Author: Kurt Helin

Denver Nuggets v Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James: If Kevin Love demands ball in the post we’ll give it to him


LeBron James used to say this same thing about Chris Bosh back in Miami: If he demands the rock, we will get him the rock. Bosh wasn’t usually the demanding type, however. He, more than anyone, modified his game to fit next to LeBron.

Kevin Love is still trying to find his footing in the Cavaliers offense. He’s used to having the offense run through him, but he is averaging 13.1 shots a game this season (down more than five a game from last year) and his touches per game are way off as well. It’s an adjustment for him.

But like Bosh before him, LeBron says if Love wants the ball he can have it, he just has to demand it. From Joe Varden of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

“It’s the demand,” James said, weighing in on the 6-foot-10 Love’s stated discomfort in the Cavaliers’ offense through 10 games. “Kevin’s a guy, if he wants the ball in the post, he gets it in the post. If he demands it, we’ll give it to him….

“It’s a feel-out process for all of us,” James said. “It’s a little more challenging for (Love) than it is for me and Kyrie because we get to handle the ball a little bit more, and him being a big guy we have to give him the ball when he has his opportunities. He has to make the most out of them.”

Love has said he wants to get more touches in the post, where he can establish himself and get more easy buckets… except he’s not finishing those this season. Love is shooting just 39.2 percent this season inside eight feet of the rim.

All of this speaks to the comfort level in Cleveland, it’s a work in process on offense. It will eventually change, they have three guys who are pretty much walking mismatches, and there will be a lot of nights Love gets the looks he wants.

But Bosh warned Love this was going to be a serious adjustment.

PBT Extra: How would the NBA benefit from legalized sports betting?

Adam Silver

Last week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver penned an op-ed in the New York Times advocating for legalized, regulated sports betting. In the past, he has called legalized betting “inevitable” and said the NBA would participate once that happened.

In the latest PBT Extra, we discuss how the NBA could benefit from legalized betting, and how Silver’s support for legalization is making him unpopular in some circles.

Dallas’ Brandan Wright finishes alley-oop all over Kevin Seraphin (VIDEO)

Brandan Wright, Kris Humphries

That was embarrassing. And on top of all of it Kevin Seraphin got called for the foul.

Dallas rode their juggernaut offense and 34 points from Monta Ellis to pick up a quality win. Dirk Nowitzki was knocking down key shots.

But if you want a highlight that has people talking, this is it.

Markieff Morris: We knew Caldwell-Pope would miss last shot because he “doesn’t have any heart”

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Markieff Morris

In the second quarter of the Suns eventual win over the Pistons in Detroit Wednesday night, Markieff Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got into it a little bit, jawing at each other. It happens.

Late in the game the Suns’ Eric Bledsoe made a driving layup that put the Suns on top. Still, the Pistons had a couple of chances to tie. First Morris blocked a Brandon Jennings driving layup, but the Pistons got another chance when Caldwell-Pope let go a three with :02 on the clock. If it goes in the Pistons win.

Morris wasn’t worried (via Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News):

Well then.

As Goodwill notes, it’s easy to say that after the fact. This is a league of faux fights and “tough guys” who make sure someone is there to hold them back so they don’t actually get in a fight. So take it all with a little bit of salt.

Circle the date on your calendar, the rematch is Dec. 12 in Phoenix.

PBT’s Wednesday night NBA Winners/Losers: Video of LeBron’s fumble, other tight finishes

LeBron James

Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Here’s what you missed while… if you missed Wednesday night in the NBA you missed a lot.

source:  LeBron James/Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron tried to say this wasn’t a measuring stick game for the Cavaliers… we all knew it was. No game in November means anything if they meet in June, but it tells you where the teams are now. What we learned is that the Spurs still know how to execute when everything is on the line and the Cavaliers, well, it’s still a work in progress.

source:  Kyle Lowry/Toronto Raptors. We The North handed Memphis just its second loss of the season, and they did it taking over late in the fourth quarter — Memphis was 4-of-14 shooting in the final quarter while Toronto had a lot of Terrence Ross late. Then, with the game tied late, it was Kyle Lowry with the final for points for the Raptors, including a wicked step back jumper for the dagger (Mike Conley defended as well as you can, but good offense beats good defense).

source:  Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns. At the end of a tight game in Detroit, the Suns Eric Bledsoe was the guy who was making plays, showing why he got paid this summer.

The Pistons had a couple of chances late to tie or take the lead, but Markieff Morris blocked a Brandon Jennings layup, then with two seconds left Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got a look at a three to get the win and… Morris wasn’t worried.

source:  Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks. It was almost a night he was a loser here after this:

But in the second OT the Bucks were down three late and it was Knight who knocked down the three to send it to the third overtime. Then the Bucks won it in the third frame, 122-118. So Knight gets to be a winner for the night.

source:  Wesley Johnson/Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers played smart late — with Dwight Howard out they doubled James Harden with Jordan Hill in fourth quarter, Hill was free to push out because there was no threat of scoring behind him. Still, the Lakers were down one with less than 50 seconds left in the game and Harden was trying to isolate on Wesley Johnson when…

The Lakers have two nice wins in a row, both since Nick Young came back. Coincidence?

source:  Solomon Hill/Indiana Pacers. Rodney Stuckey took the shot to win it all and… wow that was bad. An airball. But then there was Solomon Hill.