Horny Notes: April 19, 2011 -- Loving to Hate Psycho T's Trap, Vogel & a Trib Writer's BR Audition, on CP3-Rose Comparisons, Collison Day-to-Day

Horny Notes: April 19, 2011 -- Loving to Hate Psycho T's Trap, Vogel & a Trib Writer's BR Audition, on CP3-Rose Comparisons, Collison Day-to-Day
  • As a basketball nerd, I hated Tyler Hansbrough's trap on Derrick Rose that led to Kyle Korver's three in the corner. The Indy defense broke down because T's trap because he was defending Joakim Noah on the weak side, forcing Booz's defender -- Jeff Foster -- to shift to Noah and Paul George to virtually defend Booz and Korver. George makes the correct shift to Booz, but having T execute that trap makes him the spy (Sebastian Pruti, NBA Playbook).

    My point's that T's way too slow to have such an assignment. Immediately after the play, I called it dumb. I'm not sure who's call that was exactly, but it's delusional to think that can be good.

  • George "did a solid job" defending Rose, Pruiti wrote after an extensive video breakdown (NBA Playbook). I agree and am pretty sure we're going to see more of it. And it makes me hate T's trap in the above play even more. You're better off having George trap with Foster alert to close out on Korver and T sagging more off of Noah to defend Booz. Booz would abuse T in the low post and Booz is a great enough passer to make the second pass to Noah, but in the damned on both ends, I think this is better for Indy.
  • I look forward to seeing C.J. Watson execute the UCLA Read in 4th quarters like Keith Bogans in his shifts. Rose is so good off the ball and the bigs have great court vision. Brett Koremenos does a great job of breaking down the play (HoopSpeak.com). Against Dwyane Wade, the Magic's smaller lineups with J.J. Redick or Gilbert Arenas, or the Celtics resting Ray Allen for Delonte West at the two, we're going to see C.J. instead of Korver in the 4th quite a bit.
  • Of Rose, Frank Vogel said: "He's got (Allen) Iverson's speed, (Jason) Kidd's vision, (Chauncey) Billups' shooting and (Michael) Jordan's athleticism. How do you guard that?" (Sean Deveney, Sporting News). I guess if all else fails, Vogel can start writing at Bleacher Report.
  • Speaking of people auditioning for BR, check out this headline at the Chicago Tribune's "Chicago Breaking Sports" site:
    chibreaking fail heat fav bulls.png

    The "story" is that a Tribune New Services writer in South Florida writing for the South Florida Sun Sentinel says he likes the Heat to win the East over the Bulls. In other news, some guy in New York thinks the Mets are "way better" than the Phillies. Mathematically, yes, the Heat could be favorites based on margin of victory or close to being favorites based on simulations, but a local columnist saying the local team is favored by him isn't a 'hailing' of the Heat as favorites.

  • The most valuable element of the Bulls clutchiness in the first two games was D-Rose the Bulls' defense (Royce Young, Eye on Basketball). That said, Rose joined Tracy McGrady (2003) and Michael Jordan (1990) as the only players since 1990 to score at least 35 in both of the first two playoff games of the second season (Stephen Glasser, ESPN Stats/Info).
  • "There is no Chris Paul vs. Derrick Rose; the competition between them is false in anything other than a game between the Hornets and Bulls, and exercising in debate over their merits does a disservice to both players," Rob Mahoney wrote Monday (Off the Dribble). "When Paul executes an unbelievable pass through traffic, Rose should be the furthest thing from our minds. When Rose spins through the lane and pulls off an impossible double-clutch layup, there should be no reason to note that Paul could or couldn't do the same."

    CP3 was asked about comparisons on HYPE Radio and responded in the always ultra-politically correct manner he employs: "Very similar ... but his explosiveness is unreal. I tell kids in my camp and stuff all summer that I wish I could get into the lane and take off on people and dunk, because when you've got that ability to dunk, nobody jumps and tries to block your shot. What he's doing right now is unbelievable. He's really leading that team." (SportsRadioInterviews.com)

    The Paul-Rose conversation makes me feel dirty. They're my two favorite players, so I'll abstain and stick to saying they're both simply part of an elite class with Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook, as their productions are pretty comparable -- though employing different styles and methods.

  • Luol Deng finished 10th and Noah 15th with Bogans receiving a 1st-place vote for DPoY (K.C. Johnson, ChiTrib). I guess Dr. Jack Ramsay has a vote, hates stats, and also doesn't watch the games. Talk about a trifecta of what makes contributes to making fans dumber.
  • Darren Collison is day-to-day with A.J. Price and T.J. Ford as backups after spraining his ankle in Game 2 (Mark Miller, Scoop du Jour). "Ninety percent of the time, if I had an injury like that, I go right back out there on the court and play on it," Collison said after the game. "It's frustrating because I can't even jog on it. We'll see. I'll be back for Game 3, hopefully. I am definitely going to be treating it as much as I can." (Fred Mitchell, ChiTrib)

    "If I can more than jog and run -- I may not be at full strength, but I know I'm going to play Thursday," he added (AP).

    He turned his ankle on a photographer. Kelly Dwyer asks if there's a way to prevent that (Ball Don't Lie). Yes, there is, but it'd involve removing or diminishing the quality of seats that costs five figures, so that's just how things are, sadly.

  • "Gimme that shit!" Carlos Boozer demanded (h/t: MichaelClutchtree):

  • Jordan has four of the 13 50-point performances in the NBA since 1990-91, with five of the 20 times a player has scored 48 or more, in the playoffs (Cork Gaines, Business Insider):
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