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He went 2-for-9 shooting and had just six points after halftime, with more turnovers four than assists three. In the fourth quarter, as the Lakers' offense wheezed and the Nuggets made another one of their comebacks, James spent more time complaining to the refs than scoring, as he went 1-for-6 from the field.
Davis made James' rare playoff lapse fade to the background, as he scored 22 of his 31 points on 8-for shooting in the second half. He scored 10 in the last five minutes, nailing two enormous 3-pointers. It's not that this hasn't happened before -- James stood in the corner and never touched the ball when Kyrie Irving made his famous 3 in Game 7 of the Finals -- but it never happened on a last-second shot.
In , then- Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt tried to draw up a play with 1. James halted the huddle and changed the play, saying later that he "scratched" that idea. Davis is such a complex player to guard that Denver coach Michael Malone put backup center Mason Plumlee in to guard Davis with 2.
Rajon Rondo , the triggerman inbounding the ball, saw the switch and decided they'd take advantage of Plumlee by running the faster Davis outside and leaving Plumlee in the dust. Rondo didn't have to consult with James. Everyone understood that this was the best policy. James doesn't "scratch" plays for Davis -- not even in their first year together, with Davis deeper in the playoffs than he has ever been.
Sensitive to criticism that they overextended to acquire Davis last year, when the Lakers sent three young players, including All-Star Brandon Ingram , three first-round picks and pick-swap rights to the New Orleans Pelicans , the Lakers and their fans like to question how any of those assets compare to Davis in a given night's box score.
In this moment, as Davis celebrates the triumph and a brilliant second half that bailed out James, he seems like a bargain at twice the price. In May , the last time James was in the playoffs, he made a declaration that surely confounded analytics acolytes everywhere: "Two points ain't two points. That's a lie. Two points is not two points. He was coming off one of the more impressive playoff games in his career, in which he tossed in an array of tough, fadeaway jumpers in a point performance to go up on Toronto in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
He made that statement a couple of days later at shootaround before Game 3, explaining that the shots didn't just switch the scoreboard. They also squelched the spirit of the Raptors. In Sunday's Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against Denver, that quote from James came to mind when he scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half.
It wasn't about degree of difficulty so much as importance of the moment. When he scored the first 12 points of the game for Los Angeles, his last five points of that run -- a step-back 3 followed by a finger roll in transition -- felt like more than five points because the Nuggets had jumped to a lead and were threatening to control the tone.
It carried over in the second quarter. His 3 with increased L. When Denver scored on the next possession to get it back to three, James cut backdoor and scored at the rim to push it to five again. Los Angeles went on a run from there to build its biggest lead of the game. James found moments that mattered. The Nuggets, being the Nuggets, made a comeback. And James contributed to it, shooting 2-for-9 with four turnovers in the second half after going 8-for with two turnovers in the first half.
But his words still rang true. Trailing Denver with 2. If Davis had missed, Denver would've tied the series and added another incredible, confidence-boosting comeback to its postseason journey. But Davis made it, putting L. Being doubted and overlooked has become part of Denver's identity in the Florida bubble, as the Nuggets have bounced back from one seemingly insurmountable series deficit after another.
Jamal Murray 's assertion that they play their best basketball with their backs against the wall has become a team rallying cry. Playing from behind isn't new to the Nuggets. Their loss to the Lakers on Sunday, though, marks the first time that they have fallen into a hole.
In the first two rounds, Denver managed to tie the series before falling down The message is: We're down We'll go out and win Game 3. After several trips to the free throw line in the second quarter, Jokic immediately sprinted back downcourt, even though the ball wasn't in play yet. No one could blame Jokic after the Lakers looked like they were running laps around the Nuggets at times during their Game 1 blowout win. Malone made it a priority in Game 2 to try to slow down the Lakers' transition game.
But the Nuggets didn't get far with Jokic playing at someone else's speed. When Jokic is at his brilliant best, he's picking apart a defense at his methodical pace, and no one can speed him up or slow him down.
The Serbian big man did his best to try to even this best-of-seven Western Conference finals in the third quarter, which saw him start to dissect the Lakers' defense, and with a furious, fourth-quarter rally in which he almost went toe-to-toe with Anthony Davis. But unfortunately for the Nuggets, Jokic did not have the ball in his hands at the end. It was in Davis' hands, and the Lakers' All-Star big man drilled the game-winning 3 with Jokic flying at him, handing the Nuggets a loss and a hole in this series.
Jokic did all he could, finishing with 30 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals.
He was stellar in the first two games of the first round, as the Bulls stunned the top-seeded Boston Celtics to take a series lead on the road. That he was playing against his former team, in a city where he won a championship in and was a part of several deep postseason runs, made it easy to buy into a trend: No matter how frustrating the veteran point guard is during the regular season, his unique combination of generational basketball intellect and craftiness will be more effective in the playoffs.
The "Playoff Rondo" narrative only grew in subsequent days, as he suffered a season-ending thumb injury before Game 3 and the Bulls' fortunes immediately unraveled. They lost the next four games in a row, as they were unable to replace Rondo's contributions with an assortment of less-talented backups.
One year later, Rondo is starting on a sixth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans team that has taken a series lead on the road against the No. Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday were the stars of the Pelicans' first two wins against the Blazers, but Rondo was also integral. He racked up 17 assists in Game 1—the same number as Portland had as a team—and came just one assist shy of a triple-double in Game 2, with 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine dimes. Ask anybody who's coached or played with Rondo in his year career, and they'll all tell you the same thing: He's one of the smartest ever to play the game.
He has a singular obsession with studying film, and he sees the game several plays ahead of everybody else on the floor. But his younger teammates in Chicago swore by him as a teammate and mentor, and his experience and demeanor have been a calming force for a Pelicans team making an unlikely playoff push after losing All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending Achilles injury in January. So you're talking about extremely smart players, and he's right there with those guys.
He has a way of giving confidence to the other guys. He makes them believe in themselves, even if they're struggling. He has a tendency to go to a guy and try to pick him up. Those are the kinds of things that, as coaches, you really can't do and only a guy like that can. I know it's like an old cliche, but having a guy like that is like having an extra assistant coach.
It's just completely different the way he approaches the game. You can see him now, talking to the guys and locking in. For Rondo, it comes down to his obsessive preparation. While every player watches film, not all of them have Rondo's innate, savant-like understanding of an opponent's every nuance.
Even though basketball is off of reaction and skills, guys for the most part tend to do things over and over again, and you watch those tendencies and learn from that. Rondo's approach hasn't worked at every NBA stop of his career, or with every coach he's played under. His relationship with Celtics head coach Doc Rivers was rocky at times, but their collective competitiveness won out and led to an extended run in Boston with the Kevin Garnett -Ray Allen- Paul Pierce core.
He clashed with Carlisle during his half-season in Dallas in , as his desire to call plays and control the offense were at odds with the coach's hands-on approach. It made us better, communicate better. Lead better. While on the podium a few minutes earlier, Wade joked that he "hated" Rondo competitively due to their playoff battles of years' past. He messes up your first option. And then he knows the second option. We were just good enough to have a third option.
He was that good. Now that respect has turned into trust after all three have gone through individual turmoil this season, with Rondo being benched, Wade going through his elbow injury and Butler enduring another season of trade rumors and questions about his leadership.
Now, they're leaning on each other on the floor and figuring out how to make the best of a high-pressure playoff run. When Rondo launches an foot pass to a 6-foot-7 wide receiver that would make Fred Hoiberg cuss under his breath, that's trust. When Butler passes up a lane to feed a cutting Wade for a dunk on the break, that's a team growing to believe in itself.
Now I get to experience it up close and personal, I f love it. Because he's gonna make sure he's prepared, the last guy on the bench is prepared. Coach is prepared, he's gonna challenge everyone to be as prepared as he is. And when your point guard, your leader is prepared, we're all prepared.
Calling Rondo "our point guard" wasn't a slip of the tongue, as Wade told Rondo after the game, "Way to lead your team tonight. When Wade signed with the Bulls, he openly stated it was Butler's team and he was there to aid the growing star. Now, he's taking even more of a backseat, ceding space on the floor for Rondo to dominate and be the maestro who gets everyone involved. It's easy to tell somebody else to play a role, you know what I'm saying?
Jimmy's got a role. His role is to be a No. I got a role. If you wanna be able to tell people to play their role, you gotta be able to play their role. I had a time where I had the ball every damn play. My job is to support Jimmy and if they need me to lead, I'll do my job. Part of his job has been to warn teammates about the perils of relaxing upon coming home, even though Wade himself has never stolen two games on the road to start a playoff series.
But even he admits he doesn't know how this wild, winding ride will end. All he knows is it's exciting and exhilarating.
Canada looks to rebound Even as Canada slowly got going, Montenegro's offence kept firing—noting six more to close out the second quarter with an already near-unsurmountable lead. Jeremie Cote's two goals in the third, followed by Constanin-Bicare's second of the match were the last three goals Canada would score before being completely shutout in the fourth.
With eight different goal scorers, Montenegro, led by Dusan Matkovic and Aleksandar Ivovic who scored five apiece, never took its foot of the gas, becoming the first team in the tournament to break the goal barrier. Porzio, however, was quick to stress the importance of Canada's next match against Georgia.
That's why tomorrow [against Georgia] is a big match. Tennis Canada executive Louis Borfiga has announced he will retire in the fall. Tennis Canada said in a release Monday that Borfiga, the vice-president of high performance, plans to spend more time with his family in France. Alumni of the facility include U. Canada also had international team success under his watch, with the Davis Cup team reaching the final in The Canadian Press. Rylee Foster is right where she wants to be — and has the ink to prove it.
The year-old goalkeeper from Cambridge, Ont. Her love for the storied club pre-dates that, however. Foster's grandparents were born in Wavertree, a part of Liverpool near where Foster lives these days. Sadly neither got to see her in Liverpool colours. Her grandfather died in The Liverpool women have enjoyed mixed fortunes of late.
Relegated from the top-tier Women's Super League after finishing last season at , the Reds currently stand fourth in the second-tier Championship. You don't know what kind of performances you're going to get from the clubs that you play against. It's been hard for us to kind of rise to the challenge every single day.
Foster was called into action early, stopping U. It was great to beat Manchester United. It was great to prove that Liverpool are a team that can still be in the top-tier WSL and compete at the highest level. And for myself, I can still compete with the best players in the world. Foster, who had 39 clean sheets in 84 appearances for the Mountaineers, signed with Liverpool in January , arriving four games before the pandemic lockdown hit.
It made for a tough transition, living alone in a small apartment. I had no connections there yet. I'm still here I'm still standing," she said "And it helped me a lot. It helped me learn about myself and what I need as an individual as well. Davis, who shot just 8-for in Game 1, thrived in particular with that pairing, averaging McGee pointed out that by him remaining the starting center, Davis "gets to play the position that he really wants to play which is the 4.
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