Posts Tagged ‘Top Plays Theatre’

George casually nails absurdly long trey

Anybody in the whole free world with half an NBA eye knows the Pacers are struggling. Those with a whole eye see their superstar Paul George as being in the vanguard of the struggle, as illuminated by Sekou Smith here recently.

So what does Mr. George do to get folks off his back? He launches a 3 from the half-court logo in a one-point game with a little over three minutes to play, that’s what. It wasn’t a buzzer-beater either, although he may have thought it was…


VIDEO: Paul George goes YOLO — or gets desperate — and sinks ridiculous 3

Indiana ended up winning 101-94. Does this shift their season for the better? Who knows. One thing for sure: Uncle Pauly hasn’t lost his confidence.

Pressey’s precision poses problems

Celtics rookie Phil Pressey is the son of a man — Paul Pressey — credited with being the original point forward. Phil might not have gotten his old man’s height (he’s 5-foot-11; Pops is 6-foot-5), but the court vision transferred just fine. 

Ignore his 2.4 ppg and 2.7 apg, his 29 percent shooting, his 64 percent from the charity stripe. Though nobody is calling for Pressey to replace the stalwart Rajon Rondo, true hoop heads have noticed his highlight helpers, how he can dish with either hand in transition, off the pick-and-roll. No look accuracy is nothing foreign to him. Bounce passes, behind the backs, it’s all there. Point blank, the rook can carve ‘em up.

Playing behind one of the game’s best passers in Rondo should only nurture that gift. But so far, he has done enough work to garner the attention of the Top Plays Theatre:


VIDEO: Phil Pressey impresses with several top-notch assists

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.J. Gets Busy On The Perimeter

Blocking 3-pointers consistently is not an easy job, but James Johnson has to do it.

The most recent entrant into the Top Plays Theatre for his ability with the basketball, Johnson is even better on the other side. Since being called up from a D-League stint in late December, he has developed a habit of annoying the best shooters on the wings and in the corners. He is a good shot blocker inside the arc, but shooters aren’t any safer from deep.


VIDEO: James Johnson carves out his niche for the Grizzlies on the defensive perimeter

As Kevin Durant and James Harden found out multiple times, the 6-foot-9 Johnson has the activity level of a young Gerald Wallace (you don’t earn the nickname “Crash” for nothing) and Josh Smith, using any opportunity to terrorize whoever tries to launch from deep. When a shooter crouches to get in position, he takes it personal, using short powerful bursts and exquisite timing to close space fast.

He does this without fouling, which is perhaps the rub. Many players have the ability. A few have the willingness. But how many are skillful enough to keep pulling it off? James Johnson may not be a household moniker (outside of Memphis anyway), but you better believe that opposing coaches know who he is. The name may be plain, but the man has game.