Happy Friday the 13th, Boston Celtics fans!
The 13th may be considered an unlucky day by many, but I’m here to tell you: the Miami Heat should consider themselves lucky that they don’t have to pay the San Antonio Spurs again today. The Spurs have taken the Heat behind the woodshed and given them not one but two consecutive thrashings that have taken the shine off of the Heat’s legacy, in my opinion.
Scattered boos began coming down in the first half, the lower bowl was mostly vacated by midway through the fourth quarter, the remaining fans wore panama hats and sullen faces, the public address announcer’s final “DOS MINUTOS” call went out without a response, and the trophy-inspired “Larry Loves Miami” posters lay discarded in the aisles. The party seems all but over for the Heat, losers of two straight blowouts at home, back-to-back champions who looked broken on both ends by the Spurs. . .
The response that everyone assumed would be there after Game 3 — a proud, focused, take-no-prisoners effort — never materialized, and the Heat were run over as a result. The beatdown was so thorough that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was left openly marveling during his postgame press conference.
For the second straight game, Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs, in nearly every aspect of the game: 20 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocked shots. That’s disgustingly good – as is this filthy put-back jam he threw down last night:
If you’re wondering why the Spurs are having their way with the Heat right about now, check out this video featuring SI.com’s Lee Jenkins and Ben Golliver.
Sadly, NBA news isn’t just NBA Finals or Draft related – Donald Sterling is still making headlines, this time because he has hired some legal firms to investigate the rest of the NBA’s owners and both current and former commissioners:
Donald Sterling is launching a full-court press against the NBA.
The embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner has hired firms to investigate the NBA’s 29 other owners and its former and current commissioners, sources told The Associated Press and NBC.
Investigators will look into any accusation of discrimination against the league, and finances and compensation paid to Commissioner Adam Silver and his predecessor, David Stern, a source told the AP.
This man just won’t go away quietly, sadly.
Well – let’s finish on a good note! For those of you rooting for Doug “McBuckets” McDermott to enjoy a nice NBA career, possibly with the Boston Celtics, you’ll be pleased to hear that he flashed a bit more athleticism than people give him credit for during his workout with the Celtics yesterday:
“I feel like I can move a lot better than people give me credit for,” he said. “I think I’m a little more athletic as well. I think people know I can shoot, but I feel like I can shoot off one or two dribbles. I feel like I’ve really improved in that area.”
Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge said McDermott threw down a couple of “impressive dunks” and lived up to his nickname, McBuckets, with a nice shooting display. Ainge said he knows the 6-foot-8 wing will make shots in the NBA, but McDermott still needs to answer some questions about his game.
I’m looking forward to watching this kid play in the league next season. Hope you enjoyed the reads!