Near the end of the postgame press conference with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade after the Heat’s Game 3 win over the Pacers, Wade was asked how his knee was feeling, and whether or not it was affecting him during this series.
Wade’s performance wouldn’t indicate that he was having any issues, especially after posting 18 points, four rebounds, eight assists, and two blocked shots in his team’s latest victory. Even though we know the knee has been sore throughout these playoffs, and has limited Wade at times, he’s been able to play through the injury for the most part.
As Wade prepared to deliver an answer to the question, James stopped him in his tracks.
“His knee is fine,” James insisted. “His knee is fine, we don’t need to talk about the knee. He in the lineup, he good.”
“There you go,” Wade said with a smile.
“He’s alright,” James added.
It’s reminiscent of one of those moments that the press used to complain about during Miami’s first season with Wade and James together, when they’d frequently appear side-by-side at press conferences and protect one another from questions they believed might have been too stressful or difficult to deal with individually.
Either way, Wade’s performance hasn’t seemed to be affected the knee lately, and James obviously doesn’t want his teammate to have to continue to address it.
Rajon Rondo: You couldn’t name three players on 2015-16 Kings, but I led NBA in assists
“It’s just, maybe, the personnel in this situation,” Rondo says in response. “I mean, last year — I hate to keep talking about last year — but you couldn’t name three people on my team, the Sacramento Kings, and I led the league in assists. You know? I don’t know. I believe so (that his skill set still has value), given the right personnel and the flow of the game.”
Nike, meanwhile, is expected to present its initial NBA jersey designs to retailers beginning this week. The company said it doesn’t plan to produce sleeved jerseys, a style debuted by Adidas in 2013 that received mixed reviews from players and fans.
Whether or not sleeves were introduced for ad space, uniform advertisements are still coming. The ads can fit on standard jerseys, no problem.
At this point, there’s just little to no upside for sleeved jerseys.
Nostalgia will treat sleeves better than present-day evaluations, but until we look back wistfully on this mostly failed experiment, good riddance.
Report: Carmelo Anthony twice asked to meet with Phil Jackson, who will get around to it soon
That affair should’ve provided a sense of Jackson’s communication skills. This latest episode only reinforces it.
The Knicks were in New York on Thursday, when Rosen’s article was published. They played in Toronto on Sunday and returned home for a game yesterday. That’s plenty of time for Jackson and Anthony to talk.
Why hasn’t it happened yet?
Isaiah Thomas on pace to break modern-era fourth-quarter scoring record
“It doesn’t surprise me,” Thomas said. “It just surprises everybody else.”
It shouldn’t any longer.
Boston has won seven of eight, and in that span, Thomas has scored most of the Celtics’ fourth-quarter points. He has pushed his fourth-quarter scoring average to 10.1 for the season – putting him on track to break the modern-era record.
Kobe Bryant scored 9.5 fourth-quarter points per game in 2006, the most in the previous 20 years (as far back as NBA.com has data). The leaderboard:
Russell Westbrook is also on track to surpass Kobe and join this rarified air. LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade are the only other players to average even eight fourth-quarter points per game in a season over the previous 20 years. Not even Michael Jordan (7.1 in 1997, 7.3 in 1998) did it.
Boston’s offense has blasted into the stratosphere with Thomas on the court in the fourth quarter, scoring 122.1 points per 100 possessions. However, the Celtics allow even more with him on the floor in the final period (122.8 points per 100 possessions). The 5-foot-9 point guard has limits.
But where those limits exist when it comes to his clutch scoring – we haven’t found them yet.