Villanova's Final Play Never Works in Practice As Well As A Proper Noun Discussion

Villanova's Final Play Never Works in Practice As Well As A Proper Noun Discussion

Bob Ford this morning has a nice piece on how the inbound play Villanova called with seconds left in the Pitt game never works in practice. It's a damn good thing the game was for serious because Dante Cunningham and Scottie Reynolds sure as hell made it work.

Head coach Jay Wright said it's something they've done countless times to no avail, "We practice it all the time. They always stop it."

Inbounder Reggie Redding agrees, "Never works in practice. We get it to Dante,
but we can never get it to Scottie."

The 'Nova fans I was with during the game talked a lot of smack throughout on
Scottie's poor decision making but they were loving him in the end.
That seems to be the fiesty guard's MO.

And finally, the hero Reynolds says it went down exactly as practiced except the final outcome, "The last two minutes were just like practice, but basically we always
turn the ball over and lose the game. Somebody hits
the big shot on the white team, and Coach is yelling at us."

It's a funny postscript to a great play in a truly amazing game. And Ford correctly points out that Scottie will find himself on CBS March Madness promos for decades to come. I immediately thought it akin to Tyus Edney going the length of the court back in 1995 for UCLA.

But the one thing I take exception to with Ford's nice piece is the instantly dubbing of the final few seconds as "The Play." I mean, how many "The Play"s, "The Catch"s, or "The Throw"s, "The Shot"s can we really have? It was a great play in a superbly exciting Elite Eight game. But to go all proper noun on a play that wasn't even in a Final Four let alone a championship game is a bit much in my opinion.

With the Phillies starting things up in Philly this weekend, the Villanova Final Four buzz should be a tremendous added bonus.

>>For Villanova: 'The Play' Never Works in Practice [Inquirer]

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Circumstances lead to new Sixer, rotation changes

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Circumstances lead to new Sixer, rotation changes

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers' already-shorthanded backcourt will be down another key player against the Bulls.

T.J. McConnell will miss Wednesday’s game to attend his father-in-law's funeral. The Sixers, already down JJ Redick (leg) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist), signed guard Larry Drew II to a 10-day contract Thursday. 

There’s no easy substitution for McConnell, who has averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds off the bench in his last five games. So much of his contributions come from hustle.

“You’re especially going to hear us say that the energy and the sort of spark that he gives needs to be generated as a group through our defense,” Brett Brown said Tuesday. 

Brown plans to play starting point guard Ben Simmons more than his averaged 35.0 minutes. He also intends to utilize Drew, a familiar face who already has played on the Sixers through 10-day contracts and summer league. 

“I respect him,” Brown said of Drew. “He’s good. He’s solid. He’s a true point guard. He was a natural request from my side when these other injuries and circumstances, like T.J. is going through, happened.” 

Drew had been playing in the G League this season, averaging 11.3 points, 7.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the Heat’s affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. 

“[Brown] gave me kind of the rundown of what he was expecting from me and I told him he has the man for the job,” Drew said. “Come in, run the team, just be a leader, get guys shots and take open jumpers when you have them. No turnovers, just take care of the ball.” 

Turnovers a hot topic
That last item on Drew’s to-do list was at the forefront of topics for Brown when he addressed the media the day after the Sixers’ 105-101 loss to the Grizzlies (see story). The team committed 10 of its 24 turnovers in the decisive fourth quarter, a number further magnified when those 10 errors led to 20 Grizzlies points. 

“We can say let’s just dribble it up the floor, post Jo (Joel Embiid), and I bet we reduce our turnovers,” Brown said. “Or you can say, we play with a pace, we play with a speed, we lead the NBA in passes, we’re amongst the elite in assists, we like the style of play. But it needs to be filtered, it needs to tempered. All those things end up my answer to where we’re feeling some pain.”

Brown said the players have to “own” their turnovers. Embiid (4.2) and Simmons (4.0) lead the team in that category. Brown noted it is his job as the coach to keep emphasizing it game after game. The Sixers rank worst in the NBA with 17.6 turnovers per game. 

“I don’t want to overreact to Memphis,” Brown said. “I’m not discounting it. It’s not in my bucket of, ‘Oh, there’s 82 games.' It isn’t that. It’s a stinky loss. It’s a poor loss. But we’re going to move on.”

Injury update
James Young (gastroenteritis) is questionable Wednesday against the Bulls.