NBA News and Notes for May 16th
The Spurs have forced the first Game 7 of the second round, beating the New Orleans Hornets 99-80. The home team now has won a staggering 20 out of 21 games in the second round. Last year, the home team was 13-10.
* In “judging players based on a single game” news, David West put up the following numbers in Game 6 37:49 minutes, 4-14 from the field (2-2 from the line), 6 boards, 4 turnovers, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 10 points scored. To be fair, West missed the last 10 minutes after Robert Horry hit him on a pick, re-aggravating an old injury of West’s. And to be clear, I’m just joking – I think West is an excellent NBA player.
* There was a great article in Newsday about David Lee, as soon as he heard D’Antoni was going to be the new coach, calling up Steve Nash to set up workouts.
“This plays perfectly into what I’m trying to do,” Lee said of the up-tempo system, which is similar to what he played under Billy Donovan at Florida. “My advantage against other bigs is I’m quicker and faster; I’m never going to be stronger than most of the fours or fives at this level, though I am always trying to get stronger and I will always compete physically.
“So I was very excited to see [D'Antoni] took the job here in New York.”
* The Suns interviewed Terry Porter, and are going to be interviewing Mark Jackson on Friday. It’d be funny to see Jax get the Phoenix job. He could give Nash some point guard pointers – Jackson does have the second-most assists in NBA history (which just sounds so wrong, doesn’t it?).
* Thanks to o_boogie for the tip, Real GM has a link to a story about the Knicks sending Isiah on his first assignment in his new scouting role. He has been sent to Europe to scout Nicolas Batum and Danilo Gallinari.
* While I was at Real GM, I saw that Kiki Vandeweghe is looking to make a big splash as the new Nets GM, as apparently he’s talking to the Nuggets to see what it would take to get Carmelo Anthony and Marcus Camby. The Nets do have a whole ton of good stuff to offer in return.
* Mike Dunlap left the Nuggets assistant coaching staff to take the “Lute Olsen understudy” job at Arizona. I was wondering who’d they be able to sucker into taking that gig.
* Hopefully the Cavaliers play better in Game 6 than they did in the latter stages of Game 5.
TWO Game 6s in one night – we may be in for a treat Friday night!!