NBA Playoffs: Game 1 thoughts ...
Just some random thoughts about this weekend's NBA Playoffs, Game 1:
- Jazz/Rockets Game 1 was a perfect example of why I don't buy stock in Rudy Gobert. I know the metrics show him as the best defensive player in the league but I have a feeling those stats are heavily padded with bad teams. Whenever I see him in a high-profile role, against a quality team, he always seems entirely inefficient to me.
- When was the last time that Blake Griffin was actually healthy for a playoff run??
- The Warriors shouldn't have any trouble with the Clippers (GSW in 5, I'm thinking) but Boogie Cousin's inability to defend the pick-and-roll may be a bigger problem than it initially appears. Assuming they get Houston, in the next round, DeMarcus is going to be pick-and-roll'ed to death.
- As great as this year has been for Denver, would anyone be surprised if San Antonion eliminated them?
- Joel Embiid does not look health at all. If Philly can't get more out of Simmons and Harris, a Joel at 50% isn't going to cut it. Between the cellphones on the bench and the commitment the team made - in trading for Butler and Harris - Philly's coach Brett Brown may be 3-losses away from being unemployed.
- It was nice of the Boston Celtics to bring both versions of their 2018-19 squad to game 1. The uninspired, sloppy disconnected Celtics, in the first half, was immediately replaced with the Celtics team we all expected in the second half.
- What is about Game 1's at home that vex the Toronto Raptors so much?