Watch the video above to see James lead the Cavs to a completely dominant Game 5 win in Boston.
Scott still has a sour taste in his mouth from the way that former Lakers executive Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss cut ties with him.
Scott says he “felt betrayed, lied to and deceived” by the Lakers front office.
— O.C. Register (@ocregister) May 24, 2017
From the Orange County Register:
Scott said he “felt betrayed, lied to and deceived” by former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and former executive Jim Buss.
Though he had only two guaranteed years on his four-year contract, Scott contends that Kupchak and Jim Buss previously promised him they would exercise the team option for his third year.
Scott also believes the Lakers used him to manage Bryant during his final seasons and farewell tour before making the coach a scapegoat for the franchise’s struggles.
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To top things off, Kyrie did most of his damage after spraining his left ankle with 1:47 left in the quarter.
21 points in the third quarter. <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.2.1/72×72/1f525.png" alt="
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The Cavs went from trailing by 10 as they began the second half to leading by 9 heading in to the fourth quarter.
Kyrie would finish with a game-high 42 points.
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Behind 29 points from Kevin Durant and 36 points from Stephen Curry, the Warriors defeated the Spurs 129-115 to complete the four-game sweep. Without Kawhi Leonard for the third-straight game, the Spurs had little chance and fell behind 31-19 after the first quarter. San Antonio would never come close to taking the lead.
For Manu Ginobili, the game may have been his final in the NBA. Throughout the ESPN broadcast, Mark Jackson, Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy talked as if Ginobili was planning to retire if the Spurs were to lose the game. In what may have been a hint of Manu’s impending retirement, Gregg Popovich gave the legend a rare playoff start. Ginobili left the floor to a standing ovation and “Manu” chants from the crowd:
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) May 23, 2017
As of press time, Ginobili has not said if this will be his last season. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Stephen Curry passed Kobe Bryant for fifth all time on the NBA Playoffs three-pointers made list. He has hit 293 and needs to make 22 more to pass LeBron James.
Golden State awaits the winner of the Cavaliers-Celtics series. The Cavs hold a 2-1 lead and if they hold on, will face the Warriors in the Finals for the third-straight year–which would be a first in NBA history.
The reason this is called the Tony Parker move is because he is one of the players that has given this move notoriety, but it is used by a lot of different players. This move is really good for smaller players that need to create some space to be able to get their shot off.
The goal of this move is to sell that you are attacking with the in and out move, but then as soon as the defense shifts their weight to cut that move off, you snap the crossover back using the cross to also create more space from the defender so you can get right into your shot.
The more you can sell your move and then use the crossover to create space with, the more time you will have on your shot. Checkout more great moves like this in our basketball training groups app.
Drill Name: Tony Parker In and Out Crossover Pull Up
Drill Goal: Work on coming off of a ball screen and holding the defender off to open up space and time to finish.
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and a dummy defender (optional).
Tips: You are not stopping on the in and out move, you need to be attacking forward. Really use the crossover to create space into your shot. Sell the move with your eyes, face, and body positioning. Really make the transition from your in and out to crossover really quick.
Directions: The player is going to start at top of the key 4-5 feet off of the 3 point line with the ball. They will begin to attack down hill towards the dummy defender (if you have one). At about the free throw line they will make an in and out move selling that they are attacking one way, but then they will immediately cross the ball over the other way leading themselves into their shot.
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If you ever really study the best ball handlers in the game you will see that they are not only able to control the ball and put it where they want it to go, they are also really good at changing up speeds and selling their moves.
The more you can; freeze a defender, sell a move, and then read them, the more you will be able to do whatever you want and go wherever you want with the dribble. This ball handling drill is going to work on the behind the back crossover move, but it is really going to emphasize all of those keys as well.
Drill Name: Walking Behind the Back Crossover Dribbling Drill
Similar Drills: Walking Between the Legs Crossover Dribbling Drill
Drill Goal: Work on selling the behind the back crossover move and really changing up speeds.
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball.
Tips: Stay low in a low athletic stance the whole time. Don’t be a robot with your movements, really look to pause, sell your move, and change up speeds as you go through the drill. Keep your eyes up as you do the drill and also use your eyes to sell the move.
Directions: The player is going to start on the baseline with a basketball. The player will take a stationary dribble (the only one during the drill), pause, and then make an explosive behind the back crossover move leading themselves forward with the move. Without taking any stationary dribbles in between, the player is going to pause again and then execute the same move. Continue this pattern all the way to the free throw line and then retreat dribble back to the baseline. Repeat the same action, but this time starting with your other hand.
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