Welp. That Western Conference Final was difficult to characterize. To use a well-worn boxing analogy, it was a contest between knockout specialists, and an incredibly entertaining one. Both landed shots and took them. Both wobbled. Both recovered. I cannot recall a series where my “feel” for a given game at a given moment was so inconsistent with the score. Both teams had substantial leads that didn’t feel substantial. Both had slim leads that felt a lot bigger. Then at times both kinda crapped the bed. I’m not a big fan of the “choke” label, though I don’t begrudge its use. …continue reading
[ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Tuesday's Knicks Links: Kristaps Porzingis wants to win an NBA title (Tue, 31 May 2016 05:07:59 EST) Tuesday's Knicks Links: Kristaps Porzingis wants to win an NBA title [New York Post] Ex-Knicks coach: Jeff Hornacek can only fix so much (Tue, 31 May 2016 00:57:12 -0400) Hubie Brown says the Knicks may need more than just a solid head coach to turn around their fortunes next season. Brown, ESPN Radio analyst who will work the NBA Finals, believes the surprising hiring of Hornacek will bring "accountability” and a potentially more exciting offense to the Knicks. …continue reading
[New York Times] Sports of The Times: Once Disgraced, Mike Rice Finds Redemption in Youth Basketball (Mon, 30 May 2016 01:01:17 GMT) The former Rutgers coach, who was fired for abusive college practices, is now teaching athletes with dreams of playing at higher levels. [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: With Survival Kit of 3-Pointers, and Team Trust, the Warriors Live On (Mon, 30 May 2016 00:47:50 GMT) Golden State’s Klay Thompson fed off his teammates in helping to forge a Game 7 against the Thunder.
[New York Times] Warriors 108, Thunder 101 | Series tied, 3-3: Klay Thompson Takes Control, and Warriors Force Game 7 With Thunder (Sun, 29 May 2016 04:14:30 GMT) Golden State, facing elimination for a second straight game, trailed for most of the game but preserved its chances of repeating as champion with a late run. [New York Times] Curry Keen to Avoid Another Game Seven Letdown (Sun, 29 May 2016 06:45:27 GMT) Stephen Curry will get the chance to make up for one of the few disappointments of his career on Monday when the Golden State Warriors take on Oklahoma …continue reading
[New York Times] LeBron James Makes Sixth Straight N.B.A. Finals With Cavaliers’ Rout (Sat, 28 May 2016 03:53:44 GMT) James scores 33 points as Cleveland eliminates Toronto with ease in Game 6. [New York Times] After Two Decades, W.N.B.A. Still Struggling for Relevance (Sat, 28 May 2016 06:30:03 GMT) Even with a tether to the rich and powerful N.B.A., attendance and television viewership have lagged for the W.N.B.A. [New York Times] James Scores 33, Cavaliers Reach Second Straight NBA Finals (Sat, 28 May 2016 05:18:34 GMT) For LeBron James, it’s six straight trips to the NBA Finals. [New York Times] …continue reading
[New York Times] Warriors 120, Thunder 111 | Oklahoma City leads series, 3-2: Warriors Slip Past Thunder to Stave Off Elimination (Fri, 27 May 2016 03:48:37 GMT) Golden State, which set an N.B.A. record for regular-season wins, still faces ouster from the playoffs in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City on Saturday. [New York Times] Defending Champion Warriors Stave Off Elimination, Beat OKC (Fri, 27 May 2016 04:18:44 GMT) “We ain’t going home! We’re not going home!” Stephen Curry screamed at the top of his lungs. [New York Times] Bogut Wins Antipodean Battle as Warriors Beat …continue reading
[ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Thursday's Knicks Links: Grant, Wroten may benefit with Hornacek as the new coach (Thu, 26 May 2016 05:15:02 EST) Thursday's Knicks Links: Grant, Wroten may benefit with Hornacek as the new coach [New York Times] Cavaliers 116, Raptors 78 | Cleveland leads series, 3-2: Cavaliers Beat Raptors by 38 Points to Take Lead in East Finals (Thu, 26 May 2016 03:53:27 GMT) Kevin Love scored 25 points in three quarters of play, and LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each had 23, as Cleveland moved a win away from its second straight N.B.A. Finals. [New York …continue reading