Clearing the deck: my thoughts on Game 5 (when I overreacted too soon) and preparing for Game 6
A Tweetstorm (or jump to me preparing for Game 6)
The Rockets started the game off down 12, Paul looked injured, and neither him nor Harden could get separation from their defender. It started to look like games 1 and 3 of this series, where they were destroyed by the Warriors. I got emotional and reacted too quick.
Premature exit interview:— Nash (@nashp) May 23, 2018
Paul and Harden look a step off. And it’s weird. Whether it’s an injury on Paul that’s being kept from public, or knowing that they don’t have enough to win against GS, or the moments too big for them..whatever it is, it’s embarrassing.
Harden looks fine. He's scoring and preserving energy on defense like normal.— Casey Gisclair (@casey_gisclair) May 23, 2018
Paul looks injured.
Still only down 8 though. Feels like they're down 30.
Harden doesn’t have his regular season swagger that made him the best player on the floor each night (until these last 8 points). This team only goes as far as him and his energy takes them.— Nash (@nashp) May 23, 2018
It was around this time (almost as soon as I first tweeted) when the Rockets turned the corner and began outworking the Warriors. Night and day from what I saw before that first tweet. I’m usually very calculated with my reactions, but not this time. 1
I need to do more premature exit interviews. I used reverse phycology on them like I do with my little brother. pic.twitter.com/tRuLAuQIBp— Nash (@nashp) May 23, 2018
(Spelled it wrong 🙄)— Nash (@nashp) May 23, 2018
I’m skeptical on if the Rockets have what it takes to win this game. They’ve built too many bad habits in these playoffs that I didn’t see all season. Even in the first two series, I hated the way they played. As if they’re bored and accomplished something.
I agree with you, but they're playing real defense right now - Harden included - and that can maybe get it back fast.— Casey Gisclair (@casey_gisclair) May 23, 2018
Keep preaching negative though. It's worked so far! lol
Casey was the only person that saw me crying out for help. He calmed me down, but also rooted for my negativity, since it was having an opposite effect on the team. I kept going.
I hope you’re right. I’ve seen too many flat quarters from them...the inconsistencies made me lose faith. It’s been an obsessive roller coaster ride for me. Fingers crossed, though.— Nash (@nashp) May 23, 2018
I was emotional, and rightfully so. But it was premature. I’ve seen two different Rockets this postseason, but for game 4, I saw those two blend: they went from really bad to really good. Paul went from hobbling around to taking over the game. I intend to rewatch this game just to fully understand how all of this happened so quick.
🤔🤔 y’all spoke too soon fellas— Jordan Steib (@steib_j) May 23, 2018
They started the game bad, I figured I knew what kind of game it was about to be.— Nash (@nashp) May 23, 2018
Happy to be wrong here.
They’re capable of this every game. I seen it for 82 games. These playoffs have been so confusing to me.
Preparing for Game 6
It’s ridiculous how much Rockets basketball I’ve watched this year2. Seeing them this close to the finals is getting to me. I don’t want it to be another year of Paul going home early. My obsession with following Chris Paul’s career needs to have a silver lining somewhere.
Tonight’s game has so much on the line, and if the team can come out with a bounce, with pace, and with aggression, I don’t see the Warriors being able to keep up. But when the Rockets come out lackadaisical and complacent, there’s not enough firepower to outscore the Warriors.
Home-court advantage doesn’t matter in this series as much as it should. Both teams won on the road. It’ll come down to games that look like Game 2, and the second half of Game 4, where the Rockets looked like the better team: role players stepped up, superstars looked like superstars, the ball didn’t get stuck, defensive switches caused the Warriors to play out of character, and a pace that favored the Rockets.
To my defense: I had a phone call I had to take, and I was watching them look out of sync and a step slow while the game was muted and my attention was split. As soon as I hung up the phone, I was upset and started venting. Just a footnote.↩
All the summer league highlights that Paul and Harden played together, all the preseason games, all 82 games, and all playoff games. Never missed a minute. Dedication.↩
Long rant over. These are the moments when I know I’m supposed to have a blog. Tweets and texting friends all this nonsense is not where these thoughts should go. This blog is.