Last season, the Minnesota Timberwolves gave Brandon Roy one last chance.
Roy was amnestied by Portland and had retired from the game because his knees had gotten so bad he couldn’t contribute. He couldn’t play anymore. However, Roy is about as competitive a guy as there is in the league so he got treatment for a year, he rested his knee, he did anything and everything he could to get right. He felt better, he was working out and so the Timberwolves gave him a chance.
Five games. That’s how long his comeback lasted. His knees would not hold up.
Everyone else knew it was the end. Now Roy, speaking at a University of Washington alumni event, sounded like a guy who has reached the same conclusion, reports ESPN’s Kevin Pelton.
I can’t imagine another NBA team giving him a shot at this point.
I choose not to remember the Minnesota Roy. I choose to remember the Rookie of the Year Roy, the three time All-Star Roy, the guy who scored 22.6 points a game and more than that controlled the flow of those games. I will remember the guy that could take over games like few could. That’s the Roy I will remember, and I will wish it hadn’t all ended so soon.
The Los Angeles Clippers dropped Game 5 to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, and find themselves down 3-2 as they head back to Salt Lake City for Game 6. The Clippers have had to deal with Utah’s formidable defense, so much so that they’ve built in counters to Jazz defenders overplaying shooters like JJ Redick.
One example of this countering method could be found in Game 3, when the Clippers ran a split cut for Redick. Instead of fighting endlessly around screens for a 3-point shot as you might expect, LA took the easy route and simply cut Redick to the basket for an easy layup as a means to take advantage of an overeager defender.
We’ve talked about the Split Cut here on NBA Playbook before. The Los Angeles Lakers used it earlier in the season to beat the Golden State Warriors, the team that uses the split cut perhaps the most out of any team in the NBA.
Other teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, have adapted the Warriors’ use of the split cut as a counter for their own offense this season, which is a testament to just how useful it is.
If you need a reminder, a split cut all about a screener coming up to screen, then cutting toward the basket before his screen action fully takes place. It’s about timing, and catching defenders off guard when they go to set up their recover positions for screens.
For a full breakdown on the split cut and how the Clippers used it, watch the video above.
John Wall has been super, averaging 27 points and 11 assists while leading the Wizards to a 3-2 lead over the Hawks in the first-round.
Fred Hoiberg opened himself to clowning by complaining about Isaiah Thomas carrying.
So, the Bulls coach got clowned after the Celtics’ Game 5 win.
Late in the Celtics’ Game 5 win over the Bulls last night, Jae Crowder leg-locked Robin Lopez – the same dirty play that caused rancor for Matthew Dellavedova in the 2015 playoffs.
Lopez blocked Crowder’s shot, but the ball went to Al Horford, who attacked the basket. As Lopez tried to rotate to contest another shot, he couldn’t move. Crowder, who’d fallen to the floor, had him in a leg-lock. Lopez freed himself just in time to foul Horford.
Adding insult to avoided injury, Lopez got hit with a technical foul for complaining about the no-call.
I bet the league issues a technical foul on Crowder, too.