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@  thejohnnygold : (19 April 2018 - 02:20 PM) This scoop shot right here!
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@  DenverRocket : (16 April 2018 - 04:08 AM) At least CP3 can only get better! Also, if our 3pt shooting comes back, it won't be close.
@  thejohnnygold : (16 April 2018 - 03:41 AM) Phew!
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@  Mario Peña : (08 April 2018 - 05:40 PM) I don’t mind the loss to the Thunder last night. This Rockets team needs to be anticipating teams going for the jugular and Harden and co. need to fight through playoff levels of physical play.
@  rocketrick : (24 March 2018 - 01:43 PM) Walk for a Rocket Championship seems so empty while teenagers are truly and courageously Walking for Their Lives Today.
@  DenverRocket : (23 March 2018 - 05:06 PM) Brandan Wright released apparently
@  thejohnnygold : (22 March 2018 - 02:21 PM) Harden looks unstoppable right now. Really enjoying the way he has matured.
@  slick shoes : (21 March 2018 - 04:05 PM) Great win last night against the Blazers. Was good to see us take a punch in the mouth and stand our ground. A nice long homestand with 3/5 of the teams in tank mode should provide some nice rest for our starting group. Hopefully Ariza and Anderson can find their groove in the mean time as well.
@  slick shoes : (19 March 2018 - 07:12 PM) was hoping we'd have a large enough lead going in to the 4th last night that CP and James would get to rest the last 12 but we took our foot off the gas....
@  thejohnnygold : (18 March 2018 - 12:21 PM) I'm sure they have some plans for rest down the stretch...hopefully.
@  Mario Peña : (17 March 2018 - 08:09 PM) Durant out for two weeks perhaps too, hope James takes the opportunity to rest some himself.
@  slick shoes : (14 March 2018 - 06:05 PM) Curry out for multiple games plus Thompson out for two weeks makes that two game lead just a little more comfortable.
@  Mario Peña : (11 March 2018 - 06:12 PM) That loss hopefully contained lessons for this Rockets team. Teams will take away the three as much as they can in the later rounds of the playoffs.
@  rocketrick : (08 March 2018 - 05:54 PM) Oh Yeah, The winning streak up to 17 now and with a very tough road game on Friday against....
@  rocketrick : (08 March 2018 - 05:53 PM) Addition of Joe Johnson after the Trade Deadline and how that could impact our Team in the Playoffs
@  rocketrick : (08 March 2018 - 05:47 PM) I'm here to read and comment not to write articles
@  rocketrick : (08 March 2018 - 05:46 PM) New ownership
@  rocketrick : (08 March 2018 - 05:46 PM) Our bench

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#1 Stephen

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 04:07 AM

Other than Anderson and his inability to shoot at home,the Rockets starters are pretty set.

The bench needs help in rebounding and playmaking roles.

The Rockets are full of shooters who need to be set up and the Rockets don't have anyone off the bench who can do that. They also need a 3-n-D wing and a rebounding big off the bench.

The bigger problem is D'Antoni and his reluctance to go more than 8 deep.

 

PG.

Find it hard to accept that D'Antoni will give a 2 Rd pick-or any rookie-significant minutes.

So it's either a FA or trade. The available FAs are either going to be too expensive or cheap shooting PGs who don't set up others very well. We already have Lou Williams,we don't need another cheaper version.

The one FA I'd go after is Shaun Livingston. Can't shoot,but he keeps GS second unit scoring-and it hurts GS :)

Unfortunately he's prob not leaving and may not have fond thoughts of his time here.

 

Ideally I'd love to swap Williams to Detroit for Ish Smith. D'Antoni's already coached him,Smith loves to set up others. His inabilty to shoot  is lessened if you give him an active big and 3 shooters. Unfortunately Detroit may be trading away their starting PG,so I'd imagine Smith isn't available.

 

I'd try Minn and offer Harrell for Tyus Smith. Minn could use an energy big like Harrell and I doubt they're ready to give up on Dunn just yet. Tyus is an excellent back-up in short stints,the more he plays the less effective he is.

 

SG/SF.

I think it's inevitable if Morey strikes out on Hayward that he signs PJ Tucker. The 3-n-D wing that just fits,and could easily be seen as Ariza's replacement.

 

Me,I's still call Sac and chase Garrett Temple. (NO,I don't have that much of a thing for former Rockets. I don't want Howard,Lin,Dragic,TJones,PPat,D-Mo(love game,hate injuries,too much risk) back. I'd only want Lowry for half of what he wants,or 2-3 yrs,,age issues.)

Hope Lou,a couple of seconds would be enough.

Temple can play SG,SF and PG for short periods of time. Good defender,nice passer,great in lockerroom,can hit 3s. Temple,Gordon form a strong bench comb that can be rotated thru the PG,SG,SF positions.

 

The FA wing I'd chase is Tim Hardaway Jr. Can do a little of everything,shot .412 corners 3s last yr.

Fun factoid-Atlanta's top 5 player combos in minutes played. All had Howard,Milsap,Shroeder. 4 had some combo of Bazemore,Sefalosha(strong defender,can't shoot) and Hardaway. Bazemore,Hardaway had the same defensive rating as Baze and Stefalosha,but much better offensive rating. Hardaway and Sefalosha had a monster offensive rating and an excellent defensive rating.

 

Out-of-the blue trade. Let's say Atl goes on and signs Hardaway. I could see a following Ariza,Williams trade for Bazemore.

 

PF

I'm assuming Nene re-signs.

What to do w/Anderson? When he's hitting 3s the offense is pretty unstoppable. When he's not,the team is playing 4 on 5. the Rockets will have to include the 2018 First to move him(Philly?needs shooters). BTW once July 1 hits,a new season starts and the clock resets on trading consecutive Firsts,so the 2018 is in play.

Dekker is going to be the reserve PF,so hopefully Morey hits on a 2bd Rd pick who actually rebounds in the NBA,not just in college.

Yi's going to be given a chance to show he can get minutes in the NBA.

 

Starters.....Harden,Bev,Ariza,Anderson,Capella

Rotation...Gordon,Hardaway,Dekker,Nene

Deep Bench....Tyus Jones,T Williams,Yi,Onauku,2 mins,2 Second Rd picks(on new 2-Way contracts

 

 


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