That was what we expected from Golden State – finally the Warriors played like a team that won 67 games and they did it by going inside-out, with a little extra-creativity on defense, earning back home court. Whoever sounded the trumpets of Golden State’s demise prior to the game should be hung by his toe nails over a vat of hot oil.
Besides Steph Curry driving and moving the ball around – Steve Kerr chose not to double team Gasol and Z-Bo in the post or any other conventional ideas – he went mad scientist and had Andrew Bogut guard Tony Allen.
Centers usually don’t guard small forwards, outside of switching or broken plays – but Tony Allen is a career 27% 3-point shooter and has never averaged two assists per game. SO what you had was Bogut letting Allen run around and choosing to guard him when he got to the paint. Allen had 3 wide open looks from beyond the arc in the 1st qrtr, and missed all three. After the third miss Allen left the game and only played 16 minutes, none in the 4th. It was hilarious.
The brilliance was in the details – the Warriors got burned by Conley’s return in Game 2 and by Marc Gasol in Game 3 – they dared Tony Allen to be the man to beat them. It allowed Harrison Barnes to handcuff Z-Bo since he didn’t have to guard Allen and Draymond could play straight up on Gasol with Bogut lurking around with no defensive responsibility – a triangle-defense if you will.
It was a terrific coaching move that likely will not work again, right? Memphis has a counter punch to this strategy, right? Make Tony Allen slash to the rim without the ball instead of wandering around aimlessly? More pick and rolls with Conley? It made for an amazing behind the scenes of game that got out of hand quickly and now we have a series that sees Memphis in a must win.
Hizzoner decried that the issue was not the act that caused the punishment, it was the QB and the team not fully cooperating with the investigation. Creating the typical logical device that is found in bombastic media, manufacturing a bigger crime out of an infraction – taking a small misdemeanor and blowing it so far out of proportion that the obstacles placed in front of it’s investigation become the real violation – “because the relevant individuals never cooperated” so its now felony-jay-walking because you couldn’t access the perp’s gps on his phone to see if he actually crossed 6th and vine at 12:22pm – similar to the modus operandi of justice in late 17th century Salem – If we push you off the cliff and you fall to your death, instead of flying away, then you weren’t a witch.
The crime isn’t the manipulating of the footballs anymore – it’s about submission. If you don’t do what the league says, follow protocol – then you must have something to hide. This is how Sean Payton was given the boot for a year because “ignorance is not an excuse”. The way Hizzoner sees it, you’re grandma can go to jail too because you chose to have a party in your hotel-room in Vegas and some furniture may have been peed on – but because you won’t let him look at the pictures on your phone – everybody is up the river.
The NFL and its rules are so vague and arbitrary now that anyone can be punished for anything at any time – or not at all. Earlier this season, Minnesota and Carolina played a frosty game and were caught warming the footballs by a space heater – that’s a rules violation – no punishment. Adrian Peterson performed ritualized child-abuse on a 4yr old – no punishment. In 2012, the Chargers were caught using towels with stickum on the sidelines so players could grip the ball better – $25,000 fine. We outlined more transgressions in our post DiRTy Minds, back on January 21st, – so owners, coaches, players and teams will always find ways to circumvent the rules and all of them as small or bigger than Ball-Ghazi.
Consider the conditions of the game itself, the proper psi should have been between 11.32 – 11.52 psi, the ball in question was 11.30. We are talking .02 (psi) being the hangin’-judge-difference without actual proof that anything happened – but become a hindrance to whatever truth Hizzoner wants to hear, you may get a – $1m fine, loss of 2 draft picks one being a 1st first-round pick and a future HOF’er superbowl-golden-boy will also get 4 games – the same as someone violating the drug policy.
To the league, being obstinate and uncooperative is the same as smoking marijuana or steroids – not HGH because they test for it worse than UNC basketball players. Goodell will continue to make pretty speeches on integrity and how the league will conduct itself, all while standing on his grandiose soap box arbitrarily doling out sentencing in whatever way he thinks will satisfy the vocal-majority. Does anyone think integrity and then think of the NFL in the same sentence? This current gambit could finally cost him his head. Tom Brady, nor any employee needs to hand over his property because some pseudo-authoritarian within the company demands it – when that same dictator answers to the same boss(es) as Tom. Robert Kraft demanded an apology before – we’ll see if he demands anything else.
Dave Blatt, Mall Cop pt.2 – After trying to avoid appearing more inept than he is, said this:
A basketball coach makes 150-200 critical decisions during the course of a game, something that I think is paralleled only by a fighter pilot.
There is so many things wrong with this – beyond just stop talking altogether, just admit you messed up and we’ll all move on. Maybe he eats to many Red Baron pizzas, because clearly Blatt has never seen Top Gun – if he had then maybe he’d understand what Maverick meant when he said: You don’t have time to think up there. If you think, youre dead.
UNLEASH THE KRAKOW
Sure it’s May, and yeah its from Poland, but a good punt return is still good enough while we wait – here’s hoping no one drowned from doing The Wave over there. The Kick Returner is James Williams formerly from Olivet College if you were wondering why he looked so much faster than everyone else – ‘Murica!
Today in History
A parade in his honor, escorted by the 9th Calvary(all black regiment) became the first time, film had recorded an official activity by the President. Roosevelt would later encourage more of his activities to be recorded in the medium, ending with his funeral being memorialized on camera in 1919 at Osyter Bay, New York.