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@  slick shoes : (12 December 2018 - 09:32 PM) We are now begging for Lakers scraps. My how the tables have turned.
@  slick shoes : (12 December 2018 - 01:36 PM) I'll be happy for Ariza if LA does end up signing him but it makes me sick that he'll go to a team that will probably end up faring better than us simply because we didn't want to ante up on the contract.
@  slick shoes : (11 December 2018 - 04:18 PM) CP's remark about a 7 game series sounds a little entitled as well at this point. Gotta make the playoffs to have a series, my man.
@  Mario Peña : (11 December 2018 - 03:22 PM) Yeah I wonder how hungry the team was this past summer relative to two summers ago. That Bahamas “workout” photo or wherever it was from looked more like a team thinking it would coast to 60 plus wins again.
@  Losthief : (10 December 2018 - 03:44 AM) p.s. the mirrors to our last run to the western finals is worrisome, we sucked the next year as well, then fired Mchale and jettisoned Howard.
@  Losthief : (10 December 2018 - 03:43 AM) @redfaithful y you gotta say things that hurt me...not that they are not true...just painful haha.
@  redfaithful : (09 December 2018 - 01:33 PM) If the Suns weren't in rebuild mode, the Rockets would be (rightfully) last in the west
@  thejohnnygold : (08 December 2018 - 06:55 PM) Meanwhile, Robert Covington, Marcus Morris, and Montrezl Harrell are out there being the exact players we need...for other teams.
@  slick shoes : (07 December 2018 - 01:44 PM) Who are we as a team any more? I don't think everyone has a firm grasp on their role within the system.
@  Mario Peña : (07 December 2018 - 06:46 AM) These Rockets will be lucky to make the playoffs and if they do getting to the second round would be something. It’s time to consider maintenance for CP3 instead of overplaying him.
@  slick shoes : (04 December 2018 - 03:33 PM) Gotta play Brandon Knight a few games before then.
@  thejohnnygold : (04 December 2018 - 03:28 PM) I have a hunch that Dec. 15th can't get here soon enough for Morey.
@  DenverRocket : (27 November 2018 - 01:22 AM) Jeez, our rotation is screwed without CP3. MCW seems to have forgotten how to play basketball. Hopefully, Brandon Knight can get fit soon.
@  Losthief : (22 November 2018 - 11:42 AM) depends on what we have to give up. He be a good fit in our system tho
@  slick shoes : (20 November 2018 - 06:56 PM) Any of you guys intrigued by Otto Porter Jr.? I know he has a pretty steep price tag but we were going to give up four first rounders and two players anyway....
@  redfaithful : (19 November 2018 - 09:26 AM) Crazy season: the difference in the L column between the first in the west (4 teams with 5 Ls) to #11-13 (3 teams with 8 Ls) is only 3...
@  Mario Peña : (16 November 2018 - 02:36 AM) That’s cool!
@  DenverRocket : (15 November 2018 - 10:46 PM) It was awesome. My boys loved it, got Clint's autograph, and lots of high fives by the tunnel.
@  Mario Peña : (14 November 2018 - 09:48 PM) I’m sure that was a great game to see live!
@  slick shoes : (14 November 2018 - 01:30 PM) I believe Talib took the jersey home. Looks like the ball is starting to finally go in for the boys in red. Couldn't have come soon enough.


Defending the Houston Rockets - Part 1

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 01:46 PM

New post: Defending the Houston Rockets - Part 1
By: Rahat Huq



I grabbed the above clip from the ringer.com as for some reason, NBA.com did not have this play in its game archive last night.  While the block by Kawhi Leonard at the end drew all the headlines, I thought this  possession was just as important primarily due to its long-term consequences.  The Rockets and Spurs are currently on a collision course to meet in the second round of the postseason where both coaches will have important decisions to make.  (As I tried to tweet this morning--impeded by the 140 character limit--games like that one are where you wake up the morning after feeling the most consolation that your coach is a legendary genius capable of recognizing adjustments.  It's a new feeling in the Harden era).


As we saw, the Spurs started the game out by having their big men drop back in pick and roll coverage, leading Harden to attack the rim and resulting in nearly uncontested lobs for Clint Capela.  They tried switching LaMarcus Aldridge or Dewayne Dedmon onto Harden, and that ended very poorly as well for the Spurs.


The Spurs' best option was when Leonard covered Harden and fought over screens.  He's fast enough to fight over, and obviously gives them the best chance against Harden in the event of an isolation.  Above, after fighting over, Leonard breaks up the play by deflecting the pass to the roll man, a set that was resulting in easy baskets all night when Kawhi was not involved.  Leonard had started the game on Ryan Anderson, with the intent of discouraging Anderson-Harden pick and rolls.


If the Spurs commit Leonard to Harden for the entirety of the game, they run the risk of wearing him out over the course of the series; they are still extremely reliant upon his offensive production.  But if they plant him on someone else like Anderson, the Rockets can take him out of the play entirely.  This is also where having Eric Gordon and Lou Williams will be essential.  If Harden is bottled up by Leonard, Houston will need its secondary playmakers to pick up the slack.  On Monday night, neither of those guys showed up.

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