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.
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. "