Tonight, between Hibbert & Foster, it was CLEAR that Roy was playing better. Not just because he was able to score, but because while Roy was in, our interior defense was tough as nails. When Jeff came in, Portland abused us down low.
Hibbert, despite his fouls, needed to come back in. He played MUCH better tonight than Jeff, and I think it made a HUGE difference in the game.
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Yet another NBA game where the players don't decide the outcome of the game. TJ did everything right in that situation. The NBA is ridiculous and a joke. There's no integrity in the game anymore. David Stern might've made the NBA a global association, but he also ruined the fundamental game of basketball and I can't wait until he is gone!!!
Also, Rasho never should play again. He provides absolutely NOTHING. Baston or McRoberts can easily do what he does...run slow, miss shots, not rebound, and make stupid fouls. At least Baston and McRoberts can guard someone. I don't see any reason why he should see the court again especially since he's not a part of the future.
If Foster misses one more layup I'm going to puke.
"Players do decide games. All game long.
God forbid you strive for consistency in your refs no matter the situation. Whew, that idea must be straight from Satan himself! WOO"
Okay, my bad, I read that quickly at first glance...I know what you're getting at. But fact is, fouls weren't called evenly on each end of the floor all night, so being consistent about how they "should" have been calling the game in the last 2 secs means absolutely nothing if they hadn't been consistent at all about calling the game up to that point anyway.
You say they should be consistent about making calls in every second of the game. I say they weren't consistent with their calls all night, so why make that weak *** call at the end? You let the players play, and you're right, it's not in the rulebook. But as a practical matter, you do it.
1. Foster only missed 3 shots tonight.
2. Roy only gets 6 fouls.
3. Portland was getting stuff in the paint due to B. Roy's penetration. Had nothing to do with Foster. B Roy's penetration is why Foster was in the game: he was penetrating and drawing fouls on Hibbert.
That said, I don't think a gap in FT attempts by one team or another necessarily means anything was wrong. Sometimes one team just fouls more than the other. That, and we were playing a back to back where we were probably more tired and reaching instead of moving as much as we should. I didn't see anything that drew my ire, or disgusted me. However I was listening to the announcers for probably 50% of the game as well.
Like I said though, in the 50% of the game I did watch, I never thought about complaining about the refs.
-- Steve --
It wasn't just the foul at the end. Yes the foul at the end was a blown call. If you went back and saw a foul you need glasses. Roy intitiated the contact and tripped over his own feet. There were other calls as well. The strip out of bounds that clearly went off of dude's leg and the travel calls. All in all this was one of the worse officiated games we've faced this year, but that's what home teams with pumped up crowds usually get: the calls in their favor. So it wasn't a rarity what we saw tonight. It happens in the NBA over and over again. The super star phantom calls are also not a rarity and we know some games are fixed just by the nature there is another out there like the one that fell. I don't know if it is even a measurable percent of games, but it does still happen sometimes. Blown calls and super star treatment have nothing to do with the fix but more to do with an unfair biased.
On the other hand, we had a chance to win the game. If Jack hit the shot nothing the refs did would have mattered. I'm 90 percent positive what lost us the game was not putting Hibbert back in at the end. The second Hibbert game out of the game, Portland started it's run. I don't see where people are getting the logic to crucify Foster but I thought he played a pretty typical Foster like game. He had plenty of good defensive plays and putbacks, but he still is Foster. Foster is nowhere near as effective at stopping a big man in the post one on one as Hibbert is.
O'Brien is a good coach he just needs to realize Hibbert and Murphy need to be the bigs in the game at the end and not Rasho and or Foster. I'm not throwing Rasho or Foster under the bus, I want them to play. But the lack of PT for McRoberts still has me sratching my head in disbelief. I want all three to share PT, and Roy in as long as he stays out of foul trouble. In no way shape or form do I believe Hibbert should be buried in the bench with 2 fouls to give at the end of a game. It's getting redundant.
Come on JOB I know you are a better coach than this. Give McRoberts minutes and let Hibbert close games more often. Not every game, but a lot of the close games we've lost this year was due to our inability to defend the post. Hibbert is our best post defender regardless of the fouling tendencies. McRoberts may be better than Foster and Rasho as well but we haven't seen enough of him. When he has managed to get minutes he seemed like he was the better defender and he fits into the offense better.
Reggie used to say if we could get 1 out 3 on a west coast swing we would be good. I'm pretty confident we are going to handle LA and go 2-1 heading back home. It sucks to lose groud on the 8th spot, but once again we are 10 games under .500. It's been like that all season and I just hope we can stay playing 5-3 ball and close the gap.
Rush is just too passive out there. His offense needs to develop, but he is going to be good in the future.
One thing I kept thinking to myself tonight is "Man I REALLY wish there was a way we could keep Jack and Daniels." I guess you just have to believe that Rush will progress in his first full off season and can step prepared into the void Daniels will leave. Quis is the man. He deserves his pay day.
Last edited by Midcoasted; 03-05-2009 at 01:36 AM.
I was complaining about the officiating. You made this post.
My whining was not on the last play but for the entire game, which you weren't paying attention to.
Was your comment to other posters whining or mine?
Last edited by Midcoasted; 03-05-2009 at 01:49 AM.
Of the post you quoted you didn't bold the important part. The part that referred to '3 replays' and all that, it was clear what I was talking about. The last call of the game. Guilty conscious or something?
-- Steve --
Can someone explain to me why Jack didn't jump into Outlaw and take the 3 free throws?
"I had to take her down like Chris Brown."
"I had to take her down like Chris Brown."