Posts Tagged ‘Corey Brewer’

Did the Golden State Warriors plan too far ahead?


VIDEO: Rockets win Game 4

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Heading into the weekend, both the Eastern and Western Conference final series seemed pretty cut-and-dried: The Warriors had a 3-0 lead over Houston, and the Cavs had a 3-0 lead over the Hawks. So it’s perhaps understandable if the Warriors and Cavs were looking ahead a bit, or planning for what might happen if either team clinched the series and advanced to the NBA Finals.

The only problem there is, the Warriors put their future plans down in writing. And the plans got back to the Rockets.

According to ESPN.com, following the Rockets’ 128-115 Game 4 win over the Warriors, the Rockets returned to their locker room to find a copy of the Warriors plans in case they swept the series. As Calvin Watkins writes

The memo read in part: “The Golden State Warriors will return to Oakland tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26) following their 4-0 series sweep of the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.”

The memo wasn’t distributed to the media, but its legitimacy was confirmed by Raymond Ridder, the Warriors’ vice president for communication.

The Warriors now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1, with Game 5 coming Wednesday in Oakland.

Several players, including Corey Brewer, smiled and shook their heads upon reading the memo.

“They’re confident in their team,” said Josh Smith, who scored 20 points Monday night. “It’s not added motivation; we just got to go out there and play. I don’t really feed into the whole mentally get your rah-rah hype. I just want to go out and play my game.”

The Minnesota Timberwolves can’t stop playing Flappy Bird

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

Portland Trail Blazers v Minnesota Timberwolves

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Have you played the game Flappy Bird on your cellphone? If not, well, that’s too bad, because the game is no longer on the market — the game’s creator removed it from the app store a few weeks back. If you downloaded the game before it left the market, you can still play, but I would advise against this. Why? Because it’s a horribly addictive game. On this point, I can speak from experience.

Flappy Bird is about as simple as they come: You tap the screen over and over to navigate your bird through a series of openings in pipes. Touch a pipe, your bird crashes to earth. That’s it. It’s easy to figure out, easy to control, but the game is just tough enough to make it maddeningly difficult. But as simple as it is, as addictive as it is, there is some terrible zen to be found by hypnotically getting lost in trying to improve upon what you’ve already done.

This has apparently been learned in Minnesota, where as Steve McPherson reports in a fun piece for True Hoop, Flappy Bird has become all the rage in the Timberwolves’ locker room. The top three scorers? Third is Ronny Turiaf with 113; second place belongs to Ricky Rubio with 187. first place belongs to Chase Budinger, who somehow has racked up 327 points. As someone who has spent, ahem, more than a few hours playing Bird, my brain literally cringed a little when I read that score for the first time.

Anyway, as Budinger explains to McPherson…

Budinger will be difficult to top; he has a deep yet nuanced understanding of the game and what it takes to win. “All you do is tap the screen,” he says. “The bird flaps and you gotta go through tunnels. The way to do best at that game is you need to be somewhere alone and quiet. I think on the plane is a good time to play. Or on the bus, even though you’re moving a little bit.”

“Right now,” says Turiaf, “Chase is claiming that when you play without the sound, it helps you get better.”

Apparently, there’s one player who needs to put it on vibrate. Asked who on the team is the worst, Turiaf replies, “By far, and I mean by far: Corey Brewer.”

“I think his high is six,” Budinger says.

Brewer, trotting through the locker room behind Budinger, growls, “Get off me, man. I got seven. Seven’s my high.”

I have to admit, Corey Brewer is a man after my own heart. Or at least my low score.

Last night’s Shaqtin moments

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Rockets/Thunder game was a scrappy, physical affair that was reminiscent of playoff basketball. It wasn’t the only entertaining game last night, but it also didn’t provide the lone potential Shaqtin’ A Fool moment. Dwight Howard, Corey Brewer, Taj Gibson, come on down!


VIDEO: Dwight’s pass


VIDEO: Brewer’s dunk


VIDEO: Taj’s dunk

Brewer’s Perfect Free-Throw ‘Self Pass’

Your team is down by three with 3 seconds left and no timeouts. You’re at the free-throw line. You sink the first shot; now you know you’ll have to miss the second freebie so your team has a chance to win. How often have you seen this scenario … and a player fails?

Earlier this season, Dwyane Wade decided to just “hit the rim” and missed badly, costing his team the win.

Well, Top Plays Theatre favorite Corey Brewer provided the antidote Sunday night, though it didn’t result in a win. It did tick off a few Raptors and gave him another highlight in a season full of them:


VIDEO: Corey Brewer perfectly executes the “self pass” in his free-throw attempt

J-Smoove To Brew: No Soup For You

At some point of any Timberwolves game these days, you’re going to see a streaking Corey Brewer awaiting a full-court pass from Kevin Love or Ricky Rubio. This habit has produced some serious noggin-shaking highlights, not to mention very few offensive rebounds for the former Gator.

Every now and again however, teams pay attention to the scouting report. Say hello to Josh Smith, your attentive student for the evening:


VIDEO: Corey Brewer falls victim to spectacular block by Josh Smith

Robinson Sends Rip City Into Frenzy


VIDEO: Thomas Robinson shines in his opportunity off the bench

Thomas Robinson was the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and is on his third NBA team. It’s safe to say his career hasn’t gotten off to the start his draft position demands. Robinson’s 11.1 minutes per game this season is filled by 4.3 points and 3.8 rebounds.

But with LaMarcus Aldridge on the mend with nagging groin pains and Kevin Love coming to town Sunday, the Blazers needed every able body on the oak to chip in.

Enter the former Jayhawk T-Rob, who played over 33 minutes against the Wolves, a season-high, and recorded 14 points and a game-high and career-high 18 rebounds. He did it in electrifying fashion, treating the Moda Center to a brand of power not often seen from their frontcourt.

In the fourth quarter with the game very much in the balance, Robinson began hawking down notorious speed demon Corey Brewer, who got loose on the break. Few foresaw the pandemonium that would follow. If we didn’t know before, we know now that the Portland faithful has no problem going insane with the right nudge:


VIDEO: Thomas Robinson obliterates Corey Brewer’s layup, leading to an oop on the other end

Corey Brewer’s Breakaway Jam Falls Short

By Jeff Case, NBA.com

Breakaway dunks are the stuff of excitement and showtime (remember what Paul George did a couple weeks ago?). But for the Kings and Timberwolves the last few days, they’ve been the stuff of embarrassment and plain ol’ dunk fails. On Sunday night, Derrick Williams of the Kings tried to go for some Dunk Contest flair and ended up, welp, not coming anywhere close to that.

Then there was last night in Minneapolis as the Wolves hosted the Lakers. Corey Brewer leaks out (surprise!) for a fast-break bucket off a Lakers miss and catches a dandy outlet pass from (double-surprise!!) Kevin Love. He’s got a couple steps on Nick Young, so he takes flight just inside the key … and … #DunkFail!


VIDEO: Corey Brewer can’t quite finish off the breakaway jam

 

All Lob Everything in L.A.

by Zettler Clay

Last night, there were a ton of dunks in the Clippers’ victory over the Nuggets.

A ton. Within these dunks, there were a few alley-oops of the Millerian variety. A brief review:



Andre Miller is just getting warmed up. Dialing on.



He’s connected.



Whoa. He’s up and running.

The amazing part about the aforementioned smashes? They weren’t even the best dunks of the night. Witness Jordan Hamilton throwing down a gauntlet on Reggie Evans:


But you didn’t think there would be any kind of dunking list featuring the Clippers without this guy in it, did you?


Man I love this game.

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 Georgia Tech



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In the last matchup of the Sweet 16, its the SEC vs. the ACC as the Florida Gators take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

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Florida Gators

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

David Lee, Warriors: 27.1 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.0 steals
Matt Bonner, Spurs: 27.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.7 steals
Al Horford, Hawks: 20.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.6 steals
Mike Miller, Heat: 20.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.3 steals
Joakim Noah, Bulls: 21.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.2 steals

Missed the cut: Corey Brewer, Mavericks; Jason Williams, Grizzlies; Udonis Haslem, Heat (injured); Marreese Speights, Sixers

Team synopsis: Seems like a lot of these teams are heavy on the big men and short on guards, and it’s not really any different with the Gators. However, despite their size, there’s actually some perimeter firepower here with Bonner, Miller, and even Horford, who has one of the most consistent mid-range jumpers in the NBA (and has started hoisting a three-pointer here and there). Between Lee, Horford, and Noah, it’s hard to imagine many rebounds getting away.

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Introducing the Bragging Rights Bracket

by Micah Hart

Here’s a popular conversation around this time of year:

Sports Fan A: Oh man, imagine how good School A would be if Player X had just stayed one more year. They might have won the NCAA Tournament!

Sports Fan B: Tell me about it. And look how good School B could have been this year. Player Y and Player Z would both be seniors!

If you watched the two amazing basketball documentaries last weekend — ESPN’s “Fab Five” and HBO’s “Runnin’ Rebels” — you know what I’m talking about.

Nowadays, Chris Webber would never have called his infamous timeout in the NCAA title game because he’d almost certainly have left after his freshman year — as would have Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard. Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony and Stacey Augmon — all of whom were first-round picks in 1991 — returned to UNLV after winning the 1990 national championship. The only guys who have done that recently were Florida’s ’04s of Corey Brewer, Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Taurean Green — and even then, everyone knew they were the exception.

While we’ll never know if Syracuse could have repeated as national champs in 2004 had Carmelo Anthony stayed, or what kind of ridiculous stats Kevin Durant might have put up had he stayed four years at Texas, we do know they became stars in the NBA.

Which leads us to a new series we will be running on All Ball over the course of the next few weeks:

Bragging Rights: The Ultimate Battle for School Pride

The premise is simple:

We want to know which school has the best NBA players. Over the next few weeks, we will pit every school with at least five players currently on active NBA rosters against each other in a hypothetical, March Madness-style, single-elimination bracket.

We’ve seeded the teams (see below), and we’ll roll out a few games each week. You vote for the winners.

We’ll start this afternoon with Stanford vs. LSU.

Why spend your time wondering how good your favorite college team could have been when your favorite players are still in action today? Once a Dukie, always a Dukie, right?

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