Short answer: no one outside of die-hards care about those teams....
No. Fans are stupids. They cheer for a team rather an a well played game.
Originally Posted by UnFacconable
Isn't the real answer because they plan in advance which games will be nationally televised and there isn't an open slot to pick up this game.
So far pretty ugly game outside of Korver' and Bazemore shooting well. Warriors dominating the paint.
Happens. Sometimes the 2 worst teams play a better game than the 2 best teams. On average, you're going to get much better basketball with the best teams matched up (he he, unless you have relegation!!). Obviously this is your view of the play, but regardless, Barkley was right... what are we watching the bottom of the west Lakers instead of the best teams regularly? Stupid fans.
damn dude atl home crowd shut it down. they were all over the refs, stood for at least the last 5 min of the 4th, whenever korver or mike scott touched the ball, etc. maybe 10% of the crowd were warrior fans?
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1st quarter was really sloppy, multiple unforced turnovers from either side. curry was slow to get started, but klay and korver hit some great shots to keep pacing their teams. you can feel how each defense is super frantic when klay or curry get the ball behind the 3 pt line, and korver is the same way for the hawks, but obv doesn't dribble very much.
warriors: thing that stood out to me the most was draymond green, probably. dude is everywhere on defense, constantly shutting down shots in the paint. he had 20 rebounds today!! but he can't shoot worth a lick. he's down to 33% from 3 after a really hot start and everyone leaves him wiiiiiide open. he had a couple nice rolls off screens later where he got layups, and he kind of had his way w/ the hawks' small frontcourt on the boards (millsap had only 4 rebs), getting multiple tips. it helps that he's a very good passer but his lack of shooting might gum up the offense in the playoffs. they barely played green and bogut together in the 2nd half. speaking of bogut + dray, their inside D is so solid, it seemed like the hawks did almost all of their damage from midrange (millsap!!) and the 3 point line. i remember thinking in the 2nd half that the hawks could really use a deandre/chandler/drummond type off the pick and roll to penetrate the lane, cuz they hadn't had much of that. a couple minutes later schroeder threw an oop to horford when dray and bogut were both out and david lee (poor david lee) was "protecting the paint," but green came in soon afterwards.
harrison barnes is a weird player. i just don't think he can dribble very well. he had 5 plays today that were great slashes from the perimeter w/ athletic, gliding, strong finishes near the hoop that really made you pay attention, and was just invisible otherwise. klay's improvement is so palpable, you can really see his comfort level when he's driving, he doesn't seem mechanical in the least. he can't quite do complex stuff yet (missed a tough layup, got a pass or two picked off) but that might come w/ time. curry is super smart and uses his hesitation dribbles really really well. he usually takes exactly what the defense gives him and mixes it up a lot. i think the hawks were hedging hard on him, or trapping him off picks, so he gave up the ball to draymond for hockey assists constantly. in the 3rd, he ran a couple picks w/ klay as the screener and just stopped and popped before the screen was set for 2 made 3s, w/ one bank. he's great in the paint too, although he might rely on that pretty floater maybe a little too much.
david lee was not made for this game. he was basically invisible. iguodala at least looked more willing to shoot, which was nice. he's still really smart and good at D. barbosa is still a blur, which is pretty awesome.
millsap is such a crafty player. was probably their mvp in this game, keeping them in it w/ constant FTs and midrange shots. i feel like they should run more stuff for him. also the warriors switched a ton so that curry was guarding millsap, that was weird. tbh im not a huge teague fan. he does everything at an avg-above avg level, but he's not really that good at anything. but he grew on me as the game wore on. he always penetrated and then lost the ball, or missed a floater, etc, but he just did it all night long, never stopped, and he got some good buckets late in the game. he just kept coming, and that was very impressive. korver is insane. mike scott was crazy!! he just bombed all these 3s, was on fire, basically didn't miss. what a luxury to have him as your 9th man or so. if he's on, leave him in and he'll pour in 17 pts in 17 minutes (!!). if not, take him out. i didn't see much of baze's 3s (getting food at eating). schroeder has tonnns of athletic talent but he's still learning. dribbled too much today, put up a lot of floaters. great at penetrating, but didn't always know what to do afterwards (against an amazing defense, though).
the hawks balance is crazy. teague took 15 shots, and then nobody else took >10. you never know where the offense is going to go next. not sure if that's a good or bad thing in crunchtime. tonight teague did a lot, and carroll had a really nice cut for a dagger layup.
i kinda feel like the hawks were a bit lucky to win this game. they hit a ton of 3s, and shot 15-27 overall. a lot of them were open, but even so. w/ normal shooting luck and neutral court, the game comes down to the wire i think. but the hawks played very respectable defense for the most part, really doing their best to limit klay and curry's open 3s, and they still combined for 55.
haha i literally ran home to catch the final minute of the okc game and we were not disappointed. dear god anthony davis.