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NBA: Mid Range Jumpers


This is a new weekly blog breaking down the past week in the NBA. In today’s advanced-metric stat world, pace and space offenses have realized the value of open threes and driving the lane. We here at DYC grew up on 90’s basketball: John Tesh theme music, Ahmad Rashad on the sideline, and Michael Jordan mid-range jumpers.

At my previous internet home, I did Mid-Range jumpers as a quick way to whip around big stories. Since the weekly Hangover has replaced the need for that, I’ll be using Wednesday afternoons to wrap up some news from around the Association. I’ve had this planned for a while, so don’t think I’m just capitalizing on the unquestionably biggest story from last night.

  • I was having a nice evening last night, live tweeting some choice Tuesday night programming, when my twitter feed exploded during the last few minutes of The Real World with the news of Derrick Rose’s latest knee injury. Comparisons like Penny Hardaway and Brandon Roy have been tossed around over the last few hours, but I’ll just say this: it’s unfair that this guy’s body keeps betraying him and I hope he can bounce back again, as he was playing his best ball post-first knee surgery right before the All Star Break.
  • Speaking of injured former MVPs, Kevin Durant is back on the shelf, with an aggrevation of his foot injury. Unlike Derrick Rose, his most recent procedure appears to have been elective, and is designed to keep him fresher in the playoffs. Also unlike Derrick Rose, Durant has a teammate who can more than step up in his absence. And he has.

WestbrookIsNuts

  • Rajon Rondo and Rick Carlisle got into a screaming match on the sideline last night, resulting in the point guard getting benched for the final 20 minutes of game time. I hope you had February 24th in the pool, as this was an eventuality, not a possibility.
  • Sam Hinkie is rumored to be looking into trading Joel Embiid for a lottery pick. This guy is determined to ruin basketball, but is doing a great job securing his employment while lying to people’s faces.
  • Cleveland has won 17 of their last 19, LeBron just passed Scottie Pippen on the all time assists list at 30 years old, and Kevin Love hit 8 threes last night. Can anyone prove that LeBron isn’t behind this Love injury? Is he going to order a hit on the Hawks next? I’m worried.
  • #LOLLakers.
  • The Sloan Conference is coming up, and that means papers have started to leak. Given all of our writers fall easily into the cross section of sports fan (duh) and nerd (seriously, go count the number of DudeYouCrazy‘s posts that involve graphs and charts), this piece on NBA defense stole more of my life than I’d care to admit.
  • Y’all gonna argue with him?

    Well said.

    Well said.

  • Weekly Hawks Update: 44-12, 1-1 since the All Star Break, 1st in the East by 7.5 games, 2nd in point differential at +6.1, 2nd in points allowed per game, 3rd in points scored per game.

This has been your first installment of Mid Range Jumpers. I’ll be back here every Wednesday to drop more knowledge dimes next week.

(In basketball-speak, a dime is an assist. You’re welcome.)

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NBA: Fast Lane to the Playoffs


All Star Weekend is firmly in the rear view mirror, and its full steam ahead to the playoff hunt. Not only does the NBA do it’s showcase event better than any other American sports league, but they time it perfectly too. No one is looking more forward to the next game (NFL), or is exhausted at the thought of approximately 1 billion games left to play (MLB), but with 2/3 of the season down, it’s crunch time for everyone. What better time than to give our readers a taste of not only what’s happened so far, but arm them for conversations they will be having now that we’re forced to not watch football. Here are 7 stories so far, predictions for the rest of the way, and some 2/3 awards to be delivered.

1. The Hawks are Scary Good…

For once, this isn’t JUST my well-known Atlanta bias creeping through – this Hawks team is amazing. Eye popping ball movement, stifling defense, and great depth off the bench, even the notoriously fickle home crowds of Atlanta have gotten behind the Hawks. They own the season’s longest winning streak in the Association to date, beating top contenders from both coasts along the way, and are becoming a ‘cool’ team to get behind. And I didn’t dream any of it!

Stop trolling me ESPN. And America.

2. …The Warriors are Just Scary

Golden State started the season in a bit of tumult, as they fired their most successful coach in my lifetime after he improved their record for two straight years. They flirted with trading away Klay Thompson, Steph Curry was mad they got rid of his coach, and they landed former Phoenix GM and TNT analyst Steve Kerr only after he got lowballed by the Knicks (more on that dumpster fire later). But all the upheaval has worked out for them, as they own the best record in the NBA and are appointment television at this point. If you have League Pass, please DM me your login info and schedule your life around Golden State games.

3. The Lakers are Hilariously Bad

They’ve been good for the past 70 ish years. Get your jokes in now. I am.

4. Hot and Cold Cavs

LeBron made history this summer by being the first person to willingly move from Miami to Cleveland, and he’s made history this season as the first player/coach/GM. Really, an impressive move by him. Things started unevenly and the Kevin Love experiment hasn’t gone well thus far, but ever since LeBron took 2 weeks off to rest finish building his team, this squad has more closely resembled a team to take seriously. It’ll be interesting to see how the experiment plays out, what with Love unsigned for next year.

5. Western Conference

Once again, the West is the place where you do NOT want to be to make the playoffs. Even as Phoenix seems positioned to slip out with the current Dragic noise, either the Thunder or the Pelicans look to be left out of this year’s field which is INSANE since those two teams employ three of the best ten players in the NBA (if you haven’t been watching this year, Anthony Davis has fully arrived as a force of nature). Hell, Memphis is the 2 seed in the West right now which would mean a 7 game series with the Spurs. Seems like a crappy prize for taking 2nd in the West.

6. Playoffs. PLAYOFFS?!?

A loaded West means we get to rehash a familiar argument that occurs every three or four years: that the NBA should move to open seeding between the two conferences. In the 90s, this was an argument because the East was so strong. Look, there are a lot of things wrong with the NBA schedule (three games in four nights in three cities, too many games), but nothing gets solved by eliminating conferences and divisions from the equation, which is what would have to happen with open seeding. It’s too big of a fix for a cyclical problem that seems to resolve itself every few years.

7. LOLKnicks

They are sitting at 10-43. After successfully outbidding no one for Amare Stoudemire (Center, crappy poet) in 2010 with a 5 year $100 MILLION deal, they bought him out this week, and he’s a Dallas Maverick now. The buyout occurred because his knees are uninsurable and have been for years, which is why no one else was bidding for him in 2010. Carmelo Anthony is their best player, and he is shutting it down for the season with an injury AFTER clocking 30 minutes (second on the team!) wasting space playing in the All Star Game. And people are writing things like this about Phil Jackson. (Also, if you have Lakers fan friends who are also Phil Jackson disciples, this is a good time to revisit number 3 on this list. You’re welcome.)

DYC Officially Official NBA Finals Pick: Hawks vs. Grizzlies. Admittedly, this is a dream for me because I like conflicting styles and barbecue, but wouldn’t this be the most southern thing ever? AND IMAGINE THE MUSIC. Sir Foster is giddy just thinking about it.

DYC 2/3 MVP: Stephen Curry (Runners-up: James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis)

Until we retroactively take away Steve Nash’s MVP for just his offense, this case stands. Hell, it’s even stronger. Curry has evolved into a MUCH better defender under Kerr, and he’s a top 10 performer in scoring, 3-pointers, assists and steals.

DYC 2/3 Most Improved: Jimmy Butler (Runners-up: Klay Thompson, John Wall)

THAT is how you play in a contract year. He added an ability to create his own shot, and it didn’t take away from the defending and rebounding that was already well-known. With Derrick Rose still finding his way, Butler has kept the ship afloat in Chicago, even as he priced himself out of town this coming offseason.

DYC 2/3 Rookie of the Year: Andrew Wiggins (Runners-up: LOL, JK)

And it’s not even close. This is the award that’s going to keep LeBron from capturing the coveted DYC Executive of the Year award. Damn shame.

DYC 2/3 Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green (Runners-up: Anthony Davis, Tim Duncan)

If the Spurs didn’t have more injuries, Old Man River probably wins this, but the biggest difference maker for the Warriors this year over last has been Green. People know about Steph, Klay, and the Warriors offense. People forget that they also trot out the best defense in the Association as well. And Draymond is a big reason why.

DYC 2/3 Sixth Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford (Runners-up: Isaiah Thomas, Manu Ginobili)

Can we rename this award the Jamal Crawford?

DYC 2/3 Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer (Runners-up: Steve Kerr, Jason Kidd)

Longest winning streak in the league. Zero max contract guys. Eighth in the East last year. Cue the music.

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Keg Stands For Votes, FSU Giving Recruits Crab Legs, And More


Campaign Keg Stands

If I were running for political office, I would probably have a similar strategy if I were running in the state of Louisiana. I mean what are the chances these tailgating men and women are registered voters, probably slim, but I am sure this politician can find a way around it. This lady literally poured gallons of beer into to voters mouth on Saturday. Check out the next Senator of Louisiana here.

 

Saban Keeping Kiffin In Check

Lane Kiffin has seriously done more than I ever expected at Alabama. I hated this man, and his Daniel Tosh looking face. Alabama’s offense has been more than impressive so far, and you can look at Amari Cooper’s numbers if you do not believe me. Nick Saban does not believe it is all Kiffin though. He believes that the play makers are making the Tide offense look so good, and truthfully I think it might be a nice mixture of both. Check out Saban’s full comments on Kiffin and the Tide offense here.

 

Crab Legs and Football, That Is What FSU Does 

Florida State served the visiting recruits crab legs for this past weeks game against Clemson. This is brilliant in my opinion because this shows the recruits they do not have to steal to have crab legs, we will just supply them. I am guessing Jameis Squintston only stole his crab legs because they did not give him his weekly supply. Florida State is just a walking talking sideshow right now, and I look forward to them losing to NCSTATE later this year. Here is the full menu of a Florida State recruiting visit.

 

-Alex

Weekly Sports Podcast – Video Edition


That’s right, boys and girls.  This week’s edition of the Weekly Hangover DudeYouPodcast is video only.  Maybe this is a result of technological advancement.  Maybe this is a function of technical difficulties.  We’ll never tell…

 

Note: If video doesn’t play, hit pause then play again.

 

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Weekly Sports Podcast Recap: Davin Bellamy’s Arrest, Ray Rice’s Suspension, Tony Dungy, Steve Spurrier and so Much More!


Daniel Palmer (@dpalm66 on the Tweets) is joined by Jason Smith (@JasonIsASmith), Andrew Hall (@DudeYouCrazy) and briefly Chad Floyd (@Chad_Floyd) to discuss the week’s biggest and worstest sports stories.  The NFL’s less-than-harsh penalty on Ray Rice, Tony Dungy’s comments on Michael Sam, Jose Canseco vs. Mark McGwire, Marshawn Lynch’s hold out and Georgia’s off-the-field troubles are all discussed.

 

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