tbh seems like just because MKG and Zeller dont look flashy you think they are going to be forever role players. Are you watching things besides scoring? If you were, you would realize that MKG is a crucial part of the defense and has serious potential to be a starter on a contender.
This game wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Mostly, were able to hang within a couple of possessions until he mid-fourth quarter when they turned up the wick, so to speak. To me, it was simply the difference between a championship level team and a team in the midst of a rebuild.
I will say that the refs must have been getting paid by the whistle. So many bad calls both ways and so many weird calls as well. During the 3rd, I thought they should just break out a rule book and see what they hadn't called yet. It would have saved time since it looked like they were determined to call every violation in the book.
Hendo prob has 0 trade value but he has been awful thus far. We would be a better team with a 2 that can spread the floor, even if he may not be as good overall as Hendo.
Sessions is just like...this years version of last year Ben Gordon. I like the guy...but man he's not been good.
This was an absolutely painful game to watch, and not because of the terrible shooting by both teams. (Disclaimer, if you love refs, or are in fact one, then you can skip over this rant)
I hate it when refs decide to take over games, just for the fun of it. Bill Kennedy is getting to the Joey Crawford zone, where they make sure the teams and fans know that they're at the game and that they're in control, because they get off on peoples anger and yelling. Then you have 90 year old Dick Bavetta with the reflexes of my dead hamster, calling fouls 4 seconds after the play is over. Can we not place him in a nice home in Florida yet?
But the refs absolutely destroyed the flow of the game. Sure, you could technically call a foul on every single post up with players jockeying for position, every box out, or basically every time one person is trying to get in the way of another person. But if contact does not have any outcome or influence on the play, then don't call anything. If a weakside defender bumps someone on the far side of the court while a strong side player is making a post entry, let it go, who cares. Sometimes players fall down, it happens, it doesn't mean that some mean old defender knocked them to the ground. I hated the 90's style Knicks-Heat grab fests, but there is a thing called letting players play and not stopping the game every 20 seconds.
MKG gets shitted on nightly, Taylor had a nice run of 3 fouls in 20 seconds, where on the last one, his apparently incredibly strong Thor-hammer fingers caused Mahinmi's 270 pound body to twirl uncontrollably in the opposite angle of the hit, 2 seconds after the touch, and of course had to be whistled. If guys want to flop, let them flop, but don't ever blow the whistle. Let them deal with the consequence of being at a disadvantage on the floor, and I'm sure people will stop flailing around as much.
Lastly, who the hell decided every touch of the ball after it goes through the net is a delay of game. By human instinct, if someone is standing in a spot and an object falls into them, you will innately hold out your hands to catch it. So now we're penalizing human instinct? As long as players don't grab and hold it, or pass it to the ref, its stupid to call techs just for catching something that hits your chest.
Anyway, refs have always been my arch-nemesis, and I may or may not have been kicked out of a game or two in letting them know how mistaken they were for certain calls. But yesterday's game was a refereeing disgrace on both ends.