Iceberg Slim wrote:abeer3 wrote:i'm sure asik got away with same on the other end more than once. and again, if people want to complain about officiating, complain about how harden gets treated on most forays to the hoop. this is a minor crime in comparison to the advantage houston receives throughout the game.
You make it sound like the 06' Finals and Wade treatment the way Harden gets calls. It's no where near that serious. Minor crime? Over-exaggeration imo. Sure, Harden gets some calls. What star player doesn't? But he racks up FTA because he's crafty around the rim.
Iceberg Slim wrote:Durant showed his @ss tonight.
KBJelleyBean24 wrote:This team looks vulnerable without Westbrook. I know a lot of people were thinking that OKC might be better off without him, but Durant can't rely on guys like Martin and Sefelosha. They were barely able to beat a sorry houston team, if the role players on OKC don't step up, they're going to get dismantled by either the Clippers or Memphis. The Clips have a much more balanced offense than Houston and much better defensively, and Memphis, while not as good offensively, do have a top tier defense, which will be able to limit Durant. Hell, Houston was able to adjust in the second half and made Durant a chucker. Imagine what the Grizz could do.
on the other side, let's say kobe had the series harden's had so far...what would people be saying about him?
Iceberg Slim wrote:on the other side, let's say kobe had the series harden's had so far...what would people be saying about him?
First of all, that's no where near fair. Stakes are high for Kobe. He's a 5-time champion and a legend. If he's not playing at the highest of human performance, he's definitely getting criticism. And he should. He's the arguably the best in the world. James Harden has made his first real step as a franchise player only this year. Let's cut him a bit of slack. And let's look at his numbers while we're at it.
28.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg. 4.7 apg for the series. His shooting percentage is absolutely abysmal - 36%. 3 pt even worse at 19%. But he's shot 42 free throws in 3 games, an average of 14 per night, good for 81% from the charity. You say you don't respect his style of drawing contact and getting to the stripe? You're entitled to that. But numbers don't have opinions. And his numbers show he's finding a way to be effective. And I respect THAT.
Games 1-3 stat lines:
1. 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists
2. 36 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists.
3. 30 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks.
He's having a decent series against a superior team as the only option, imo.
note that you have to go to FTAs as a measure of effectiveness.
how low would his fg% be if he didn't get bailed out at least twice a game on wild drives to the basket?
I don't get the double standard, either. if kobe put up three games like this with his team down 3-0 as a result, we'd NEVER hear the end of it. i haven't heard word 1 about his poor play.