Thoughts on Suns – Rockets

2010 February 1
by rahat huq

My greatest fear came to fruition last night with my internet going out midway through the 3rd quarter.  The funny thing is that I had predicted this would happen prior to the Portland game as I had been having problems with the connection for some time.  I’m publishing this post from a wifi spot, so yeah…hopefully all of this is resolved by tommorrow night.

Sorry to those of you wondering why I suddenly disappeared last night.

Let me get to a couple of notes I made after I bowed out from the live-blog.

  • Watching Conroy, he has virtually no footspeed whatsoever offensively.  He’s almost treading through quicksand on the offensive end.  Not so strange by itself, but the interesting thing is that, at least on the possessions I saw, he looked very good defensively.  He moves his feet well and does a very good job of staying in front of his man, despite the lack of speed.
  • Moments after Amare hit a jumper, Clyde remarked, “That’s so devastating that I can’t imagine them trying to trade Amare Stoudemire.”  Bill later also expresses his confusion. – I always found odd just how completely oblivious to financial matters most commentators are.  I don’t expect a detailed understanding of the cap, but how can you possibly think they are shopping him for actual talent personnel concerns?
  • Final note is on Ariza: It’s gotten to the point where I just can’t watch this guy play anymore, at least until Yao returns or some other factor forces down his usage.  I just can’t watch this guy play.  The risk of hurling something at my television screen has become far too great.  Inside the 2 minute mark of the 4th, he took quite possibly the worst shot I have seen all year, going to his right and banking in a runner off one foot.  (The worst part about Ariza made shots is that they reinforce his self-delusion.)  He then played hero, sending the game to overtime with a corner 3.  Make no mistake, this game-saver was yet another bad shot – my stomach sank when I realized what was about to happen.  He drove to his right, stepped back off the crossover and launched the 3 – a great shot for Aaron Brooks; an attempt with probably a 5% chance-in-hell for Ariza.  His luck finally ran out in overtime.  (Like I said, the worst part about Ariza made-shots is that they reinforce his delusions of grandeur.)  Inside two minutes in the OT, Ariza pulled up for a ‘3’, missing it horribly, allowing Phoenix to score and push the lead to three.  Just moments later, he launched yet another ‘3’ off a Landry kick-out, completely ignoring a wide open Aaron Brooks.  I’m not blaming Ariza for this loss –  frankly, I didn’t think they had a chance without Lowry – I just simply can’t watch this guy play anymore.  I just can’t watch Trevor Ariza play on this basketball team anymore.
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  • highflight20
    Trevor Ariza reminds me of Scottie Pippen when he played for the Rockets...enough said. Both of these guys were seeking the opportunity to prove that they could continue to be productive without having a superstar on the team. Unfortunately this gives them confidence in beleiving that they are to a superstar...smh. Ariza cannot handle the ball, cannot shoot off the dribble, cannot create for himself (nor his teamates), and suddenly he is having trouble hitting open 3 pointers....One more thing, I may be talking out of frustration but would it have been a good idea to let McGrady start at SG and let Trevor come off of the bench where he could be more productive?
  • bob schmidt
    If I'm talking with the Wizards about a trade, Ariza would be offered along with Tmac to "sweeten the deal." With 5 years experience I find it unbelievable that he hasn't refined his tools better. Instead of finding a copy of Basketball for Dummies, trade him to someone else who sees his "potential".
  • Verbs and Nouns
    rick adelman needs to put some ice on his boner for trevor and limit his role ie... bench him a few games, actually coach him up a bit (go figure right?) and explain that quantity does not mean quality. im not giving up on him yet because he's the perfect role player, he's just not that #1 (or 2 for that matter) option on a team like some thought. he's not overpaid and that contract is easily moveable at any point. when yao comes back, to go along with another FA and perhaps a high draft pick, trevor ariza will be invaluable.
  • Alituro
    To Trevor's credit, he's an above average defender and one of the best passing lane snipers in the biz. But, for the sake of the 4 guys who share the floor with him at any time, Rick desperately needs to adjust his role and pull the reigns on him offensively. He has only two effective facets to his offensive game: slashing to the rim, and 3s when he has an opp to set his feet for a second or two. Very similar to Battier's offensive skill set, except instead of slashing, Battier likes his little baseline runners/ floaters. I think Ariza would be best used coming off the bench behind Battier with Chase starting at the other wing, and occasionally coming behind Chase when a 2-pg set is not feasible. This needs to be done real soon, because what's bound to happen, and has happened in previous years moreso with Artest and sometimes McGrady, is our PGs will intentionally decline a pass to him, however open, out of fear of his bad decision-making. PGs have to have FULL confidence in each and every player on the floor, and it is even more imperative on a team without any dominant players. As his confidence wanes in any one player, so does our potency and flexibility. As of yet, our PGs don't hesitate to pass down to the offensively handicapped Battier and Hayes, because they know that they will make the best decision WITHIN their abilities. It's all a matter of trust.

    Clyde: "Trevor's going to shoot 30% night in and night out"... and he will as long as Rick continues to give him the green light.
  • bob schmidt
    I'm not that impressed with Trevor's defense. Yes, he gets steals. But, he also gambles to get them and ends up out of position to defend which often results in easy scores. If he gambles 4 times a game and gets his two steals, we only convert to points 44% of the time. The bad gambles probably result in 60% or better scoring due to his positioning. When you add to that his turnovers, it might be a net loss beyond the easy buckets.

    In addition, he won't pass the ball to open team mates with good looks at the rim. When Trevor decides it is his turn to shoot, team basketball goes out the window. When he's on the floor with Bud, he almost never finds Bud for the open shot. We don't have to think too hard to wonder why.
  • highflight20
    @ Bob - I have to agree with you on the fact that Trevor's turnovers and bad decision making definetly outweighs his defensive ability. Everyone needs to just compare Ariza to Artest. Artest also would make bad decisions at times on the offensive end, but his defense was phenomenal and his offensive game had many strengths therefore he deserved to be a starter. There is no reason at all why Chase Budinger is not starting at the SG position for this rockets team. I'm hoping that there is a Trevor Ariza fan out there that can get on this blog and shed some light on the situation in order for it to make sense to this entire city. The question is "Why does Trevor Ariza start?"
  • bigyul
    Finally Trevor has hit that nerve that he struck with me months ago. He will only be any good when Yao returns if (that's a big if) he decides to really work on his game and ball-handling abilities. I am starting to feel like the Lakers really got a good deal since we do not have that tough mentality on this team with Ron gone. Teams are starting to push us around and we are looking more at the refs for help - probably due to the fact we got a lot of help from them to begin the season and got spoiled. Only one guy is taking a beating for the team (Carl Landry) under the boards and the rest will rebound if the ball bounces in thier lap. Caron Butler and Brendon Haywood sounds like a good trade for T-mac. I think we realize now as Rick should have known that 60% T-mac is better than 100% Ariza. Just too bad we wasted the season behind ego's and not basketball prowess. I think all we can do now is wait for the trade deadline and go with our motto "In Morey We Trust".
  • rahat_huq
    sorry for going AWOL these past few days - finally got the internet fixed. i've calmed down a bit about trevor, but then again, tonight is another game...
  • luislandry
    The freedom Ariza is given is especially frustrating given the developments this year. Coming in, you could suspect he might be a 3rd option after Brooks and Scola. However, it shouldn't take long to realize that Landry, Budinger, and Lowry are all better options as well. A case could be made for Anderson and maybe Battier, who could probably put up the same numbers if he chose to shoot as much.
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