when the 5-at-10 expects to hear from you, you make sure he does...
Conley scored 18 last night, including the game-tying shot in regulation, despite playing less than half the first half after he literally did not touch Gary Neal and they gave him his 3rd foul anyway (and after that bad call, Spurs closed the half 15-3, I believe).
for the playoffs, Conley is averaging 17 points and seven assists with just two turnovers per game. he nearly triple-doubled in the Game 2 win at OKC and scored 20+ three times against Chris Paul and the Clippers. when the Grizzlies need a basket, I like the ball in Conley's hands probably more than anybody else's, certainly more than Rudy Gay's, who had that role pre-trade.
all that is to say that Conley is firmly in that second tier of NBA point guards, and that ain't a bad thing with the NBA's crop of Parker, Paul, Rose, Rondo, Westbrook, Kyrie, Curry, and even Damian Lillard and Deron Williams, Ty Lawson, Ricky Rubio and John Wall.
two quick thoughts as I get set for post-practice football interviews up here in the 865...
5-at10: where was LeBron's zone on Sunday night when, you know, the Memphis Grizzlies (from my old stomping grounds) ran the champs off the floor? I think Wayne Ellington just made ANOTHER 3-pointer. and before you do it, I know you're gonna bring up that the NBA in November is meaningless, so I just wanted to let your loyal readers know what's coming.
my Mount Rushmore entry: Jodie Meeks, 54 points, Knoxville, I was there (wasn't sure if in-person was a requirement). Me to a friend at halftime when Meeks was sitting on 26: 'There's no way he'll keep this up.' oops...
I have no idea why Bray said that. I might go with the 'He's just a college kid' answer. Maybe he was talking off the cuff. Maybe he zoned out during the film session.
Also, if you have any Tennessee-Akron questions for Friday and need a guest appearance to break that one down, I'm available. I will warn you that my knowledge of the Zips is limited to (a) they throw it about 576 times a game and (b) Terry Bowden, who may or may not have been the coach on the Plains when you were roaming them, is their coach.
The esteemed 5-at-10 encouraged me to swing by more, and he is the boss, so here I am...
Just quickly on the Bray statement: both Dooley and Jim Chaney, the offensive coordinator, said that the QB's 'I didn't watch the second half' claim wasn't true. Make of that what you may.
if Tennessee wins out and Kentucky beats Florida in Gainesville on Sunday afternoon, the Vols are the second seed in the SEC tournament because they win any three- or four-team tiebreaker at 10-6, whether it's Florida/Vandy or Florida/Vandy/Alabama.
I still don't trust this team enough for them to win a pair of tough games this week, but they essentially control their own destiny because you expect Kentucky to beat Florida.
I'm still trying to figure out how this is even a possibility on February 29th. Not even two full months ago I wasn't sure if they'd get to six SEC wins.
let me throw in something on the Deion Bonner deal. not surprisingly, Dooley was asked about that situation on Wednesday. here's part of what he said:
"When I say bringing in high character, that doesn't mean I'm never going to bring in guys that have made mistakes."
Dooley continued: "We did a lot of diligence on the situation. Deion was incredibly truthful, he was incredibly remorseful and I don't know of a high school player who had to pay the piper more for what they did than what he had to go through: had an absolute public disparagement, five games of his high school career and everybody stopped recruiting him and it was tough. It was incredible the maturity level that he showed.
"I believe that he can come in and represent Tennessee the right way and learn from his mistakes and be a great example. Certainly, it's not the norm but we felt like given the diligence that we did on him and, of course, he's a good football player. Let's don't deny that at a key position. We felt willing to take the risk."