“Al Gore won the popular vote and didn’t get elected president, so I’m not going to sit here and kill myself over not winning Defensive Player of the Year.”
— Golden State’s Draymond Green, on coming in second in Defensive Player of the Year voting, despite having more first place votes than the winner, Kawhi Leonard. Via Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com.
Green was put first on 45 DPOY ballots, Leonard was first on 37. The difference was Green was completely left off 42 ballots (you can see who did that here). I would love to hear the explanation from voters who left Green completely off — Ernie Johnson could do that on TNT tonight. Marc Stein of ESPN thought Andrew Bogut was more influential for Golden State than Green. There are a number of quality candidates, but to me it would be hard to leave Green all the way off.
If Green is going to follow in the footsteps of Gore, next up would be making an environmental documentary. He might want to wait until after the playoffs to do that.
I am not one to be put off by someone’s choice of body art and manipulation. Heck, I live in Long Beach, CA, about as inked a city as you will find in the nation.
But the Birdman Chris Andersen’s new skull tattoo — skulls and the words “give me war” —made me do a double take.
I appreciate Andersen’s dedication to being a canvas for the artform, and that he was running out of places on his body that could get covered with more ink. But damn.
I would love to see Pat Riley’s reaction.
It’s just the Birdman being the Birdman.
Golden State has Draymond Green, the guy likely to win (and my pick for) Defensive Player of the Year. His versatility and strength allows him to guard effectively positions one through four.
He’s done a good job on Anthony Davis through two games — Davis has 18 points on 18 shots when Green is on him. Anyone else and Davis eats their lunch.
Warriors’ fans in the Bay Area, if you are a Comcast subscriber you can watch a free live stream of Thursday night’s Game 3 between the Pelicans and Warriors, just follow this link.
The Pelicans have been game in their first round series against heavily favorited Golden State, and the Warriors had to work for their wins. In this PBT Extra I suggest to Jenna Corrado if the Pelicans are going to steal a game at home in this series, they are going to need to get Davis some help — someone else to put up efficient points. Eric Gordon has put up more than 19 points a game this series, and he’s hit his threes, but he’s been turnover prone and inefficient.
With Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday banged up, I’m not sure who it will be. The Warriors have done a good job limiting Ryan Anderson. But the Pelicans need someone else to step up. Because we know at some point Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will.
Give Boston credit, they have fought hard in their first-round playoff series against the heavily favorite Cavaliers. They have intentionally gotten physical with LeBron James. They have made Cleveland work for it.
But in the end, talent wins, and the Cavaliers have more of it. A lot more.
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That’s what Jenna Corrado and I discuss in this latest PBT Extra, looking at the Cavaliers/Celtics series as it shifts to Boston for Game 3, with the Cavaliers up 2-0. We know how this movie is going to end. It’s inevitable. But the experience for this young Celtics team of what it takes and the effort they have given, that will help build the foundation in Boston for years to come.
This Bulls team is not like the last few Bulls teams.
For years, the Bulls have been a defense-first team that ground their opponents down and found just enough offense to get the wins. For a while, that offense was the Derrick Rose show until his injuries changed that.
This year’s Bulls have much more offense — Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol, and others. That’s what Jenna Corrado and I talk about as we look at how the Bucks vs. Bulls series moves forward with the Bulls up 2-0.
Bulls’ fans in the Chicago area, if you are a Comcast subscriber you can watch a free live stream of Thursday night’s Game 3 between the Bulls and Bucks, just follow this link.
This has been a physical series, but the Bucks don’t have the firepower to challenge Chicago. That lack of firepower makes me suspicious of how the Bulls’ defense looks this series. Cleveland will be a better test.