More impressive by Murray?
Pierce: The dunk | Shelburne: The shot
Monologue: Free agency is coming
Trust Raptors now?
“To say that I trust in the Raptors, it’d be like I’m saying ‘I’m trusting in Kyle Lowry, [Marc] Gasol, [Serge] Ibaka,’ they haven’t been trustworthy in this series. Only person that’s been trustworthy is Kawhi Leonard. It’s just something about Toronto like every year, they have these great regular seasons and then playoffs come and they fail to meet expectations” – Pierce
Worried about Steph Curry?
Game 3: 17 points, 0-6 in the fourth quarter and overtime
3-10 in the restricted era; missed 6 layups
“I’m very worried because a player of his caliber, he can’t play as bad as he did last game. It makes me think: Is he injured?” – Pierce
“The bigger issue is him missing threes. He’s shooting 25% on three pointers in this series. That’s way more concerning than missing a couple of layups and trying to dunk” – Shelburne
“When he seeds his game to Kevin, it’s harder for him to get into that rhythm that he gets into” – Shelburne
Nichols and Shelburne:
May 6, 2009 – Rajon Rondo coming down the middle with the one-handed slam on the Magic!
Capela’s two-hand block better than a posterization?
“That’s the type of play that can inspire your team” – Pierce
Boban the G.O.A.T inbounds defender?
Appreciate Draymond’s focus here
Who did it better?
Lance in 2014:
Feel like Nuggets are in driver’s seat now over Blazers?
“Not necessarily in the driver’s seat but I like them to win the series. This team is the future” – Pierce
“The only question about the Nuggets was: how they were going to handle their first time in the spotlight? And they’ve won two big road games so far in the playoffs. They’ve done an incredible job shutting down Damian Lillard” – Shelburne
“[Jamal Murray] is playing as confident as any young player I’ve seen” – Pierce
“Nikola Jokic has been the best player in the playoffs” – Pierce
Dirty play from Jokic on Kanter in Game 3?
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 4, 2019
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 4, 2019
“It looks dirty to me when you watch it but is it just that Jokic is big and Kanter sells it?” – Shelburne
“What are you trying to get out of this? Man up and guard the guy” – Pierce
Rachel’s tidbit on Nuggets:
Pierce’s plane story:
Kyrie on Giannis’ free throw attempts: “It’s getting ridiculous at this point”
Giannis in Game 3: 32 points on 18-23 shooting and shot 22 free throws
Kyrie have a point about Giannis’ 22 free throw attempts?
“The Celtics didn’t do a good job of showing a second defender when he drove the basketball like they did in Game 1. They have to have a secondary defender to slow his pace down going to the basket and make him make the pass” – Pierce
“When you play the Bucks, you have a choice: You either try to stop Giannis getting to the rim or you try to shut down their three point shooters. The Celtics did neither” – Shelburne
Did Magic owe LeBron more? (Via HBO’s “The Shop”)
“You can give the man a phone call if you’re going to step down” – Nichols
“He does owe him an explanation because he trusted Magic” – Pierce
“I think he just got selfish. He chose himself” – Shelburne
“Something happened that day that made him make this decision” – Pierce
“LeBron came to the Lakers because he wanted to come to the Lakers” – Shelburne
Extra minutes taking a toll on Warriors by Brian Windhorst
Another edition of…
Biggest reason Suns chose Monty Williams?
“He gives the players confidence that it’ll be different. He’s a man of integrity and when you talk about building a championship culture, you’re talking about developing championship habits. His perspective resonates with players” – Jones
Pressure from Booker to build winner now?
“Losing is tough. But winning is even harder. He is determined to be the leader that we need him to be. We expect him to take another step this year” – Jones
On working for Suns owner, Robert Sarver:
“It’s been great for me. Robert challenges us. He challenges me everyday to come in there and be creative and find solutions. For some, that’s an uncomfortable space but my experience as a player where you’re constantly under scrutiny and constantly under pressure to perform, it’s prepared me to be able to thrive in this environment” – Jones
“Robert’s passionate about the Suns. He’s been present and supportive, but more importantly, he’s grown and he understands that he needs a team of leaders around him that will allow him to have comfort knowing that the organization comes first” – Jones
“It was a choice for me to come here because I really believed in what Robert believed that the franchise was primed for success” – Jones
Expectations for Deandre Ayton next season?
“There were times where we believed and he believed that he could have been better. We expect him to take a big jump defensively. For him, the next step is doing it against the best competition night in and night out and he has to get stronger and recognize things a bit quicker and that comes with the time” – Jones
Could DeMarcus Cousins return before end of playoffs?
Steve Kerr said Sunday Cousins “could” return before the end of the postseason
Pierce & Shelburne:
Warriors injured center DeMarcus Cousins appears to be progressing positively. pic.twitter.com/T3RvSohi6Z
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) May 6, 2019
Cavs next coach?
Cavs to interview Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina
“He is so important to what they’ve done in San Antonio over the years. Everybody else they’ve interviewed has been a very young assistant coach. That seems like the profile that they are looking for” – Shelburne
“He has to guard the Greek Freak and produce. This guy has the biggest load on his shoulders than anybody”
“If he can slow him down like he did earlier in this series, then it’s a different game”
“They’re at home and he’s got it rolling”
“He has to score 40 for them to win. KD doesn’t. This could be James Harden’s defining playoff moment right here”
Via Westgate Las Vegas Superbook
Had 17 points in Game 3; Averaging 18 per game in their series vs the Rockets
“He’s just missing shots”
“If he doesn’t, then something’s really going on because Steph doesn’t have this prolong stretch where he doesn’t get it going”
“When Steph gets going, that is what always makes the Warriors go”