The president of the Cleveland Cavaliers tells the Sports Business Journal that if he could change one thing about the NBA, it would be the rule that says the home team wears white: "From our ideal world," Len Komoroski tells Jerry Kavanagh, "it would be the option of the home team as to what jersey is worn at home, a la the NFL, where the team can choose more or less what it wants to have presented to its fans."
Mike Moreau writing for ESPN.com says the Mavericks could have done better to prevent the uncalled intentional foul on Carmelo Anthony at the end of Game 3. "The Mavs' poor execution when trying to foul Carmelo Anthony at the end of Game 3 may have been the best example of the the team's defensive deficiencies. Mavericks players should have told the officials Antoine Wright's foul was coming, and it should have been a wrap-up -- not an 'excuse me' reach in."
The Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman, witnessing the collapse of the Hawks: "Losing to these Hawks is a badge of shame. It should serve as a bitter reminder to the Heat for months to come."
Caltech head coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger blogs about the insane number of point guards who have high scoring averages in this year's playoffs (it's way out of whack with history, with a dozen playoff guards averaging around 15 points or more): "The game today is being led by plentiful point producers, or by lead guards, as some may now refer to them. And why not? May as well put five out on the floor that can score; seeing how the game is now guard dominated with pace, penetration opportunities, and 3-point emphasis, it's no surprise. Further, the popularity and exposure of basketball at a young age, with year-round playing, AAU, and potentially ridiculous profits, has helped more prospects with guard-like physiques develop. Competition at the guard slot has produced a greater number of smaller and younger players that can flat out score and do everything else required of the extenstion-of-the-coach role. Depending on who one talks to and what the situation is, Kobe, LeBron, and Dwyane Wade could be considered point guards in their specific offensive systems. The lesson from the pros: keep the ball in the hands of the scorer. If he is able to dribble the ball up the court under pressure, set-up, survey for open teammates, drive to the hole, pull up, and operate out of the pick-and-roll, it all makes sense. As explained to me by one NBA executive, 'Teams are terrified of turnovers, so do everything possible to limit passing.' Point pondered."
Anyone whose team needs a point guard, and lots of teams do, should delve into this statistical breakdown of the point guards in the upcoming draft. What percentage of the time did they get to the hoop? What percentage of the time did they score once they got there? What percentage of their teams' possessions did they use? That kind of stuff.
Rajon Rondo made three of the eight jumpers he took yesterday, and for Celtic fans, that is reason to celebrate. A return to his season average is a vast improvement over what he has been doing lately.
Some very thoughtful suggestions for the NBA about how to use Twitter. You might be surprised to note that a non-trivial aspect of the recommendation is a more aggressive use of young women in tank tops.
Steve Nash on the practice field with soccer team AC Milan.
Linas Kleiza is playing with a broken thumb? And we didn't hear anything about it until now? Tough guy.
The Spurs begin their off-season by tinkering with yet another player out of nowhere who plays great D and can really shoot. Meet Austin Nichols.
UPDATE: Long before he banged home the game-winner, watch the "pick" Glen Davis laid on Hedo Turkoglu. It lasted a few seconds, but nothing about it was ever still. And then runs over and bangs a couple more Magic players before springing free. The smart approach with the game on the line is to assume that the referees won't call anything.