Posts Tagged ‘Mo Williams’

Horry Scale: Williams Saves Jazz

by Jeff Case




Nothing better than more entries on the Horry Scale. Or, in this case, Mo entries.

The Jazz have been hovering around .500 all season, but a recent stretch of wins against the Lakers (in L.A.) and a nice rally against Toronto has Utah finding its rhythm. Being in a flow hasn’t been a problem for the Spurs, who — surprise!! — have been in and out of the No. 1 spot in the West all season. A nationally televised date between San Antonio and Utah in Salt Lake City wouldn’t seem to be a thriller in the making, especially given the Spurs’ defensive rating (6th) and the Jazz’s propensity for poor defense (20th in defensive rating). Yet down the stretch, we were treated to a Jazz-Spurs game that brought back memories of their 1990s rivalry, with Mo Williams putting on the hero cape this time.

For those that are new around these parts, the Horry scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?), and celebration, and gives it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second daggers.

How does Williams’ shot Wednesday night stack up? Let’s take a look.

Difficulty

We’ll detail the play itself below — which the Spurs defended well twice — but overall the shot wasn’t too, too difficult for an NBA player of Williams’ caliber. San Antonio’s Danny Green was all over Williams on two different inbounds plays the Jazz tried to run and played him well once he got the ball. Williams wasn’t having a pretty night at this point — he was 3-for-8 from the field and 0-for-3 on 3-pointers. But Utah traded Devin Harris (a career 31.4 percent 3-point shooter) and picked up Williams (a career 38.6 shooter) in the offseason in separate deals because of Williams’ ability to make big 3-pointers. He came through this night.

Game Situation

Utah rallies from a 90-83 hole with 4:50 left to eventually tie the score off Paul Millsap‘s short jumper in the paint with 40 seconds to go. After a missed jumper by Tony Parker — which Williams rebounds and brings up court — Williams takes a 3-pointer that goes off the front of the rim. Millsap rebounds it and the Jazz call timeout and set up a play, but Gordon Hayward struggles to find an open man and calls another timeout. Hayward is the trigger man again and Williams tries to work off an Al Jefferson screen with Green right on his hip, but eventually gets the ball. Williams dribbles out near the wing, gets about two feet behind the 3-point line and lets fly with Green closing out nicely. All net and buzzer, though.

Importance

As we mentioned above, the Jazz have been up and down all season, nearly matching a bad win with a good win game by game. But thanks to a West-leading 9-1 mark in front of the always-faithful Jazz fans at EnergySolutions Arena, Utah is No. 6 in the West and staying in the thick of things. San Antonio, as mentioned, is as elite as ever and came into the game having won 10 of its last 11 and sporting the best record in the NBA.  It’s hard to imagine either team swapping positions once May comes around, but for both teams, wins and losses against playoff-level/elite-caliber opponents are what can build (or break) confidence, especially in the case of the youthful Jazz.

All that said, this one probably had a little more importance for the Spurs. They’re in a dogfight with Memphis and OKC for the No. 1 spot in the West and, in case you forgot, the third tiebreaker for playoff seeding is better winning percentage against teams in the conference.

Celebration

Say what you want about Jazz fans, but those folks know how to celebrate a moment. Williams basks in the glory of the home crowd’s adulation as he runs to the opposite end of the court and is mobbed by Hayward, Enes Kanter and others. Exactly what we’ve come to expect from Jazz players in Utah, but nothing too over the top.

Grade

3 1/2 Horrys. We gave the Parker-over-OKC shot 3 1/2 and this one fits many of the same criteria. Early-season matchups between playoff teams from 2012? Check. A game that — depending on your point of view — will help or harm a playoff case a few months from now? Check. Great celebration in front of an always-loyal home crowd? Check. This is prime 3 1/2-star territory.

Much like our last Horry Scale participant, J.R. Smith, Williams shows the calmness and mental toughness to shake off a rough shooting night and be the hero when his team needed it.That’s something ol’ Mr. Horry used to do. That’s what we like about this one.

What sayeth you?

Al Jefferson drops serious tender on bed

by Zettler Clay IV

I mean, Al Jefferson is a really big man.

The guy in the photo is none other than Mo Williams, who is swallowed by the platform’s expansiveness. Big cots require big cheese:

Over $23,000. Eat your heart out Wilt. Can’t fault a man for ensuring the quality of his rest for the upcoming season. After all, it is his contract year.

H/T Business Insider

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Three for all: L.A. Clippers

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the L.A. Clippers, who played three straight from Jan. 16-18.

The Clippers have been the biggest story of this young season what with their acquisition of Chris Paul. So isn’t it ironic that as they enter their toughest stretch of the season to date that they’d have to do so without CP3, who strained his hamstring against the Lakers this past Saturday?

Game 1: Clippers 101, Nets 91 - No Paul no problem when your opponent is the Nets. Chauncey Billups slid nicely into the starting PG role and scored 20 points. Also, Blake Griffin did this to Kris Humphries, easily the most embarrassing thing to happen to Humphries in the last few months. Cough. 2 points (1 for win, 1 for +10 margin)

Game 2: Jazz 108, Clippers 79 - No real surprise here, as the Clippers have lost 16 straight in Salt Lake City. No Clip scored more than Caron Butler‘s 14 points. -1 point

Game 3: Clippers 91, Mavericks 89 - This is why the Clippers picked up Mr. Big Shot when the Knicks put him on waivers, to take and make shots like the game-winner against the Mavericks. Tough week for Dallas in the City of Angels; they lost both games at Staples on a last-second three-pointer. 5 points

A final total of 6 total points for LAC, which isn’t too shabby considering they were playing without Mr. Paul. Oh, and they were also without my fellow Murrah HS alum Mo Williams, which I expected to hurt them way worse. But I’m a homer like that.

Up next: The New Jersey Nets play three straight Jan. 21-23 when they host Oklahoma City and Charlotte, then hit the road to face the Bulls in Chicago.

Three for all Scoreboard:
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
L.A. Clippers (6 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
Orlando Magic (5 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Charlotte Bobcats (3 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)
Toronto Raptors (1 point)

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What’s not to like?

by Micah Hart


Normally, the NBA Draft lottery is useful for only one interesting piece of information; namely, who gets the top pick.

That wasn’t the case this year, as everyone in America fell in love with Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert‘s 14-year old son Nick, who represented the Cavs at the lottery drawing.

Nick Gilbert, who suffers from a nerve disorder that can cause tumors to grow in his body at any time, won the room over (and the nation) during the evening, when he answered ESPN’s question about how he feels about his father calling him his hero, saying, “What’s not to like?”

The phrase became an instant hit, repeated several times over during the course of the night’s events, which oh-by-the-way culminated in the Cavaliers hitting the jackpot, moving up from the eight spot (originally the Clippers’ pick, which they acquired as part of the Baron Davis-Mo Williams swap at the trade deadline) to No. 1 in the Draft pecking order.

T-shirt maker Fresh Brewed Tees capitalized on the growing popularity of Nick’s catch-phrase, introducing a t-shirt (right) to commemorate the occasion and donating five dollars of every one sold to support The Children’s Tumor Foundation, for which Nick is an ambassador. As of this posting, the shirts have already raised nearly $40,000 dollars for the organization.

Well done everyone, all around.

UPDATE: The t-shirt has been a big hit, but the $40,000 figure is actually how much the campaign for the CTF has raised in total, not simply from sales of the shirt (which, by the way, Gilbert the father has said he will match dollar-for dollar). It’s not too late to donate to the cause either, as they have extended the drive through this coming Friday, May 27.

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Mo Williams, how do you rate on the Horry scale?

by Micah Hart

Well that didn’t take long. After Rudy Gay hit the NBA’s first game-winning buzzer-beater last Saturday, it only took four more days before our next entry into the 2010-11 ledger. Mo Williams, step right up to claim your prize:

A refresher — any time there is a GWBB, we will examine its bonafides  in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Clippers-Nets game), and celebration, and give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys.

Let’s see how this one rates:

Difficulty: It’s a nice shot, no doubt, and Brandon Jennings does all he can to bother Williams. However, this isn’t that hard a shot for an NBA player to make, a face-up jumper from just left-of-center.

Game situation: Tie game, so no harm no foul if it’s a miss.

Importance: In the early season, neither the Bucks or Cavs are doing much to make themselves look like contenders, but I’ll say this — given their summer, I have to think every win feels just a little bit sweeter for Cleveland this year.

Celebration: Mo Williams jumps on the scorer’s table as the crowd in Cleveland goes wild. That’s quite a little Thanksgiving present for the Cleveland fans.

Grade: Three Horrys. Thought about giving it a 2.5, but I bumped them up an extra half-an-Horry for being an antidote to the Cavs’ fans misery.

How do you rate it?

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Who’s on the Cavaliers 2011 calendar? Oh, that’s unfortunate

by Micah Hart

Alright, the new 2011 Cavaliers calendar is here! Who will be on the cover – Mo Williams? Antawn Jamison? Oh, LeBron James, that makes sense. Wait a minute…

The best part of this story is the name of the company who produced the calendar – a Wisconsin company called Perfect Timing.

Perfect timing indeed.

H/T PBT

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Take it from Dwight – Fast don’t lie

by Micah Hart

There’s a trend afoot in the NBA (pun somewhat intended). To move product, the shoe companies have taken to producing lavish-looking videos featuring the musical stylings of various players.

The most recent entry? That’d be Adidas and Dwight Howard, with as assist from Ken Jeong as Slim Chin (reprising a similar character he played in the movie The Hangover), singing about the inescapable truth that “Fast Don’t Lie”. Roll it:

Nicely done, Superman. Perhaps we’ll see a response from Fog Raw, Velvet Hoop, and Chief Blocka?

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