With 17.7 seconds left Monday night the Knicks were down three to the Toronto Raptors. With Amare Stoudemire out, everyone west of the Mississippi knew that the ball would be in Carmelo Anthony’s hands.
They isolated him on the right side, and he went with the quick pull-up contested three. He missed, Raptors win.
That may not exactly have been the play coach Mike D’Antoni drew up. Here is his quote from the New York Post.
“With 17 seconds to go, we wanted to get a two. If a 3 presented itself and it’s wide open, yeah, we’d take it. But we wanted to go for a quick two and then look and see what happens,” D’Antoni said. “It didn’t happen. There was confusion. So be it.”
Somewhere 2,000 miles away, George Karl just said “welcome to my world, Mike.”
The play may have been an isolation for Anthony, but D’Antoni wanted him to attack the rim and maybe get to the line, but the pull-up three is just not a high-percentage shot, not good enough for that situation.
The Bulls showed us Tuesday what a good team does on a final play and how to execute.
While the rampant speculation continues about whether the Celtics may or may not trade for a superstar, Danny Ainge is filling out his roster with veterans. Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reports that they’ve agreed to a one-year minimum deal with guard Gerald Green:
Green was originally drafted by the Celtics in 2005 at No. 18 overall, and after bouncing around different teams and overseas in the first few years of his career, he’s carved out a nice niche for himself in the NBA as a scoring guard off the bench. He played 69 games for the Heat last season after two solid years in Phoenix.
The NBA has unveiled its top 100 plays of the 2015-16 season, and there’s no mystery as to what were the top two.
No. 2: Stephen Curry‘s halfcourt buzzer-beater in overtime against the Thunder in Oklahoma City during the season.
No. 1: “The Block” by LeBron James on Andre Iguodala in the final stretch of Game 7 of the Finals.
There’s plenty more, too, and if you have 25 minutes to kill, you can and should watch all of them above.
Tyler Zeller is one of the few restricted free agents left on the market who could make an actual impact next season, and on Saturday morning, he’s come off the board. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that the fourth-year big man has agreed to a deal to stay with the Celtics. It’s for two years and $16 million, with the second season being a team option.
Zeller isn’t a starter, but he’s a nice rotation big man, especially at that price. He can play minutes off the bench for Boston, and his contract is also very movable with the second season being unguaranteed. He played just 11.8 minutes per game last season, but averaged 18.5 points and 9 rebounds per 36 minutes.
The Toronto Raptors were good last season, second best team in the East. That means the guys on Inside the NBA on TNT had to talk about them.
Which means Charles Barkley had to say “Jonas Valanciunas” a lot. Which is high comedy. While a lot of people struggle to say his name the guy is a solid NBA center who, with a little practice, you can say (and spell) his name pretty easily.
This comes from a YouTube user, via Reddit, with a hat tip to Eye on Basketball.