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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


Traditional Basketball At The Margins

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:12 PM

Traditional basketball at the margins
by RAHAT HUQ | JUNE 4, 2018 at 09:52 PM

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Clint Capela’s performance against the Warriors, particularly the manner in which Draymond Green managed to make the former a complete non-factor on the offensive side of the ball during the Western Conference Finals. As a starting point, I’d ask that you think back to last summer when Houston had been disposed of by the San Antonio Spurs after Rockets shooters were chased off the three-point line but with Pau Gasol parked at the basket. It was said that Houston’s system wasn’t conducive to success at the highest levels because too much spare change was left on the table in eschewing the mid-range. Enter Chris Paul, (who tragically was not available for the latter part of this past series.)

I agreed with the critique stating that the “all threes and layups” approach was a great strategy in the aggregate to blow out the majority of the league. But it presented a problem at the margins. Similarly, now, I’m wondering if the geekery regarding post-ups may also be somewhat misguided. Consider: Draymond Green was able to stay home with Capela such that if he were to catch the ball at all, rather than receiving it above the cylinder as he had become accustomed to, he was getting it in spots away from the hoop wherein he was needing to make some sort of a move.

During the year, we saw Clint make strides in driving to the hoop, showing off a nifty Eurostep at various times. While the thinking might be for Clint to continue developing his face-up skills (see: Amare Stoudemire), I’m wondering if a post-up game might be better served to attack the Warriors and more importantly, be easier to develop. Some of you cringed at the suggestion when I raised it on Twitter, but do take note at a critical distinction that I think is being missed. The Dwight Howard post-ups that epitomized the “least efficient shots in basketball” were the start of plays. What I’m advocating for is the post-up at the end of the play, similar to how the Rockets used Yao Ming after Tracy McGrady’s acquisition. (I wrote extensively at the time about how JVG made this critical change to the Rockets offense.) I envision a Harden drive, leading to a Capela dump-off, and then rather than Clint fecklessly doing nothing, making a quick back to the basket move to score. He already showed some signs of this throughout the year.

Capela is one of the sole sources of potential internal improvement on this team. How the Rockets tailor his skill development is crucial in their trajectory.


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