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Controversy and cursing before Game 3

Posted on: May 21, 2011 8:29 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Controversy has come to the Western Conference Finals. Both coaches had to deal with it before Game 3, and both did fine -- though Dallas coach Rick Carlisle handled his answer with profanity.

Well, he did.

First, though, the Thunder controversy. And you know what it is. It's Russell Westbrook, one of the best 10 players in the NBA, being benched for the entire fourth quarter as the Thunder won Game 2. About an hour before Game 3, Brooks was asked repeatedly how Westbrook has handled that turn of events.

"He's good," Brooks said. "Russell's a winner. ... Was he disappointed? He should be. You should be disappointed when you play [a lot] and don't play [down the stretch], but he's a team guy."

Westbrook has been roundly criticized for his shoot-first style of play, but Brooks made an excellent point in defense of his point guard: He plays on a unit that has just one other scoring option, Kevin Durant. The rest of the Thunder's first unit features defensive players Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha.

"Kevin and Russell have to keep the scoreboard moving, and they don't mind," Brooks said. "That's why Russell gets a lot of hits for taking a lot of shots, but he plays with a [mostly] defensive unit."

Now then, Carlisle.

And let it be known, I'm really starting to like that guy. He was asked about Mavs reserve center Brendan Haywood's comments after The Dunk Heard 'Round The World, Durant's nasty throw-down in Game 2. Haywood, as we noted in that link to the dunk video, blamed that play on bad perimeter defense by Peja Stojakovic and even on suspect coaching schemes.

Carlisle's reaction?

"Without hearing the quote or seeing his delivery or body language, it would be a mistake for me to comment," Carlisle said. "I just don't see that as being wise."

Carlisle then added that he didn't want to get into a "sh-t throw" about the whole deal. Puzzled, I asked him to repeat that word.

"Sh-t throw," Carlisle said.

Someone else asked him if "sh-t throw" has a hyphen.

"It can," Carlisle said.

Not here it can't. Because too many hyphens would be confusing. Watch. Here's that phrase, with a hyphen: Sh-t-throw.

And here's without: Sh-t throw.

See? Without, definitely.

Enjoy Game 3, folks.

Category: NBA

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:17 am

Controversy and cursing before Game 3

Sorry, but if you get benched for the entire 4th quarter of a playoff game, you are no longer a top 10 player.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:10 am

Controversy and cursing before Game 3

Here, since you're such a fan of research:

Regular season Stats:

Derrick Rose: 24.1 pts, %45 fg, %33 3fg, 3.9 reb, 7.4 ast, %86 ft

Russell Westbrook: 22.7 pts, %44 fg, %33 3fg, 4.8 reb, 8.5 ast, %84 ft

Please: give me an argument explaining why one guy deserves the MVP and the other guy isn't even close to being top-10.




Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:01 am

Controversy and cursing before Game 3

Garnett, Pierce, Rondo is about the same...L. Aldrich, there are probably more

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2011 11:56 pm

Controversy and cursing before Game 3

I think the top-10 was referencing the fact that he was 2nd team all-NBA.  And statistically, he had a superior season to Melo, Paul, and Williams.. and while you can't really compare PG stats to big man stats, it wouldn't be hard to make an argument that he had a better all-around season than Gasol and Griffin.

Look at his stats: they're basically identical (eerily so) to the guy who won the league MVP.  Hard to argue with that.

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2011 9:13 pm

TOP 10?????

Westbrook "one of the top 10 players in the NBA"...LMAO

nice research..stop me when i get to Westbrook..oh that's right, I won't...

Dwight Howard
Chris Paul
Blake Griffin
Deron Williams
D. Rose

hell even Monta Ellis, Kevin Love could be ahead of Westbrook...but the again, you are the one who said he handled his benching, because of an argument with his coach, in a way that should be have his rookie cards or something???


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