June 14, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 8 comments

Apologies for sending out two broken emails about the final round of the NHL pickem before the correct email. I need to improve that code.

posted by rcade at 08:15 AM on June 14, 2022

I am losing faith in the Celtics. They should be the better team but somehow the Warriors always have an answer for them. Even Curry missing all his threes wasn't enough last night.

posted by rcade at 08:38 AM on June 14, 2022

Not too many people would have picked Wiggins to go out of his mind to help pick up Curry's slack. And Draymond finally looked like more of a contributor.

Curry will have better numbers in due course. But Klay looks like he needs pacing and load management. Loss of leg youthfulness, understandably so.

Both teams are capable of playing spurt quarters. I don't know whether I'd rather see 4 consecutive closely contested quarters or more spurt swapping. It would be good to have a two or three point outcome at some point.

A lot of folks expect the series to go 7 and want it to go 7. The commissioner certainly does.

posted by beaverboard at 11:00 AM on June 14, 2022

spurt swapping

Do yourself a favor, and DO NOT google this term.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:38 PM on June 14, 2022

Thank you, counselor. Advice duly heeded.

I'll just use my imagination.

posted by beaverboard at 02:20 PM on June 14, 2022

Wiggins is one of the most talented 2 way players in the league. He'll always deliver great defense and near double digit rebounds but he's also a guy with a switch when it comes to offense. If he misses 3 or 4 early shots he'll stop shooting. If he hits early pretty much guaranteed 20 plus points and near 60 percent from the field.

He is the key on this team. He plays almost the entire game and always is matched up against the other teams' superstar player. Even scoring only 10 or 12 he takes a huge load off of others. Check the finals stats: top 5 in points, steals, rebounds, blocks, and minutes. Don't know if there is a more underrated NBA player.

Here's an interesting stat: Tatum is a career 0.456 shooter. In this series Wiggins has him at 0.373. Tatum was 0.462 against Miami.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:11 PM on June 14, 2022

The Celtics seem insistent on ending their season like it started. That's frustrating as hell. That said, obviously most of the problem can be credited to the Warriors.

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