Throwing the ball of someone's back and letting it bounce directly in front of you is completely against every instinct a basketball player has. There was ample room to Rudy's left to avoid Nash. It's hard to blame him though as there is no way that sequence takes .7 seconds.
I'd say that was easily the most frustrated I've ever been after a loss.
AK47, I agree with everything you said save the part about booing Thabeet myself. I can't say I blame you, or everyone, though as he is being paid millions of dollars to play a game that he's actually pretty awful at. Beyond the multitude of negatives to take away from the game (i.e., Thabeet, Hollins' substitutions, Tony Allen's debut), I thought the best thing I saw was Rudy's aggressiveness in the third, which Herrington pointed out. Can someone who's able to get Rudy's ear please tell him to play like that the entire game? When he's pissed, he uses his athleticism to take the ball directly to the basket (rather than hoist fadeaway, offbalances jumpers) and looks virtually unstoppable. Herrington, could you let Rudy know?
I'd rather have OJ than Gordon -- and much more than a lot of seemingly better shooting guards around. Beyond OJ's skills, which may not be to the level of all-star we were hoping, he seems to be one of the few mature -- I would argue maybe the most level-headed besides Marc -- players on the team. Chemistry and team-principles-wise, I think he's extremely important to the Griz, which makes him almost un-treadeable in my opinion. And I think his apparent dip last year was due to his unselfishness. I thought it was extremely obvious that he was constantly deferring to Zach and Marc (and others) and doing so, most likely, at the behest of Hollins, who has made it clear that the Griz are a power team that forces the ball inside. Also, I think his passing and play-making around the basket is severely underrated. In response to Strait Shooter, losing OJ would be extremely detrimental to the team, I believe, and I would like to see him stay with the Griz for many years (even above Rudy).
I was definitely upset about the Thabeet pick, but I think his play recently would certainly nullify his pick being a "colossal waste." And I think everyone cringed when he took that jumper, but was it really that bad of a shot decision-wise? I've been pleasantly surprised with his form and touch from the foul line, and the jumper he took was right about there, but I do agree -- probably not the shot we're looking for...
There are so many reasons why this team is doing well as of late, and it can't be hinged on just one player's performance, but there can't be any doubt that Zach Randolph is one of if not THE biggest reason why this team is having the success it is. And beyond his play, he seems to be a great teammate. So far, he's been a huge success for us. I really hope we can keep this team together for a while.
Herrington, I sent the link in and now you've officially been Truehoop'd. (http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop) Noice!
Love it, Herrington. Absolutely nailed it.
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