Some bull$#@! goin' on these last 2 minutes
Welp thats depressing. Ball bounces right to Haywood
Westbrook is just $#@!ing retarded at the end of playoff games.
Your crunch time play is to have everyone stand still for 15 seconds, and then post Durant at the 3 point line?
Kevin $#@!ing durant!
That worked out well.
Rick Barnes: See, that's how my end of half plays are supposed to work. About time someone hit the contested floater over a double team.
Hell of a shot by Durant.
How ya like me now? Gold teeth when I smile! WOOOOOOOOOO!!
Did Durant really just make a one-handed jump shot to win the $#@!ing game?
There is no one more money than Kevin. I am honored to watch him play.
I told all my friends that KD would be the next MJ.
That right there. That shot. That was some MJ $#@!.
Time to the other thread and drink some sweet, dallas tears.
that. was. awesome.
As nice as that win was, OKC played pretty bad. I'm just not impressed by their half court offense. There are so many possessions where there is one pass then a 20 ft jump shot. Sometimes no pass at all. It is ugly.
And Fisher adds nothing to the team. It pained me to watch him out there.
Yeah, Fisher is nowhere near what he once was, but we need a serviceable point guard who doesn't turn it over. Since Maynor went out early in the season we've had trouble having a solid PG on the second unit. Reggie Jackson was too inexperienced, and Fisher seemed like a good fit. I think the deal expires after this season so hopefully with Maynor back next year we won't have to wonder whether or not Fisher can last a whole season.
I don't know why they don't try Harden at point guard - unless they are just limiting his minutes.
Yeah, they're going to have to play a lot better than that to win the series.
Durant shot poorly most of the night. Even the game-winner got an extremely lucky bounce.
Harden has GOT to take better care of the ball than that. Box score credits him with 5 turnovers, but it felt like 10. He was trying to force the action every time he touched it -- he was trying to dribble all the way to the rim even though he was often double-teamed plus getting help from a big man. I love Harden's skill set, but someone needs to tell him that he's not Iverson (and he doesn't need to be).
Also, the Thunder guards have got to quit going under the screen when guarding Kidd and Terry. Terry got most of his looks at the 3 on his own, but Kidd just stood flat footed at the arc while the Thunder defenders got tangled up in screens 6 feet away. You cannot just concede a long, leisurely look to Kidd when he's standing at the 3-point line. Depending on which Mav is the screener, the Thunder have either got to fight over the top of the pick (if the screener is a good shooter) or the screener's defender has to step out and switch (if the screener is one of the Mavs' centers who's no threat to shoot).
The announcers noted how many thousands of minutes Kidd played this year while only shooting 25-30 free throws. He's not gonna consistently beat you to the rim if you fight over the pick.... plus you've got the best shot-blocker in the league behind you when he does.
I have to credit the Mavs' defense. I thought before the series last year that Westbrook was going to be able to get to the rim any time he wanted against an elderly backcourt. Didn't really work out that way. Last night either. Mavs are just conceding the 15-footers to him. Thunder were lucky last night that Westbrook was hitting them. If he weren't, it'd be 1-0 Mavs.
That was a REALLY tough loss for the Mavs last night. Durant missed a bunch of open shots, Jason Terry was on fire in the 1st half, Thunder only had 5 players that scored(and Thabo had only 5pts), and the crowd wasn't as loud as expected most of the game. The Thunder did not play winning basketball last night but escaped victorious.
Look, OKC is really good because they have 4 freakish players. KD, Westbrook, Harden, and Ibaka are elite talents. I'd kill a stranger to have ANY of them be a Houston Rocket, and I'd say they are 4 of the top 25 players a GM would pick if they had to start a franchise today. We're talking about the best scorer in the NBA(KD), maybe the most athletic PG in the NBA(with Rose out), arguably the most efficient scorer in the NBA(Harden), and a PF with an improved offensive game to go with being the best shot blocker in the NBA(Serge). Oh, and they're all 23 or younger. It's ridiculous.
Brooks is an average coach. They thrive on points in transition(which are tougher to get in the postseason) and creating off the dribble. They've never had a half court offense and Westbrook will never be the ideal PG. Defensively they are inconsistent, but Ibaka/Perkins are solid down low, and the Big 3 can all be disruptive with their length, speed, and tenacity.
Dallas has Dirk and a bunch of smart but aging veteran players that play good defense. Carlisle is a fantastic coach and the disparity between he and Brooks is why this should be a good series. I do think Dallas really, really needed last night's game, because you can't expect KD to shoot that poorly again at home. The Mavericks looked like the more prepared team but still lost. Ouch.
Last edited by Hank Kingsley; 04-29-2012 at 04:18 PM.
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