On Wednesday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Bradley Beal, the Pacers third quarter, Paul George vs. Jeff Teague, DeMar DeRozan, and the Raps rebounding. All that, plus deep dish pizza, playoff coaches on the hot seat, tucked in jerseys, Drake, lint, and more.
Shoutout: 17 points in the fourth quarter for DeMar DeRozan, who finished with 30 and a big win in last night’s Game 2. That included 9-11 from the free throw line, which is the kind of thing that wins playoff games.
Not so much: Which is exactly why Kirk Hinrich gets today’s Not So Much — after bricking all three shots he took in overtime, Hinrich went to the line with two seconds remaining in overtime for two free throws that could have tied the game, then bricked the first one before missing the second one on purpose. It’s like the lady I sat in front of during a high school basketball tournament once said over and over to herself: “What do free throws do? Win games.”
Skyrider: DeMar DeRozan, besides being money from the line when it counts, is also an incredible dunker.
Someday, we’ll tell our kids about how DeRozan got constantly shafted in dunk contests, refused to do them again, then channeled his dunking energy in to games. And really, that’s probably all we’ll tell them about him, but it’s a huge compliment so I’m OK with it.