The influence of the NBA in the country, before the rise of the Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers almost each accounted for half of the country. In the first decade of the 21st century, Kobe and Yao Ming cultivated a large number of fans of the two teams in China. After Kobe retired, the addition of James allowed the Lakers to repeat the glory of the purple and gold giants. The several encounters between the Lakers and the Rockets from 2018 to 2020 also contributed to many famous scenes. For example, when Hart was defending Harden, Harden broke through with his arm but called him a foul. Then the two teams fought again. Hart only Dare to defend Harden with his hands behind his back.
For example, Paul and Rondo couldn’t help but fight each other after their passionate squirting.
For example, Westbrook was emptied by the Lakers indefinitely in the 2020 playoffs, but shouted to James: “You better double-team me.” James was speechless, only returning him an evil smile.
The past has become a cloud of smoke. There are no longer any of the five Rockets who dared to fight against the Warriors dynasty, and the Lakers who won the championship two years ago to pay homage to Kobe Bryant’s spirit in the sky are only left with two leading players, Zhan Mei. Those classic scenes will eventually become faded photos, sealed in everyone’s memories.
After Harden left, the Rockets started rebuilding. The Lakers, on the other hand, struggled after a promising start to the new season, having lost 14 of 20 games before James scored 56 points and 10 rebounds against the Warriors. James’ anger is more like a stroke of God dedicated to his twilight hero, rather than a turning point for the Lakers to get on the right track. Today, when two teams that carry countless memories of Chinese fans meet, what kind of different sparks can they collide?
One, the family has the second place in the first place
Since the moment he was drafted, Jaylen Green has been unassuming on multiple occasions to promote himself as the best rookie of the year. Young man, being arrogant is harmless, you can be second place at such a young age, you won’t be floating for you? But in the NBA, the side effects of arrogance are also obvious, and everyone will want to teach Green a “welcome to nba” lesson. Just like Lillard said at the beginning of the season: “When I was first drafted by the Blazers, the first game was against Dragic. Of course he is a very good player, but not Paul, Weiss A big name like Brook? In the end, I was smashed by him.”
The ruthless teasing of NBA guards devastated Green, an out-and-out rookie. In the 43 games before the All-Star break, Green averaged 14.6 points per game, ranking fourth among rookies, but his shooting The rate is only 38.7%. That’s the fourth-worst percentage among 91 players in the league averaging 12 or more attempts per game.
The confident Green participated in the slam dunk contest. Rockets fans all counted on this young man to soar into the sky. Anyway, he took a slam dunk and Wang Chong was happy. As a result, Green made 1 of 9 dunks in the slam dunk contest, and the fans watching were drowsy.
Like all rookies whose selling point is potential, Green, who is only 20 years old, is a half-finished product after entering the NBA, and all his skills need to be reworked. The tragedy of entering the league can be imagined. What matters is how well he can learn and adapt himself. Green’s talent is visible to the naked eye, and his ability to learn is underrated. When many people were disappointed with him, Green put away his big mouth and chose to speak with court performance. Since February, he has been getting better and better, averaging 16.5 points per game in 10 games in a single month, and his three-point shooting rate has increased to 38.6%. After the All-Star break, Green broke out, averaging more than 20 points per game and shooting close to 50 percent (49.6 percent) from the field.
In today’s game against the Lakers, Green played a representative game of his career. He scored a career-high 32 points on 13-for-21 shooting. Especially in overtime, he scored 10 points in a row, and a wave of climax took away the game. In the past 9 games, he has scored 20+ points and shot more than 50% in 7 games.
After the game, Green didn’t give the seniors face, saying that today’s plan was to attack Anthony’s defensive weakness. This sentence, I don’t know how many Lakers fans’ hearts are pierced.
Two, the aging Lakers
Anthony, who is nearly 38 years old, shouldn’t be playing 30 minutes and closing games on any championship-minded team. But the Lakers also let Anthony play 26.8 minutes per game this season, despite the fact that he would be a cash machine for other teams on the court.
Not only Anthony, James was too tired to lift his hands in front of young Shen Jing today. In the face of a young man who is almost half his age, how can James, who has just returned from injury, be able to top the position of the center? But after Davis was injured and Jordan was fired, Gabriel, the Lakers’ only insider, only played for 2 minutes. The death of the five small Lakers was also preparing to go to the dark.
Westbrook was dissatisfied a while ago because he was called westbrick by fans. But everyone knows that the culprit of the Lakers’ failure this season is his joining. He has the second-highest salary in the league, but only has high-level data beyond 400. He’s lost his spirits and has no confidence in recent games. According to TA reporters, he and the Lakers are destined to part ways next season, and he himself does not accept the Lakers’ decision to let him play as a substitute.
In today’s game, although James had a triple-double of 23 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists, he only made 9 of 26 shots and 1 of 9 three-pointers. These triple-doubles are somewhat “Wei-style triple-doubles”; Westbrook He finally played a barely watchable game, scoring 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, but in overtime, he missed the opportunity to get close to the basket and ruined the victory with a landmark mistake.
Maybe there’s nothing wrong with James and Westbrook, they’re just getting old and getting out of the middle of the stage. Just like last year’s Rockets, after failing to hit the championship, they dismantled the team’s original lineup and completely rebuilt it. How far will the day when the Lakers demolish their homes and rebuild?
I don’t know who the protagonist will be in next season’s Lake of Fire War. (30 points)
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