Houston Rockets: Official Twitter account tweets sore loser stats

Houston Rockets official twitter account had an immediate bad take on James Harden coming in second to Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in the MVP race. It produced a series of tweets of curated stats in attempt to show their guy was the MVP.

Minutes after The Greek Freak Giannis Antekounmpo won the award for most valuable player of the 2018-2019 NBA year the Rockets official twitter account gave a back handed congratulations and a “respectful disagreement”. It wasn’t taken well by NBA twitter.



Congrats to the new MVP, but we respectfully disagree.

Finished Top 2 in MVP voting 4 out of the last 5 seasons
1st player in NBA history to avg at least 35.0ppg & 7.0apg in a single season
Scored 40+ pts 28 times this season, 50+ 9 times & 60+ twice

Both and Angelo and Chris of chaoticsports think Harden was the MVP and it will be talked about on the podcast this week. The internet informed the Rockets twitter account of how salty the tweet seemed especially with the carefully curated stats in some of the later tweets (like giving stats over a span of 40 games ect). In the below salty response you see the Rockets twitter show a “dating back to 2014-15” stat that is not on topic for the 2018-19 NBA MVP award.

 

The Rockets and the Bucks were unable to make it to the NBA finals. Both lost to the teams that would represent their respective coasts in the championship series but one player looked like a winner and the other looked like someone that didn’t have what it takes. MVP voting could have been influenced by the perception Harden is a loser and Giannis is an emerging all time great.

Next year this scenario might get magnified. There’s a good chance that the antidote to Giannis and his greatness, Kawhi Leonard, might leave the Raptors and head West. A move like that would give the Bucks near free reign next season in the the Eastern Conference.

The Rockets are getting older and dealing with turmoil within. They might be throwing away their chance at a real run for a championship while the Golden State Warriors will be missing as least one big piece for the majority of the season. (This is a different article but imagine Curry getting the Warriors a 6th seed berth and then Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson show up for the playoffs).

If the 2019-20 season plays out this way for the Rockets and Bucks then this idea of James Harden not deserving MVP honors will feel reinforced. But James Harden is the best player of the 2019-20 even taking into account his defense. At the same time Giannis is a close second, so close that it’s definitely not an upset to give him the trophy. He is deserving of it and 70+ voters agreed by giving him their first place votes no matter if some of the things that influenced the choice should be irrelevant.

That gets us back to the Rockets twitter account. In my time on this Earth I’ve learned to congratulate and move on. I have an opinion but at the same time you have to look forward and try not to diminish people’s accomplishments. Giannis is unlikely to give the Rockets twitter account much time but as fans and as official representations of professional sports teams we should be proud of our opponents and rivals when they win. Players should congratulate and head to the weight room. The Rockets official twitter account just sounded salty. Let them have this today but don’t let them have it tomorrow.

That is the sporting thing to do.



Who do you think should have been crowned MVP? Do you think the perception of the Rockets in the playoffs affected the voting? Let us know on twitter @chaoticsports.

US Women’s National Team: Defeat Spain despite not scoring in open play

The US Women’s team were able to get by Spain’s hard hitting women’s team to advance to the round of 8 without scoring in open play.

The US women played well enough but they were challenged for the first time in the FIFA Women’s World Cup (#FIFAWWC2019) against a young group of Spaniard women who could score in open play. Winning on PKs in regular time seems cheap but it is still a win.

Megan Rapinoe scored both goals in penalty kick situations for Team USA in the 7th and 76th minutes. Jennifer Hermoso answered the first penalty score in the 9th minute tying the match and sending Team USA into the locker room without the lead for the first time in the 2019 World Cup.



There is much to be happy about if you’re a Team USA fan. Despite being challenged the number one ranked team in women’s soccer still came out ahead. Spain was being allowed to play hard, much of the contact would have resulted in fouls and yellow cards in other situations. Alex Morgan had it the toughest:

“We haven’t been tested like this in awhile.”

But when awarded penalty kicks Team USA converted and didn’t bow to the pressure. Soccer is unfair and Spain will be back and better team in the next World Cup. It was clear to us at Chaotic Sports that the referee was taking “let them play” to an extreme level.

But Spain isn’t France. And Spain isn’t Germany. And Spain isn’t England, Canada or Japan. Fans should be excited that Team USA didn’t play their best but played their toughest against a decent opponent. Now it’s time to make adjustments and get ready for what will be considered the actual championship of the 2019 World Cup (no offense Germany) versus France.

France was tested as well in their first playoff game. Brazil took the World Cup favorites to the brink on Sunday. To my eyes, playing much better and with more passion than the home team. Spain and Brazil go home with no shame. They stood in front of the two favorites to win the tournament and didn’t blink. Now those two favorites face each other on Friday 6/28 3pm EST/12pm PST and they are better teams because of those tests.



Who will win between France and USA in the Women’s World Cup? How crucial were the tests both had to face in the round of 16?

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Golden State Warriors: Look Tired Old and Injured in Game 4

The Golden State Warriors looked slow and fragile in the second half of the their game four loss of the NBA finals on Friday. If this turns out to be their last appearance in Oracle arena it will be a disappointing end for a building with so much history.

Fatigue and the injury bug have plagued the Warriors throughout these finals despite sweeping the Portland Trailblazers and having extra time to rest and let nagging knicks and knacks heal. With Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson injured in game three Steph Curry gave it his all in game three, scoring 47 in a loss. The effort was a waste considering his lackluster performance in game four (lackluster but he still finished with 27 points).



The Warriors with an injured Durant an inconsistent Steph Curry had to rely on the returning Klay Thompson to carry them. In the first half it looked like a reasonable strategy but Toronto adjustments and general fatigue caught up to Golden State in the second half where they spent a large of portion of the half with a double digit deficit. An inconsistent Curry still meant 27 points, only one fewer than Thompson, but watching the game it never felt like he was ever there.

As the second quarter ended Draymond Green was more than halfway to a triple double in the assists, rebounds and points columns. He fell short of the triple double by only a rebound, bringing down nine along with twelve assists and ten points. Mark Jackson and Stan Van Gundy didn’t seem to notice how effective Green was in the trenches during the opening quarters but the Raptors staff must have seen it and were able to nullify Draymond’s gritty style only letting him pull down two additional rebounds in the second half and score four points. That low key adjustment may have been the difference maker between the first half where the Warriors had the lead and the second half where they fell apart.

Kevon Looney is tough. Earlier in the week it was reported that he’d miss the rest of the finals with a rib injury yet there he was in game four putting up ten points. And while that is admirable, in general the big men didn’t come through, DeMarcus Cousins just doesn’t look like the offensive beast he once was since he came back from his first round injury. And Bogut had his moments in these playoffs but he was limited to a lowly eleven minutes.

Meanwhile the Silent Assassin, Kawhi Leonard went to work against the Warriors securing twelve rebounds and putting up thirty-six points. After the game he told sideline reporter (who should be doing color commentating) that he doesn’t play hero ball or for the fans. He just tries to win.

Only Leonard and Serge Ibaka, coming off the bench, had great games. A quick look at the box score and you’d have to assume the rest of the team contributed with “intangibles”. Aside from Kawhi, the Raptors level of play on Friday would not have been enough to beat a team like the Warriors on most nights.

This is a beat up Warriors team going against a Raptors team that is also tired and injured. The difference is the Raptors are more dialed in and focused on their craft. There are a lot of veterans on this team that were once great or near great that know this might be their last chance for an NBA title. Kendrick Perkins tweeted this note at the end of game three:

I witnessed something very scary tonight after the game! Toronto were walking back to their locker room after the game and nobody was celebrating and they weren’t smiling or nothing! They boys want the smoke! Take it from a former Champ!!! -Kendick Perkins

Chaotic Sports tweeted him asking him if he saw the same thing in game four. If he answers we’ll update the article. Just from the quick shots from the broadcast there didn’t appear to be a bunch of jovial dinosaurs heading into the locker room but being on the floor gives you a better perspective.

Game five takes place 9pm EST/6pm PST in Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Monday June 10th. Toronto has the opportunity to close out the series at home and put an end to the idea that the Warriors are unbeatable. By extension that should kill the idea that teams shouldn’t try to build “super teams” anything can happen it benefits the franchises and fans to always work towards getting a ring.

All eyes will be on Kevin Durant and whether he is healthy enough to return and turn the tides. The Warriors need to win the final three games and two of those wins will have to be in Toronto.

Like always chaoticsports will be tweeting like mad.


Sports Podcast: NBA Playoffs and Potential Midsummer MLB Trades

Another sports week another chaotic week. NBA is feeling the Lebron absence but the games have been fun. Vegas Knights fans feel good about the Sharks loss. And we talk trade ideas from an MLB.com article.

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Podcast: Chaotic Sports | NBA Playoffs vs NHL Playoffs

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Another chaos filled episode. All the current sports BS for the #NHLplayoffs and #NBAplayoffs. Hockey fans knew the NHL playoffs would be good but who would have thought the NBA would be this good too?

Plus Angelo tries to get Chris to play Farmville and all the unprofessional podcasting the thousands and thousands of listeners of Chaotic Sports have gotten used to.

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Chaotic Podcast: Lakers and Lebron | Star Wars | Golden Knights

New podcast is up for 4/18/2019. Check out the player below or listen on youtube or the web.

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This week we don’t talk too much about Newcastle but we do drink beers and talk about Lebron trying to be presidents of the #Lakers.

We do our best to give the WNBA time. Angelo and Chris plan to make it to a few Las Vegas Aces games this year.

It’s hockey playoffs and the Golden Knights are doing their thing. Chris won’t be able to do play by play anymore since he’ll be on @FSvegashockey

As a NOT PART OF YOUR SCENE sister podcast bonus Angelo does a live reaction to the new #StarWars Episode IX trailer “The Rise of Skywalker”



Las Vegas Golden Knights defeat San Jose Sharks 6-3 in Game 3

After a shaky start to the series the Golden Knights have taken control and are getting into the heads of the San Jose Sharks. The Golden Knights beat the Sharks 6-3 stoking the flames of their burgeoning rivalry.

 

The game was led by Mark Stone’s first hat trick of his career finding the back of the net once in the first period and twice in the third. He had five points in total with assists on both of Paul Stastny’s goals. Max Pacioretty’s first period accounted for the sixth goal the Golden Knights scored in their win.

Although technically the Pacioretty-Stone-Stastny line is the second line they are playing like one of the elite groups in the NHL playoffs and putting fear in the hearts of Sharks fans and clearly getting in the head of San Jose Shark goaltender Martin Jones.



The best part of the second line is that in true Golden Knights tradition (yes two years is enough for it to be called a tradition) it was patched together and looks nothing like the Neal-Perron line of last year’s Stanley cup run.

Pre-season signings and trades brought Pacioretty and Stastny together and a brilliant under reported trade deadline signing added Mark Stone to the team.

The good news is that the Golden Knights are winning the series and our hall of fame goaltender is not playing at his best.

Fleury had 28 saves to finish the game but had Knights fans glued to their television screens when he gave up two goals in less than a minute making the score 5-3 and surely pausing fans on both sides of the aisle from turning off the game to start their Game of Thrones stream.

In the end Knights fans got treated to Mark Stone finishing his hat trick and a comfortable win.

The next game takes place at 7:30 PST at the T-Mobile arena on Tuesday 4/16. It will be aired on NBC Sports.



Are the Knights in the heads of the San Jose Sharks? What chance do the Sharks have to come into the fortress and take a game from the Golden Knights?

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GOAT vs GOAT: In the NFL There is No Such Thing

There are lots of places to see goats go at it. You can go to a petting zoo and goats are sure to bumping heads. You can also find them in the wild where you probably don’t want to get too close.

Metaphorically you have an opportunity to see two GOATS go head to head in boxing or MMA. How about the major teams sports. Do GOATS go head to head there? No they don’t, check out the video below to hear why.