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@  redfaithful : (23 May 2018 - 08:37 AM) Wow. Defense.
@  Mario Peña : (21 May 2018 - 02:29 AM) Reggie and Chris are so annoying as color/analysis commentators.
@  Mario Peña : (16 May 2018 - 06:27 PM) Well there’s this “LeBron wants to play off the ball” rumor making the rounds. https://www.google.c...-in-future/amp/
@  Mario Peña : (14 May 2018 - 03:52 AM) They have to get Capela going offensively but more importantly on defense Clint will have to have an effect on Curry and Durant. I think the Durant’s contesested twos will be welcomed but any threes by him will be trouble. The Rockets defense has to fly around enough to force them off the three point line and then create turnovers on their overconfident passes.
@  thejohnnygold : (13 May 2018 - 08:00 PM) Aside from knocking down our 3's and playing stellar defense I think the other key to victory is keeping Curry off the floor by attacking him early and often to try and rack up some fouls and force him to sit.
@  rocketrick : (12 May 2018 - 04:35 PM) So this site is finalizing apparently on Shoutbox after all these years. So sad............
@  rocketrick : (12 May 2018 - 04:34 PM) Casey firing confirms NBA is a player first league. Unfortunately for the Raptors they have nobody
@  thejohnnygold : (10 May 2018 - 05:29 PM) Fair enough, but I think it speaks more to the depth Boston has and their coach. They are fortunate that the injuries occurred at the positions they did. I think an injury to Horford would have been worse for them.
@  rocketrick : (10 May 2018 - 03:12 PM) When Boston makes the Conference Finals without their 2 best players, what does that say about the Eastern Conference?
@  rocketrick : (10 May 2018 - 03:11 PM) As I recall, Rozier was far from consistent in the regular season.
@  thejohnnygold : (10 May 2018 - 01:20 PM) It's voted on by sportswriters...These are the same people who did not know Terry Rozier is very good at basketball despite the fact Boston has been trumpeting that for over a year. Outside of Zach Lowe and Woj, are there any good NBA writers out there? I'm sure there are, but I doubt they are the ones voting.
@  rocketrick : (10 May 2018 - 10:56 AM) Brad Stevens received 0 votes for 2018 Coach of the Year.
@  thejohnnygold : (09 May 2018 - 02:01 PM) I'd say we're all nervous. It's tough not to be. Watching us vs. GS last night one can see how much easier they make the game look. Our defense is going to need to find another level if we want to advance.
@  Mario Peña : (09 May 2018 - 01:19 PM) So here comes the toughest test. For the first time this year I’m a little nervous. Guys talk me out of being nervous!
@  Mario Peña : (29 April 2018 - 09:05 PM) Rockets looking good with half of game one in the books. Good to see Luc back.
@  rocketrick : (28 April 2018 - 01:18 PM) 07
@  thejohnnygold : (27 April 2018 - 07:34 PM) Yeah...I don't care for Reggie Miller much as an announcer.
@  Mario Peña : (26 April 2018 - 05:17 PM) Was it just me or did Harlan and Miller spend a large portion of the game speaking about all things Timberwolves?
@  thejohnnygold : (26 April 2018 - 04:11 AM) Freakin' Clint Capela!!!
@  Mario Peña : (24 April 2018 - 02:17 AM) That quarter was amazing! Rockets offense is back!

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Defending the Houston Rockets - Part 1


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#1 Red94

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 01:46 PM

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

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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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