Warriors become just second team with 50-40-90 NBA Finals game

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The 50-40-90 club is a bit antiquated. Entrance is gained by shooting 50% from the field, 40% on 3-pointers and 90% on free throws. Just seven players – Steve Nash (four times), Larry Bird (twice), Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Reggie Miller and Mark Price – have done it for a full season.

Teams have increasingly realized they should hunt more 3-pointers, which lowers 3-point and field-goal percentages while producing more efficient offense. True shooting percentage better aggregates all the relevant factors.

But 50-40-90 remains the classic measure of elite shooting, and it shows versatility of scoring. It’s a feat worth celebrating.

The Warriors have fully embraced the modern philosophy on 3-point shooting, and they still entered the 50-40-90 club as a team in Game 2 last night.

Golden State made 52% of its shots, 42% of its 3-pointers and 92% of its free throws. The Celtics are the only other team with a 50-40-90 NBA Finals game, posting 50%/44%/96% in Game 2 against the Rockets in 1986.

Team FG% 3P% FT%
GSW-CLE 2017 G2 52% (46-89) 42% (18-43) 92% (22-24)
BOS-HOU 1986 G2 50% (45-90) 44% (4-9) 96% (23-24)

Here are the teams that came closest:

Team FG% 3P% FT%
LAL-BOS 2008 G2 49% (41-83) 48% (10-21) 100% (10-10)
IND-LAL 2000 G5 57% (39-68) 50% (10-20) 89% (32-36)
LAL-BOS 1984 G1 52% (43-83) 50% (1-2) 88% (28-32)
IND-LAL 2000 G4 50% (42-84) 53% (10-19) 86% (24-28)
BOS-LAL 2008 G6 49% (43-87) 50% (13-26) 86% (32-37)
SEA-CHI 1996 G4 56% (41-73) 53% (9-17) 84% (16-19)
MIA-OKC 2012 G2 47% (36-76) 43% (6-14) 88% (22-25)
LAL-PHI 2001 G3 47% (35-75) 40% (4-10) 88% (22-25)
MIA-OKC 2012 G5 52% (40-77) 54% (14-26) 82% (27-33)
SAS-MIA 2014 G3 59% (38-64) 45% (9-20) 81% (26-32)
DET-POR 1990 G4 46% (42-91) 44% (7-16) 88% (21-24)
DET-LAL 1988 G6 49% (39-79) 40% (2-5) 81% (22-27)
DAL-MIA 2006 G2 49% (34-70) 42% (8-19) 82% (23-28)
NJN-LAL 2002 G4 49% (45-92) 44% (4-9) 81% (13-16)
PHI-LAL 2001 G1 48% (40-83) 36% (4-11) 92% (23-25)
IND-LAL 2000 G6 47% (36-77) 48% (12-25) 84% (27-32)
IND-LAL 2000 G3 46% (36-78) 39% (7-18) 88% (21-24)
LAL-DET 1989 G2 45% (35-77) 40% (6-15) 85% (29-34)
MIA-SAS 2014 G1 47% (37-78) 41% (12-29) 82% (9-11)
SAS-DET 2005 G2 47% (29-62) 46% (11-24) 82% (28-34)
LAL-CHI 1991 G1 45% (30-66) 50% (5-10) 82% (28-34)
LAL-BOS 1987 G5 45% (43-95) 50% (4-8) 82% (18-22)
CHI-UTA 1997 G2 46% (32-69) 38% (6-16) 82% (27-33)
BOS-LAL 2008 G4 45% (33-73) 36% (8-22) 82% (23-28)

Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan fined $15,000 for criticizing referees

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The Raptors lost to the Warriors on Saturday, and DeMar DeRozan – despite his own brilliant performance – was irked.

The Toronto guard seemed particularly upset about a review of an out-of-bounds call in the final seconds. After initially giving the ball to the Raptors, officials said it touched DeRozan while he was out of bounds and granted Golden State possession:

The NBA’s replay guidelines say (emphasis mine): “Referees can only initiate a review on a called out-of-bounds play (for example, not one where an out-of-bounds might have occurred) and only those involving doubt as to which player caused the ball to go out (not those, for example, where a player stepped on the line).”


I mean, it’s frustrating being out there feeling like you playing 5-on-8. It’s just what it feel like, period. Some of them calls was terrible, period.

I thought you couldn’t even do that. I’m not even a referee, and I know that rule. So, somebody correct me if I’m wrong.

The NBA corrected him in the two-minute report, saying “After communicating with the Replay Center, the ruling on the floor of Raptors possession is overturned and the Warriors are awarded possession because the ball touches DeRozan’s (TOR) leg while his body is out of bounds before Curry (GSW) knocks the ball out. Referees were able to review two aspects of this out-of-bounds play since they were part of the same sequence.”

Then, the league fined him.

NBA release:

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The comments were made following the Raptors’ 127-125 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, Jan. 13

Saying “5-on-8” seems to be a secret code word for getting fined. I’m not sure whether the rest of DeRozan’s comments would have gotten him fined, but that phrase almost certainly did him in.

Kyle Lowry on plan to meet Ben Simmons after ejections: ‘Put it this way, I was back there’

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As Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons were ejected late in the 76ers’ win over the Raptors yesterday, the players appeared to challenge each other to meet in back.

Lowry eagerly left the court and headed through the tunnel. Simmons appeared much more reluctant at that point.

Despite a report of a confrontation in the hallway, Simmons said nothing escalated, as he went to his locker room.

Michael Grange of Sportsnet


Warriors complained of no hot water in showers in Cleveland

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The Cavaliers are clearly frustrated.

Did someone in Cleveland take out that frustration on the Warriors after they beat the Cavs last night?

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

Players were complaining about there being no hot water in the visiting locker room showers. When they walked in, they could be heard screaming in discomfort. Most of the players emerged shivering from taking a quick wash-off.

“Man, they got to do something in ‘The Q.’ Somebody call Bron!” Kevin Durant yelled, referring to LeBron James.

No one seemed angry; the situation was more humorous.

That’s the right approach. Whenever the hot water is out in a visiting locker room, the finger is pointed at the home team for sabotage. Sometimes, heating systems just fail.

Giannis Antetokounmpo assists fastbreak dunk with football-style long snap (video)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is scoring more in the post, the basketball analogue of football’s trenches.

Apparently, he’s taking the comparison to the next level.

In the Bucks’ win over the Wizards yesterday, Antetokounmpo played the part of a long-snapping center to set up Khris Middleton in transition.

NBC Sports Washington: