Shane had some really awesome insight to Ariza’s great play in this post-season!
“Ariza did two things great during the regular season: He rebounded at the rate of a good power forward on the offensive boards and he was a terrific finisher on the break. If you could match his energy — play transition D, box out — you could limit his productivity.
“Where he has been great in the postseason is shooting the basketball. He has shot the lights out; at one point, I’m sure he led the league in 3-point percentage for the playoffs. I haven’t watched him closely enough to know if he’s doing something different technically or if the ball is coming off the right finger or anything like that. My guess is he’s seeing the target faster. That’s what people say when they’re shooting the lights out: ‘The rim just looks huge.’ That usually means you’re finding the target earlier in your shot.
“But I don’t really have a clue why Ariza has decided to become Craig Hodges. I don’t think anyone would have predicted that. But I do believe when you’re making 3s, especially when you’re not known for that, it brings tremendous confidence to your entire game. When I see him now, he’s playing facets of the game with confidence he didn’t have in the regular season. Those big defensive plays he made for the Lakers, specifically the steals, don’t happen unless he’s playing with great confidence. Credit his shooting for that. And that’s called irony.”