JaVale McGee, and the phone Shaq uses to film his funny videos. After the Golden State Warriors came back from a first-half deficit to once again dismantle the Los Angeles Clippers in the nightcap of TNT’s Thursday night doubleheader, you might have expected the evening’s “Shaqtin’ a Fool” segment to focus on Warriors firebrand Draymond Green, who returned from the All-Star break with a command performance that saw him rip into future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce and throw yet another questionable kick in the direction of an opponent. With “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” and Shaquille O’Neal, and the Warriors, it’s always going to be about JaVale McGee.
You have to give it to him. Draymond Green said after all the controversy about his various incidents of legs-gone-awry that he wouldn’t change his approach at all. And he hasn’t. Green has been involved with several incidents involving flailing feet this season, and on Thursday, added another to his highlight reel, this time nearly kicking Blake Griffin in the head. Well, I’m sure tomorrow we’ll hear all about how it’s his natural motion and he was just “trying to make a play.” The question will be if the NBA sees differently. It’s not impossible for the league to look at this and decide to take punitive action, given how close this came to being legitimately dangerous had he actually kicked
Josh McDaniels called a number of excellent plays during Super Bowl LI. But his direct snap call wasn’t the perfect call by any stretch of the imagination. It took near-perfect execution from his offensive players to make it work. The Atlanta Falcons lined up with eight players in the box with safety Ricardo Allen, a ninth defender, creeping toward the box just before the snap. Allen hesitated after the snap. Perhaps he, like the rest of the Atlanta defense, is expected a passing play. Perhaps he got thrown off by Brady faking a high snap. Nearly all of the Falcons linebackers and secondary seemed to freeze or backpedal in the moment after the snap. The only players who were able to get upfield