The Rockets hoped to be “cold-blooded” against the Warriors on Tuesday in a matchup of Western Conference contenders, but James Harden and Houston were just plain cold.
Houston was unable to dig itself out of an early 19-point hole in a 113-106 loss to Golden State as Harden had a poor shooting night despite registering his 20th triple-double of the season. The MVP candidate was just 5 of 20 from the field, including 1 of 9 from beyond the arc. His teammate Trevor Ariza was also cold from the floor, going 4 of 10 from the field with also just one 3-pointer made.
But Joffrey Lauvergne is a talented big with some upside, right? Well, not if you hope to get anything resembling what you’d envision a “big man” to be. This season, Lauvergne is on pace to be the only qualifying center since Mehmet Okur in 2007-08 to post a rebound rate worse than 15 percent and a block rate worse than 1 percent. In layman’s terms, the 6-11 Frenchman has blocked only six shots all season and is 33rd out of 44 qualifying centers in rebounds per 36 minutes (according to basketball-reference.com). At 25 years old, Lauvergne probably is what he is when it comes to being a rebounder and rim protector. And if you want to add a scoring qualifier into the mix, Lauvergne could join Hanno Mottola as the only centers in the last 20 years to be under those rebounding and shot-blocking thresholds while also scoring less than 15 points per 36 minutes. Mottola lasted two seasons in the league.
You have to wonder if the Bulls could have gotten a better return for a draft pick, a 25-year-old deep threat and a proven, tough defensive presence who can score and Cheap Fishing Jerseys rebound. Or Cheap Football Practice Jerseys at least better than three guys paving the way in 2016-17 NBA futility with their own, unique styles.