ROCKETS COME BACK TO EARTH
Raise your hand if you saw that coming?
Now put your hand down because you’re a gosh-darn liar!
I don’t think anyone thought that the Lakers would be the team to stop the Rockets winning streak, but that’s exactly what happened last night as the Rockets fell to the Lakers 122-116.
Glancing at the schedule, most people who follow the NBA might have guessed that the Rockets winning streak would have ended in Boston, perhaps at the Thunder or the Wizards, but not the Lakers – and definitely not AT HOME against the Lakers.
Give credit where credit is due; the Lakers came in, shot lights out early and did enough to win down the stretch.
This you Lakes team is better than their record reflects. They are 10th in scoring in the NBA, 9th in assists and 3rd in Rebounding. Their problem is they are young and not very good defensively. They have a good young group of players, and who would have thought that Kyle Kuzma – and not Lonzo Ball – would be the Lakers best rookie. That could change in the future if Ball can improve his shooting, but right now Kuzma is the man. He’s leading the team in Scoring, is 3rd on the squad in rebounding and carries as respectable 16.9 PER (3rd best on the Lakers).
The scariest part about the Rockets loss last night isn’t that Chris Paul left the game with a strained adductor, or that James Harden scored 51 points and that still wasn’t enough to beat the Lakers. No, the scariest part about this loss is that even after winning 14 straight games, and 20 of their last 21, the Rockets sit only one half game ahead of the Warriors.
EARLY SIGNING DAY
Yesterday marked the beginning of the early signing period in college football, and boy are teams already busy. This time of year is make-or-break for a lot of kids and programs alike.
For guys like new Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher changing schools weeks before this moment can be challenging, so we’ll see what he can do on short notice to get recruits to come join him at Texas A&M. And don’t look now but apparently Tom Herman has an outside shot at having the number 1 recruiting class in the nation this year.
Keep in mind, recruiting – and these class rankings – are an inexact science, so take that last statement (and pretty much any recruiting statement) with a grain of salt. Predicting how good recruits will be seems to me like being able to predict how good players will do when they are drafted into the NFL. It’s just hard to tell. Some guys you think will be really good and they’re not, an other guys end up being outstanding, and nobody ever saw it coming.
ESPN predicted that either Ohio State or Georgia would finish with the number one recruiting class in the nation. If that happens it will be the first time that a team not named Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Miami, or USC has done so in the last 12 years.
Here’s your top 10 list as of late yesterday evening (according to ESPN):
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
Other Texas notables: Baylor (16), TCU (19), Texas A&M (26).
If you’re jonesing for a UH update rivals.com says they have the #52 ranked recruiting class for 2018.
High School Football
All this recruiting talk got me thinking about something – and yes, I know that what I’m about to write is probably going to rustle a few jimmies, and that’s okay. I get it, it’s probably not a popular take (especially here in Texas) – but why are grown men out here watching high school football with no kids on the team?
I’ll never understand how a dude can get off work on a Friday, hop in the car, drive down to the local high school football stadium, grab a hot dog and a coke, and watch a bunch of kids that he has no idea about play football. I’m not talking about guys with kids on the team. I’m not talking about guys with kids in the band, or on the cheer squad, or JV.
Just regular ass dudes who go and watch high school football, just because?
I don’t get it.
Maybe I’m not “Texas” enough, but I just do not understand it. But to each their own, I suppose.
HOTTIE OF THE DAY