The Brooklyn Nets could really use a win Friday night — they are currently tied with Boston for the 7/8 seeds in the East, just one game ahead of Indiana and a game-and-a-half over Miami.
The Nets are catching a break Friday night — Washington without John Wall. This will be his second game missed in a row.
Washington could use a win too — they are currently the five seed, just a game back of four seed Toronto and home-court in the first round — but Wall chose to rest himself looking at the big picture, reports J. Michael of CSNWashington.com.
“I’m just resting tonight,” Wall said. “I’m just getting extra shots up and just trying to keep my rhythm and shape doing extra running.
“Just give me time to let my body heal, my ankles heal, my (right) knee heal and see these guys come out with a lot of confidence and build their confidence, build their rhythm these last couple of games.”
Wall has been playing through minor injuries much of the second half of the season. This is about him trying to be healthy and right come the playoffs, which is what he should be doing this time of the season. Whether his coach loves it or not.
The Wizards won the last game without Wall, but that was against the lowly Sixers. Wall being out is a break for the Nets as Wall is the focal point of the Washington offense and without him they can struggle to score. Ramon Sessions will get the start for Wall.
What this means for the Nets is more room for Deron Williams to operate. Although, what has driven the Nets recent run is the play of Brook Lopez, the two-time Eastern Conference player of the week.
Nene went through shootaround for the Wizards and is expected to play. He and Marcin Gortat have their work cut out for them containing Lopez and his versatile offensive game.
Kevin Durant made the sentiment public — players don’t like that the media gets to vote for MVP and other awards — but he is far from the only person to think it.
In steps Michelle Roberts, the new head of the players’ union, with the Players’ Choice Awards — NBA players are going to vote their own MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and so on.
The first question may be will anyone care? However, I think the bigger point here is this is another step in Roberts trying to ingratiate herself with the rank and file players (and particularly the big stars) because she’s going to need them to have her back when the 2017 lockout turns nasty.
Part of the movie going experience is to suspend belief and jump into the world of the characters, of the film maker. We believe that there is a matrix. We don’t question how in Ocean’s 11 (the George Clooney/Brad Pitt one) they get all those fliers down into the vault that get carried out as the fake money. We just let things go.
Not Rajon Rondo.
In a fantastic story for ESPN about how Rondo’s mind works — and questioning if you can build a team around that — Baxter Holmes gets Rondo talking about movies and how he can’t just suspend belief. (Hat tip Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie.)
Provide him with bad information? “Your credibility is shot,” Rondo says. And if he doesn’t buy the narrative, even off the floor, he’ll bail, he’ll disengage, as he does on movies whose storylines stray from logic, even for a moment. His last theater walkout: The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington. “I didn’t understand how he got the cop’s number,” Rondo says, referencing a certain scene. “It was just too much.” He recently watched the movie again to see if he could stomach it. He couldn’t.
Picking apart the flaws of the Equalizer is a Homer Simpson level mental challenge. Can’t blame Rondo here, and at least he gave the film a second chance.
Rondo’s confidence and his unshakable belief in what he sees as the right way to do things makes him difficult to play with, but also makes him like some of the greatest players of all time (Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, etc.). The question teams need to ask themselves during free agency this season, is Rondo’s talent level worth that locker room challenge? More than a few teams will answer that it will. Is Dallas one of those?