Thursday, March 15, 2007

From the Red Rowdies:

For the first time in the Rockets’ three meetings with the Clippers this season, Elton Brand was featured more prominently in the Clips’ offense than Chris Kaman. Brand—averaging 14.8 field goal attempts per game, his lowest since 03-04 despite the fact that he’s shooting a career-high 53.1 percent—finished with 37 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while going 13-of-23 from the field and 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Still, it took Kaman’s 0-for-5 start to get Brand involved. Coach Mike Dunleavy’s really earning his five-year, $44 million contract extension.

Heh. If my 9 month old daughter hadn’t been sleeping in her swing a foot away from where I sat, the first five minutes would have featured my screaming bloody murder and possibly throwing a lamp at my television. Dunleavy INSISTED on pushing the ball into Kaman to open the game. It wasn’t working, we went down 10-0, called a timeout, and what is our first play? Pump it down into Kaman, whereby he either turned it over or threw up a brick, I don’t remember which. I just don’t get it, I mean, I know you want to try & get some fouls early on Yao, but when you’re down that deep in the opening, you just have to SCORE. Any bucket, any way, will do.

Also, be aware, Kaman, after settling down, actually had a pretty good game, he made some nice shots and pulled down a lot of good rebounds and grabbed some loose balls, although Chuck Hayes gave both the Clipper big men fits (they just continually lost sight of him, on both ends of the court, especially in the first half). Whatever happens the rest of this year, they better get Chris’s ass into a full offseason workout regiment, if we’re gonna keep paying him that 52 million, he’s gotta hang out year round and be in proper effin shape next year. I still think Chris can be a great player in this league, I really do, but he’s gotta be in shape, which this year he isn’t, I don’t know if you blame it on the flu bug he got, going fucking moose hunting in Sasketchewan for 2 months, whatever, put this guy on lockdown in the gym. In fact, they really need to get Chris out to Hawaii for Pete Newell’s big man camp this offseason. I smell an exclusive interview. Really doe, I think next year we’ll see a much more polished if not dominant Chris Kaman, as insanely optimistic as that may sound.


Anonymous theredxman said...

i feel ur pain even though we are on opposing sides. being a rockets fan, i too have felt the pain and anguish of supporting a bad nba team. hope the clippers rebound and regain their 05-06 form. while i hate all other nba teams, the lakers r on the top of my list; wish the clippers would dethrone them from LA. proud supporter of the rockets win or lose.

3/15/2007 4:21 PM  

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