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@  Mario Peña : (24 April 2018 - 02:17 AM) That quarter was amazing! Rockets offense is back!
@  rocketrick : (23 April 2018 - 11:14 AM) Oh well, what was once Alive (Red94)......is now dead Just when the Rockets are poised to bring another Championship to our Amazing City.......
@  thejohnnygold : (19 April 2018 - 02:20 PM) This scoop shot right here!
@  thejohnnygold : (19 April 2018 - 03:42 AM) That might be the best scoop shot I've ever seen
@  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!
@  thejohnnygold : (16 April 2018 - 01:57 AM) When did Capela get that Euro-Step?
@  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

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Why LeBron Isn't Headed To Houston


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#1 DenverRocket

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:43 PM

REALLY good analysis of the potential scenarios and the salary implications, and why it is highly unlikely Morey could make it work: https://www.reddit.c...ded_to_houston/

 

Boo :(


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 01:54 PM

REALLY good analysis of the potential scenarios and the salary implications, and why it is highly unlikely Morey could make it work: https://www.reddit.c...ded_to_houston/

 

Boo :(

 

Until we can find a buyer for Ryan Anderson's contract, we aren't signing any big name free agents. I read that we are quietly shopping him, but are having a hard time finding anyone who wants to pay that much for a 3 point specialist with a little bit of rebounding thrown in. 


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 02:33 PM

REALLY good analysis of the potential scenarios and the salary implications, and why it is highly unlikely Morey could make it work: https://www.reddit.c...ded_to_houston/

 

Boo :(

 

Yeah, I saw that too.  It is definitely unlikely; however, we are operating under certain assumptions--mainly that Paul and LeBron will demand max money.  I know that it rarely happens that players leave money on the table, but in this scenario I could see some 1-year deals for Paul and LeBron just to take this thing for a test drive.  If it works (and it should), they could work things out from there.

 

Capela is the biggest problem.  He is rounding into a solid player, but will he be worth the kind of salary he is likely to command in FA or is he the next Bismack Biyombo, Ian Mahinmi, Gorgui Deng, DeAndre Jordan contractual albatross?  If Capela could play 36 mpg, I'd say go for it, but he is still hovering around 27 mpg.  He'll be 24 years old next year and still has room to improve, but a trade may be in the cards if Zhou Qi can develop an NBA body.

 

I know most will not agree with any sort of Capela trade--and I get why.  Would it be worth the possibility of Paul/Harden/James playing together?  I'd have to say, "yes".  No defense could withstand that sort of pressure.

 

I think we all agree that it is highly unlikely James comes here if he and Paul are looking at huge contracts.  You never know...James desperately needs another ring or two.  Paul desperately wants his first.  Time is running out.  The Warriors are set for a little longer and there are few, if any, better options for knocking them off the top of the mountain.  LBJ is set financially and has been savvy enough off the court to not NEED a $30M deal.  He's got to consider the value of his legacy--of dethroning MJ as the greatest to play the game--versus throwing another $30M on his pile of money.

 

Of course, this season could prove that we don't even need LBJ to topple the W's.  How nice would that be?

 

Also, I wouldn't rule out Paul George.  I know everyone believes he is headed to LA, but I don't think that it is set in stone.  There is also DeMarcus Cousins' free agency.  LBJ would be nice, but either of those guys would be nice too.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 06:37 PM

Also, I wouldn't rule out Paul George.  I know everyone believes he is headed to LA, but I don't think that it is set in stone.  There is also DeMarcus Cousins' free agency.  LBJ would be nice, but either of those guys would be nice too.

 

Would love PG13 (obviously he and Harden can't play on the same team;). Did you see the way he torched KD and the W's last night?! I have a feeling he will stick with Russ though and hope they can build a better supporting cast.

 

I guess DMC will depend on what happens with the remainder of the Pels season and whether AD decides to upsticks for Boston. Would love to have him and that would also help solve the Capela conundrum.

 

As you say, there's still very much hope for this season, given the Cavs epic collapse and hoping that the W's current form is more than just a blip!


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:47 PM

Joe Johnson?   :huh:

 

After careful consideration (meaning a few minutes of thought), I think I've got this move figured out.  Morey may be obsessed with 3's and rim shots, but he's not blind to what has happened to us in the post season year after year.  Teams adjust.  They take away those easy looks from deep.  They leave the mid-range open knowing we won't shoot it.  It ends up being our downfall.

 

Now we have the answer.  Chris Paul and Joe Johnson are not only mid-range chuckers---they excel at it.  Even Joe, at 36 and wasting away in Utah, is still hitting solid %'s from mid-range.  This team's most glaring weakness now has a Lamarcus-Aldridge level strength to it.  Leave space for Chris or Joe in the middle and they will knock those down.  We won't really need it until the playoffs, but when it does come up we will be ready.

 

Now, if we can just get Eric Gordon back on track (he's shooting 33% from deep) teams are going to struggle to keep up.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:01 PM

Joe Johnson?   :huh:

 

After careful consideration (meaning a few minutes of thought), I think I've got this move figured out.  Morey may be obsessed with 3's and rim shots, but he's not blind to what has happened to us in the post season year after year.  Teams adjust.  They take away those easy looks from deep.  They leave the mid-range open knowing we won't shoot it.  It ends up being our downfall.

 

Now we have the answer.  Chris Paul and Joe Johnson are not only mid-range chuckers---they excel at it.  Even Joe, at 36 and wasting away in Utah, is still hitting solid %'s from mid-range.  This team's most glaring weakness now has a Lamarcus-Aldridge level strength to it.  Leave space for Chris or Joe in the middle and they will knock those down.  We won't really need it until the playoffs, but when it does come up we will be ready.

 

Now, if we can just get Eric Gordon back on track (he's shooting 33% from deep) teams are going to struggle to keep up.

 

This was my thinking exactly. We can't eliminate the mid-range jumper COMPLETELY. Teams will scheme to take the 3 ball and oop away, but we can counter with CP3 and Iso-Joe on the elbows. Nice play by Morey. 


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:27 PM

This was my thinking exactly. We can't eliminate the mid-range jumper COMPLETELY. Teams will scheme to take the 3 ball and oop away, but we can counter with CP3 and Iso-Joe on the elbows. Nice play by Morey. 

 

Yup, Ryno is also pretty studly from mid-range.  It's like McHale said years ago: "It depends on who's shooting it..."

 

On a side note, we are currently sporting the best point differential in the league (+8.7).  We are .3 ahead of GS and .5 ahead of TOR...no one else is close.


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