Tag:David Lee
Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:31 am
 

The Game Changer: Chicago keeps clamping down

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.

THE BIG ONE: I DARE YOU TO SCORE ON THE Bulls

Let's go over a few stats from the Pacers-Bulls game. Indiana's field goal percentage: 35.7. Indiana's turnovers: 15. Indiana's points by quarter: 18, 23, 17, 15. Indiana's total points: 73.

The lesson here we're learning is, it's not easy to score on the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls have won six straight and during that stretch are only allowing 88.0 points per game, and that's including an overtime win over the Rockets where Chicago gave up 116. In the last five wins, the Bulls are just allowing 82.4 points a game. Consider this: In games that ended in regulation, the Bulls have only allowed 100 points four times in their 23 games. And people didn't think Tom Thibodeau could transform the Bulls.

What makes the Bulls so incredible on the defensive end is their ability to help defend everywhere. Nothing ever goes uncontested. If the other team is taking a shot, you can count on a hand being in their face. The Bulls rotate as well as anyone, stuff the lane and force opponents to try and beat them with jumpshots. It's the classic Boston Celtic defense that Thibodeau became known for. And it's making the Bulls one of the premier teams in the East.

Since Carlos Boozer has joined the team after his injury, the Bulls are 6-1 with the one loss being to the Celtics in Boozers first game. Chicago is placing itself in the elite tier in the East and priming itself as a contender to the Magic, Heat and Celtics.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES

Zach Randolph gets the gold star as he Grizzly big man went for 25 points and 20 rebounds in a winning effort over the Blazers.

Dwyane Wade
gets a mention with 32 points on only 13 shots. Plus he added five rebounds just for fun.

Carlos Boozer continues to come around as he had 22 points and 18 rebounds for the Bulls in their domination of the Pacers.

Deron Williams and the Jazz cruised past the Warriors as Williams had 30 points on 8-16 shooting and 10 assists.

HEAT EAT UP THE Hornets

The Heat made it nine straight with a cruising 96-84 over the Hornets Monday night. And once again, Miami impressed. New Orleans was just overwhelmed by the Heat. Miami went on an 18-2 run late and completely took over the game. It just didn't seem like the Hornets could do anything to fix the Heat's run. Once Miami flipped the switch, it just felt like the game was over.

Here's what's most impressive about the Heat's winning streak. Every single game has come by double-digits. The last team to do that? LeBron's 2008-09 Cavs. In fact, the Heat are now just one off the record shared by five teams.

On top of that, all nine the Heat have held their opponent under 100 points. Against the Hornets, Miami gave up just 30 after the half and only nine points in the fourth quarter. Nine points for the Hornets in the last 12 minutes. That's just... insane.

Not to take anything away from the Heat's dominance, but what the crap is wrong with the Hornets and Chris Paul ? CP3 has completely disappeared down the stretch in games. He's not asserting himself into the offense and is completely drifting. As Paul goes, so does David West , Emeka Okafor and everyone else. Paul is fizzling late and it's killing the Hornets.

For more analysis on the Heat and Hornets, click here.

LEBRON GOES OVER THE BACKBOARD

No, he didn't jump over it. That hasn't happened, yet. But with the shot clock bearing down on him, LeBron got creative as he was forced deep on the baseline. He had a horrible angle on the rim, so naturally, LeBron improvised and shot the ball over the backboard. And of course, it went in.


THE Bucks STOPS HERE

The Mavericks winning streak is over at 12. Matt Moore with some thoughts:
Milwaukee badly needed the win, their third in a row, and needed to get their offense going. With both Jennings and Andrew Bogut scoring 20-plus and the Bucks dropping in a 114 efficiency mark, it's at least a step forward for the worst offense in the NBA. The loss will also do nothing to dispel the notion that Dallas still lacks the defensive acumen to compete in the playoffs. In truth, Dallas had the fifth best defense in the NBA coming into tonight. Just one of those nights, across the board, and an end to the win streak. During the streak, Dallas outscored its opponents by an average of just under nine points per game.

WHAT David Lee'S MANGLED ELBOW LOOKS LIKE

You've probably heard all about how serious David Lee's elbow injury was. And if you're like me, when you heard, "He could've lost his arm!" you thought, "I'm sure it was bad, but really? Because of a tooth?" But when you see what it actually looks like, it might make you think otherwise. Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group took a picture of it. Yeah, I'd say David Lee had a pretty significant injury.



Lee injured the elbow when Wilson Chandler's face basically assaulted his elbow. Chander ended up breaking off a tooth in the collison and Lee had to have surgery because of an infection that followed. Lee's been wearing a pad to cover the, uh, cut, but obviously it's not a comfortable thing to play through.

PARTING THOUGHT

The Grizzlies have quietly won three straight to get back to within striking distance of .500. The wins aren't the most impressive (Clippers, Suns, Blazers), but Memphis is at least playing better. The defensive domination over the Blazers Monday night is something for the Grizz to feel good about and with two more winnable games before heading to San Antonio, Memphis could stretch this out a little further.
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:22 am
Edited on: December 8, 2010 11:36 am
 

Game Changer 12.8.10: Elbow trouble

Dirk and his elbow, surprising guards, and Monroe exists, all in today's Game Changer.  Posted by Matt Moore

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.

THE BIG ONE: David Lee STILL HAS ELBOW PROBLEMS

While the Dallas bench was doing its thing , the Warriors managed to stay in this one with turnovers leading to fast breaks. Or, basically, your standard Warrior plan of attack. But when the Mavericks absolutely had to get buckets? They turned to Dirk Nowitzki. Either with his elbow, or at the elbow.

Example A:



What you'll notice here is that Nowitzki's able to create space with his shooting elbow, which is kind of insane. It's the post-fake that gets David Lee shook trying to recover, but on the step-back through, he brings that elbow up and through, with his forearm creating kind of a stone wall between Lee's recovery attempt and a block. Granted, Nowitzki being seven feet tall helps quite a bit, but that perfect elbow placement is part of it.

Example 2: 



And again, we see Nowitzki stepping back into Lee, freezing him. By the time Lee recognizes what's happening, Dirk's elbow is already in place, again, creating a barrier between he and Lee. You've got to body Nowitzki in order to defend it, and bodying Nowitzki means you're probably fouling him. This is why he's Dirk.

And finally, in crunch time:



Forget for a moment that Jason Terry successfully screens two Warriors defenders. When Nowitzki receives this pass, he's at that elbow sweet spot. But he doesn't have to disturb his placement at all when the pass comes in. The movement is one fluid process. Step out to receive the pass, catch the ball, swing the other leg back to square up, rise, and release.

Perfect.

You know what keeps Dirk Nowitzki as good as he is at 32? Precision. 

GO-GO-GADGET LINE OF THE NIGHT:

Josh Smith: 34 points on 14-16 shooting, 7 assists, 3 rebounds (weird), 1 steal, 2 blocks in 38 minutes.

Runners-Up:

Luis Scola: 35 points, 12 rebounds, 1 block

Pau Gasol: 21 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists

WHAT YOU MISSED: 

SURPRISING GUARDS SURPRISING

Some underrated guards had a few nice games last night:
  • D.J. Augustin has developed a solid sense of when to pull up for a three. A lot of guards are unsure and are constantly trying to figure out when to shoot and when not to. Augustin though, has a good sense of when the defense is sagging and when the shot is in the flow of the offense. He doesn't leave his rebounders out to dry while they're trying to establish position. 
  • Kyle Lowry has been pretty ridiculous lately. His three-point shot, which has been pathetic until this season, has all of a sudden started dropping. His perimeter speed is creating a fair amount of steals and in transition he's becoming quite the guard. With Aaron Brooks on the shelf, the Rockets are getting back into contention, slowly but surely, because of Lowry's particular abilities. 
  • Devin Harris struggled with his shot last night, but he did manage to run the offense reasonably well. He understands Lopez better than any other player in the league and has an innate sense of where the offense runs. 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Stephen Curry has a ridiculous set of fakes to his arsenal, particularly while on the move with the ball. He's got fakes within fakes within fakes. Last night he used about five of them on a baseline drive that absolutely froze Shawn Marion, allowing an easy reverse under the basket.

Greg Monroe is alive! 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks for the young'n which isn't much, but he also looked more confident in 25 minutes against the Rockets. Good signs for a Pistons team that needs some element of hope.

Luis Scola has a remarkable ability to shoot directly from wherever he lands on an offensive rebound. He snares the ball, then goes right back up in a hook.
Posted on: November 12, 2010 4:27 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 8:15 pm
 

Report: David Lee to miss two weeks

Posted by Royce Young

The Warriors will be without power forward David Lee for two weeks due to an infected elbow, according to FoxSports.com. Lee injured the elbow when Wilson Chandler's face smacked into it and cut deep into it. Chandler actually lost half a tooth on the play.

The cut was so deep, Lee said he could see his bone. And as a result, it's gotten infected and now he's on the shelf. InsideBayArea.com also reports that Lee will have surgery on the arm as well to help clear out the issues. You can't really see that great what happened on the play, but here's video of it.



The San Francisco Chronicle had some details as to what was going on with the big cut yesterday.

“I know, I know, it’s an elbow scratch,” Lee said. “But I was in the worst pain of my life.”

Lee was injured in Wednesday’s victory over the Knicks, when his elbow caught Wilson Chandler’s face on a rebound and knocked out two teeth. Lee completed the game with a three-layered tape job that couldn’t completely restrain the blood from coming to the surface, and he had his best game of the season (28 points, 10 rebounds).

At 8 a.m., however, he woke up in excruciating pain with swelling in his forearm and biceps. By 8:30 a.m., Lee and head athletic trainer Tommy Abdenour were on their way to a Chicago emergency room.

The hospital started an IV and got Lee started on a series of antibiotics. During an X-ray, Lee said blood was dripping off both sides of the machine.

“Now I know what it feels like to give birth,” Lee said. “… I’m a pretty good interview when I’m on Vicodin, huh?”

Well that's pretty darn gross. Blood dripping off both sides of the machine? Three-layered bandages couldn't hold back the blood? I guess it's not hard to see how that thing got nasty.

The Warriors will likely go with Brandan Wright at power forward but will be hurting seriously without Lee. Alongside Andris Biedrins, he's really given the Warriors a decent frontcourt, especially in the rebounding department. Plus, with Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry driving, Lee is a quality mid-range jumpshooter.

But props to Lee for finishing out the game despite battling a cut so bad that blood was literally everywhere. Who says the Warriors are a finesse team?
Category: NBA
Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:52 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 11:53 pm
 

Pacific Division preview: Who's second best?

Posted by Royce Young



Read Ken Berger's full Pacific Division preview

One Burning Question: Who's the second best player in the Pacific?

I read something interesting by a columnist in Los Angeles earlier in the week. To summarize, basically he said Blake Griffin was the second best player in LA. Not "going to be" or "at some point will be." Nope. Right now, Griffin is one slot behind Kobe Bryant. So if Griffin is the second best player in LA, could he be the second best in the entire division?

(To refresh in case you don't have the depth charts in front of you, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Steve Nash, Baron Davis, Stephen Curry, David Lee, Monta Ellis and Tyreke Evans all play in the Pacific.)

I love Blake Griffin. Love everything about him. I'm an Oklahoman, went to the University of Oklahoma when Blake was there and even played little league baseball with his brother Taylor. I'm a total Blake Griffin homer. But second best in LA or the entire Pacific Divison? No. I mean, no. No way.

But the thing is, this is an open question. Griffin isn't in that slot, though I certainly think he'll be able to lay claim to that and probably in the near future, will be able to say he's the top dog in the town. But behind Kobe, figuring out who would be No. 2 isn't easy. Gasol has a great case. So does Steve Nash who has two MVP trophies. Then there's Tyreke Evans who is absolutely ridiculous. In terms of pure, young basketball talent, you're going to find plenty in the Pacific.

Since I'm asking the question, I'll give you my answer: Pau Gasol. But that's an incredibly close call with Evans. In fact, give me 10 minutes and I might change my mind. Nash is great, but not what he once was. Stephen Curry could be that guy, but he's not there yet. Baron Davis certainly looks like it some nights, but on others you wonder if he's even the second best player on his own team.

At the end of the season, this question might have a clearer answer. Heck, it could easily be Blake Griffin. In fact, I feel like the odds are pretty good there because Griffin is an absolutely insane basketball talent. But now? You've got to go with what you know and right now, we now that Pau Gasol is pretty stinking fantastic.
Posted on: October 17, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Lou Amundson Breaks Finger, Needs Surgery

Golden State Warriors big man Lou Amundson reportedly needs surgery on a broken finger. Posted by Ben Golliver Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com reports that new Golden State Warriors big man Lou Amundson fractured his finger during a preseason game on Saturday night and that the injury will require surgery.
The Warriors are going to be without backup center Lou Amundson for a little while.  Amundson suffered a fracture in his right index finger during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers – and the injury will require surgery.  The date for the surgery has not yet been determined. 

Amundson was a late addition for the Warriors, who signed him to a two-year, $5 million contract in early September. Don't be fooled by his ponytail: Amundson is a hustle guy off the bench who isn't afraid to mix it up.  The Warriors and first-year head coach Keith Smart will likely make due in his absence by leaning more heavily on new starting power forward David Lee, who was also acquired this summer. Steinmetz reports that backup big men Dan Gadzuric and Jeff Adrien are also likely to see their playing time increase in Amundson's absence.
Posted on: September 30, 2010 12:55 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 12:55 pm
 

Warriors already name starting five

Posted by Royce Young

So much for camp battles and position competitions. New Warriors head coach Keith Smart has already figured out who he wants to use for his first first at the tip.

According to Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area, Smart will start Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee and Andris Biedrins. Who's shocked? Who's completely stunned there? What, you didn't think Dan Gadzuric had a shot?

David Lee will officially make the position change from center to power forward, which is probably a more natural spot for him anyway. In New York, he played as an undersized center in an up-tempo scheme and in Golden State, well, I guess he's just playing power forward in an up-tempo scheme.

Really, across the board though, the Warriors didn't have any wide open positions up for grabs. Maybe small forward where Vladamir Radmanovic or Rodney Carney could've pushed Wright, but Smart didn't want to mess with it. He wanted to get it out of the way early and let players start figuring out roles now.

The big question has been how Curry and Ellis play together but for the foreseeable future, they are going to be together in the backcourt in Golden State. And instead of opening up things and seeing how it played out, Smart decided to just lock everything down now. He knows the team already and he's sticking to the script. It's the expected starting five and probably the one he would've settled on had he opened up all five spots in camp.
Posted on: September 23, 2010 8:28 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 8:45 pm
 

The Nellieball era is over, Don Nelson to resign

Winningest coach in NBA history to resign as head coach of the Warriors, assistant Keith Smart to take over. Posted by Matt Moore

Don Nelson has been involved in the NBA in some capacity nearly every single year since 1962. Somehow, despite eschewing every traditional basketball value (discipline, defense, poor sense of humor), he's managed to hang on year after year. But after turning 70 and with new ownership taking over in Golden State, talk had developed that his time may be done.

It would appear that talk was well founded. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has confirmed a report from Matt Stenimetz of CSN Bay Area reports that Don Nelson will announce his resignation as head coach of the Golden State Warriors on Monday. Keith Smart will take over as expected. Steinmetz also reports Calbert Cheaney will move from the front office to an assistant coaching position. 

Smart is unlikely to differentiate significantly from the system he's been under immediately, but changes may be made in the same vein as Alvin Gentry's changes to the Warriors. With a better team composed around David Lee inside, the Warriors present a young, versatile team led by Stephen Curry. Then again, Smart could completely switch it up and run what's called, what is it, what's the word? Oh, yeah, a system.

But it will still be strange to see an NBA without Nelson in it, assuming he elects not to pursue another position during the season. At 70 years old, he's hinted strongly at retiring and walking away finally, but with Nelson, you never can tell. During his time, Nelson managed to take the tile of winningest coach in NBA history with 1,333 wins in his career.

There had been thought new owner Joe Lacob might retain Nelson due to the awkward timing of the finalization of the sale, but it would appear that moves to take the franchise into the future are already being set in motion.

We'll keep you updated on how the situation in Golden State progresses.

Posted on: September 23, 2010 2:42 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 2:43 pm
 

Preseason Primers: Warriors

Posted by Royce Young

The Warriors will be under new leadership once the season starts, but it's going to be the same group running training camp. This is a new-look team with a number of fresh faces, but the core backcourt remains and looks to grow another year together. Can the Warriors begin a climb back to respectibility? It'll all start in training camp for them and it'll also require a number of issue to get sorted out.

Training camp site: Oakland, CA

Training camp starts: Sept. 28

Key additions: Dorell Wright (free agent), David Lee (sign and trade), Jeremy Lin (draft), Ekpe Udoh (draft), Louis Amundson (free agent), Rodney Carney (free agent)

Key subtractions: Anthony Randolph (trade), C.J. Watson (free agent), Corey Maggette (trade), Anthony Morrow (free agent)

Likely starting lineup: Stephen Curry, PG; Monta Ellis, SG; Dorell Wright, SF; David Lee, PF; Andris Biedrins, C

Player to watch: Jeremy Lin. For whatever reason, Lin has already become a cult basketball star. He's the Harvard grad who blew people away with his summer league fearlessness and ability. He got a guaranteed contract from the Warriors and is already becoming one of the faces of the team and probably the fan favorite. Everyone has him dubbed a sleeper and a ready-made scorer that's going to make an impact.

Did I mention he hasn't played a game yet? While Lin was impressive during the summer, he's still an unknown. Right now he's third on the depth chart behind Charlie Bell for backup point guard duties, so he's got to work to earn time on the floor as well.

Chemistry quiz: The Curry-Ellis experiment enters year two, with both guys desperate to have the ball in their hands. In the Don Nelson system, shots are there for pretty much anyone who's willing to take them, but a constant battle over who controls the ball is something the Warriors hope to avoid. It can upset not just on-court chemistry, but also off-court unity as well.

The real chemistry question is what's happening upstairs. Once ownership of the team is transferred, will the Warriors still be under the same direction of Nelson, or will they be scrambling to make a switch to Keith Smart (or someone else) right before the season?

Camp battles: Who's backing up David Lee at power forward? Ekpe Udoh was hurt this summer with a wrist injury, but is he ready to find rotation time in front of Brandan Wright? Wright has always seemed to find himself in Nelson's dog house, but with Udoh's setback, Wright may get his chances.

Injury issues:
David Lee hurt his hand during Team USA's training camp but is supposed to be healthy for the Warriors camp.

Biggest strength: Speed. Everyone knows the Warriors can score. Their points per game is often a bit deceiving because in terms of offensive efficiency, they're typically in the middle to lower half of the league. But this Warrior team has a bunch of skill around the ball. Curry is a gifted passer and shooter. Ellis goes end to end in a blur. David Lee runs the floor exceptionally well for a big man. And there are hyper-athletic guys waiting on the pine like Udoh, Wright and Lou Amundson.

Glaring weakness: Should I just say "defense" and leave it at that. Or do I really need to explain why the Warriors are bad defensively and therefore, that's a weakness? Let's just leave it at that.
 
 
 
 
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