The Browns on Thursday decided to end the tenure of chief decision-maker Sashi Brown. With the Browns’ decision came the demise of their analytics-based approach, aka the football version of “Moneyball.”
“I think sometimes people look at players, or look at a team, and they kind of say what they’re forecasting for it not even knowing all the dynamics it takes to even be a good team,” Donovan said. “And I think when you’ve got half the roster that’s different, these guys have done a really good job sacrificing, they’ve done a really good job building relationships and communicating, they’ve done a really good job working, and they’re trying to get to know each other on the court.”
Back to two games under .500 and currently outside the Western Conference playoff picture, the Thunder now head out for a trying three-game road trip against solid Eastern Conference teams, including homecoming games for George and Anthony.
“Everybody’s giving up something of themselves for the benefit of the team, and I think at some point that will pay dividends for us,” Donovan said.
Howard continued his struggles of the past few weeks, allowing four or more goals for the fifth time in eight starts and sixth time in nine appearances.
“What it came down to is I need to come with saves for the guys,” Howard said. “At the end of the day, the guys did their job and I have to do mine for them.”
Shortly after killing off a high-sticking penalty, the Blues opened the scoring at 11:50 of the first period. Schwartz took a pass from Alex Steen and drove a low shot that Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped with his left pad. Schwartz put the rebound past Howard.
The Blues made it 2-0 at 4:07 of the second period when Sobotka’s long wrist shot from just inside the Detroit blue line beat Howard high on the glove side. It was the Blues’ first shot on goal since Schwartz opened the scoring.