Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or not listening to podcasts featuring Tom Pestak) you’re well familiar with this vehicular soccer video game league that’s played with rocket powered cars. It’s a fast paced, high powered game where cars can slam into each other as they score points. It’s also a pretty fitting metaphor for the kind of game the Houston Rockets play on a nightly basis in the NBA. It’s fast paced scoring with tons of shots and, when those shots aren’t falling… they pretty much just run into the other team and get to the line to score.
The Cavs were the latest victim of this Rocket style of play, as they got blitzed by a barrage of threes in the first half, and then got more than lapped at the free throw line as the game wore on. As a team, the Cavs only attempted as many freebies as James Harden did alone (14). Houston also took full advantage of the confluence of the Cavs missing Tristan Thompson, having a frustrated Kevin Love in foul trouble (he fouled out in the fourth quarter), and Ty Lue refusing to play any other bigs. The lopsided rebounding advantage (45-26 in Houston’s favor) went a long way in cementing the win for the home team.
Yet, it at least approached being an “acceptable loss” as far as defeats go this young season. The Cavs rarely win in Houston, and being down three players, and with their recent defensive woes, it’s a testament to their at least slightly improved effort that they weren’t blown out of the building. Also, Jeff Green had a monster night (yes, you read that right).
The Rocket man himself (the aforementioned Mr. Pestak) joined Nate and EG for the second half of this podcap. In it, they cover not only this game, but also the ongoing issues with the team in general, the road ahead, how the game has fundamentally changed since the days of the LeBron 1.0 era, and whether or not “Daddy” is done spending money and picks on making this team better. Take a listen for these things and a whole lot more (including about a 15 minute conversation about The Natural — which Tom watched instead of the game tonight)… and of course a Rocket League update.