The Dream Shake - a Houston Rockets blog: A few follow-up questions for today

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A few follow-up questions for today

1. Can someone explain to me why a career 33% three-point shooter (and 29% this year) averages more than 5 attempts from beyond the arc over the last four years?

2. Would Kobe Bryant ever be caught saying "I didn't have anything (in the fourth quarter)" .... "It's tough, banging with these guys."???

3. Would Michael Jordan ever say he was tired?

4. Should the supposed "best player" on a 55 win-playoff team (one with homecourt advantage) get cut some slack after averaging a robust 0.5 points in two 4th quarter efforts???

5. Would the presence of Rafer freakin' Alston really have made a difference? (I'll answer this one: NO!)

6. When the guy who was actually called for the foul (Scola) doesn't blame it on the refs, why is McGrady making statements like this: "You can't call that," McGrady said. "I saw a replay, and that was a bad call. I like Tony Brothers, but that was a bad call. Very, very bad call. Three points down at a crucial point in the game, and Kirilenko flops. He flops, and you call the foul on that? It was a bad call. It was a bad call."

Enough excuses, Tracy. I'm sick of it. It's always something, isn't it?

8 comments:

babat said...

If there is one thing I agree with, it is that T-Mac should stop giving excuses. Alpha dogs don't do that. $19M is more than enough incentive to put up and shut. That should answer Q2, Q3, and Q6.

Q1. God I hate those 3s but why pick on just T-Mac for a norm of the NBA alpha dogs. Check out Kobe, Lebron, AI and DWade stats. They are all guilty of this attrocity.

Q5. No way to answer this question. Rafer may have gone 7-14 or 2-14...I know the odds would support the latter more but then..

Q4. No one is asking you to cut T-Mac some slack. You guys think only T-Mac should be blamed for this loss. That is not only preposterous but unfair. The team as a whole deserves a blame.

bags030404 said...

DAVE I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU HAVE SAID! AS YOU ALL KNOW I AM A FAN OF THE MAVS, AND DIRK HAS BEEN BLASTED FOR BEING SOFT AND EVERYTHING ELSE,BUT IF GO AND LOOK DIRK IS IN THE TOP 5 WHEN IT COMES TOO CRUNCH TIME, AND "T-MAC" IS BARELY IN THE TOP 40. EVERYONE CONTINUES TO CLAIM T-MAC AS SUPERSTAR BUT FROM WHAT I CAN TELL STARS ARE SUPPOSED TO SHOW UP AT THE END OF THE GAME! WHEN IT REALLY MATTERS !! 1 POINT IN TWO GAMES IN THE 4TH JUST DOES NOT CUT IT!

C.B. Jack said...

Was it a flop? Prepare for an Alternate ending post to the game coming soon!

Eric said...

1. I hate those shots too. All those hard jumpers are ridiculous. But at the same time, he's not healthy enough to get laid out by the Jazz everytime he tries to go to the basket.

2. Probably not. Even though we know he was tired, he should't admit it. It's probably not a good look to say you can't play hard for 4 quarters to your teammates, coach, and fans. On another note, would T-Mac ever be caught saying trade-me-no-don't-trade-me every other day in the offseason? Let's stop with the Kobe comparisons.

3. Better comparison. And no he wouldn't.

4. No, but let's make sure the criticism we level is fair. So far, especially on this blog, it hasn't been.

5. Yes. Yes. Yes. Bobby Jackson is not a starter. He's a good guy off the bench, and Brooks is just too inexperienced. With the Jazz bench outplaying our reserves, we could use a guy like Jackson coming off the bench instead of Aaron Brooks.

6. Probably because reporters asked him about the call. He just said it was a bad call, as did Coach Adleman. But I guess we shouldn't criticize Coach Adleman cause he's just the lowly head coach. Why does he even bother coming to the games anyway? And it was a bad call. Should he have lied and said it wasn't a bad call?

grungedave said...

If you come to this blog expecting us to be "fair" and "unbiased" -- well, you might be in the wrong place. Hell - the title announces our intentions of getting Robert Horry into the Hall of Fame.

We play favorites here. So be it.

Adelman deserves plenty of criticism, and I have all offseason to discuss it if/when necessary. Don't worry.

grungedave said...

And didn't Tracy essentially demand a trade from Orlando??? I think the Kobe comparisons are quite appropriate. Except for winning in the playoffs that is...

Eric said...

So what? He got traded. He didn't change his mind later and then change it again.

bean of joy said...

On the Scola call at the end of the game: In one sense I think it's a bad call because it was inconsistent to the rest of the game, where both teams were hacking/getting hacked all night long with no whistles. To suddenly call it at that point is understandably hard to swallow for Rockets fans.

That being said, it was a foul. Kirilenko flopped, no question. It wasn't even good acting. But you can't use your arms to clear out like that. Frankly, I think Scola was lucky he didn't get called for a loose ball foul on the rebound of his missed layup seconds earlier.

The point is, it was bad/inconsistent officiating all night long, as I'm sure both Rockets and Jazz fans would agree.