You could have picked out any number of Giannis Antetokounmpo possessions from the Raptors’ Game 4 victory over the Bucks on Saturday, but this one made me smile most.
Usually, Giannis will bowl over Tucker in these situations, but there’s something about Tucker sticking his nose in a place very few other players would that causes Giannis to hold back.
Usually, teams want to avoid the great defenders like the plague. But in Green’s case, the best chance at negating his massive impact is to actually make him guard someone.
Not to say that Green is inept at this task. Just ask Blake Griffin or any number of speedy guards that can’t shake him. But it is at least possible to score on him one-on-one, however hard it may seem. Kyrie Irving could in last year’s NBA Finals, and so too could Lillard and McCollum for the first three quarters of Game 1.
Perhaps the scariest thing about losing Doc Rivers isn’t that we’ll miss the positive contributions that he makes, but rather that the grass isn’t necessarily greener. Steve Ballmer is relatively inexperienced as an NBA owner and doesn’t have an incredibly deep knowledge of how to run a team. Doc Rivers is a veteran who has been around the league forever, and even if you thought he wasn’t doing a good job, he had a steady hand.
Griffin was named Offensive Player (not rookie) of the Week after his first NFL game. You know the rest, but we’ll tell you anyway: Offensive Rookie of the Year, voted to Pro Bowl, led Redskins to the playoffs, highest passer rating ever for a rookie QB…the list of Griffin’s early accomplishments goes on. The Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys injuries that ended Griffin’s Washington tenure don’t take away from the immediate success he saw.