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It Is Time For The Cavaliers To Unleash, Uhh, Jeff Green It Is Time For The Cavaliers To Unleash, Uhh, Jeff Green

Tyronn Lue announced during Cleveland’s Sunday shootaround that Jeff Green will start in place of the injured Kevin Love. This was sort of a foregone conclusion—the only other options on the roster are Rodney Hood and Cedi Osman; Hood hasn’t touched the floor since Game 2, aside from a couple minutes of garbage time…

The Rockets Had A Hell Of A Chance, And Then The Warriors Woke Up The Rockets Had A Hell Of A Chance, And Then The Warriors Woke Up

It feels weird to say this about a team that lost a road playoff game by 29 points, but, man, the Rockets blew it. Or, anyway, that’s the glass-is-half-empty take: Even without Chris Paul, even on the road, even going against an unbelievably loaded Warriors team desperate to stave off elimination, the Rockets had a…

If That Was LeBron's Last Home Game With The Cavs, He Sure Made It Count If That Was LeBron's Last Home Game With The Cavs, He Sure Made It Count

If you thought the Cavs were completely screwed when, down by four points and looking disjointed against an unflustered Celtics defense, they lost Kevin Love to a scary-looking head injury, man you were not alone. Love’s mostly been crap in this series—he’s producing 48 percent true shooting on 26.5 percent usage, and…

Chris Paul Is Out For Game 6, And Everything Is Grim Again  Chris Paul Is Out For Game 6, And Everything Is Grim Again 

The verdict is in on Chris Paul, who was hurting a whole lot at the end of the Rockets’ Game 5 win: He’s out for Saturday.

The Most Painful Thing For Chris Paul Is Having To Watch The Most Painful Thing For Chris Paul Is Having To Watch

Chris Paul is, let’s say, a competitive person, probably to an unpleasant degree. He is also among the all-time greats at his position and finally, in his 13th season, making a deep run into the postseason. And he is also someone who, in the final minute of a conference finals Game 5, with a mere four-point lead over…

If The Warriors Are Going To Die, They Should At Least Die Pretty If The Warriors Are Going To Die, They Should At Least Die Pretty

The pre-series nightmare, for anyone who is a Warriors fan or particularly despises the Rockets’ brand of basketball, went something like this: The Warriors, a free-flowing, elegant offensive team that so often makes the experience of watching them feel transcendent, would be outpaced by the cold calculations of the…

The Rockets Have An Answer For The Warriors The Rockets Have An Answer For The Warriors

In a game that saw James Harden go 0-for-11 from three point range, the Houston Rockets didn’t have to reckon with disaster. Instead, they beat the Warriors with defense, winning Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals 98-94 by neutralizing some of the toughest-to-guard players in the NBA.

The NBA Playoffs Have Been So Boring, And Last Night Was A New Low The NBA Playoffs Have Been So Boring, And Last Night Was A New Low

These here NBA Playoffs have been terminally boring. They have been so dull and charmless and forgettable that the one night of actual exciting basketball fans have enjoyed somehow still featured two teams taking 3-0 leads in second-round series. Even Rockets-Warriors, this season’s most anticipated series and de…

It Hurts To Watch The Cavs Like This It Hurts To Watch The Cavs Like This

LeBron James looked exhausted. Jordan Clarkson was tasked with running the offense on far too many possessions. The Celtics’ rotation of hyped-up young dudes absolutely hounded the Cavs to death on defense. Watching the best player in the world trying to keep his team from going down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference…

A People's History Of Bill Simmons Making Up Corny Things For Boston Fans To Chant A People's History Of Bill Simmons Making Up Corny Things For Boston Fans To Chant

There are any number of reasons why it’s easy to goof on Bill Simmons, and all of them are honestly pretty solid. Many of these have to do with the way he acts—grandiose and aggrieved and prickly-petty and, now that he’s ascended to demi-mogul status, prone to dilatory rich-guy extemporizing on The Future Of Apps.…

The Warriors Have Been Infected By Houston's Brain Worms And It's Ruining The West Finals The Warriors Have Been Infected By Houston's Brain Worms And It's Ruining The West Finals

Okay, yes, goddammit yes, I was wrong, the Houston Rockets, who tied the Western Conference Finals at two games apiece last night in Oakland, have a chance to win the series. A frighteningly strong one, if like me you break out in hives at the prospect of a Larry O’Brien trophy consecrating into canonical Championship…

The Rockets Refused To Die And Tied The Series The Rockets Refused To Die And Tied The Series

Despite some early hiccups and, um, premature pronouncements of doom, the Rockets held a 53-46 lead going into halftime in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors. For the most optimistic of Rockets fans, that advantage might’ve been enough to nervously hope for an even series. Everyone else was…

The Rockets Are Short-Circuiting

One of the coldest, most ruthlessly efficient scorers in the NBA froze up on a wide-open three that Draymond Green was cool to let him have. P.J. Tucker eventually missed his own three to end the possession, but if you’re wondering how badly the Warriors own James Harden and the Rockets right now, here’s your answer:

I Ask You Once Again: How Are The Cavs Like This? I Ask You Once Again: How Are The Cavs Like This?

What’s going on here? Just what the heck is this?

LeBron James Can Make Scoring 44 Points Look Ordinary LeBron James Can Make Scoring 44 Points Look Ordinary

Probably the highest praise to give LeBron James is that his 44-point game tonight wasn’t even all that exhilarating, particularly when it didn’t come packaged with quite as many boards and assists (five and three) as his previous five 40-point outings this postseason. The Cavaliers’ 111-102 defeat of the Celtics to…

God Help Me, I'm Rooting For The Warriors Now God Help Me, I'm Rooting For The Warriors Now

The bleak doom of all good things in this terrible psycho-capitalist hell-society we have made is to be processed and metabolized into an inert clot of blind, gray, mindless nano-goo by precisely the kind of antiseptic, hyper-rational, ahuman actuarial math on display here:

You Don't Have To Get Cute With The Rockets You Don't Have To Get Cute With The Rockets

The Rockets are coming after Steph Curry. Through the first three games of their series against they Warriors, they have been committed to one idea that they seem to think will give them the best chance to win: use a pick to switch Curry onto the ballhandler on every offensive possession, and then wait for James…

You Have To Love A Big Steph Curry Game  You Have To Love A Big Steph Curry Game 

The start of Steph Curry’s Game 3 went much like his Game 1 and Game 2, and by the end of the first half he was 3-of-11 from the field. At that point, Curry was shooting a combined 3-of-20 from three-point range for the series, and it was starting to look like the takeover everyone had been waiting for was never…

LeBron In Full Must-Win Mode Is An Unsolvable Problem LeBron In Full Must-Win Mode Is An Unsolvable Problem

The Cavs opened Game 3 with a huge 22-6 run, and that was more or less that. This was not a case of the winning team grabbing an early lead behind a fluky start and nursing it cautiously until the final buzzer—the Cavs were forceful and decisive early, and did some cool and different things to challenge Boston’s…

In The Future, We Will All Gamble Constantly In The Future, We Will All Gamble Constantly

The NBA Playoffs should be at something like their apex right now, and in the least entertaining possible sense they may well be. There are four notionally entertaining teams left, and they have combined through four games for maybe three entertaining quarters. The league’s biggest and most brilliant stars are still…

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