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Christ. Sam Cassell gets an eight second violation, then Tim Thomas forgets to call a time out. Obviously, it's a big pressure situation and everyone makes mistakes but aren't these guys supposed to be highly trained professionals?

May 17, 2006 | Permalink

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Earlier this year I saw the Clippers play the Knicks in MSG. Knicks down 2, inbounds with 7 seconds left. No timeouts. Jalen Rose called a timeout. Technical foul.

Granted it's not as big a deal as the Final Four, but wouldn't you think that having lost on just that mistake, it would be burned into you for all time?

Posted by: antid_oto | May 17, 2006 2:06:21 AM

Count the Sam Cassell mishap (and his missed three shortly after, and the multiple threes missed in the second overtime) as one more piece of evidence against the existence of clutch players.

Posted by: zw | May 17, 2006 2:33:29 AM

Count the Sam Cassell mishap (and his missed three shortly after, and the multiple threes missed in the second overtime) as one more piece of evidence against the existence of clutch players.

There are clutch players ... just not on the Clippers.

And I was rooting for them, too (as a Kings fan). They're pretty much the ultimate underdogs.

Posted by: Kurt Montandon | May 17, 2006 3:30:29 AM

helluva game.

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All praise be to the Suns. They're in position to beat the superior team in this series.

All condemnation be to Mike Dunleavy. He's been badly outcoached in this series.

Posted by: Petey | May 17, 2006 4:04:10 AM

Petey:

I neither agree nor disagree with your statement re: Dunleavy. Having watched the crucial part of each game at least twice, I think it's been a split set match for the most part. If I weren't weary from a restless night of trying to shake off this loss, I'd go into more detail on how I think each coach had exploited the other's blind spots. You can check out the blog for the minutiae of the series.

But so far as the "superior team," I'm trying to grapple with this notion that the Clippers are the alleged "superior team" despite having finished 7 games behind them in the Pacific division. Even with the tank job (and, remember, PHX mailed in the final three weeks of the season locked in as the (2)seed). Until the Clips won at PHX on April 5, they hadn't really won a respectable road game all year against any top tier team East or West.

I guess what I'm saying is that, as a Clips fan/seasontixholder, I guess I'm flattered. But when did my guys become the beasts on the block -- they of the 47 win season?

Posted by: kevin | May 17, 2006 6:46:46 AM

petey, the team that wins four out of seven is the superior team. that's why they play the games.

Posted by: howard | May 17, 2006 10:09:17 AM

The Suns are better than people are willing to credit. Certainly better than I believed. Their style of play is awkward to defend. But I do think that any of the other three teams remaining in the West should be able to beat the Suns in a series, and in less than seven games.

OTOH, I'm now more impressed with the Lakers' efforts.

Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | May 17, 2006 10:21:41 AM

Do people think that this series is over? I mean, Raja Bell hits a big three (um, since when did this guy turn into an offensive force? I think that's the secret of the Suns - somehow, these offensively limited guys like Bell and Diaw turn out a lot better than they were before), OK. But I would say that the Clippers still have a decent chance here.

Posted by: Al | May 17, 2006 10:32:08 AM

fwiw, al, i don't think the series is over (while it's easy to find out how many teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit, no one ever seems to write about how many teams down 3-2 win the series, but i'm guessing it's more than 8), but of course, today i'm more interested in barcelona-arsenal (obligatory soccer thread hijacking)....

Posted by: howard | May 17, 2006 11:39:03 AM

i realized that i never got around to speaking to matthew's point: highly trained and paid professionals nonetheless make mistakes because they are, after all, human beings. they get tired, they succumb to pressure, their brain misreads the situation, they get distracted....

again, that's why we watch: to see them respond, in the moment. you want them to be automatons? play a sports videogame where (presumably - i never play 'em myself) the performance is 100% consistent.

Posted by: howard | May 17, 2006 11:57:38 AM

How many times am I going to watch Steve Nash drive into the lane with four defenders who KNOW he is going to pass?

Posted by: Michael Brendan Dougherty | May 17, 2006 12:06:34 PM

Earlier this year I saw the Clippers play the Knicks in MSG. Knicks down 2, inbounds with 7 seconds left. No timeouts. Jalen Rose called a timeout. Technical foul.

Is that what happened? I was there, too, and I thought the Knicks simply turned the ball over by failing to inbound in the prescribed time.

Posted by: DJ Ninja | May 17, 2006 12:33:50 PM

Boris Diaw, offensively limited? Games played with the Atlanta Hawks no longer count towards NBA-level evaluation.

FWIW, the Thomas play was much much worse than the Casell play (there were already 2 seconds or so off the clock when they inbounded).

Posted by: Pooh | May 17, 2006 1:33:33 PM

Nash's PPG average is declining, isn't it? Or is FG%, or both. I don't think he can sustain this pace through another series, especially if Dallas has time to rest.

Posted by: Kriston | May 17, 2006 1:52:28 PM

I liked the repayment -- Thomas' 3 bails out the suspended Raja Bell in Game 6 against the Lakers, Raja's 3 bails out the fouled-out Thomas after his foolish non-time-out.

The Cassell mistake was pretty awesome to watch -- he's got his confident oh-yeah-I'm-a-badass grin, staring down Raja, and then suddenly he's like, what?? I suppose he got confused by the fact that 4 seconds had already elapsed when they called time-out.

Kriston, here's what Nash says:
"I'm physically not really able to shoot a good percentage at this point in time," Nash said. "Even mid-range shots are a long way for me now the way I feel physically. I'm just trying to fight through it."

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | May 17, 2006 2:49:32 PM

I think Kenny Smith was right when he said that wasn't Cassell's fault. If the coaches didn't tell him he only had 4 second left or whatever to get it across halfcourt, then it's their fault.
Thomas, though -- that was a dumbass move.

Posted by: Steve | May 17, 2006 3:09:37 PM

calvin has observed Sam "The Sham" Cassell since his days at FSU. Why? I guess it's the same reason people flock to NASCAR. I had the chance to watch Sam and Tim T. play for the Bucks. And, followed Sam at the T-Wolves. Basically, the guy is a loser. A semi-talented loser, but, nonetheless, a loser. The same may be said of Jerry Stackhouse.

Posted by: calvinthecat | May 17, 2006 4:29:28 PM

"I'm physically not really able to shoot a good percentage at this point in time," Nash said. "Even mid-range shots are a long way for me now the way I feel physically. I'm just trying to fight through it.""

I've found it interesting watching him struggle out there. His jump shot is consistently front-rim, which comes from dead legs to lift the shot. And you can see him trying to compensate, lofting one out of every three or four with extra oomph only to back-rim it.

Posted by: Petey | May 17, 2006 5:34:30 PM

calvin, presumably sam had nothing to do with the rockets titles?

just checking....

Posted by: howard | May 17, 2006 6:47:10 PM

I absolutely agree with Petey. watching tired Nash is almost as good as watching regular Nash. Of course I've never been under the physical stress he's put himself under but I do know what it is like to play basketball with dead legs. IT's fascinating to watch him struggle. He's probably going to find himself having 20-30 minute stretches where he finds more strength in his legs.

Posted by: Michael Brendan Dougherty | May 17, 2006 7:21:22 PM

Wow, just, wow. Sam Cassell is a loser. Up is down, as well, I suppose. Next thing people will tell us the Big Shot Bob is a choker for missing the heave at the end of game 3 (which was about an inch from banking in instead of hitting the side board...)

Posted by: Pooh | May 17, 2006 7:42:17 PM

DJ Ninja: I looked it up and you're right. I was so sure that's what I saw. How weird.

Posted by: antid_oto | May 17, 2006 8:45:32 PM

"Next thing people will tell us the Big Shot Bob is a choker for missing the heave at the end of game 3 (which was about an inch from banking in instead of hitting the side board...)"

Yup. He had a good look, and I thought that shot was going to go down.

And if the universe was weird enough for that shot to go down, all the world's religions would have had to close up shop, with a new global consensus that the One True Religion was the Church of Rob.

Posted by: Petey | May 18, 2006 12:40:17 AM

Anyone think it's about time for Roscoe to take the other team seriously?

Posted by: Petey | May 18, 2006 12:41:38 AM

Yeah, Pooh. I really couldn't get on board with the Cassell-dissage.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | May 18, 2006 12:45:53 AM

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