The Houston Rockets walked into Portland as a slight underdog, but left the overwhelming favorite to win the series. After a 108-81 victory Saturday night, Houston is now in great position to move on to the next round. Yes, it is only one game, but this was quite a dominant game.
They shot 58.5% from the field and out-rebounded the Trail Blazers 44-30. In every facet of the game, Houston outplayed Portland. No one on Houston played too many minutes (Shane Battier played the most at 37) and so no one was over exerted.
The offense was precise and destructive, but the defense was the star of the game. The Blazers shot just 41.7% from the field and were 1 of 11 from 3-point- range. This wasn’t just a bad shooting performance by Portland. This was a great defensive performance from Houston. Every shot was contested.
- LaMarcus Aldridge, who averaged over 18 points a game during the regular season, mad just 3 of his 12 shots and scored only 7 points.
- Brandon Roy, the only bright spot for the Blazers, shot 10 of 23 from the field for 21 points, but even that was still below his 22.6 season average. Continue reading “Rockets Make A Statement”
The 2008 NBA Draft is over with some surprises and some trades, but in the end, it was fairly predictable. Up until the Mayo/Love trade at the end of the night, the top 10 picks had all been logical picks by their teams and none of them had been traded. Below I have recapped each teams moves on draft night, briefly analyzed those moves, and graded them. Enjoy!
No picks. No trades.
An uneventful night in Atlanta. The Hawks proved they had some talent by forcing the Celtics to play 7 games, but this team is not ready for the big-time yet. Not sure if any teams are looking, but I would have liked to see Atlanta part ways with point guard Mike Bibby and try to get younger. There’s plenty of time for that to happen still over the summer.
Chose J.R. Giddens in 1st round (30th Overall)
Chose Semih Erden in 2nd round (60th Overall)
Acquired Bill Walker (47th Overall pick) for cash considerations and a future draft pick from Washington Wizards
Interesting night for the World Champions. I can’t find a way to explain choosing the trouble-laden Giddensover Chris Douglas Roberts. As a Celtic fan, I was crossing my fingers that CDR would be one the board at the 30thpick and he was, but Danny Ainge passed on him. Giddens may have talent, but he has had so many off the court issues that I can’t see him playing any pro ball. Plus, Ainge could have traded back 20 picks and still gotten Giddens. Having said that, I love the trade for Bill Walker. He is an extremely talented player and has huge possibilities if he stays healthy. I can’t say I know much about Semih Erden except that ESPN says that he has some work ethic issues as well. Seems like the Celtics were looking for players with issues in this draft. Continue reading “2008 NBA Draft Grades”
The 2008 NBA Draft is coming up in 6 days and the Chicago Bulls have to decide who to choose with their number one pick. One choice is hometown boy Derrick Rose from Memphis who has begged with the Bulls over the last few days to choose him and allow him to play close to home. The other choice is Michael Beasley from Kansas State who is an exceptional rebounder and great big man. The Bulls have not tilted their hand one way or the other as Beasley worked out for the team on Wednesday while Rose worked out on Thursday. Yet, those workouts have not seemed to clarify anything as Bulls’ GM John Paxson said that both had excellent workouts. With the Bulls not giving any inclination to whom they will choose number one, it is up to us to sort through statistics and team needs to choose who the best choice is for Paxson and Chicago.
Beasley put up phenomenal numbers at Kansas State, averaging 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game while shooting 53.2% from the field. Though Rose’s stats are not as impressive (14.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.7 apg), many people have questioned Beasley’s character as he had a couple of off the court incidents duringhigh school. While I watched Beasley and Rose play at college, it was clear who was the more talented player: Beasley. However, Rose is a true point guard and the Bulls are in need of a true passer. They have Ben Gordon, but he is more of a shooting guard and drafting Rose will allow Chicago to move Gordon to a more comfortable position for him. With Luol Deng at small forward and Drew Gooden at power forward, the Bulls may be in greater need of a point guard than a big man. That’s not to say that Beasley would not help the Bulls. Selecting Beasley would improve Chicago immensely, but the concern over Beasley’s character, Rose’s deep desire not just to play at home, but to win at home, and the Bulls’ need for a true point guard lead me to believe that come Thursday, David Stern will be announcing Derrick Rose as the number one pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Continue reading “2008 NBA Draft”