All prophets go mad, and with good reason. They’re basically given all of the worst parts of immortality by seeing the inevitable occur over and over. Given that, all of us with the ability to remember things (apologies to my amnesiac brothers and sisters) basically have our own moments of clairvoyance because we’ve recognized patterns and see history repeating itself. We either ignore the impending doom and soldier on or strive to redesign fate to suit our own expediences. For the sakes of all who aren’t fond of the weirdly Calvinist boredom of fate, let’s hope the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves are of the latter group because if they aren’t, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love may bring their respective messiah acts elsewhere by the time their true potential is reached. Read More
Because of the incomparable skills of both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, folding to the Oklahoma City Thunder late in what was once a nail-biter seems pretty easy. No matter the lead built or deficit overcome, those two men can shoot teams down on the first leg of ascent. Westbrook’s chaotic nature appears to make plays happen in dizzying spurts, forcing a viewer to keep an eye on him at all time in fear of what he might do or has already done while the audience blinked; this serves as a counter to the fluidity of Durant’s hammer, the grace and raw power that flow through every part of his meticulously crafted release that allow him to get off and drain shots other players wouldn’t consider putting up for fear of embarrassment. Yeah, quitting when these guys get going should be entirely reasonable. Thankfully on this Wednesday night, the Rockets were less than reasonable. Read More
The concept of loyalty can tend to be a tricky one in most aspects of life, and its relationship to sports seems similarly muddy. Asking for a team or an athlete to feel something about the other beyond the level of general niceties and commitment to cooperation probably remains impossible as both parties look out, quite reasonably, for their respective self-interests. This play was recently performed on just about the biggest stage ever as LeBron James found himself almost universally derided for either his callous approach to cutting ties with his former “home” team or the simple act of leaving in the first place, causing an entire nation to consider how fidelity should work in regards to professional sports.
While too much of that discussion became bogged down in the specifics of LeBron’s ridiculously ostentatious exit, the floodgates of discussion were opened and left us all unsure of why the departures of contract workers stung as badly as those of significant others. In those relationships, though, there are more amenable breakups sometimes in which both parties know the split will do both some good, provide some closure and maybe give each a chance to be healthy on his or her own. While free agency rarely gives teams chances to make these kinds of sweet gestures, the trade still allows such moves to happen, which is where we come to the cases of Steve Nash and the aforementioned all-world defender and long-time Houston Rocket. Read More
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While last night’s triumph in Boston was by no means a performance that can be consistently replicated, it highlighted the upside of the Rockets’ offensive strategy. Hoopdata.com has a wealth of information about team and player shot locations, and it seems like enough games have passed where I might be able to put together some meaningful analysis for this season.