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Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Golden State Versus Houston is Ruining Basketball in 2019”
NBA playoffs are in full swing and we finally have meaningful basketball with
real matchups, so why is it so hard to watch the Western Conference playoffs.
can start with the Portland versus Denver series. Who? Yes, that's the question
asked by average sports fans when you mention any player on either roster short
of maybe Damian Lillard. Unfortunately, this series is suffering from a lack of
star power and that has left this one as the series that has been forgotten by
fans and media alike, which is sad.
quality team basketball that is being played on both ends of the floor by each
team rivals an instructional tape.For
anyone trying to teach your youngster how to be the ultimate team player, you
should not miss a minute of this series. Even if your youngster desires to be
the all-star with the shoe deal, watching these games could make them develop
similar to Steph curry or LeBron James who are great leaders and team players
with multiple championships. Not watching this series may not prevent them from
being on that level but it will increase the odds of them following in the
footsteps of ball dominant Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, and Allen
Iverson who have a combined zero championships.
if the Trailblazers Nuggets series is not being watched due to a lack of star
power, then everyone should be watching James Harden, Chris Paul, Steph Curry,
Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green battle it out, right? Wrong, of
course we love watching our stars do star things and Kevin Durant is once again
providing us with the shock and awe factor, but whenever the ball is not in his
hands, it is a different story.
style Steph Curry invented, we loved at first, but now I find myself struggling
to watch an entire game between these two teams because James Harden has taken
it to the extreme. Steph figured out that learning how to shoot from further
out than the defense generally picks you up and then falling to the floor as
they attempt to close out is quite effective in small doses for an undersized
injury prone player.
breaking down the value of each type of shot that can be taken in a possession,
the analytics nerds for the Rockets have convinced Harden to take this once
groundbreaking strategy and make it his entire game. Now Harden, who has the
ball in his hands 75% of the time the Rockets have possession, spends a
majority of that time dribbling out the clock before launching from 33 feet.
The result is a style of basketball that is hard to watch or root for. I find
myself not watching the ball fly toward the hoop on his shots or even watching
box outs. Since he now falls to the floor on every shot, I am more concerned
with watching to see if someone is dumb enough to get close to him so that he
can pretend they impeded his "landing zone." Then my attention
quickly shifts to the referee and how he is going to call it. Steph still uses
the move, but not nearly as often or as laughably obviously. Regardless of who
does it how many times, between the two of them, the games have become almost
yourself a favor, watch the rest this forgotten series and remember how
basketball is supposed to be played. More importantly, I am begging anyone who
will listen, do me a favor, Tweet, write letters, make phone calls, get the
attention of the Adam Silver and the NBA rules committee in whatever way
possible because something has to be done about this ridiculous flopping that
has taken over what should be an all-time great series.
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