NBA contributor, college basketball analyst and actor Bill Herenda
Leaving no stone unturned, NBA contributor Bill Herenda takes a deep dive into the NBA playoffs with the last four teams standing. The conversation with Dave took place moments after Boston evened is series in Miami with a convincing win in Game 2. Bill breaks down the keys to victory and what the Heat needs to do to regain homecourt advantage. Out West, we look at the challenge Dallas has in taking out Golden State despite having success against the Warriors in the regular season. Was a letdown expected after an draining seven-game series in taking out the top overall seed, the Phoenix Suns? Bill explores what the Mavs can do to get Luca Doncic untracked and unscratched along with the adjustments heading into Game 2. Finally, as a West Coast expert, we discuss the big picture for Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, who will be picked no lower than third in the upcoming NBA draft.
The Dave Lewis Show
Bill Herenda breaks down the NBA conference finals
"We've only had two NBA champions over the last twenty two years outside of the top ten in defensive rating. The Warriors were 11th in '17 and then it was the Lakers in '01. I believe they were 21st. So now you look at it and ironically the Celtics led the league in defensive rating and the other three remaining teams also in the top 10. Miami fourth, Golden State second and Dallas seventh. So it's true: offense sales tickets, defense wins championships and you've got a very cohesive connected unit. Excellent shell drill defense by the Celtics and you're right Dave when you switch you have less rotations to contend with. "
On the Marvin Bagley controversy in Sacramento: "I think this will blow over myself, personally. They've got to rise above it and realize it's got to be about winning; not about the scuttlebutt or family innuendo...it's unfortunate. I talk to a lot of people and they don't think that players have really changed that much but perhaps the people around them and I think this is a reflection of that. "
"Justice, equality and doing the right thing and treating people the right way and respecting everyone's life dwarfs the importance of basketball but if basketball is the vehicle you can use to generate attention and garner support for all these issues that are so important....then you try to utilize that avenue again to highlight the issues and affect change."
"You cannot get caught up on the results and you have to really focus on the process because there could be a variety of reasons why people get booked certain jobs and why sometimes it doesn't work out. I think it's the matter of being the best you can be and the role will find you. ...'Everyone else is taken, You have to be yourself.' I think Oscar Wilde said that and that's true because you can't get hung up on the results. You're going to have good auditions and you're going to have auditions that miss the mark and I've had those as well. It's about enjoying, staying in the moment and the results will ultimately take care of themselves.
"It'll certainly give Durant a clear vision of what he'd be leaving behind, if he indeed does leave. Because this is rarefied air, right? Five straight Finals and it would be four (titles) in five years and three-peat. And even for Leonard, to say, 'Hey, this is working. We've gotten to the Finals'....I think winning has an effect on decision-making. I don't think there's any question about that. You know what you have here."
"Because I have a vast amount of experience in sales as well, and I think the rejection is something you have to deal with in a very positive way. It's like you may have done a fine job but maybe you're just not the best fit. It's about the recognition of auditioning, I think it may have been Bryan Cranston I saw talk about this or Al Pacino...where they talk about,'That's your five minutes. That's your work for today. You do get to act today and it just happens to be in the audition. And to embrace that I think is very important."