I didn't see the game last night, and I have no idea whether or not Xiane, Dave, Lee, or Tom plans on writing a recap, so here's Posting and Toasting's take:
- In that first half, David Lee was positively magical. He seized the opportunity to compete against people his size, and connected on jumpers and drives with either hand. In the second half, Lee disappeared. I'm sure the Rockets stepped up their defense, but it seemed a little like the Knicks were looking elsewhere and Dave wasn't necessarily looking to score after catches. Meanwhile, Luis Scola copied Lee's first half with a scoring barrage of his own in the third and fourth quarters. Lee ended up with 26, 12, and 6, but Scola got his 23 and 7 when it counted most. I wish I'd taped this one, because I don't really know where Lee went.
- If any team is built to exploit Mike D'Antoni's short rotation, it's the Rockets. D'Antoni played only 7 men (plus a 3-minute charity stint for Marcus Landry), while Rick Adelman got serious, meaningful contributions from 9 players. The Rocket bench was outstanding. You know what to expect from Carl Landry, but Kyle Lowry was getting buckets and rebounds like he absolutely never should, Chase Budinger made some slick offensive plays, and David Andersen overcame a perilously douchey goatee to drop 10 points.
- No, but seriously, Andersen needs to either shave or accept the nickname I just came up with: David "Date Rape" Andersen.
Really? My personal nickname for him is "catfish-lips."
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Peter "King of Bullshit" Vecsey has an interesting (probably made-up) story about the Lakers' pursuit of Chris Bosh:
My source believes the Lakers will offer Andrew Bynum for Bosh (if they haven’t done so already) well before the deadline expires. In itself, the one-for-one swap is impossible to make. Bynum’s "base year" essentially allows L.A. to take back but half of his salary this year ($12.5M). Of course, that restriction is lifted when next year’s salary ($13.7M) activates come July 1, at which time a sign-and-trade transaction would be feasible.
This seems pretty unlikely to me (well, even more unlikely than the other unlikely "trade rumors" floating around). I mean, Bosh and Gasol seem to be too similar to play effectively alongside one another. And here is where I tip my hand and make a confession, dear readers: I don't think too highly of Chris Bosh. This isn't based on that silly "Chris Bosh isn't a leader" thing being repeated last year. It's just that he strikes me as a great offensive player, a good rebounder, and a terrible defender. In other words, he's Yao without the defense, and I don't think that adds up to a "superstar" player.
Bynum, on the other hand (and I know this is going to seem silly, given how much time we spent trashing the guy in the playoffs last season - my personal favorite was "He's the league leader in towel waiving!"), seems to be turning into that sort of player. And if he weren't stuck in a system that is limiting his touches (uh oh, did I just say something kinda-sorta critical of Phil Jackson?), he'd be much more monstrous than he is now. He's great around the basket, he's a good rebounder (though his numbers are down this season), and he's a good defender.
So, despite the hype, I think this would probably be a net downgrade for the Lakers. Maybe we should hope it's true.