Thunder storm past Rockets
Even when the score was close, the game was a mismatch of a hungry team on the rise and one battered and shaken, its season-long goal of making the playoffs wheezing its last breaths.
The Rockets did keep pace for a while, but they were unable to hide how easily Oklahoma City was ripping through a tissue-paper of a defense, and how little chance the Rockets had to keep pace.
The Thunder scored more points than anyone has in a quarter or half against the Rockets this season, leading by 24 points early in the second quarter before coasting Wednesday to a 122-104 rout of the Rockets that snapped the Rocketsâ€™ 13-game winning streak against the Seattle/Oklahoma City franchise.
â€œThey jumped on us in every phase of the game,â€ Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. â€œThey were quicker. They got to the open court. They shot the ball well. We got ourselves buried.
â€œYou canâ€™t play like that if youâ€™re trying to win games.â€…
So much for Battier being easily replaceable
No motion, movement, running, effort or effectiveness. Tonight, the Thunder, a team we have beaten three times this season, made us look like a YMCA team. Durant, with Ariza on him, went to the line the same number of times tonight than the previous three games combined vs. Battier. Ariza is a nice player, but he doesn’t replace Shane.
Can I explain it? No. Can I give you some stats or some advanced metric to justify him being on the court? No, I canâ€™t. Without Battier we are flat out terrible defensively, our play is awkward and out of sync. The bottom line is, without Shane, we are not a significantly worse basketball team. Our guys play harder and smarter when he is on the floor directing. I scoff at all the haters who are so eager to trade him for anything and laugh at their ignorance. Iâ€™d love to be wrong, but I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if we play .500 ball the rest of the way despite a cupcake schedule…
Game 70: Rockets @ Durants
I threw up a little when I realized that Adelman will probably have to throw Hilton Armstrong out there tonight…
The Dream Shake