Because I didn’t have a better title. Because I love late-starting West Coast games. Because I usually stay up late anyway. Because I’m excited to watch this match-up. Because Al Thornton sports jammies in SoCal. That’s Juice for ya.
For tonight’s Wizards-Lakers game, I did a Q&A with Andy Kamanetzky of the Land O’ Lakers blog on ESPN LA … you should go check it out.
Related to the matchup, Andy writes:
“It’s often said the long 2 is basketball’s least desirable shot, in that it is essentially as low percentage an attempt as one fired behind the arc, but worth merely two points. A Hoopdata breakdown of the Wizards’ shot locations reveals the second-highest number of 16- to 23-foot shots in the league (25.5 per game) and a 39 percent success rate. Is this a primary reason for their sixth-worst offensive efficiency in the league (100.5)? I can’t imagine it helps matters.”
I’ve been meaning to do a post breaking down statistics so far this season. Perhaps a good time would be after Wednesday’s game against the Kings, when the Wizards will have played 21 games, officially over a fourth of the season. (Wow, already?)
I also participated in an ESPN survey of TrueHoop Network bloggers on the most upbeat and downbeat stories regarding the respective teams that we cover. Click here to see what I had to say about the Wizards.
I love how Ed Tapscott’s “Palace of Good Play” is still relevant … thanks to Jake Whitacre at Bullets Forever.
ESPN.com’s David Thorpe recently took part in a chat and was asked what he thinks about JaVale McGee’s game. Thorpe wrote:
“Best athlete for his size in the NBA. Not much else going for him, except he’s getting better hands.”
Someone specifically asked, in reference to McGee, how does one improve their hands. Thorpe wrote:
“I’m noticing a lot more above the rim boards with arms extended. That takes strong hands. And lots of practice doing that sort of thing.”
Michael Wilbon’s last column in the Washington Post is a very good one.
Fellow TrueHoop Networker Forum Blue & Gold writes about the Lakers:
“It’s funny what a blowout win (regardless of opponent) and some days off can do for a team. Before Friday’s demolition of Sacramento, the Lakers looked worn down and were in midst of a 4 game slide. Now, nearly every story details how things are looking up. After a couple days of rest, Pau Gasol’s hamstring is much improved. Andrew Bynum continues to progress and is now practicing, participating in full court, 5 on 5 scrimmages, and could be back in the next week. Ron Artest may be struggling some, but with the team winning more than it’s losing, he’s perfectly fine with a reduced role.”