In his first playoff series ever, Brook Lopez has not disappointed: through five games, he’s averaged 23.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks, shooting 49.4% from the field with a PER of 27.4, fifth among players in the playoffs (trailing Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Tony Parker, and LeBron James). He finished Game 5’s victory with 28 points and 10 rebounds, adding two assists The Nets’ defense in the paint is significantly better with him on the court. He’s one of few players that has turned his game up in the playoffs in a big way.
So what motivates him? Is it the desire to be the best basketball player to ever live? The competitive drive to rip his opponent’s throat out? The inner fire he channels to pour on the points and lead his team to victory?
According to Lopez:
“I don’t really have a social life. I like hanging out with my guys here. So I really didn’t want the season to end.”
Oh, got it. Okay then. Thanks, Brook.
Frankly, I don’t know what Lopez is talking about. He’s a 7’2″ comic book aficionado with a voice like Andre the Giant who wears backwards baseball caps and sports a sneakily intelligent side of self-deprication. He seems like a cool dude to hang out with. But if that’s what’s keeping the Nets alive, I’ll take it.
(h/t Tom Lorenzo)