It's not like Paul's passing numbers have taken a nose dive. His career high for a season is 11 apg. The last 3 seasons he's been between 9 and 10. Not exactly a precipitous decline. As the Hornets shed talent to save money, Paul needed to score more to give them a chance to win. Similar deal with Clippers, they don't have enough reliable scorers at other positions that Paul can afford to pass up his shots. And aside from Griffin (who mostly needs to be set up to score, which Paul does a fine job of) their best scoring talent are all guys who are best with the ball in their own hands (Billups--who's injured, putting more responsibility on Paul-- Williams, Butler).
missed the heat/pacers game yesterday (my father-in-law had to watch golf) but i did see some of the clippers/grizzlies game, yuck. that first half was some of the worst basketball i've seen in a while.
i think with the teams that are left i'd like to see the spurs or okc win the title.
and i'm counting 1, counting 2, counting 3...
And I also wonder when steals are the only thing we need to count on defense. Here's something for you to consider: even though he doesn't have as many steals as Paul, Avery Bradley is a far superior defender. And the reason is that he's capable of shutting down Dwayne Wade and other elite scorers. Paul has only shown us that he has quick hands, but I think he could show us more because he's incredibly talented.
Losing a game in which you outfoul the other team 31 to 22, many of which the fouls are pure frustration fouls, is a sign that you let the other team get into your head and dominate you mentally, which was my point. Notice the score of the game has the Heat win by 9? Care to guess by how many points the Heat outscored the Pacers at the charity stripe? And that's without factoring in that only two players on the Pacers squad was able to put in more than 30 minutes on the floor.my point is that there's nothing about the way they lost that puts them in any kind of particularly bad or embarrassing light. They lost a close, hard-fought game on the road to a higher-seeded team that most people are picking to won the title.
Edit: Dennis Rodman used to talk about trying to get a reaction from you early in the game, because once he did he knew he owned you the rest of that game, its similar here, and simply not how you want to start a series off, which is what I was getting at.
Last edited by Hiromi; 05-14-2012 at 08:42 AM.
Stay away from the chimps. You can't reason with them and you'll just end up with monkey shit all over your clothes.
Internet hypocrisy #47: Being the undisputed scourge of trolls until the troll supports your side of the debate and then becoming silent.
Edit: And one of the reasons they were able to gtake control of the game is that neither picked up a foul until the second half, no one on your squad can take charge when the rotation's being blown to Hell due to key players having to warm the bench because of foul trouble.
Multiple charges at half court, one of which resulted in a top scorer picking up a 5th foul in the third, and contributed to getting Miami into the bonus with nearly half the quarter left however are.Don't need to guess because it doesn't matter. Getting outscored at the FT line is not, by any measure, an inherent sign of "mental domination."
Last edited by Hiromi; 05-14-2012 at 09:02 AM.
There's no use in debating a topic about Chris Paul not being a team player when the opposing side the one stating it, against all evidence, clinging to that ludicrous idea somehow.