TSN's Jack Armstrong offers his thoughts on Danny Green, the defence of the Miami Heat, the future of the Boston Celtics, the addition of Patrick Ewing in Charlotte and the broadcast abilities of Jeff Van Gundy and Hubie Brown.
1. Danny Green (Spurs): 25 3's in the first five games. NBA record already. If you had to pick an MVP for the Spurs so far, he'd be your guy. I love how crafty he is moving without the ball, getting himself in the proper spots for good looks and he uses screens beautifully. Miami's defence of him has at times been downright atrocious. Good for him, he's been brilliant.
2. Miami Defence: Sunday night, I saw a team not committed to playing the game hard and right with discipline on the defensive end. Poor communication and effort. I understand they're a team that thrives on creating turnovers but guys are just lunging into passing lanes with little regard for the risk/reward factor. Spurs are a solid/well-coached team that will shred you if you don't cover with intelligence. Ball pressure, help, recovery, rotations, shot challenges were all sub-par. We've seen them play at a high level before and I'm sure we'll see it again in Game 6 but defensive effort after 100 games is supposed to be there all the time and be a habit. Maddening team to watch at times.
3. Doc Rivers/Danny Ainge: My advice, turn Doc into a tradeable asset and try to get what you can for him and Kevin Garnett. You're in a rebuild mode now. Buy out Paul Pierce and look to acquire picks and young players. The fact that you can start fresh and re-tool your team based upon the assets you have is a good situation to be in. Rajon Rondo is a wonderful talent but something tells me he'll be a royal pain in the you-know-what in a rebuilding situation and without the leadership of Doc, KG & Pierce. Might look to turn him into a favorable deal as well.
4. Patrick Ewing (Bobcats): Hired as an associate head coach by Steve Clifford. They worked together in Houston and Orlando and he'll be a good fit. Love the big fella. Hoping in a few years he'll get his chance somewhere in the NBA as a head coach. Many stars want it handed to them with their 'lifetime scholarship' mentality. Not Ewing, he's been willing to pay his dues and I admire that. He'll get his chance. Good that he's back on the bench again after a year away.
5. Jeff Van Gundy and Hubie Brown: Have known both of these guys for years and respect them immensely. It's been a pleasure listening to Jeff on TV and Hubie on the radio during the Finals. Both outstanding basketball men who give you the substance; the whys, what's and how's in a well thought-out fashion. Van Gundy is quite entertaining, as well, which I enjoy. They are major ambassadors for our sport and are delivering the goods on the big stage.