I live blogged this game and you can find that transcript here. I stopped writing at overtime wanting to save things for this post-game writeup. What an absolutely crazy game. We talked to McHale, Dragic, Chandler, and Lee all after the game, and I’m still not completely sure what happened. It seems clear though, from their comments, that the other players were not made aware that Dragic had six fouls. I won’t pin the loss on McHale, simply because it took a miraculous sequence to even have the team back in the game, but man…what a costly, costly blunder.
The first interesting development was the announcement pre-game that Marcus Camby would be starting at center in lieu of Samuel Dalembert. Via Jason Friedman, Dalembert is no longer suffering from the flu. Also via Friedman, when asked if the switch would remain in place going forward, McHale said, “we’ll see.” To those of you wondering if Kevin Martin would regain his starting spot upon returning, I think you pretty much got your answer. Kevin McHale does not care about hurt feelings.
While watching Roy Hibbert tonight, understand that he is one of the restricted free agents whom the Rockets will have an opportunity to pursue this summer, if they choose, and hope to lure away from his current team. It’s a long shot.
3:38 remaining in the 1st and Courtney Lee has already taken like thirty shots. Methinks someone is warming up quite nicely to their starting role.
In my first installment of this series–which you can access, along with all future installments, by clicking the ‘Dragic vs. Lowry’ tag below–many readers felt the ideal scenario was one which saw management re-sign Goran Dragic but rather than deal off Kyle Lowry, elect to retain him and play both guards together in the backcourt as they’ve done successfully in stints over the past two seasons.
The scenario begged one over-arching question: How would Goran Dragic feel about playing shooting guard for this team? I decided to ask him.
Thursday night’s TNT schedule boasted one of this year’s premier doubleheaders, with a Finals rematch that fell flat in Miami and a game that was routinely touted as a “Western Conference Finals” preview, Thunder vs. Lakers. In the interest of full (if unwanted) disclosure, these are the teams I would most likely envision pairing up in this year’s penultimate round, but both teams have gotten a free ride as far as the public discourse goes in one most important regard: their defenses. If a team has had offensive trouble throughout a year, such as Boston with its 25th league-ranked offense, that outfit will justifiably be written off as one without much chance of playoff longevity, as teams at or below the league average on either side of the ball simply do not get rings, empirically speaking. So how is it that two teams, OKC and LA, with defenses of relatively low calibers (12th and 9th leaguewide, respectively. Sounds decent, but the 4 points per 100 possessions more that the Thunder give up than the league’s best add up quickly) have come to be the de facto frontrunners out West? [read more…]