There’s one topic that is always sure to prompt an eye roll from L.D.
“You just had to ask me, didn’t you?” he said.
Well, Smoove keeps taking long jump shots, he keeps missing them (2 for 11 from 16 to 23 feet) so, yes, the question still gets asked.
And L.D. keeps having the conversation with Josh where he tells him: Yes, I know your stroke looks better but you are a good post player so don’t settle for jumpshots, particuarly early in the shot clock.
“I told him I am going to stay on him about it,” L.D. said. “He can’t put himself in those type situations. He’s got to learn from it. The one thing I want him to do going into every game is I want him to establish himself inside first. He’s got the script flipped. I will continue to work with him on it.”
But how does L.D. reconcile his wish for Josh to stop taking jumpers with that 3-pointer he buried to help put away the Sixers last night?
“How can you? I’m going to be honest, I have no idea,” Drew said. “That was a huge shot that he hit because he had somebody running at him and he hesitated and he knocked it down. The basketball gods were with us.”
Mo got his knee drained yesterday. An MRI was negative and he said he should be back in about a week. The knee bothered him a bit before the Memphis game but Mo decided to play and then take care of it after.
“It feels a lot better,” he said. “I had a lot of fluid in there. It’s from the irritation and grinding and stuff after the surgery.”
Arenas is out for the Wiz but “that doesn’t mean they are going to be an easy team to beat,” L.D. said.
John Wall is in the house and he’s working on his jump shot, former AJC Hawks beat guy Michael Lee writes: “Dwight Howard mentioned that the scouting report on Wall is that he likes to go left and score in the paint, so the Magic devised a plan to push Wall to go the other way and dropped off him nearly every time he prepared to go left, forcing him to take a shot that Wall has practicing but has yet to get confidence in. ‘They were giving him the 15-footer,’ Coach Flip Saunders said of the Magic.
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