Dimes’ dish: All about that Defense.

I like Stephen Curry, I must say he’s really impressed me, well everybody, throughout the season, but in the Playoffs! WOW!

He’s putting on a shooting and more importantly scoring exhibition on display against a very tightly knit Denver defensive unit. I mean to drop the sheer amount of points he has against a defense featuring Andre Iguodala, Andre Miller and Corey Brewer is pretty impressive because any of them three could shut you down easily. I must admit I thought the Dubs were done when David Lee went down with a torn hip flexor. But Curry, Thompson, BARNES and Jack have all pulled it together offensively and pour in more than their D lets the Nuggets. On the other end the addition of Andrew Bogut has provided them with some energy protecting the rim.

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But you’ve heard a lot about Curry I’d say as in the last three games in this series he’s been the talk of the NBA.
What I’d like to talk/write about the stellar play of a one, Mike Conley. Yes, Michael Conley, Memphis Grizzlies floor general.

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Ages ago I spoke about my idol Paul George, but it’s kind of hard for me to model my game around him when he’s 6-8 and can fly and I’m 5-5 and have the athleticism of a brick. But I love to watch Conley play because he is really aggressive on D and explosive on offense, able to shoot the 3, get to hole and dish the ball and just like a balanced diet he does it all in moderation. Conley’s a bit shy in my opinion but he seems to have come out of his shell a lot since the departure of volume scorer Rudy Gay, hitting a gamewinner in that space of time and frequently putting up +20 nights in the scoring department. The most striking thing in my opinion in Conley’s game is his defense. There’s nothing I love more in a point guard than D, 3’s and dimes. But his defense is often overlooked, especially because of the defensive powerhouse of a roster he’s on; Tony Allen, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph and reigning defensive player of the year, Marc Gasol. Conley though was a strong candidate for the DPOY this year as well as his teammates though, just look at his lockdown performance against Chris Paul in game 3 of these current players when he held the mercurial Point man to a mere 8 points.

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He’s not just a defensive piece though as I’ve said, he’s averaged 20PPG through the Playoffs so far and has been Memphis’ offensive spark as seen as they can falter at times if Z-Bo isn’t firing at all cylinders. I know people often label Conley as underrated and he is, but at this stage, he couldn’t be trying harder to grab people’s attention. He’s becoming elite (Yes, I said it.), right under our noses, and that’s most of the reason I posted this. Also I wanted to remind everyone that outside Rondo and Paul, Conley is a rarity at the point for the fact that he can lock down opposite PGs.

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Peace.

Also, shoutout to Jason Collins for coming out as openly gay. Don’t care what dumb ESPN analysists say about it being a sin, or NFL players hating on him, respect Jason, made me proud to be a Collins, man.

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