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All the chatter about the Golden State Warriors ruining the NBA and running away with the Western Conference title came to a screeching halt on Wednesday night, as the Houston Rockets out Warriorsed the Dubs en route to cheap air force a smashing 127 105 victory. Despite Marv Albert’s comments, the Rockets did cheap jordans sale not in fact reclaim home court advantage. However, they did add cheap adidas a pile of intrigue to a series that was lacking it less than 48 hours ago. To whit

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cheap real retro jordans Viggy: Greetings, Chris. It has been 205 and change days since the Warriors opened the season with a loss to the Rockets; now, the two teams cheap jordans on sale square up in the Western Conference Finals with a spot in the NBA Finals at stake. Can I start by saying about damn time! cheap real retro jordans

buy air jordans cheap Chris: It already seems more than a match up of two good teams. It’s already previewing itself as a match up of two deliberately contrasting styles of play and temperament. buy air jordans cheap

cheap jordans from china Viggy: Indeed. The Dubs and Rockets are analytically minded teams that have approached the exploitation of inefficiencies in the NBA in very different ways. For both teams, the maxims > 2 and range 2s > mid to long range 2s apply; however, the Warriors have such elite jump shooting talent that, against a league that desperately wants cheap nike shoes to chase them off the line, they are (in the loosest sense of the word) for midrange 2s while also continuing to rain fire from deep, with both types of shots coming from selfless screen setting and constant off the ball motion. Meanwhile, the Rockets are arguably the most lethal isolation team in history, and they also subscribe to the maxim throws > everything else By flanking James Harden and Chris Paul with a bevy of shooters to space the floor and letting them go to work (with all the shenanigans that entails), they unlocked a whole new gear this season on their cheap adidas way to the number 1 overall seed in the NBA. It may not be but it sure as heck is effective. cheap jordans from china

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cheap authentic jordans websites Viggy: Amen to that my coworker (a longtime Rockets fan) puts it, he root for the team, but the antics (the flopping, the whining, the preening) drive him insane. For that, among many other reasons, I really hope the Warriors win. cheap authentic jordans websites

Chris: About « the maxims 3 > 2 and close range 2s > mid to long range 2s » Kerr pointed out today, Chris Paul has been breaking that Houston rule himself lately. cheap Air max shoes Paul’s midrange game (often when Gobert was switched out onto him) was often decisive against Utah.

cheap jordans 1 Viggy: Totally. I think, as the Warriors have learned over countless postseason games over the last few years, the playoffs are a totally different beast from the regular season, in terms of scheduling, cheap jordans for sale game planning, execution, and officiating. The Rockets have historically struggled to adapt, but they stockpiled a bevy of seasoned vets and youngsters who don know any better, and they dare to dream that this might be the year. Let talk a little bit about matchups, because there are a number of intriguing subplots to what should be a fantastic series. My first question: how do the Warriors match up against the expected Rockets starters (James Harden, Chris Paul, Clint Capela, PJ Tucker, and Trevor Ariza)? cheap jordans 1

Chris: Aha! (« How do the Warriors match up against the expected Rockets starters? ») I submit, Viggy, that’s a kind of expectedly trap wrong question!

The Rockets begin every damn possession they can by trying to force a switch in match ups right from the get go. They hunt your worst defender, have his man screen for Harden, and only then begin to run their offense with Harden (or Paul) massaging the ball and looking to break down the weakest on ball defender they can force you to switch onto Harden (or Paul). And everything then commences from there.

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cheap air jordans for sale online Chris: I found it very interesting that Kerr auditioned Jordan Bell with 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter of Game 5 against the Pelicans. Center play defensively is critical. Not so much for matching up in a one on one sense vs. Capela, but rather by having a defensive amoeba lineup on the court that can switch, rotate, get out on 3′s, and, yes, anticipate and defend lobs to Capela. Anyone laterally challenged Houston will hunt. Anyone who can’t fly out to a corner and then get back into the paint (and vice versa). Obviously there’s the Hamptons 5. And Looney and Livingston, and, who knows Bell getting some of David West’s minutes? cheap air jordans for sale online

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Chris: I agree that JaVale will get a look. His problem won’t be against Capela, but when Houston can force him to switch out on Harden or Paul. You don’t have to be a low post defender against Capela. You have to defensively run the hell out of the floor against him. You have to screen him off. And, yes, you need the athleticism to compete against lobs to him but even more you need to « read » the timing for when to play the lob and when to meet Harden or Paul at the rim. JaVale and Bell have the athleticism. But Looney and Draymond the ability to « read » the situations.

Viggy: In addition to that, Draymond and Looney are significantly less likely to commit the kinds of fouls that are a staple of the Houston offense, even (especially?) when chasing smaller guards and wings out along the perimeter.

cheap jordan retro 3 Chris: Looney’s an incredibly disciplined defender as is the freer spirited Draymond. And the W’s will need all the stern self discipline they can muster (from everyone) to stay vertical and not reach in and break the plane of verticality against Harden. cheap jordan retro 3

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Viggy: I read online that this season, the Warriors have limited The Beard to roughly 6 free throw attempts a game in their head to head matchups, which is a minor miracle in and of itself. If that kind of focus and discipline holds up over the series, the Dubs should be in business. Let shift gears now and talk about what the Warriors will be able to do against Houston. What are you expecting from the Warriors on offense, and how do you expect Houston to try to discombobulate them?

cheap air jordan shoes free shipping Chris: I don’t think Houston can discombobulate the W’s offense. I think Houston’s offense will feed the W’s offense. Houston’s doing things that D’Antoni’s teams typically never do: (1) Slow tempo; and (2) defend. But Houston has to make (not just take) 3s. And the W’s need to rush, close out, and defend those same damn 3s. Because when (not if) Houston misses 3s, the W’s win run the ball back down Houston’s throat for transition 3s of their own. And nobody shoots transition 3s like Klay and Steph (and soon KD again). Houston will try to slow tempo by drawing fouls and massaging the ball in the halfcourt. But cheap air jordan when they burp up missed 3s, their attempt at slowing tempo ends. cheap air jordan shoes free shipping

dirt cheap jordans Viggy: One of the exploitable weaknesses of these Rockets is exactly that their plans A, B, and C are all predicated around burping up a high volume of 3s; and while there are other nuances (like Chris Paul midrange game and Capela lobs), most of these are side effects of the 3 point barrage. In the few Rockets games I seen this season, when the 3s go down, they look unstoppable. But the phrase to the mean has real legs, and when the 3s stop going down, teams can make moves on them. If you weather the storm, there are opportunities to get back at Houston, and I think the Warriors are uniquely equipped to match Houston 3 point shooting (and then some). dirt cheap jordans

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Chris: I’ve already made a big deal of Game 1 in our last post. I think if the W’s win Monday’s game decidedly they might break the frail wish bone of the Rockets’ partly earned and partly self manufactured « confidence. »

Kerr didn’t exactly say what I said above. (But Draymond probably is:) But Kerr did point out the surprising counter intuitive « advantage » of not having home court (at least when you’re as good as the W’s are).

Because if the W’s win Game 1 (and especially if they do so decidedly), in one mere 2 hour stretch, they’ll have erased in one fell swoop the whole damn « advantage » that Houston’s spent 82 games groveling after.

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