This performance was great, but, as they (“they” being “dudes who literally went to space and didn’t die”) say, “Houston, we have a problem”. That problem is that Robert Covington, despite having the BEST forehead wrinkles in the entire league (a comprehensive ranking of the forehead wrinkles of all NBA players will be made available to my Patreon donors shortly, and I don’t even know if I’m joking), has his entire forehead covered by some big headband/bandana thing. What the heck? This is outrageous. If you’ve got it, flaunt it, man. Don’t cover those bad boys up. I wanna see dem wrinkles.
This may seem like a minor thing in the overarching context of Covington’s clutch game-7 performance to help the Rockets advance to the second round, but I assure you, this is a major thing. Basketball is about aesthetics. I watch the games to see buckets, sure, but I also watch to see some of the finest physical specimens on earth get their forehead wrinkles all sweaty and glistening. And I know I’m not alone here.
As I said, this performance was great. No doubt about it. Covington did what he does best: shoot threes and play defense. With his shooting form, it seems like every three he takes should go in, and if you only watch this video and ignore the box-score, they all did. And on defense, the narrative will have you believe that Luguentz Dort got the best of him by scoring 30, but don’t believe that narrative. Covington blocked Dort three separate times, and the only reason 30 points were scored is because the Rockets’ gameplan was to ignore Dort entirely. And that gameplan worked, because I’m looking at the score, and the Rockets definitely had more points than the Thunder when all was said and done.
It would be better if the Rockets’ gameplan included a more prominent display of his forehead wrinkles, though. Maybe in the next series.