The Clippers did that — they started to gravitate toward Deron Williams and if he had gone to shoot two or three defenders would have been there to cut off the drive and challenge the shot. But that comes with the risk of leaving other guys open — Williams recognizes the play and hits Jordan Farmar with a beautiful bounce pass and he drains the shot with .02 left to give the Nets a 101-100 win.
(LeBron James haters take note, with the game on the line and seeing the double team, Deron Williams passed to the open man for the game-winning shot.)
There’s a reason the best teams don’t always have the best records in close games — other teams can make plays if you let them hang around. The Clippers are learning — the best teams have a lot of comfortable wins and don’t put themselves in this position often. Because you never know when Jordan Farmar will beat you from two feet behind the arc.
Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance
NEW YORK (AP)— The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.
Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.
NBA players have continued to stand during the playing of the anthems, as required by league rule.
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This was more of what fans expected from Lonzo Ball.
After a rough first game against the Clippers — with Patrick Beverleyin his face all night — Ball found plenty of room to operate against the soft defense of the Phoenix Suns. With room to operate Ball had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists — just one assist short of a triple-double. He helped the Lakers pull away to a lead in the third then hold on for a 132-130 win over the Suns.
Ball wasn’t terribly efficient, 12-of-27 shooting, but he was 4-of-9 from three, he played with great pace, he was decisive, and was finding guys with his passes. It was a step forward, even if it was against a sad defense (Eric Bledsoe can be a good defender, but he has seemed disinterested in recent years).
Ball and the Lakers are going to be up and down this season, the goal is for there to be more ups near the end of the season.
LeBron James rejects Giannis Antetokounmpo at the rim