JJ Watt huge fan of Rockets guard Patrick Beverley
- Over the past two days the Thunder has spent their afternoons over at the University of Houston's practice gym, working through its analysis of the film and then walking through coverages and offensive schemes on the floor before working up a sweat with some individual drills.
If Beverley's impact came only in those two minutes following Adams' vicious screen, the Thunder may have had a more chipper night.
Harden had nine assists and seven rebounds, and Beverley, who had the unenviable task of guarding Westbrook, had a playoff career-best 21 points along with 10 rebounds.
In the 1961-62 season, Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists. The Rockets ended up finishing as the third seed in the Western Conference while the Thunder finished sixth. At the time maybe it was Wilson or some other s--'.
"We talk about it all year how smart he is and how he figures it out and it just takes him a little bit to know that he can get to the rim". The game is so much different and the players are much bigger.
When Westbrook is the only player averaging more than 16 points per game though and only four average more than ten - in contrast to the Rockets who have six in that category, you have to wonder if their rebounding will be enough to pull through the contest.
Oklahoma City was limited to 37 percent shooting for the game, 29 percent in the second half.
The rude truth of it is that Westbrook doesn't play well against people and/or teams with which he has beef because, while he's at his best when angry, he's at his most careless when annoyed. If Westbrook gets help, the Thunder can win against any team. "I try to get these guys shots, making sure everyone is in a good rhythm".
Now, you might say, "Oh, well he hit 4-of-6, so the Rockets should guard him on the perimeter!"
Now, it's technically a point guard comparison, but it is also a savage troll job by the Rockets, who are implying that Westbrook compares better to Beverley than Harden.
Thomas led the Celtics with 33 points, hitting a layup with seven seconds left to cut Chicago's lead to 104-102.
"None of that happens if the (opposing) team doesn't have their eyes on James", Beverley said.
Even if he doesn't win MVP, Harden should at least be in the conversation for Most Improved Player.
Nene joined the fray in the second period, teaming with Beverley to give the Rockets an inside-outside scoring duo. But Houston used an 8-2 spurt, highlighted by a three-pointer from Eric Gordon, to push the lead to 81-68 with just more than three minutes remaining in the third.
He took the game over. Credit Beverley's obnoxious defense for those two trends if you choose.
Should the Thunder continue to switch their bigs on the Rockets guards as part of their three-point defense, Harden will be ready to make the necessary adjustments. He finished 4 of 6 from behind the arc Sunday after going 3 of 3 in the first half. Butler scored 10 straight points to put the Bulls back in front early in the fourth, the first of three lead changes in the fourth quarter.