Rubio, Shaq, and Game 2 Open Thread
Knick fans who were hoping Rubio would refuse play in Minnesota, and therefore being shipped to the Big Apple may have just had their dreams crushed. According to the Associated Press:
The Spanish point guard has agreed to join the Timberwolves next season, ending a drawn-out, delicate, two-year negotiation with the team that had many league observers believing he did not want to play in Minnesota.
A person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Rubio will be here next season, given the woebegone Timberwolves a much-needed dose of good news. The person requested anonymity because neither Rubio nor the Timberwolves planned to make an official announcement while he continues to play for Regal Barcelona in the Spanish league playoffs.
Shaquille O’Neal is hanging them up. Last year, Kevin McElroy anointed him The Greatest Center of the Modern Era
At his peak, Shaquille O’Neal was most unstoppable force of the last 30 years. He was everything that Dwight Howard is now plus a mean streak, an extra 50 pounds of muscle, and a much more refined offensive game than many people remember. As the statistical revolution has taken shape over the past decade, it has christened Shaq as the only potential challenger (pre-LeBron) to Jordan’s peak numerical supremacy, which is fitting because his ’00-’02 Lakers teams were the only non-Jordan teams of the last two decades that felt unbeatable when you watched them. And, a developing Kobe Bryant aside, it’s not like the supporting casts on those teams were particularly overwhelming.
Fretting over the Dallas loss in Game 1? John Hollinger says there is a lot to like in the Mavs loss:
Well, a lot of the difference was simply Dallas’ clanging shots it usually makes. The Mavs were just 16-of-45 on 2s; in particular, Miami’s defense seemed to erase those clean forays down the lane for J.J. Barea (added bonus for Miamians: If Barea keeps struggling like this, there’s a chance Zuleyka Rivera becomes available).
But you can also run through a highlight reel of makeable shots that the Mavs simply missed, with Brendan Haywood’s rim-check dunk attempt topping the list. Dallas’ scorching four-man bench unit of Terry, Barea, Haywood and Peja Stojakovic shot 4-for-22 in Game 1, and again, most of their looks were quality attempts.
Nonetheless, all the big-picture takeaways from the opener have to leave Dallas feeling fairly comfortable. By and large, the Mavs were able to play their game on Tuesday; they just happened to play it badly, and the Heat got some unlikely shots to go in.