Wow, let the bloodbath begin.
"Off with their heads!" This was Lewis Carroll pointing out the reactionary/irrational nature of humanity. The whole time the "little king" is following behind her quietly suggesting that she stop and think/consider for a moment, but in her rage she hears nothing and continues with her demands for blood. Someone must be held accountable for my displeasure!!!!!!
I am not looking forward to this being our forums for the coming months. I will understand, but perhaps people will at least consider listening to that other little voice in their heads for a bit.
Nobody likes what is happening in this series. Yet, to presume change would exercise some kind of control over the situation and produce a different result is as nutty as the idea that repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting a different result is wise. Life happens and we are 2 games into a way-off-script playoff series.
What is McHale supposed to do? "James, how about you start making some of those shots, huh? You too Chandler!" "Omer, if you could just rip Aldridge's arms off at the shoulder I think we can slow him down a bit." "Guys, you can't let Dorrell Wright pick a pass up off his shoelaces and go directly into a contested, buzzer-beating 3 pointer!" "Yeah, if you guys could make it more obvious who touches the ball last before it goes out of bounds that would be great too...."
Things are ugly right now and I know people are frustrated. Let's try and wait until the series ends before the executioners come out.
i respect the attempt to bring things down to earth, but it does feel a little too complacent. After the first game, we were thinking "LMA wont do it again, harden will pick it up". game 2 was the same story. I don't know if I read your statement incorrectly, but I don't get any sense of accountability if current patterns don't change. There has to be SOME accountability if the rockets get bounced in the 1st round. no major changes from the top would be inexcusable. i might not even mind losing if the team showed some heart. some amount of passion and intensity (we love the 2009 rocket story). maybe the lackadaisicalness can be personified in mchales "we need to play harder". a generic statement without any passion. where is the kobe/jordan "refuse to lose" mentality. failure at this level should hit you at the core and light some kind of fire. didn't get a sense of that from the team in the post game generally speaking.
you are right though. what can mchale do at this point in the season? bust out a playbook and have his old celtic friends come in for motivation a la Little Giants movie? yeah right... but this points to a fundamental problem with the rockets system. the problem with the freelance offense. the lack of structure. mchale hasn't really reigned in the bad habits. blowing double digit leads. periods of time where the defense disappears. the amount of low IQ plays on offense. 4th quarter offensive collapses. no discipline. this existed last year as well.
i think people overplay the midrange shot argument. it is definitely needed, but i think the freestyle offense is the bigger issue. adding midrange to the free lance offense doesn't feel like it would do much of anything. people will make the argument that we don't have the personnel for it. while true, you can also try to develop players and the system (through a playbook) to improve in that area. i don't think it can be ignored any longer. the mid range is required in the playoffs.
it's the lack of heart and problems at the core of the rocket's system that cause my hope to leak like fuel in a punctured fuel pump.
on the bright side. after all the apprehension about dwight prior to this season. questioning his heart. he has really impressed me. he demanded the ball and improved his game due to his will. while i think they overfed him, at least he showed he wanted it. not a big fan of lin either, but it didn't look like he quit last night. he had faults in his game, but at least he was trying. parsons and harden really let me down.