Blog Posts by Eric Freeman

  • D'Angelo Russell took a LeBron James pass where it hurts

    Basketball is not typically called a contact sport, but it still carries the possibility of bodily harm. It's easy to get an elbow to the face in the post or any number of knocks during a loose ball. There are many occupational hazards in the NBA.

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    For instance, sometimes LeBron James will fire a pass right into an opponent's nether regions:

    Oof. That's Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard D'Angelo Russell on the receiving end of this errant pass late in the third quarter. Russell fell to the floor and was helped off the court, but he did return to finish with 15 points in his 28 minutes. The Lakers fell to LeBron's Cleveland Cavaliers 120-111.

    Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com quoted several Lakers about the rough moment after the game:

    “The way the crowd sounded, it seemed pretty obvious that it hit him right in the spot,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I felt for him.” [...]
    "It was tough. Every guy knows the feeling,”
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  • San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has often been described as a different kind of superstar, a guy who dominates with league-best defense and smart decision-making on the offensive side. These ideas are borne out by the stats — Leonard averages an impressive 20.0 ppg but is most easily lauded for his efficient shooting percentages.

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    There's a lot of truth to this opinion, but in many ways it's just as reductive as the idea that volume shooters lack a sophisticated understanding of the game. Because Kawhi showed Wednesday night that he's perfectly capable of taking the ball with the game on the line and breaking down a defender one-on-one.

    With the Spurs tied 96-96 with the Orlando Magic with only 13 seconds remaining in regulation, Gregg Popovich called one of his trademark excellent out-of-bounds plays — he gave the ball to his best player and let him take a game-winning shot over the defending Aaron

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