Kurt Helin

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Report: Melvin Hunt remains guy expected to get Denver coaching job

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The Denver Nuggets have gone all over the map with their coaching search. They interviewed the godfather of the modern run-and-gun offense in Mike D’Antoni. Twice Denver has interviewed a defense and discipline guy in Mike Malone.

But interim coach Melvin Hunt remains the guy most people around the league think will get the gig.

Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted this Monday.

Hunt would be a good hire and could be part of the culture change needed in Denver. The Nuggets players responded to Hunt when he was tapped to replace Brian Shaw midseason. The Nuggets went on a run, so much so that management told him to start resting guys to make sure they didn’t lose their draft position (yes, tanking).

Stein had one other interesting coaching note, this one pertaining to the staff for Billy Donovan in Oklahoma City.

Remember Cheeks was an assistant coach in Oklahoma for Scott Brooks the last time the Thunder went to the Finals. He has a good relationship with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. That would be a good get for OKC.

Watch Cleveland weatherman rant about no-call on LeBron James in OT

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As my Twitter timeline Sunday night would attest, fans in Cleveland were up in arms over this call:

The NBA’s report on the officiating in the final two minutes of Game 2 says that LeBron James was fouled by Andre Iguodala on that play, and the referees missed it.

The report also says the referees had missed LeBron’s travel before he went up for that shot. So I guess two wrongs make a right?

The real point we’re trying to get to is this video of a Cleveland weatherman who is far more into that no-call than the little storms coming to Northeast Ohio. (Hat tip to NBA Reddit)

Report: Kevin Love to Boston this summer a longshot

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We will start where we always start with these stories:

Kevin Love has said repeatedly he has no intention of leaving the Cavaliers this summer. There are more reasons for him to stay rather than leave at this point, and I’ve said from the start I’ve heard he will stay and expect him to do just that.

But the rumors will not die.

Boston has been home to those rumors since last summer when GM Danny Ainge was trying to make Love the Celtics’ big free agent move. But according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald don’t expect to see Love in Celtics green next season even if he does opt out.

According to all sources, Danny Ainge still has affection for Love, but it’s not nearly the borderline obsession that was in play last summer….

The idea last year was to try to pair Love and (Rajon) Rondo, giving the Celts a solid two-All-Star base around which to build and presenting Rondo with a reason to stay when he reached free agency this summer. So, as we noted even before the Timberwolves got their deal, no Love meant no Rondo….

And from all indications, Love is not seen as a foundational player upon whom to build. Further, sources say his knee issues are bound to have an impact on his basketball longevity and effectiveness.

 

There are going to be some interesting questions down the line for the Cavaliers and Love, especially with the emergence of Tristan Thompson in these playoffs as a valuable part of the front line. But those are down the line.

In the short term, don’t expect Love in Boston. Or anywhere else that is not Cleveland.

 

 

Charles Barkley on Matthew Dellavedova: “Curry will kill that kid in the overall scheme of things”

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Stephen Curry was 0-of-8 shooting when covered by Matthew Dellavedova in Game 2.

Was that about Dellavedova’s defense, or was Stephen Curry just having an off night?

TNT analyst Charles Barkley in the latter group. He was on SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio channel today with Nicole Zaloumis and Ric Bucher.

“I don’t think he’s a dirty player.  I think he’s a hard-working player.  And I think people need to slow down giving him so much credit because Steph Curry will kill that kid in the overall scheme of things.  He just didn’t make shots last night, and I think that everybody needs to slow their roll.  Steph Curry just missed some shots…This notion that he stopped him is just ridiculous.  You know, when you are a jump shooter you have good days [and] you have bad days.  And Steph had a bad day last night but, listen, Dellavedova wasn’t the reason he was missing shots.”

I’d swear I just read Charles Barkley defending the jump shooting team, but that can’t be true.

Like most things in life, the reality is somewhere in the middle.

Dellavedova did a superb job sticking with Stephen Curry, denying the ball at times, being physical with him and never letting Curry get comfortable and in a rhythm. That said, Curry was 1-of-9 on uncontested looks in Game 2, and we know he is fully capable of draining contested looks. He’s done it all season against the opponent’s best defender.

At some point his shots will fall more often, but if the Cavaliers defense can keep the Warriors team from getting an offensive flow they have a good chance to take the series.

Relive Cleveland’s Game 2 win in NBA’s mini-movie

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Through two games, this has been an incredibly entertaining NBA Finals. The games couldn’t be closer, this being the first NBA Finals ever where Games 1 and 2 went to overtime. It has been physical, intense, and guys are selling out.

What else can you ask for as a basketball fan?

Enjoy a recap of Game 2 on the travel day, we will gear up for Game 3 on Tuesday.