Jason Boone is a 25 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is playing his third full season with BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Two seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to BG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7%. Last season, he played EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. He spok German Hoops before the game 2 against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Kassel.
A tough 77-58 loss in game 1 against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. What does the team have to do better and differently without guys like Trent meacham and Mike Scott?
We just have to continue to go with what got us to this point. It’s unfortunate we are without two of the guys that helped get us to this point but it’s the playoffs and we can’t use that as an excuse. It doesn’t come down to anything more than playing the full 24 seconds of each defensive possession and using our mismatches on offense.
The first half was very tight as Frankfurt led at halftime 38-35. What was giving BG goettingen the biggest problems in the first half besides rebounding?
I wouldn’t say we had any big problems, a few small ones but mainly finishing out defensive possessions and controlling the boards. And those are things I take upon myself to improve on.
In the fourth quarter with Frankfurt leading 57-55, they went on a 20-3 run to close out the game. What was key for this run and did Frankfurt have too many weapons in the end?
I don’t think it had anything to do with having too many weapons. More so just feeding off their home crowds energy and having some confidence to knock down some open looks.
Marius Nolte and Chris Moss did a pretty good job on you. You have played against Nolte since 2007-2008 season. He seems to be improving as he gets older?
More than likely it’s due to the fact that he’s been on better teams as he’s gotten older. From Paderborn to now I’d say his team improved every year. Because of him? I don’t know. But I do know it allows him to focus on playing a role and if players do that successfully then it allows your team to be better.
Dwayne Anderson had a monster game with 26 points. Wood also had a big game. Will the game be totally even if both teams could shut down Anderson and Wood? Could that ever happen in the same game?
They are both great players that are extremely versatile. They both can score in the paint, on the perimeter and have no problem making the right pass to find the open guy. If they are on the floor, it’s going to be difficult task to ‘shut them down.’
BG Goettingen has to play in Kassel. This seems to be another disadvantage for BG Goettingen in that they cant have that atmosphere from the LOK Halle. What will be key for winning game 2?
We know what we did well in Game 1 and what we didn’t do well in Game 1 so the key for Game 2 is just to limit our mistakes and stick with the gameplan. Kassel or Goettingen, it doesn’t matter, we know the fans will be there supporting us and we feel fully confident ‘returning home’ even if it is 40km away.
How surrpised were you that Memphis kicked out the Spurs?
My younger brother is a huge Rudy Gay fan, and even though he’s out with an injury he assured me that Memphis could get them. I don’t know if I believed him at first but by Game 3 I knew they were going to win the series. OKC is a different story.
How do you see the Lakers-Mavericks series. Can Nowitzki kick out Kobe? What will be key and how many games will we see?
Dirk is a hard matchup. I don’t think Gasol can check him and Ron Artest although physical, will also have a tough time. If Odom can commit to playing D and/or attack him when on offense I think the Lakers are too deep. Especially if Caron Butler doesn’t play. I would go with Lakers in 6.
What can we expect from the Celtics-Heat series and who will win?
Like a bunch of other bandwagon fans I called the Heat to win the championship this summer (while my Knicks were still in the dumps) so I have to stick with them and say the Heat but if there is a team in the East that can beat them 4 out of 7 it’s the Celtics.
Do the Hawks have any chance against the Bulls?
The Hawks have a very good chance against the Bulls. I think they are more inside oriented and have more options. But they are going against the MVP of the league. Reminds me a lot of this Goettingen-Frankfurt series. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see
Thanks Jason for the chat.