Saturday, May 28, 2016

Quick note on why I think Barkley and the crew are fools for their critique of Durant


Game 6 of Warriors-Thunder was fantastic. These two combined for 70. Klay Thompson made 11 threes and was hotter than any player I've ever seen. I'm happy we get a game 7.

But Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaq - with all due respect to them as legends of the game - are stupid in saying the game was won because Kevin Durant "went back to hero ball." He can't make the ball go in the hoop. And he shoots a lot because that's his job.

People who don't know the game say that guys whose shots go in on a given night are playing well and that players whose shots aren't going in aren't playing well. People who have played know that we all try to make every shot we take and that no matter how much we want it to be different, we can't make the ball go in after it leaves our hands. Barkley and those guys should know better.

In what universe where Thompson and Curry combine for 70 is the other team "supposed to win?" If Thompson goes 9-18 from 3 instead of 11-18 then the Thunder advances and those guys would (rightfully) say Westbrook is super human and Durant has a giant heart. There would be no talk of hero ball.

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