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2014-04-24 12:41:00 PM
Aldridge is destroying the Rockets.  I don't think anyone predicted this kind of dominance based on all the people picking the Rockets before the series started.

Awesome to watch this guy play.
 
2014-04-24 02:09:32 PM
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2014-04-24 02:18:29 PM
Seven of the eight series have the lower seed going back home on a tie or a lead.  Absolutely god damn ridiculous.  Everyone called a crazy playoff and it looks like it may pan out.
 
2014-04-24 02:31:45 PM
I never felt like Rockets would win...of course, I based this on watching one game where the Blazers beat the Rockets pretty easily in December. Process? Not great. Outcome? Looking good.
 
2014-04-24 02:36:29 PM
Oh yeah, Aldridge went for 31 and 25 in that game.
 
2014-04-24 02:37:54 PM
Here's a helpful list of defensive adjustments and schemes that can be employed against a 6'11 PF who has nearly unlimited shooting range as well as a bona fide post game:

Thank you for attending today's class.
 
2014-04-24 02:50:38 PM
MVP
 
2014-04-24 03:02:12 PM

Gunny Highway: Aldridge is destroying the Rockets.  I don't think anyone predicted this kind of dominance based on all the people picking the Rockets before the series started.

Awesome to watch this guy play.


The guy is so good, I'm not even upset that my team is losing. He's awe-inspiring.
 
2014-04-24 03:13:51 PM

IAmRight: I never felt like Rockets would win...of course, I based this on watching one game where the Blazers beat the Rockets pretty easily in December. Process? Not great. Outcome? Looking good.


I'm not really sure what it is about Houston. 54 wins in the west is impressive and all, but if asked I probably would have picked Portland to win, and if the matchups had been different, might have picked Golden State and maybe Memphis to win a series against them as well.
 
2014-04-24 03:15:13 PM

Gunny Highway: Aldridge is destroying the Rockets.  I don't think anyone predicted this kind of dominance based on all the people picking the Rockets before the series started.

Sportscasters are paid to say dumb things to make their even dumber viewers feel smart.

The Rockets at their best can beat anyone, but they lack consistency.  They have a great offense and a terrible defense.  That gets them a gaudy 4-seed in the West, but they struggle when they have to face good teams over and over, and that's what the playoffs are.  When the Rockets can't get their 3s to fall, you get. . . well, that.  The edge defensive-minded teams have is, if your shots aren't falling, shutting down the other guy through sheer effort is still an option.

Killer Cars: Here's a helpful list of defensive adjustments and schemes that can be employed against a 6'11 PF who has nearly unlimited shooting range as well as a bona fide post game

Rockets' D amplification effect.  Decent players look good, good players look very good, and very good players like Aldridge and Lillard look like HoF contenders.  Aldridge averaged 23ppg in the regular season.  Hey, that's as legit as it gets, but he's not 44ppg good.

Houston's a very good team, just too many pieces short of winning it all.  When they do win, it's by a score of something like 118-109.  Win or lose, their opponents typically set several season highs for scoring.
 
2014-04-24 03:15:35 PM
It is hilarious to see Dwight Howard getting the best stats of his life, then looking at Aldridge's stats and they're basically double that
 
2014-04-24 03:24:09 PM

dragonchild: The Rockets at their best can beat anyone, but they lack consistency. They have a great offense and a terrible defense. That gets them a gaudy 4-seed in the West, but they struggle when they have to face good teams over and over, and that's what the playoffs are. When the Rockets can't get their 3s to fall, you get. . . well, that. The edge defensive-minded teams have is, if your shots aren't falling, shutting down the other guy through sheer effort is still an option.


Sooooo defense wins championships?  Sounds like you have a future in sportscasting.
 
2014-04-24 03:36:17 PM
dragonchild:  Aldridge averaged 23ppg in the regular season. Hey, that's as legit as it gets, but he's not 44ppg good.

Didn't mean to imply that necessarily, and the Rockets were woeful on pick and roll defense leaving him wide the fark open on some attempts.

Half of his points though did come from looks with high degrees of difficulty (large Turkish man in his face, 18-20 ft distance, fading away, etc) which is more or less what I was trying to highlight. Aldridge has the sheer talent and range to go Dirk on anyone.
 
2014-04-24 03:39:38 PM
Also, you could replace Portland for Houston and your post would be just a true.

And Houston is an average three point shooting team.
 
2014-04-24 03:42:10 PM

Killer Cars: dragonchild:  Aldridge averaged 23ppg in the regular season. Hey, that's as legit as it gets, but he's not 44ppg good.

Didn't mean to imply that necessarily, and the Rockets were woeful on pick and roll defense leaving him wide the fark open on some attempts.

Half of his points though did come from looks with high degrees of difficulty (large Turkish man in his face, 18-20 ft distance, fading away, etc) which is more or less what I was trying to highlight. Aldridge has the sheer talent and range to go Dirk on anyone.


He is playing better than anyone, on the tevleision or internet or message board or Fark, would have predicted before the series and that is why Portland leads a series most people thought they would lose.

The teams are very similar.  It is coming down to superstar play and Portland has the edge.
 
2014-04-24 03:47:24 PM
Losing is a disease. As dangerous as syphilis...
 
2014-04-24 04:38:41 PM
Some idiots on ESPN were asking if the big story is Aldridge or Harden.

The lack of respect Aldridge gets is absurd.
 
2014-04-24 04:59:59 PM

dragonchild: Gunny Highway: Aldridge is destroying the Rockets.  I don't think anyone predicted this kind of dominance based on all the people picking the Rockets before the series started.
Sportscasters are paid to say dumb things to make their even dumber viewers feel smart.

The Rockets at their best can beat anyone, but they lack consistency.  They have a great offense and a terrible defense.  That gets them a gaudy 4-seed in the West, but they struggle when they have to face good teams over and over, and that's what the playoffs are.  When the Rockets can't get their 3s to fall, you get. . . well, that.  The edge defensive-minded teams have is, if your shots aren't falling, shutting down the other guy through sheer effort is still an option.
Killer Cars: Here's a helpful list of defensive adjustments and schemes that can be employed against a 6'11 PF who has nearly unlimited shooting range as well as a bona fide post game
Rockets' D amplification effect.  Decent players look good, good players look very good, and very good players like Aldridge and Lillard look like HoF contenders.  Aldridge averaged 23ppg in the regular season.  Hey, that's as legit as it gets, but he's not 44ppg good.

Houston's a very good team, just too many pieces short of winning it all.  When they do win, it's by a score of something like 118-109.  Win or lose, their opponents typically set several season highs for scoring.


I like how the first sentence of your post is completely invalidated by you proceeding to say dumb sportscaster things for the even dumber Fark audience.

They have a great offense but no defense! They really need to make their shots to win!

Don't keep us in suspense, do they have the will to win? The heart of the champion?
 
2014-04-24 05:14:57 PM

Gunny Highway: Aldridge has the sheer talent and range to go Dirk on anyone.

He is playing better than anyone, on the tevleision or internet or message board or Fark, would have predicted before the series and that is why Portland leads a series most people thought they would lose.


THAT.

Aldridge has always thrived on midrange jumpers--his reliance upon them was the one criticism of his game before he had to develop post moves when Oden didn't pan out.  (I don't blame Oden; dude just got hurt.  It happens.  Although it always seems to happen to the Blazers--*sob*).  Why Houston thought that, with two very competent post defenders in Asik and Howard, forcing Aldridge into his comfort zone was a good idea is anyone's guess.

Granted, I'm a huge Blazers fan, so I'm not complaining.
 
2014-04-24 05:23:00 PM
So glad The Bulls traded Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas who was in turn traded for Charlotte's 16th overall pick this year.

And somehow these guys are still running the front office.
 
2014-04-24 05:48:07 PM

Gunny Highway: Sooooo defense wins championships?

What's with the butthurt; did I hit a nerve?  I don't know who you were referring to as far as picking Houston but I figured it was sportscasters because they're paid to be dumb and have to make predictions anyway.  Anyone who's followed Houston at all this season knows nothing is automatic with that team.

But to answer your question, I think a team's odds improve when they have both, like Oklahoma City or San Antonio.  Being one-sided whether it's offense or defense tends to lower a team's ceiling; Houston and Portland are about as good as you can get while still being one-sided, which is pretty darn good mind you, but neither strike me as good enough to go the distance.  If defense was all it took, well, Chicago's not doing too well right now either.

Gunny Highway: Houston is an average three point shooting team.

My point is more that their formula for winning probably involves doing better than 3-for-16.  They sure aren't going to D their way out of trouble.

Gunny Highway: The teams are very similar.

That they are.  It's a toss-up really.  Houston might take the next two or they might get swept.  Whoever wins is a long shot to get to the Finals though.  I'm more familiar with Houston what with the Asik/Howard drama making headlines and the East Coast press ignoring Portland like dust under a rug.

No I didn't predict Aldridge would dominate; I didn't predict anything because if there's one thing I know about Houston it's that they're unpredictable.  They can beat anyone or lose to anyone.  They've beaten the best, set records in losing efforts and made some opponents look inhuman.  So going in I figured the series would be a coin toss with a better-than-average chance they'd make someone look very good.  I certainly didn't predict anything like what's happened, but neither am I shocked at the result.  It's how they've rolled all season.  That's all I'm saying.  Oh, and I hate sportscasters but you knew that already.
 
2014-04-24 05:58:43 PM

dragonchild: What's with the butthurt; did I hit a nerve?


No. I was tweaking you because you made a very sportscaster comment after calling them all stupid.

dragonchild: They sure aren't going to D their way out of trouble.


This is true.  A few great individual deferders don't mean shiat in the NBA.  The league, and success, is built around outstanding team defense and having a few guys who can get buckets.

/Put me on the radio
 
2014-04-24 06:22:56 PM

booztravlr: [img.fark.net image 850x425]


that's awesome - looks like he was calling his own play by play on one of those buckets

/go rip city!
 
2014-04-24 06:31:51 PM

IAmYourBrainOnDrugs: Gunny Highway: Aldridge has the sheer talent and range to go Dirk on anyone.

He is playing better than anyone, on the tevleision or internet or message board or Fark, would have predicted before the series and that is why Portland leads a series most people thought they would lose.

THAT.

Aldridge has always thrived on midrange jumpers--his reliance upon them was the one criticism of his game before he had to develop post moves when Oden didn't pan out.  (I don't blame Oden; dude just got hurt.  It happens.  Although it always seems to happen to the Blazers--*sob*).  Why Houston thought that, with two very competent post defenders in Asik and Howard, forcing Aldridge into his comfort zone was a good idea is anyone's guess.

Granted, I'm a huge Blazers fan, so I'm not complaining.


as a "glass is half full" kinda guy, i'll go ahead and say that all the troubles we had with Oden are what resulted in the wonder that Aldridge is now.  he used to rely on his jumper & quickness, but those years spent acting as Center toughened him up a lot.  now he dominates when he's playing his natural PF position, yet isn't afraid of contact either.

he was the best defender on Howard last night, but i understand you can't risk him getting fouls... but it's freaking awesome to be able to use him defensively like that if needed.

/goddam it's neat being a blazer fan again - been a LOOONG time
/Drexler was looking dapper as usual
/last time we were worth a shiat was when he was in our lineup
 
2014-04-24 06:33:38 PM
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/i go old school cause it still looks best
 
2014-04-24 06:48:15 PM

Dafatone: Some idiots on ESPN were asking if the big story is Aldridge or Harden.

The lack of respect Aldridge gets is absurd.


It's true.

Imagine if he had about 5 more feet of range on that jumper consistently.  He'd be in the mix for MVP talks a la KD.  Does work on both ends of the floor too.
 
2014-04-24 06:50:16 PM

inner ted: last time we were worth a shiat was when he was in our lineup


It's also the last time I lived in the area.

/just sayin'
 
2014-04-24 07:59:13 PM

Gunny Highway: I was tweaking you because you made a very sportscaster comment after calling them all stupid.

Ah, I see.  Except I didn't, but my comment was interpreted in the stupidest possible way.  Not that I think it's your fault, because sportscasters have degraded discourse to the point where missing the nuance is a bit excusable.  Lemme clarify the quote you bolded:

dragonchild: The edge defensive-minded teams have is, if your shots aren't falling, shutting down the other guy through sheer effort is still an option.

It's an edge that gives them an option.  Not the be-all end-all.  Not the "key" to winning.  Offensive-minded teams have an edge too, in their own way.  I should've said "advantage" or "strength" but ironically I was concerned that would get derped into "defense wins champions" and it happened anyway.  The thing about defense is that consistency is maintained through effort; there are some days where someone is just going to be an asshole and hit everything, but at least you don't need to be in any sort of groove to contest a shot.  (Fatigue can be an issue though, which is where defense tends to get variance.)  You still need to score to win, but offense tends to be high variance, exhibit A being this series, whereas (at least in my experience) defense-minded teams are only as inconsistent as the players.  Frankly I'm more shocked that Indiana, San Antonio and Oklahoma City all lost games already than anything in the Houston-Portland series.  Which goes to show I can be as wrong as any other fan, but that's different from "defense = champions durr".

Otherwise, yeah, these two teams are about as good as any NBA team can get offensively, so the only way they'll get better is through defense because there really isn't anywhere else for them to go.  I could say the same thing about Chicago -- they're very good defensively, but that's obviously not enough either.

Again, I don't blame you for missing the nuance, though I do hope my disgust with sportscasters is a little more clear now.
 
2014-04-24 08:04:19 PM
Did I touch a nerve?
 
2014-04-24 08:10:51 PM

Gunny Highway: Did I touch a nerve?

Not you, and this nerve wasn't touched so much as repeatedly hit with a blunt heavy object.

Sorry, I've taken up everyone's time.  The good news is, I think I feel numb now.  Don't mind me; carry on.
 
2014-04-24 08:19:35 PM
You aren't saying anything that is well know by people who watch the NBA.

You took one step beyond sportscaster, landed on sports columnist, and think you have some insight on the game that is far beyond the comprehension of others. You don't.

You have a high opinion of yourself and you can't take a joke.

Enjoy the games.
 
2014-04-24 08:36:36 PM

dragonchild: It's an edge that gives them an option. Not the be-all end-all. Not the "key" to winning. Offensive-minded teams have an edge too, in their own way. I should've said "advantage" or "strength" but ironically I was concerned that would get derped into "defense wins champions" and it happened anyway. The thing about defense is that consistency is maintained through effort; there are some days where someone is just going to be an asshole and hit everything, but at least you don't need to be in any sort of groove to contest a shot. (Fatigue can be an issue though, which is where defense tends to get variance.) You still need to score to win, but offense tends to be high variance, exhibit A being this series, whereas (at least in my experience) defense-minded teams are only as inconsistent as the players. Frankly I'm more shocked that Indiana, San Antonio and Oklahoma City all lost games already than anything in the Houston-Portland series. Which goes to show I can be as wrong as any other fan, but that's different from "defense = champions durr


Yikes dude. I can't wait to see your 5,000 word dissertation on "misunderstood role players: a comparison between Raja Bell and Matt Barnes and an exploration of societal attitudes on the differentiation between 'hard-nosed' and 'dirty'".
 
2014-04-24 11:32:17 PM

booztravlr: [img.fark.net image 850x425]


Damn he even made 3 from the bleachers....now that is talent!
 
2014-04-25 05:16:45 AM

Dafatone: Some idiots on ESPN were asking if the big story is Aldridge or Harden.

The lack of respect Aldridge gets is absurd.


Aldridge plays in Portland. We're used to being overlooked and under-appreciated when it comes to our sports teams.
 
2014-04-25 10:13:16 AM

IAmRight: inner ted: last time we were worth a shiat was when he was in our lineup

It's also the last time I lived in the area.

/just sayin'


uh huh
well we're glad to have all fans, fair weather & otherwise
 
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