On the early season returns

  • I didn’t think we would be 4-3 at this point. I actually thought that after the loss to the Bucks, we would run the table all the way up until the Clippers game. I went on my podcast and predicted that. That’s 9-1. We really did not take advantage of what turned out to look like the easiest opening schedule in NBA history.
  • It’s funny how quickly this season took a turn for the worst in terms of feel. After the loss to the Bucks, despite the collapse down the stretch and the baffling decisions from Mike D’Antoni, I felt pretty good and optimistic about how the team looked. A week later, the sky is falling and it becomes clear these guys aren’t interested in defending anyone.
  • As I’ve been saying, while I thought defense would slip, I never would have guessed that it would fall all the way down to 29th just from the addition of Westbrook and subtraction of Paul. (Though of course the loss of Bzdelik has a lot to do with it too.)
  • I think a big part of the defensive drop-off is psychological in that its correlated with the drastic increase in pace. When you’re playing at the breakneck speed at which the Rockets are playing, I feel like you’re more inclined to think, on any given possession, “eh, we can just get it back at the other end.” Whereas when you’re playing slower and more methodical, it would lend more towards focusing in on both sides because when scoring takes the time it does, you don’t want to just give it back up at the other end.
  • I love Danuel House and Ben McLemore. I’m sure I’ll be writing about this a lot.

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