June 8

J.R. Smith Immediately Regretted The Tweet He Sent Out After The Cavs Lost Game 3

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Minutes after the Cavaliers got their hearts crushed by the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday, J.R. Smith decided to take to social media to showcase how confident he was in his teammates’ ability to still win the series. Smith wasn’t bothered by the fact that the Warriors were up 3-0 in the series; he believed and let that belief be known to his 670,000-plus Twitter followers by tweeting out “Cavs in 7.”

Smith’s tweet eventually got retweeted over 30,000 times before he deleted it, which seemed strange since it seemed quite logical that the Cavs guard of all people would tweet such a bold statement. After all, having extreme confidence is a big part to achieving success in the NBA. So why would Smith, a very confident player, delete his guarantee?

Well, according to The Score’s Joseph Casciaro, Smith told him that his account was hacked and that he didn’t actually tweet anything after the game. And while saying your account is hacked is the customary way to cover up a mistake, Smith at the very least said he liked the general idea of the tweet.

If Smith wants to truly see the supposed hacked tweet actually come true, then the Cavs will have to perform some sort of miracle to come all the way back from a 0-3 deficit, a miracle that perhaps could begin in Game 4 in Cleveland on Friday. If not, Smith’s deleted tweet will be just that, a fleeting moment of confidence by the Cavs during a series that shows how outmatched they truly are against the Warriors.

June 7

Hold Off the Defense Finish

This move is going to be used in a situation where you are coming off a ball screen and your defender is on your back trailing the play and the post help defender is in the paint. The reason you would want to hold off the defender is to create space and have better timing for the rolling offensive post player who just set the screen.

The video in this breakdown is going to work on finishing with a floater, but this is also a great move to force the help post defender to step up so that you can either dump the ball of the to rolling post player or lob it up to the basket. Checkout our basketball training groups for more videos like this breaking down different game moves.

 

 

Drill Name: Hold Off the Defense Finish

Similar Drills: How to Do a Euro StepHow to Do a Rondo FakeHow to Do a Pro Hop

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, a chair (something to use as a ball screener), and a dummy defender (optional).

Tips: Really stay low and athletic when holding the defender off. Really use your eyes to help freeze the help post defender. If you are able to look at the rolling post player, you will freeze the help defender and put them in no mans land.

Directions: Set up an object as a screener on either wing/lane line area. The player is going to start with the ball on the wing and come off the ball screen attacking to the paint. As they come off the screen, they are going to simulate a defender on their back hip and slow up to hold off the defender for a brief second. They will then make a quick dribble forward and finish with a two foot floater.

 

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June 7

Walking Double Crossover Dribbling Drill

A lot of the times it really isn’t about how fast or quick of a player you are when trying to breakdown a defender off of the dribble. Yes those things are important, but it is really about being able to change up speeds, sell your move, and then read the defender.

This double crossover dribbling drill is going to work on a specific move, but it is really about learning to be able to change up your speeds and sell your moves. Add this drill to your training plan today, or checkout our basketball player training groups for a details breakdown of this drills and many more.

 

 

Drill Name: Walking Double Crossover Dribbling Drill

Similar Drills: Walking Between the Legs Crossover Dribbling Drill

Drill Goal: Work on selling the between the legs behind the back 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 double crossover combo 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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June 7

Report: Markelle Fultz Will Only Work Out For Celtics

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The 19-year-old guard is considered the frontrunner to go No. 1 overall.

Fultz was in Boston over the past two days to undergo interviews, medical testing and an on-court workout.

Accompanied by Celtics president Danny Ainge, Fultz toured TD Garden on Tuesday.

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June 7

ESPN Can’t Stop Roasting Jalen Rose Over Kobe’s 81-Point Game On His Own Show

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Jalen Rose’s comedy pilot, Jalen vs. Everything, ran on ESPN on Tuesday evening. Rose is famous for having a multitude of jobs, including his role on NBA Countdown, and the Worldwide Leader took every opportunity to possible to use the sitcom vehicle to promote its properties.

First, a hilarious commercial involving Kobe Bryant emerged that pokes fun at Rose’s involvement in the future Hall of Famer’s 81-point explosion. Then, just as the half-hour show was set to air, ESPN put forth another video that put Rose in his place yet again.

Yes, that is a statue of Rose diving at the legs of Bryant in the midst of his now-legendary performance.

It is important to note that, well, this is a spoof and the statue isn’t real. With that said, everyone wishes that it was. To Rose’s everlasting credit, he has been a great sport with regard to his role in Bryant’s best regular season performance and this is an undeniably hilarious way to both promote the show and generate some attention for ESPN’s NBA coverage.

At some point, perhaps Jalen Rose will be remembered for some of the (very) good things he has done on and off the court but, for now, he’s often the guy that gave up 81 points to Kobe Bean Bryant.

June 6

Robert Horry: Hakeem Olajuwon Was ’20 Times Better’ Than Tim Duncan

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While on ESPN’s The Jump on Monday, Horry went so far as to say that Olajuwon was “20 times better than Tim Duncan.” And mind you, Horry once picked Duncan over Kobe Bryant. Starting at 3:02:

“I played with Phil [Jackson], and Phil doesn’t like to double team.

 

“They had nobody that could guard Dream. They had nobody that could guard Dream. I’ma say that twice because Dream was just that dominant.

 

“When we played San Antonio one time, and Tim [Duncan] was killing in the block, and Phil refused to double team Tim to get the ball out of his hands.

 

“And Dream was 20 times better than Tim Duncan.”

Horry would go on to say that while both players were superstars, Olajuwon brought a work ethic that was on “an extra level.”

Let us know what you think in the comments: Who was the better player, Olajuwon or Duncan?

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June 6

Jay Electronic Was So Inspired By Kevin Durant’s Finals Performance He Dropped A New Song In His Honor

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Kevin Durant has been dominant so far in the NBA Finals, helping the Golden State Warriors surge to a 2-0 lead over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. His 35.5 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists per game so far have him as the favorite to earn Finals MVP honors and his performance has been so incredible that it inspired one of music’s greatest recluses, Jay Electronic, to drop a new song titled “Letter To Fallon.”

Jay Elec wrote to Durant on Twitter, telling him over several tweets that a rendezvous with the former MVP and his father along with his performance so far in the Finals inspired him enough to finally release some new music. “Peace family. The last time we saw each other, you and your pops told me to release music,” he said in a tweet directed to Durant. “I’ve been so inspired by your performance in the finals… here’s a gift for you brother,” he finished in subsequent tweets along with a link to the track.

So yeah, Jay Elect is back with his annual or so release and who knows if that means he’s any closer to an actual album release or if this is just a one off until he feels like it again.

Whatever the case you can stream Jay Electronica’s Tidal exclusive “Letter To Fallon” below if you have a subscription, or check out a preview if you don’t.

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June 5

NBA Players React To Game 2 of the 2017 Finals

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LeBron James once again did everything in his power to propel the Cavs, but Kevin Durant (33 points) and Stephen Curry (32 points) were too much to contain.

NBA players watching the game chimed in on Durant and Curry’s place among the all-time great duos, whether Cleveland should shake up their lineup, the fight that broke out in the stands immediately after the game, and more.

Scroll through the gallery up top to check out what the rest of the League thought about Game 2.

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June 5

Kevin Durant Teased Draymond Green About Dropping 54 Points On Him Once

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Kevin Durant put on yet another virtuoso performance on Sunday night, putting up 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, five blocks, and three steals against the Cavaliers as the Warriors took a 2-0 series lead after a 132-113 win. In total, Durant has 71 points in two games — more than Harrison Barnes had all series a year ago — and he’s putting to rest the idea that he’s riding the coattails of Steph Curry and the rest of the Warriors to his first ring by leading the team through the first two games.

Durant isn’t the only one playing excellent basketball for the Warriors to start these NBA Finals, as Steph Curry added 32 points, 11 assists, and 10 assists in his first career NBA Finals triple-double. Curry and Durant have carried the Warriors’ offense through two games of the Finals — although Klay Thompson had an unbelievably efficient 22 points on 12 shots in Game 2 as well — and they’ve both been tremendous ever since the start of the Western Conference Finals.

After Game 2, even Draymond Green was in awe of what his two superstar teammates are doing alongside each other, and noted that he’s not sure he’s ever seen either of them play better. That is, except for maybe one time Kevin Durant lit him up, which led to a pretty hilarious exchange as Durant corrected Green to make sure he got his 54-point total correct from that game.

Green chuckled and said he didn’t mean to short change Durant two points, before continuing on to expound on how great the two are playing in these Finals. The play of Curry and Durant has been phenomenal and Green explained that he can see the fire in their eyes as they’re going off.

What makes the play of Durant and Curry so impressive to this point is that they are the two players on the Warriors with the most to prove in this series, and both are managing to step up simultaneously. Durant is doing his best to quiet doubters from his decision to join Golden State last offseason, while Curry is looking to shake off the questions of whether he can perform at his best level in the NBA Finals after the last two years when he wasn’t as dominant as his regular season self.

These Finals were always going to write the narrative for Durant and Curry going forward, but few expected both to erase doubts at the same time. Had one or the other gone off and carried the team alone — or with Thompson or Green as the second key guy — the narrative for the other would have been that he needed significant help to win a title. Instead, both are putting up phenomenal numbers at the same time and erasing those questions together. Durant will make sure you know he’s a big time player after these Finals, and that you won’t ever forget how many points he’s scored on you.

June 4

JR Smith: ‘Warriors Got One Guy Who Keeps Kicking People In The Nuts’

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JR Smith was asked if the Cavs would try to “dirty up the game” and “play more physical.” Swish pointed to the fact that the Warriors are the team that has “one guy who keeps kicking people in the nuts,” an obvious reference to Draymond Green:

Dirtying up the game? I don’t know about that. They got one guy who keeps kicking people in the nuts. I don’t know about that. But we won’t dirty up the game. We just play physical. Some people don’t like physicality, and that’s what it is. But we just got to play our game and the way we know how to play, and that’s what’s been successful for us.

Draymond was famously suspended last year’s Game 5 after an altercation with LeBron James. In fairness, Green has kept his nose clean during this year’s playoffs and is not in any danger of being suspended based on the NBA’s technical and flagrant foul rules.

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