Atlanta has been very deliberate in their coaching search, but they clearly liked Avery Johnson. The met with him three times, including last weekend. Little word was coming from the team, but Johnson seemed to be a frontrunner.
Johnson’s with the Nets. So, now what?
It’s down to Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey, Hawks assistant Larry Drew and ABC/ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, and a decision could come by the end of the week, according to Marc Stein at ESPN.
A lot of basketball people are high on Casey, and he may well be a frontrunner. He did a good job in Minnesota — during the era of Kevin Garnett and nothing else — but was let go because the Timberwolves ownership expected more. The team tanked after he left.
Stein says that some in the Hawks organization are high on Drew. Sounds like Jackson was again close but no cigar.
Kevin Durant was doing it all in the first half — he had 18 points to lead the Warriors (tied with Stephen Curry) and was making plays all over the court.
That includes racing back on this play and blocking Dejounte Murray‘s layup. Twice. On one shot.
The Warriors have led by 20 and been in control through the start of the third quarter. KD was at the heart of that.
That was a foul. Jonathan Simmons caught Draymond Green in the face as he reached in.
But the delayed then overly-dramatic reaction by Green is a classic flop.
We’ll see if the NBA fined Green for this, but Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich was amused.
Take that Stephen Curry.
Gregg Popovich would pull him so fast he’d look like a fidget spinner if he tried this in a game, but during warmups before Game 4 Monday night LaMarcus Aldridge knocked down a deep three from one knee.
If Aldridge is taking a lot of threes that’s not a good sign for the Spurs, but we’ll see if he can have a big night and keep the Spurs alive in this series.
Stephen Curry‘s pregame warmups draw people into the arena early, it’s a show in and of itself.
Before Game 4 Monday night, Curry was taking a couple shots from the center-court logo. And draining them. Like layups. Because he can.
We’ll see if he can put on that kind of show when the game tips off.