June 11, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 4 comments

I heard even Chris Webber was criticizing Nick Nurse's "kill our own momentum" timeout with 3 minutes left last night. And then he doesn't take one to setup some type of play with the ball and a chance to win the series.

Honestly, Nurse has come up with some decent moves on the defensive end this series but offensively aside from Gasol setting screens I can't recall them scoring off of a set play ("give the ball to Kawhi and get out of his way" is not a set play). Golden State, on the other hand, is getting a good chunk of their points off of the same 2 set offensive plays.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:22 AM on June 11

I didn't see if Heath, Ertz, or Lavelle were subbed off due to injury, but leaving Alex Morgan in to score 5 against Thailand is ridiculous. As is subbing in 3 attacking players.

posted by beaverboard at 05:00 PM on June 11

Ridiculous?

No, classless. But expected.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:18 AM on June 12

Twitter has hashed and rehashed the USWNT win. Amazingly the wiki page on Blowout (sports) does a good job explaining the ethics and sportsmanship angle of blowouts.

As I read through the blowouts, it is interesting what side fans and the public fall. The Covenant School 100-0 win over Dallas Academy is so bad that Covenant's administration called for a forfeit of its own win, calling it "shameful and an embarrassment." But no one probably says the same about Secretariat winning by 31 lengths at the Belmont Stakes.

posted by prof at 05:38 PM on June 12

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