David Blatt's blunder should've cost Cavs in Game 4 vs. Bulls


David Blatt's blunder should've cost Cavs in Game 4 vs. Bulls

The mistakes and luck handed to Cavaliers coach David Blatt could have serious repercussions to the Bulls, should they not come back to win this series.

Before LeBron James’ game-winner at the buzzer, the Cavaliers should have been hit with a technical foul — something the league will obviously review and release a report on Monday afternoon.

After Derrick Rose tied the game with a driving layup to tie the game at 84 with 9.4 seconds left, Blatt tried desperately to get a timeout called when the Cavaliers burned all their timeouts on the previous possessions, while trying to get the ball inbounds.

Cavaliers assistant coach Tyronn Lue went on the floor to grab Blatt before the officials saw Blatt signaling for the timeout, which by rule should be a technical foul on the Cavaliers and transferred possession to the Bulls.

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“I almost blew it. Good thing they caught it, my guys,” Blatt said.

After James’ drive was thwarted at the rim, the officials had to check the replay to see how much time was left before the ball was to be inbounded, giving the Cavaliers time to convene for a timeout they didn’t have.

He started to draw up a play for someone other than James to catch and shoot, before James announced he was taking the shot.

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“I was supposed to take the ball out,” James said. “I told coach there was no way I’m taking the ball out unless I can shoot it over the backboard and it can go in.”

Still, had at least one official been on the baseline after Rose’s game-tying drive, the game’s fortunes would’ve drastically turned — giving the Bulls a foul shot, the ball, and a front-row seat at a possible 3-1 lead.

But they’ll be left to wonder, “what if” until they’re able to step on the floor Tuesday in Cleveland, and there’s no way to truly assess the damage until then.

In other words, Tyronn Lue, you're the real MVP.

Nick Nurse confident in Jim Boylen, Bulls: 'He'll be a good leader for them'

Nick Nurse confident in Jim Boylen, Bulls: 'He'll be a good leader for them'

Toronto Raptors head coach and lifelong Cubs fan Nick Nurse was in Chicago on Friday to throw out the 1st pitch and sing the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley Field.

It was a major moment for Nurse—who grew up in Carroll, Iowa and played college basketball at the University of Northern Iowa—to be able to talk with Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Maddon actually started his pro baseball career as a catcher for the Quad Cities Angles, based out of Davenport, Iowa, in 1976.

Nurse stated that Maddon is a huge inspiration to him and was clearly overjoyed to speak with someone he considers an excellent leader. Nurse's Chicago trip would not have been complete without a little NBA talk and he had no problem discussing his faith in colleague and Bulls head coach Jim Boylen.

"Well, first of all, Jimmy Boylen, the head coach, is a good friend of mine and he is a hell of a coach."

Nurse went on to joke about not wanting the Bulls to do "too well" of course, as the two teams will see each other four times next season and will both be battling for a potential postseason berth in a new-look, wide-open Eastern Conference. The Raptors, of course, will be looking to make another deep playoff run despite the loss of NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. The Bulls will be looking to at least have a competitive season after finishing with a whopping 60 losses in 2018-19, their first 60-loss season since 2002. 

But when discussing the future outlook of the Bulls, Nurse was confident in the direction of the franchise and Boylen's presence as a strong headman for the team is a major reason why. 

"Everything rises and falls with leadership and...he'll be a good leader for them."

Anthony Davis speaks on the Chicago hoops scene at Nike Rise Camp: 'We are the Mecca of Basketball'

Anthony Davis speaks on the Chicago hoops scene at Nike Rise Camp: 'We are the Mecca of Basketball'

On Friday afternoon the Nike Rise Camp took place at Kenwood High School and it was hosted by new Lakers star and Chicago native Anthony Davis.

Davis is excited to be able to help the Chicago youth with camps like Nike Rise, especially the much younger generations. The Nike Rise Camp is for kids ages 8-17 and focuses on skill development, drills, game programming, and various workshops. 

Davis stated that while he went to many of the illustrious basketball camps—like Pangos, Five-Star, Nike's individual player camps, etc.—he hadn't been to any basketball training camps at such a young age.

These kids are amazing, y'know, they're fun to hang around, they listen, they wanna learn. [There's] some good talent upstairs.....The future is definitely bright for all these young kids so I'm excited to come back and just give them my knowledge and my experience and spend that time with them."

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When asked to describe the relationship Chicago has with basketball, Davis made sure to laud the toughness of the Chicago hoops scene.

"It's basketball in any condition, y'know you gonna find a way to play...their love for the game right now is tremendous...No matter if it's hot, it's freezing cold in the gym, outside it's raining, whatever."

By any means necessary, we wanna play the game.

-Anthony Davis on the mindset of Chicago basketball

On a summer day with 90+ degree weather, the Kenwood Academy gym was even hotter inside but that didn't stop the coaches and trainees from getting in a great workout. 

Davis minced no words when letting the world know how he feels about Chicago hoops, "In Chicago, it means a lot more to us because we are a basketball city and we are the Mecca of Basketball and you can quote me on that."