Game 2 has come and gone and although it may not seem like a lot, we are that much closer to seeing the last team left standing. For teams like Memphis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, Milwaukee, and Boston their chances of advancing are looking bleak after their 0-2 start in this years postseason. For the Bulls and Warriors they are in perfect position to pull of an upset as they go home all tied up at 1 a piece. I’m sure everybody took something different away from each game but here are my 8 thoughts from game 2 – one from each series.
1. Pay all your attention to Carmelo’s 34 points or J.R’s 19 off the bench but what I’m looking at as a die hard Knicks fan is 1 thing only. The Knicks have held Boston to a total of 45 points in the 2nd halves of game 1 and 2. Put two halves together and if my Kindergarten math teacher Mrs. Nuremberg taught me right they make a whole. The Knicks have held Boston to 45 points in the 48 minutes of 2nd half play so far. That’s a sexy stat, especially for all the haters telling us we can’t play defense.
2. Here is my bold statement of the year. Stephen Curry is the best shooter the world has ever seen, period. There has never been a better jump shot in the history of the game of basketball. Did you see the shots he was making from literally everywhere on the court? Here’s the poet in me – ready? Watching Stephen Curry release his shot is like watching Picasso paint a white canvas. It’s going to be a work of art. Shout out to Harrison Barnes for his career high, and a tisk tisk to the Nuggets for letting Golden State steal a game from them at home without David Lee. They’re buzzing with confidence now, so well done.
3. According to an ESPN source, the Bulls were treated thoroughly for, “Depressive Sleep Disorder,” that they were diagnosed with after they slept-walked through Game 1. They were as awake as ever in Game 2 and Joakim Noah toughed it out on his plantar fascitis..ed foot? Yeah that sounds okay, maybe Derrick Rose will grow some kahunas and come back next game in Chicago after seeing Noah put it all out there. I’ll be refreshing Waka Flocka Flame’s twitter regularly for any updates on Derrick Rose’s return.
4. The Clippers are proving me wrong. I’ll hand it to them. Chris Paul is taking over and pushing off and the Clippers are showing Memphis how it’s done.
5. Did anybody really watch the Pacers-Hawks game? But I will shout-out to Paul George because he’s definitely lived his whole life wishing for a shout-out from a schmuck like me. Anyway, good for him becoming a star this quickly in his career.
6. The Lakers are really just a train-wreck. I mean Steve Blake is now out – the only guy who was doing anything on the perimeter, Steve Nash is questionable as is Jodie Meeks. The Lakers also aren’t going to get anywhere with Dwight getting 16 and 9. It’s crazy to me because at the beginning of the year if you had said I’ll give you a team of Steve Nash, Dwight and Pau along with some other nobodies you’d say Western Conference Semis at least. Guess not. Good news? They’re heading back to Los Angeles where they’re 29-12… but something tells me they’ll make even Jack Nicholson leave early.
7. Guys! Milwaukee could still win in 6!
8. I took a lot of things away from this. Some more important than others. First, did you realize Terrence Jones and Thomas Robinson are sitting on the same bench together after playing one another in the National Championship game last year. I found that really cool… Second, Kevin Durant scored 5 fourth quarter points last night. That’s pretty lame if you ask me and not characteristic of a superstar trying to win a championship. Third, Chandler Parsons needs more arc on his jump shot. The things a line drive. Fourth, their late game execution was absolutely god awful.
*Per 48 Minutes.
Player A: 15.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 7.9 APG, 3.0 TPG, 2.5 SPG, 41.8 FG%, 37.5 3P%, Player B: 19.9 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 9.0 APG, 4.3 TPG, 2.4 SPG, 44.1 FG%, 33.9 3P%,
Now looking at that comparison, you could really debate for hours on who the better player is. Player A is a well rounded scorer, passer and rebounder while being efficient from the field and with the ball. Player B is a stronger scorer, a weaker rebounder, more reckless with the ball and a poorer shooter. Now what if I were to tell you Player A is Jeremy Lin and Player B is Patrick Beverley, his backup. So with this in mind, and the fact that Beverley was superb last night in his first start I conclude that if Beverley was a 32 minute a night player he’d be better than Jeremy Lin who is averaging 13 and 6 this season.