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@  Mario Peña : (23 June 2018 - 02:50 AM) Oh no! What can this CP leak be about?
@  thejohnnygold : (20 June 2018 - 04:44 PM) It's probably LA trying to drive the asking price down ;)
@  Mario Peña : (19 June 2018 - 09:37 PM) I wonder who is leaking the injury concerns regarding Kawhi. That can’t be good for him if they get any traction.
@  thejohnnygold : (16 June 2018 - 04:45 PM) I doubt anyone says no to Kawhi, but reports are he wants to go to LA.
@  rocketrick : (16 June 2018 - 12:07 PM) Kawhi Leonard? Just wondering as this site continues to fade away..........
@  rocketrick : (10 June 2018 - 09:35 AM) Up for Debate. It is OK. The Author has some interesting points in his commentary but this Rockets site is dying because apparently the author is also thin skinned and not willing to open up further discussion.
@  Losthief : (09 June 2018 - 03:37 AM) I think that was a forbes article...i don't know the rules for copy pasting it wholesale...but im guessing not allowed.
@  rocketrick : (07 June 2018 - 11:17 PM) Still don't see the Capela article but I will comment on that if that should ever appear to comment upon. Still, Capela averaging a double/double with a number of highlight reel blocked shots during the series, well, I am still speechless what the author attempted to convey regarding Capela. He certainly didn't cause us to lose to the Warriors by any stretch......
@  thejohnnygold : (06 June 2018 - 03:15 PM) Got ya fixed, Rick. FYI, you can create these posts as well. Just start a new topic and copy+paste the article text.
@  rocketrick : (05 June 2018 - 07:47 PM) Speechless
@  rocketrick : (05 June 2018 - 07:46 PM) Who only averaged a double-double during the 7 game slugfest
@  rocketrick : (05 June 2018 - 07:46 PM) What an author states in an article..... in this case regarding Capela
@  rocketrick : (05 June 2018 - 07:45 PM) Once again I am aghast at the fact I do not have the opportunity on this site to discuss what an article author states.
@  thejohnnygold : (02 June 2018 - 03:58 PM) Got you all set up, Rick. Fire away on Ariza!
@  rocketrick : (01 June 2018 - 01:49 PM) I have some comments and ideas about Rahat's article on Trevor Ariza but unfortunately that is no longer possible directly on this site...Rahat's article on "The Challenges in Playing Trevor Ariza"
@  DenverRocket : (29 May 2018 - 04:26 PM) So disappointed, but I agree, great effort. To even be that close despite losing CP3, experiencing such a massive statistical outlier from 3 and some very questionable officiating calls, is just crazy. I feel bad, my youngest was heartbroken going to bed. I told him we'll be back next year :-)
@  rocketrick : (29 May 2018 - 11:30 AM) IMO, the Rockets are clearly on the right track. Like D'Antoni stated in his presser after Game 7, make a few tweeks and let's go again
@  rocketrick : (29 May 2018 - 11:27 AM) Just guessing, so 80% of the time the home team wins Game 7 in the NBA and 99.99% of the time NBA teams don't go 0/27 on 3 pointers. So combine those odds along with the fact CP3 is injured.........
@  rocketrick : (29 May 2018 - 11:25 AM) Looking forward to seeing Nate Silver's statistical breakdown of the Rockets tragic 3 point shooting on his 538 site later today or tomorrow
@  redfaithful : (29 May 2018 - 07:10 AM) Indeed great season, too bad it ended due to injury. First time in very long time that someone made the Warriors look vulnarable

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#1 thejohnnygold

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 04:06 PM

The merits of isoball
by RAHAT HUQ | JUNE 1, 2018 at 05:30 AM

With the referendum surrounding the Rockets’ style of play in the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about the merits of the arguments. Houston’s efficiency in isolation doesn’t serve as sufficiently compelling to its detractors; it seems the aesthetics of the stagnation are most folks’ primary gripe. Basketball is a beautiful flowing game with beautiful flowing motions which the Golden State Warriors have made us all see. The Houston Rockets are dragging us back to the dark days of the 90’s. Or so its being said.

I’ve wondered myself though, for many years actually, why teams, even those who institute motion in their regular gameplans, almost invariably resort to isolation in the closing minutes of games. Is there some sort of human element at play? The Rockets of course go iso at the end of games, to no surprise because they iso the entire game. And I think this past series proved why that’s the right call.

The Warriors employ the greatest collection of talent in NBA history, but we saw them tighten up and commit errors repeatedly in this series, particularly during the three Houston wins. I submit that were it not for Chris Paul’s injury, isoball would have won out not only on the scoreboard, but ideologically as well. It wasn’t some failure in the Rockets’ strategy which led to the loss. It was the fact that James Harden, gassed from carrying the offense by himself, had nothing left in the fourth. This would not have been the case were it not for the improbable injury to Paul. Houston’s system mitigates risk by reducing the overall number of passes and keeping the ball in the hands of its best players for a maximum amount of time. Golden State plays in the opposite manner. While we’ve seen over the past few years that such high variability is what fuels the Warriors’ potency, we saw last week, (shockingly at least to me), it can also make them vulnerable against a worthy opponent. Even the best players in the world get nerves in winning time.

It’s a shame Paul went down, not just for the on-court happenings but also for the philosophical debate.

 


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