3 Biggest Disappointments from NBA Playoffs
NBA playoffs are the time when the best thrives. The pressure is high, expectations are even higher, but only the best delivers under such circumstances. For those who shine at the playoffs, their profiles can reach near-mythical proportions. And those who stumble, can take a mental beating for which it becomes difficult to get back up.
This playoffs have been a disappointment, not just for fans but for some players and teams as well. Below par shooting percentages and horrific defensive efforts are enough to put a player on the list.
And because of that these are the players that have suffered most during the second season.
Ryan Anderson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans
His season was unfortunately cut short by an in-game collision with Gerald Wallace of Celtics. But before that he was doing really well with 10.8 points in 23.8 minutes per game and 41.7 percent shooting from three-point land. And those numbers are result of one strong game between three forgetful games.
Andersen must hit shots with consistency to maintain any effectiveness. And what makes it worse is his ineffectiveness in other areas when he misfires.
He managed just 5.7 points on 27.3 percent shooting for the series, if you take away his 26 points in Game 3 and that’s not nearly enough.
Jeff Green, SF, Memphis Grizzlies
Green has been in a terrible form this playoffs and lack of confidence is visible in his game. He will finish the series with shooting percentage of less than 27 percent.
He has the physical ability to help Grizzlies in more ways than scoring, but even in the other categories he performance have been quite underrated.
Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers
The future star for The Portland Trail Blazers’ took NBA by storm, he hasn't missed a single game since became a pro and averaging 19 points in each game and averaging 21 points in this season. His defensive problems can be overlooked when he’s posting points consistently, but when that doesn't occur, he doesn't have a lot to offer.
Two major stars for Blazers–Aldridge and Lilliard, and neither of them performed as expected. Both had major issues at the offensive end — Aldridge shot just 33 percent from the field, and Lillard misfired on 26 of his 31 three-point attempts. But Aldridge found other ways to make an impact, tallying 11.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Lillard disappeared in some areas (4.6 assists in 40.2 minutes) and stood out for the wrong reasons in others.