J.R. Smith’s post-win Instagram game is fire.

Nothing says “we just made the Eastern Conference Finals” like LeBron James singing and dancing to The Dream’s, That’s My Sh*t on the team plane back to Cleveland.

This video should somehow be incorporated into the NBA’s promotional playoff commercials. LeBron/The Dream >> Pitch Perfect.

#OnToTheNextRound

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J.R’s Instagram game didn’t end there, he earlier posted this little jab at the Knicks.

Couldn't have said it better myself!!!@imanshumpertthe1st

A photo posted by JR Smith (@teamswish) on

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Episode 292 – It ain’t over till it’s Dellavedova

Getty Images: Welcome to Dellyville

Getty Images: Welcome to Dellyville

Today on Believe The Hype, Tom and Benyam chat about Matthew Dellavedova‘s career night against the Bulls to put the Cavs through to the Eastern Conference Finals, how important the Cavs role players of Delly, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov have been to their Playoff run, especially due to the Kevin Love injury and the in-efficiency of Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. Furthermore, the guys chat about Corey Brewer and Josh Smith‘s huge fourth quarter to level up the Rockets and Clippers series at 3-3, predicting the rest of the Conference Semi Finals, Monty Williams‘ firing, the future of the Chicago Bulls and more!

Don’t forget that that you can follow us on twitter @traread @benyamkidane and using the #BTHype tag to ask questions to be answered in next weeks episode.

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Episode 291 – Lock stock & Taj is kicking barrels

Getty Images: Matthew Dellavedova probably isn't on Taj Gibson's Christmas Card list.

Getty Images: Matthew Dellavedova probably isn’t on Taj Gibson’s Christmas Card list.

On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom, Benyam and Roscoe chat about LeBron James‘ big game performance to put the Cavs up 3-2 in their series vs the Bulls, the Matthew Dellavedova/Taj Gibson incident, James Harden‘s triple double in the Rockets game 5 win over the Clippers, the Hawks squaring their series against the Wizards, Steve Kerr‘s geneious adjustments including putting Andrew Bogut on Tony Allen and more!

Also, Roscoe catches up with Dennis Schroeder and Mike Muscala after the Hawks game 4 win for a chat.

Don’t forget that that you can follow us on twitter @traread@benyamkidane @RoscoeWhalan7 and using the #BTHype tag to ask questions to be answered in next weeks episode.

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Q&A with Mike Muscala & Dennis Schröder

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Getty Images: Dennis Schroeder is always there to lend Mike Muscala a helping hand.

 

By Roscoe Whalan

After the Atlanta Hawks 106-101 victory over the Washington Wizards, I caught up with Mike Muscala and Dennis Schröder for a chat about how important this win was for the Hawks who have now leveled the series at 2-2.

Mike Muscala

Mike, big win tonight, how important was it to get the split on the road to head back to Atlanta?

Yeah, it was really important. Gotta take it one game at a time but obviously being on their home court is really important for us, yeah.

And you’ve picked up a few more minutes in the last couple of games do you think you showed something in Game Three which caused Coach to put you in a bit more tonight?

I’m not sure about that, you know, I just know that I’m ready whenever my name is called so I just try to what I can tonight to help the team.

And you guys have obviously had a rough playoff series compared to the regular season, do you feel like you guys got a little bit more on track tonight?

Yeah, I mean, it’s the playoffs. So, it’s going to be really physical and it’s going to be really tough, you know, Washington’s a tough team and you know, Brooklyn were tough too. So we’ve just got to take it one game at a time and we go home now for Game 5 and we’re looking forward to seeing our fans out in full force.

And some big shots tonight, Jeff Teague, obviously he’s the point guard and the leader of this team, how important is it that he plays big like he does?

Yeah, I mean, he played really, really well tonight. It was a huge shot, shot clock was running down, I think, contested threes, really, really tough shot, really important shot.

All the best for the rest of the playoffs.

Thanks.

Dennis Schröder

Dennis, do you think the way you guys played down the stretch in Game 3 gave you confidence in tonight’s game?

Yeah, for sure. Everybody saw that we really tried to fight back and win the game and the starters realised it and Al Horford told us at the beginning of the game that we’ve got to come out scoring, we’ve got to be the first team to hit somebody and we’ve got to be strong and we did it tonight.

And do you think that motivated the starters as well after Game 3 seeing you guys finish the game like that?

Yeah, I think so. Kyle Korver talked to me before the game tonight and after the game last time, after Game 3 and he was like, ‘The Starters have got to do the same thing, like keep getting stop and just push it on offense’. I’m glad that the starters realised and give us credit and I’m glad that everybody got the same page.

Roscoe Whalan is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the East Coast, based in Washington for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter: @RoscoeWhalan7

Episode 290 – LeClutch James

Getty Images: Just give LeBron the ball and get out of the way.

Getty Images: Just give LeBron the ball and get out of the way.

On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom and Benyam chat about LeBron James‘ huge buzzer beater to square up the Cavs/Bulls series at 2-2, how awful the Clippers v Rockets series is, James Harden starting to play more of his natural game, DeAndre Jordan, the importance of J.J. Redick‘s contributions on both ends of the floor, Paul Pierce‘s old man eff you mode, what the Warriors need to do to get out of their funk and the newly proposed Las Vegas Dealers NCAA alternative exhibition team.

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#AdvancedStats: Steph Curry shoots better when chewing his mouthguard

Getty Images: Steph needs to shoot more free throws like this.

Getty Images: Steph needs to shoot more free throws like this.

Stephen Curry is very good at shooting basketballs through hoops… This we’ve always known. The MVP shot 91.4% from the free throw line this season, leading the league in that stat.

You may have noticed that Steph often chews his mouthguard when he’s shooting free throws… So, The Wall Street Journal decided to look deeper into Steph’s free throw shooting this season and break down the stat even further… Looking at all 337 free throws that he shot this season and trying to work out the difference in his shooting percentage when his mouthguard was in, to when it was hanging out of his mouth.

According to their review, Steph Curry shot 89.5% from the free throw line when his mouth guard was in, versus 92.5% when his mouthguard was out of his mouth.

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WSJ spoke more about their findings and also spoke to Warriors GM Bob Myers and Owner Joe Lacob about their findings:

The unpredictable adventure of Curry’s mouthguard is one of the many things, though one of the more absurd things, that make him unlike any other player in the NBA. But the truly peculiar part is that Curry only does his mouthguard mambo on about 64% of his free throws. There were games when Curry only shot with his mouthguard out. There were games when Curry only shot with his mouthguard in. There were even games when Curry shot one way on a first free throw and the other way on his next free throw.

Not even Warriors executives knew if there was a method to this mouthguard madness. “I haven’t asked,” Warriors General Manager Bob Myers said. “The baseline 90% that he shoots makes you leave him alone.”

Golden State owner Joe Lacob hadn’t questioned Curry, either. “I think it’s just a nervous habit,” he said.

It turns out that theory is exactly right. Curry says his mouthguard cameos are completely random.

This may be my favourite ever random #AdvancedStat that I’ve come across. It’ll be interesting to see if Curry, who’s only shooting 77% from the free-throw line in the Warriors Western Conference Semi Finals series against the Memphis Grizzlies, goes for ‘mouthguard out’ moving forward.

via: WSJ

Paul Pierce does it again.

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By Roscoe Whalan

First he did this:

And then, maybe more memorably, he said this:

Without John Wall on Saturday night the Wizards escaped with victory, courtesy of some Paul Pierce heroics.

With time winding down, the 37-year-old, did what it seems like he’s done a thousand times before and stuck a jump shot in the face of three defenders to win the game.

Giving a little more time to bring his heart-rate back to resting, what did Pierce tell the media about that shot?

“It’s a little disappointing because we know we’re better than that,” Pierce said, “There’s no way that it should come down to that”.

And he’s right. The Wizards led almost from start to finish in Game 3 but saw a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter evaporate on the back of a 17-0 run by the Atlanta Hawks’ reserves.

“We just got too careful,” Wittman said, “instead of continuing to do what we did for 3 quarters…we began walking it”.

And the Hawks, behind the unlikely combination of Dennis Schroeder, Shelvin Mack, Mike Scott, Mike Muscala and Kyle Korver made a huge run.

“The way that the group that finished played, we’re going to have to play more like that for 48 minutes. I’m very proud of that group the way they competed but there’s a lot to work on,” Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game.

But they nearly did enough to steal it — Mike Muscala whacked a three-pointer from the top of the arc with 14.1 seconds remaining to tie it.

Enter Paul Pierce.

“We were small and we wanted to get the ball in Paul’s hands,” Wittman explained, “and hopefully get a switched on him”.

“I saw [Dennis] Schroeder on me and I saw [Bradley] Beal and told him to just get out and give me some room,” Pierce explained.

“I saw the seconds going down and I knew he was going to take the shot,” Schroeder recalled, “and he still made the shot”.

“It was a lucky shot and they won the game,” Schroeder said.

Paul Pierce tends to disagree.

“Of course Schroeder is going to say I’m lucky, he’s probably too young to see the last 17 years of it,” Pierce said.

“He probably missed with me on 2k”.

The Truth has spoken, yet again.

Roscoe Whalan is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the East Coast, based in Washington for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter: @RoscoeWhalan7