Spurs play with six players on final possession against Mavericks



Down two and without the ball, the Spurs faced dismal odds of beating the Mavericks in the closing seconds of Game 6 Friday, but Monta Ellis – in an attempt to run out the clock – threw the ball out of bounds with 1.3 seconds left. San Antonio’s chances improve a bit.

They improved much more when the Spurs ran their next play with six players.

Boris Diaw’s deep pass was tipped out of bounds by Ellis, giving San Antonio an inbound inside halfcourt with 0.4 seconds left.Maybe the Mavericks would have intercept the ball if they didn’t have to guard six players.

A lot of confusion about substitutions preceded the final play as Ellis frantically held up six fingers. It’s unclear whether he was complaining the Spurs just inbounded the ball with six players or were trying to do it again.

Eventually, Kawhi Leonard went to the bench, San Antonio inbounded once more without getting off a shot and the Mavericks won 113-111 to set up a Game 7 Sunday.

Oh, and as I’m sure you guessed if you’ve watched these playoffs so far, the referees let all this unfold without a call.

(hat tip: Deadspin)

Carmelo Anthony says he can play at high level 4-5 more years

USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp

Carmelo Anthony can flat-out score the rock — that has never been the question. Even hurting last season for many of the 40 games he played, he averaged 24.2 points a game, had a true shooting percentage of 53.1 percent (right near the league average) while having the entire weight of the Knicks offense on his shoulders (32.2 usage rate, fifth highest in the NBA). When people (or players) talk about him being overrated, the discussion turns to defense or if he makes his teammates better. But there should be no doubt Anthony is an elite scorer.

He thinks he will be for a while longer — like another five years. Via Ian Begley of ESPN:

In fact, the 31-year-old Knicks star is confident that he can play at a high level for the next “four or five years.”

“Without a doubt. Without a doubt,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ final training camp practice on Saturday.

The Knicks better hope that’s true, they already made that bet with that massive five-year contract they gave him last summer.

Anthony’s age combined with him coming off knee surgery have a lot of people — myself included — expecting him to take a step back. Not a big one, but he is coming up at the point in his career where some open shots he used to get are now contested because he’s half-a-step slower, and some of those looks don’t fall as often. His jumper isn’t suddenly going to look like Rajon Rondo‘s, ‘Melo is going to get his points, but he may not be as efficient.

Fortunately, the Knicks have an improved supporting cast around him this season. That should take some offensive load off his shoulders, and maybe the Knicks offense will see better ball movement and start to resemble the triangle. If it’s just more isolation Anthony, it’s not going to be pretty.

Kings pick up option on G Ben McLemore

Ben McLemore, Rodney Hood
1 Comment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento have picked up the 2016-17 option on guard Ben McLemore‘s contract.

General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Saturday.

McLemore was Sacramento’s first-round pick in 2013. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.