This by the way is not a foul in the NBA.
The refs determined that this was a jump ball. Really? Jump ball? I can see that Turkoglu is in fact touching the ball. I’ll give you that. Seems to me that the guy draping himself over LeBron with a knee in his back might have actually fouled him while trying to tie up the ball. But hey, what do I know right?
I do know that LeBron had his third triple double of the season. 39 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists. He hit three monster free throws to send the game into overtime. I know that he made a tremendous jump shot to get the lead in the OT period.
I also know that for a change someone else had a hot hand. Daniel Gibson didn’t miss all night. 5-5 for the evening, including 4-4 from deep. I only know that from the box score. See I didn’t get to start watching the game until a few minutes were left in regulation. So I actually didn’t see Gibson shoot the ball. I saw Sasha miss 3 shots. But never laid eyes on Gibson with the ball in his hands. Now, I’m not a coach in the NBA, but it would seem to me that perhaps a play should have been designed to get Gibson the ball, seeing as how he hadn’t missed a shot all night.
I know that Zydrunas logged another 36 minutes last night. He would have played another 4, but he fouled out at the beginning of the OT. The Big Z injury watch is in effect. For those of you who haven’t been regular readers here at Halftime Adjustments let me explain the Z watch. Zydrunas has missed entire seasons with foot problems. He is listed at 7-3 and 260. He is in his 11th season. His career average for minutes per game is 29. Last year he was able to rest and averaged 27.4 minutes per contest. This year Big Z is averaging 33.8 minutes. Don’t think 6 minutes a game sounds like much? I think that it is quite significant. Not only is he playing more minutes, but he is having to be more active during those minutes. Zydrunas is averaging 12.1 rebounds a game. That’s up 5 boards per game over last year, and bests his career high by over 3 rebounds. That career high was his rookie year by the way. Young legs.
So here I am sounding like a broken record. LeBron needs help. Last night the shooting guard rotation- Hughes, Pavlovic and Damon Jones combined for a 7 for 27 shooting night. Even when someone was actually hitting shots, the ball wasn’t put in his hands. Was that LeBron’s fault? I didn’t see the whole game so I have to ask. LeBron seemed to be running the offense when I turned the game on. What was going on? Why not run an out-of-bounds play for Gibson? This team is enough to give you headaches. A 117-116 overtime loss. Where in the world is the defense? And who is going to step up and take the pressure off LeBron, so that teams won’t drape themselves on him when the clock is running out?