Not only has Ricky Rubio made the Timberwolves a potential playoff team, but he might also be a genius. The Timberwolves led by three with 10 seconds left last night, and the Nets had the ball with a chance to tie. Deron Williams quickly dribbled up court, did a nice crossover to beat his man, and drew the big man in the lane. He had Anthony Morrow wide open in the corner for a three (he had 42 points and was 8 of 11 from three for the game) but botched the pass. Rubio ended up with the ball. Rather than get fouled, he chucked the ball high and far down the court; the clock ran out as the ball bounced harmless under the other hoop. The Wolves would have almost surely won if Rubio held the ball, but he removed any doubt. Nice work, Rubio.
For a related situation, check out my football riddle from a couple weeks ago.
Posted in Basketball, Common Sense
Tagged Anthony Morrow, basketball, Deron Williams, Kris Humphries, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, Nets, New Jersey Nets, Ricky Rubio, Rubio, Timberwolves
I promise I’ll give Kobe a break soon. After all, he took a break himself last night, in a game where Bynum played great (8-13 shooting, 15 boards), Kobe shot awful early and backed off from trying to score 40 (7-22, 14 points), but the Lakers won with their defense. Before I give it a rest, I wanted to link an interesting alternative approach to the numbers that I’ve been presenting.
Zach Lowe at SI breaks down Kobe’s decision making in a series of videos (granted, they are probably cherry picked). Lowe reminds us Continue reading
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Tagged Andrew Bynum, Chris Paul, Dallas Mavericks, Deron Williams, Kobe Bryant holds the ball too much, Kobe Bryant selfish, Kobe shoots too much, Los Angeles Lakers, Rajon Rondo