Whew. It was great just to see Steph get to his feet, let alone return to the game, after that Jerry McGuire moment. Although I’m not a fan of the decision to let him return. Doctors are not infallible, the game was totally meaningless and the deficit already big. I would have liked to see Warriors management step up like adults in this situation. It reminded me a bit of Mike Shanahan destroying RGIII’s career, although the injuries of course are not at all similar.
It seems kinda pointless to analyze a game like this, a give-away game in which the give-away was interrupted by a frightening injury to the MVP, but Houston made quite a few interesting adjustments in this game that I’d like to mention: Continue reading
Ron Adams just ended the Rockets with a killer mid-series defensive adjustment. Just as he did to the Grizzlies. Continue reading
6 minutes. That’s how long this series lasted. Continue reading
Earlier this year, I dismissed the Rockets’ title hopes. But the Rockets team I wrote about then is literally nothing like the current Rockets team. Here are five radical ways in which the Rockets have changed from the team that the Warriors dominated in the regular season, and what it means for this playoff series: Continue reading
Posted in Golden State Warriors, NBA Playoffs, Predictions, Previews
Tagged Andrew Bogut, Draymond Green, Dwight Howard, Harrison Barnes, Houston Rockets, James Harden, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry
As what is known as the Hack-a-Shaq strategy is fixing to become a major theme of three Western conference playoff series, and because I heard Reggie Miller butcher the concept during his Clippers-Spurs broadcast last night, I am feeling the urge to give my readers my thoughts on this strategy. Here they are: Continue reading
Wow. That was as brutal a dismantling of a team’s playoff hopes and aspirations as I’ve ever witnessed. I thought the Rockets might be a contender before the season started, but no longer. Some things have changed, and some things I simply got wrong. Continue reading
It’s pretty clear to me that given the superlative performance of their big men, the Warriors would have won this game against the Rockets pretty handily if they’d had Andre Iguodala. The Warriors were bedeviled in two areas last night: their perimeter defense, and Curry being unable to free himself from the predatory Patrick Beverly. Iggy would have made a major difference in both areas. Continue reading
No offense to Andrew Bogut, whose courage and former talent I admire, but it’s no coincidence that with him out, Stephen Curry dropped 47 on the Lakers in Staples Center. Continue reading
This guy don’t wanna battle, he’s shook
Cause there ain’t no such thing as half-way crooks. — Eminem*
This game against the Orlando Magic was extremely interesting in the questions it has raised. Was the Hack-a-Dwight a good strategy? Would Don Nelson have done the same thing? Did the Warriors miss Kwame Brown in this game? Did the Warriors have a good game plan in this game?
Could this game have been won?
My one word answers to these questions, in order: No. No. Yes and No. (That’s three words I guess, sorry.) No.
Surprised by these answers? Well, I’m going to surprise you further: I’d like to show you some very simple stats to support them. Yes, this avowed stat hater is going to convince you of the rectitude of his positions by trotting out some very simple stats. Continue reading