the hall in Staples Center anyway. He’d be a bad fit right now for that spot, as well, but that’s another story.
Apparently, all it takes is a little public discussion of LeBron James‘ “broken” jump shot to get him back on balance and knocking down the three ball — he was 4-of-6 from deep Wednesday.
Then again J.R. Smith was 7-of-13, Kyrie Irving 4-of-5, and as a team the Cavaliers knocked down a record 25 threes — while shooting 55.6 percent — as they wiped the floor with the Hawks in Game 2.
In case you’re curious where the Cavs were hitting from, here’s the team’s shot chart.
The Houston Rockets aren’t in any rush to hire a new head coach, preferring to interview a wide range of candidates to find the right one. Jeff Van Gundy has been widely believed to be at the top of their list, now that Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks are off the market, but ESPN.com’s Marc Stein is reporting another name that has entered the mix: Mike D’Antoni, who last held a head coaching job from 2012 to 2014 with the Lakers and currently serves as the Sixers’ lead assistant.
The Pacers, meanwhile, haven’t made a final decision on Frank Vogel’s future with the team, but all signs seem to point to him getting let go in the next few days. And if that happens, Stein reports that Vogel will also be on Houston’s list of candidates.
Given the Rockets’ massive drop-off on the defensive end this season, Vogel would seem to be a better fit than D’Antoni. But it sounds like the Rockets aren’t close to finding a replacement for J.B. Bickerstaff, although it would make sense to have a new coach in place by next month’s draft.
On Monday, the Hawks played the Cavaliers close and even led in the fourth quarter, leading plenty of optimism that Game 2 would be equally competitive, that the Hawks had something to build on.
The Cavs dominated from the start on Wednesday, with a 123-98 final score that was far closer than the game actually was — the Cavs led 74-36 at the half and led by as much as 38 at one point in the second half.
The Cavs also hit 25 three-pointers, which is the all-time record for a single game — regular season or playoffs. J.R. Smith hit seven of them, along with four each from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and three for Kevin Love.
18 of Cleveland’s threes came in the first half, also a playoff record, and this was all Atlanta could do:
That’s the kind of night it was for the Hawks, who now trail 2-0 in the series as it heads back to Atlanta.
LeBron James has always been an incredible passer. In the midst of the Cavs’ Game 2 beatdown of the Hawks, he zipped this one-handed beauty into the paint to Kyrie Irving, who kicked it out to Kevin Love for a corner three:
The three was just one of the 18 Cleveland hit in the first half, which set an NBA playoff record.