Josh

Josh Tucker

  • joined Apr 09, 2009
  • last login Jun 23, 2014
  • posts 261
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I was born in Fresno, CA, raised in Europe and West Africa, and currently live in San Antonio, TX. I founded SB Nation's Lakers blog, Silver Screen & Roll, and one day, if I ever get my ass in gear, I may write about religion and theology.

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  • NFL San Francisco 49ers
  • FIFA USA
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THF: Something's Gotta Give

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The Mavs have not been themselves, in certain areas. They're creating great shots with their offense, but they're not making them. Dirk is shooting poorly. JJ Barea isn't punishing the Heat like he did the Lakers and Thunder. They're allowing the Heat to grab 15+ offensive rebounds per game. If they can get it back, return to form — hit the open shots, stop giving up second chance points — this series should soon be over. Look at what they've done while trailing most time, game after game. Imagine if they could actually jump out in front and maintain a lead.

THF: LeBron James' Moment of Truth

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Game 5 may define the way we perceive LeBron for years to come: A champion superstar capable of one day matching Kobe, Jordan, etc. ... or the most talented sidekick a guy like Dwyane Wade ever had.

THF: Mavs' Turn Disadvantage into Big Advantage

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The Finals' 2-3-2 format puts the team without home court advantage at a significant disadvantage. Unless they win one of the first two games, stealing home court. Then it's a huge advantage. That's exactly what Dallas did. Click the link.

THF: Heat's Greatest Strength is Biggest Weakness

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Wade and James have been phenomenal for Miami, but a lot of the Heat's points have been "fools gold." In reality, the Heat struggle to create good shots that lead to high efficiency points, and that will haunt them more as this series progresses. The Heat need to win 2 of 3 in Dallas to have a chance in this series.

THF: Game 1 Holds Few Surprises

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For the most part, both teams were themselves, delivering what you expect from them — with one exception. The Mavs got the shots they wanted, their offense working to its usual perfection, but they just couldn't hit them. Tonight, if they can get those same shots, expect them to go down. Miami's defense will need to be better in Game 2. Especially because the Mavs can win Game 2 and still have accomplished their goal in Miami.

THF: Game 1 Holds Few Surprises

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For the most part, both teams were themselves, delivering what you expect from them — with one exception. The Mavs got the shots they wanted, their offense working to its usual perfection, but they just couldn't hit them. Tonight, if they can get those same shots, expect them to go down. The Mavs can win Game 2 and still have accomplished their goal in Miami.

The Last Step the Thunder Need to Take to Become Contenders

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"The Oklahoma City Thunder were a genuinely dangerous team — and not dangerous like Michael Jordan as a Wizard, who was still a threat to have a good night and drop 50 points on you. No, they were dangerous like Jordan in the late '80s — as in, downright scary, because he not only could beat you, but if you weren't careful, he would. ...Last year they were young, assured of one day contending for championships. This year, they were but one small step away. Next year, expect them to be 'there.' "

The WCF, Where the Mavs Showed the Thunder What They Still Lack

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"...the veteran savvy, the mental toughness, the personal and team-wide intelligence and discipline, and the sheer will of the Dallas Mavericks... Those are also the qualities that could lead the Mavericks to victory over the Miami Heat. Along with a dedication to elite defense and rebounding, and a superstar capable of being a difference maker in key moments, those are the qualities that are constantly and consistently characteristic of championship caliber teams. In 2011, those are the qualities that describe the Dallas Mavericks, more so than any other team."

Mavericks vs. Thunder, Game 3: First Team to Play Defense Wins!

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The Mavs are a very good team defensively, and elite offensively — but they didn't bring that defense in Game 2. If they bring it tonight, they'll take back control of the series. If they bring it the rest of the series, they'll be back in the Finals.

Thunder vs. Mavs, Game 3: First Team to Play Defense Wins!

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I was surprised to find that the Thunder weren't better defensively, over the course of both the regular season and playoffs. But they've got what it takes — they've just got to prove they can actually make it happen, and it's gotta be now.

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All Apologies: An Announcement

It seems I owe you all an apology. No, not for being so absent over the last six months or so — while that is truly something I regret and lament, it has been genuinely unavoidable. Someday, I'll...

Special Rules for Participating in Game Threads

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Please read before jumping into our threads.

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I love the funny people here at SS&R

We recently had a FanPost in appreciation of The Credits — and deservedly so, for they consistently rock my world. We also recently saw a FanPost expressing how great this blog is, and indeed, the...

One thing LeBron James has won that Kobe Bryant never has, and never will: A bronze medal.

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One thing LeBron James has won that Kobe Bryant never has, and never will: A bronze medal.

Originally posted on my buzz, but then thought some of you guys might enjoy it.

We Can't All Be CEOs: How LeBron's Decision Reflects His Values

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LeBron's decision to join the Heat means he can't be the next Jordan – we get that. But maybe it also shows us that his values are different than Jordan's... and maybe that's okay.

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To Our Resident Cavs Fan, WaveOcean:

It seems I owe you an apology. As you have pointed out, here's what I said on July 1: 14.  LeBron+Wade+Bosh Just Ain't HappeningDoes the idea of competing against Michael Jordan's legacy scare...

Lakers Come to Very Favorable Terms with Point Guard Steve Blake

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The Lakers have shored up their weakest position on the court, the point guard position, by reaching a 4 year, $16 million agreement with Steve Blake.

Great Coaches Are Very Rare, and Phil Jackson Is the Rarest of All

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It's hard to replace a good coach, so replacing the best coach in NBA history is downright impossible.

Phil Jackson Is Back: 17 Reasons He'll Get His 4th Threepeat in 2011

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The Lakers' only serious off-season question has been answered: Phil Jackson is back, which is all L.A. needed to begin the pursuit of Banner #17.

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Help me find the best Lakers gear

Alright, folks. We've just won the NBA Championship, defeated our hated rivals, exacted our revenge, repeated, gotten Kobe and FIsh one for the thumb, and taken the next step towards Phil Jackson's...

Kobe Bryant's Game 7 in Perspective

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Kobe Bryant's Game 7 performance wasn't one for the ages, but let's not go too far in labeling it too poorly.

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Game 7 Thoughts: Kobe Bryant vs. the...

Some folks have given me a hard time for my oft-lengthy intros, so we're going to give something a go here. We're going to jump right in. (Apologies if much of this has been said already in these...

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Is This Series As Close As It Seems?

I posted this a moment ago on my Buzz. Then I decided to post it on here, because I want to know your thoughts. Now, disclaimer: I fully allow that this thought process may be entirely insane. It's...

The NBA Needs to Fix Instant Replay

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The refs got the replay call on the Odom-Rondo out of bounds play wrong, but it wasn't really their fault. The NBA needs to modify the rule to account for fouls that determine the outcome of the...

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Rajon Rondo

13 points on 14 shots. Single-digit assists and rebounds. Second half:  1-4 from the field, 3 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds. Just sayin'...

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Some More Random Thoughts on the NBA

My textbooks are telling me I shouldn't have written that first post — should have stayed away until I'd finished what needs to be finished. But let's be real: This is Lakers playoff basketball,...

Lakers vs. Celtics: NBA Finals Predictions

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Silver Screen and Roll's authors chip in with their expected predicitions for the upcoming series.

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What NFL Team Do You Root For?

I'm "taking a break" from writing my paper right now (read: I'm avoiding it), so I came around here. I saw this comment, couldn't believe how long the sig was, and then was inspired by one of the...

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