Monthly Archives: June 2013

Player Palooza: 2013 NBA Draft and Free Agency Thread

The least-anticipated NBA draft in memory occurs today, and free agency — which promises to be far more interesting this year — commences on July 1st. I will be posting reactions to the more interesting player moves in the comments.

Game Three: Spurs 113 Heat 77

This was truly a Game Three, in that the Spurs broke the all-time Finals record for made three-pointers. Records like this are made to be broken when teams play with four legitimate three-point shooters around one big man, as the Spurs are doing.

And very quietly, completely unreported by the mainstream media, the face of the NBA game is changing.

Into Nellieball.                 Continue reading

Miami Heat 103 San Antonio Spurs 84 — NBA Finals Game 2

It would be a mistake to take away too much from this game. As noted in the comments to the last thread, this was a predictable blowout for the Heat. Must win for them, meaningless game for the Spurs.

I did note a few interesting developments:          Continue reading

Game On: Spurs 92 Heat 88 — NBA Finals Game One

If, as the saying goes, a series doesn’t start until the home team loses, I guess this series just started. And what a fascinating game this was. My recapping engine is currently recuperating from hip flexor surgery and another ankle debridement, but here are some quick thoughts:            Continue reading

Nellieball III: San Antonio Spurs v. Miami Heat

The Spurs and Heat are ready to rumble, and to my mind it’s Nellieball III, the third straight all-Nellieball Finals we’ve been privileged to witness. Some may disagree, pointing to the Spurs conventional starting lineup of Splitter and Duncan. But I think the Spurs will spend the greater part of every game playing a Nellieball lineup with a stretch-four alongside one conventional big man. There are 6 three-point shooting fours in this series: Bonner, Diaw and Leonard for the Spurs; Lebron, Bosh and Battier for the Heat. And two of those players have seen major minutes at stretch-five: Diaw and Bosh.

So there will be stretching.  Continue reading