I just looked at the comments from the previous post.That’s awesome that you guys are doing in-game commentaries! Too bad I didn’t see them while I was watching the game. I may set up an in-game thread for certain games this season. I did that some last season, but may do it more this season, depending on how receptive you guys are to it.
Chris Paul has been the best player in the league so far in the beginning of this season. If he continues, he should get the MVP this year and Clippers can FINALLY go far in the playoffs. They got a great team and tremendous chemistry. They move the ball and themselves so well, it’s really difficult to defend. And they got ridiculous hustle. There were several hustle plays that looked nearly impossible last night by DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. I was very impressed. Their chemistry reminds me a little of the Spurs. I think Chris Paul may be the best Point Guard ever! He has so much control of the ball and the game. Knows exactly what he wants to do and can execute with precision. It’s pretty awesome watching him play.
I could have done without the Clippers commentators, though. Those guys are very hardcore homers and that comment about Lin not looking like an NBA player was pretty racist. Saying how he looked so much like a Harvard grad in his glasses, etc. I wasn’t offended, but I was like, “Are they really saying this on air?” I don’t get offended by these types of comments, and I think our society is overly sensitive to this type of stuff. So when I hear comments like this, I’m mainly just surprised, because I know that other people will be offended by them and they have every right to be. Anyway, one thing is for sure, those LA Clippers commentators are a spirited bunch and I like that. Most of the games I hear, the commentators put you to sleep. The Rockets commentators are pretty entertaining–especially Drexler–even though he says the wrong thing most of the time. At least he keeps it fun. The Knicks commentators were awesome. I miss those guys–especially Walt Frazier.
Apologies for the long tangent on NBA commentators. Just had to get that off my chest. Also, there’s not that much to say about the game. When you look at just the stats, the Rockets actually did better or the same in last night’s game than probably all three previous games. I didn’t really break this down, so I could be wrong. But our field goal percentage was solid and we had the fewest turnovers of any of the three games. Again, I didn’t actually look this up. This is all just from memory. I’m not saying that Rockets played well. I don’t think we have played well so far this season. I’m just saying that we played as well as we have been. Chris Paul and the Clippers are just too good for the level that we have been playing at. And that’s pretty much the game summary for me. Doc Rivers has got that team humming and they have all the right pieces and, MORE IMPORTANTLY, they know how to use them. Rockets on the other hand? Well, you know.
One major complaint I have is that we haven’t been doing nearly enough PnRs–especially with Lin. The Clippers did PnRs nearly every possession. Lin has to keep fighting through screens and Chris Paul can pretty much just relax on the defensive end, because no one is screening for Lin. I don’t care if someone looks up stats and say that Rockets have done the most PnRs of any NBA team. The reason I don’t care is that THAT should be a given. We SHOULD be the Number 1 PnR team seeing as how we have the best PnR big and one of the two best PnR guards. If we’re not leading the league in PnRs, then something is wrong and that something is McHale, of course. So even if we are leading the league in PnRs, we still aren’t doing nearly enough of them. We got all the right pieces, we just don’t have a coach who fully appreciates what he has and can put his players in positions to succeed.
I’m still wondering when Rockets will pull the plug on this Twin Towers sham. Everyone–including them (including Asik and Howard)–knows it’s a shame. And whenever McHale says the reason is that he wants his best five players in the starting lineup (which is like the worst reason a coach can give–especially for him, since he was the quintessential 6th man), the only reaction I can have is to want to punch him in the face. Ha ha. Can he be more of a Lin hater with this statement? But, of course, no one in the media thinks enough of Lin to call McHale out on this comment. On the same note, I guess it’s not surprising, but every commentator, so far, just assumes that Lin lost his starting position due to being outplayed by Beverley. And, of course, the Rockets organization don’t care enough to clear this false assumption up, since McHale never clearly stated the obvious reason for benching Lin, which is fit. Keeps saying that he has two starting point guards and just lets the media do their thing. And the media is always going to take the most controversial interpretation and run with it. Again, another tangent. So apologies.
Getting back to last night’s game. Obviously, Rockets defense was lacking last night–especially Harden. I don’t like beating dead horses, so no need to really dwell on that. Yes. Rockets defense was bad, but I think it had more to do with the fact that the Clippers offense was just too good to defend–even if the Rockets were on their game–which they weren’t.
The Clippers have an offense that the Rockets had in some games in the pre-season when guys were moving so well without the ball and Lin was playing loose and free and aggressive. I actually think Lin has been playing pretty loose and free so far this season, so no complaints there. I don’t blame him for being passive last night, because it’s hard not to be intimidated by Chris Paul and Lin’s teammates didn’t help him out any. Again, where are the screens for Lin to maneuver? So what’s Lin supposed to do? Attack anyway and risk turning the ball over and risk receiving McHale’s wrath?
Lin was actually one of the few Rockets who did play well on both ends of the floor last night. I know, how can I say that when CP3 had like 17 assists? Well, CP3 will do that even if you have good defense. Besides, it takes the entire team to defend CP3. Lin did the best job that he could. Just didn’t get much help. Overall, Lin has been pretty steady, so far this season. Harden pressed the issue way too much last night and, surprise surprise, it’s because he hung onto the ball way too much and none of the Rockets moved much without the ball. The bright spot was Casspi. If he continues the way he has been, It’s an incredible pickup by Morey. We may be able to conclude this even this early in the season. And, of course, Garcia is still continuing his magnificence. Again, we got a lot of good pieces, but McHale hasn’t shown that he knows what to do with them, so far. But we’ll see. The season is still early. That being said, McHale will likely never figure out how to use Lin properly on this team and that’s one big reason Rockets aren’t humming the way they should be. Anyway, I think I’ve rambled on long enough in this post. Let me know your thoughts below.