“Sometimes Phil just says things and he says the first thing that comes to mind and then probably is in his office right now regretting it. I don’t know. When it comes to Phil, you just never know what’s going to be said, what’s coming out. It depends on who’s listening. People take it the right way or people take it the wrong way. You just never know when it comes to Phil. I just don’t understand him talking about LeBron right now, in November. I don’t understand that.”
This isn’t the first time Jackson’s launched venom James’ way. In 2015, he labeled LeBron one of the reasons NBA players lack structure.
“I watch LeBron James, for example,” Jackson said to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck. “He Chris Sabo Authentic Womens Jersey might [travel] every other time he catches the basketball if he’s off the ball. He catches the ball, moves both his feet. You see it happen all the time. There’s no structure, there’s no discipline, there’s no ‘How do we play this game’ type of attitude. And it goes all the way through the game. To the point where now guys don’t screen—they push guys off with their hands.”
Cleveland and New York meet each other again on Dec. 7.
DeRozan takes a whole lot of shots in general, but the fact that’s he’s able to outshoot entire teams in the mid-range so far this season speaks to how far the NBA has shied away from that area. Those shots aren’t usually as efficient as a layup or three-pointer, but they are for DeRozan.
There’s more to DeRozan’s act than just being the The Lone (Mid) Ranger, of course. He gets to the line 10 times per game so far, and his 5.8 made shots within five feet of the basket puts him No. 29 in the league.
But try to convince me that a player that hasn’t cracked the top 25 in shots made around the rim and doesn’t make three-pointers is leading the NBA in scoring, and I’d laugh in your face. As the modern NBA hones in on long balls and rim attacks, DeRozan’s first nine games have been a glorious, remarkable outlier.
Toronto is as good as they’ve ever been in franchise history — and they didn’t even see it coming, almost Dave Concepcion Authentic Womens Jersey blowing up the team before they started winning everything back in 2013. They’ll happily take another loss in the conference finals, even if they’d love to have more. You have to feel a little sympathy that maybe the Raptors would have a better chance if it wasn’t for James. But in the end, there’s nothing they can do. He’s just so good, as is the team in Cleveland around him.
Welcome back to the Eastern Conference. It’s pretty much the same as last year, with the Cavaliers on top, and that’s totally fine.
Minnesota beat the Hornets by 12 points in the first, second and fourth quarter on Tuesday. But that wasn’t enough for a win, because the Timberwolves lost the third quarter by 19.