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@  slick shoes : (11 May 2019 - 02:07 AM) turnovers and missed free throws the theme of the game thus far. throwing away endless points.
@  thejohnnygold : (09 May 2019 - 01:35 PM) I wish we had found a way to steal that game...it was there for the taking.
@  Mario Peña : (01 May 2019 - 04:09 AM) Is it me or does Capela look in over his head? Why is this happening now?
@  Mario Peña : (26 April 2019 - 09:14 PM) Imagine how much it ticks off Beverly, Harrell and Williams.
@  slick shoes : (25 April 2019 - 09:58 PM) Power move by the Rockets. We travel to Oakland ahead of their next game with the assumption that GSW wins. This gives LAC bulletin board material for the game.
@  thejohnnygold : (24 April 2019 - 01:47 PM) We needed to dust off Nene either way...I think that's the way to go.
@  Mario Peña : (23 April 2019 - 09:48 PM) I wonder if kicking the tires on Nene would be beneficial. Some Nene PNR and board crashing in short stints could help against Gobert/Favors.
@  slick shoes : (23 April 2019 - 09:26 PM) Going to have to dig deep tomorrow night with Clint limited. Will be curious to see how the coaching staff adjusts to their new formula. Perhaps driving in to Gobert and getting him in early foul trouble.
@  Mario Peña : (18 April 2019 - 03:41 PM) I agree slick.
@  slick shoes : (17 April 2019 - 01:02 PM) Boogie was their answer to our run in the WCF last year. When we cover all of their shooters they can dump it to Cousins who has a physical advantage over Clint and can also shoot the 3 which pulls him from the rim. They still have Bogut but this takes them back to the W's of last year which our team has shown to match up well against with full strength.
@  Mario Peña : (16 April 2019 - 08:50 PM) I think in a general sense you are correct Johnny. Getting specific to the Rockets though I think we have the personnel to wear Curry down defensively and offensively so for the Rockets could the exit of Cousins be a good thing? To me Cousins also presented a possible matchup wrinkle the Rockets have had to figure out, maybe?
@  thejohnnygold : (16 April 2019 - 04:47 PM) The Cousins injury is very interesting...Not sure if it helps or hurts them. My theory has always been the less Curry shoots the better it is for their opponent. This could lead to more Curry shooting :(
@  redfaithful : (16 April 2019 - 02:59 PM) Is it time to start the discussion which team is more dangerous as the Rockets 2nd round opponent? :D
@  slick shoes : (16 April 2019 - 12:58 PM) Nice win for the Rocke.... Clippers last night. Good to see Bev, Sweet Lou and Trez shining.
@  thejohnnygold : (13 April 2019 - 12:06 AM) I am very much looking forward to the playoffs. I like our chances.
@  thejohnnygold : (13 April 2019 - 12:05 AM) I agree 100%. Still, if that shot rims out...
@  DenverRocket : (12 April 2019 - 02:27 AM) I'd say the slow start was more to blame than a single 3-pointer (we shouldn't have allowed them to get into that position in the first place). Anyway, embrace the challenge I say- bring on the Jazz!
@  thejohnnygold : (11 April 2019 - 02:23 PM) It's hard to accept that one Paul George 3-pointer had that big of an effect on our postseason.
@  slick shoes : (10 April 2019 - 12:21 PM) boy, we really crapped the bed on that one.
@  redfaithful : (09 April 2019 - 09:40 AM) The potential 2nd round series against DEN just got a lot more interesting... https://twitter.com/...384573762760704

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#1 thejohnnygold

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 03:34 PM

...Until the real games begin.

 

I just wanted to heap some praise on these guys.  That is a really nice 6 game win streak.  Beating the Warriors, Hornets, Celtics, and the Raptors on the road is not easy.  Heck, I was just listening to Cuttino Mobley on the radio and he was saying that a .500 record on the road (for any team) is good.  With these recent wins we are now 17-16 on the road for the season.

 

We are now the 3rd seed in the West (albeit in a 3-way tie) and if Denver continues to flounder we could swipe the 2nd seed from them.  I don't think the Warriors will relinquish first, but I do think they are starting to sweat a little.  Morey & Co. have been saying it all year: we want to be at our best come April.  It looks like we're on our way.

 

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That's not the worst schedule heading down the stretch.  I think we can coast to a 12-5 finish, and if they ramp it up even better.

 

I'm not big on MVP awards, but if we get to the 2nd seed in the freakin' West then James Harden is hands down the MVP of this season.  I get the love for Giannis and Paul George is killing it in OKC, but to drag a team that fell flat on its face at the start of the season all the way up to 2nd (or 3rd) in the West after enduring a long stretch with most of your top guys injured all while posting historic numbers...Yeah, that's an MVP.

 

On a side note, does anyone else hear how the media talks about Giannis' teammates like they are total trash?  Middleton, Bledsoe, and Brogdon get ZERO love.  Brook Lopez, George Hill, Mirotic, Ilyasova, Snell...They're all killing it from outside which leaves the lane WIDE open for Giannis.  The Rockets and Warriors get all the media talk about jacking a million three's each game, but do you know who is 2nd in the league in 3 pt. attempts?  Yep, the Bucks.

 

I am very much looking forward to the Eastern Conf. Playoffs this year.  I think a Philly/Milwaukee series would be insanely good.


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Posted 07 March 2019 - 09:03 AM

Totally agree JG!

 

One aspect that I hope will be addressed during the remaining 18 games is rest, mainly for Harden and Tucker who played too many minutes till now. IMHO that's more important than MVP...


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Posted 07 March 2019 - 04:54 PM

Totally agree JG!

 

One aspect that I hope will be addressed during the remaining 18 games is rest, mainly for Harden and Tucker who played too many minutes till now. IMHO that's more important than MVP...

 

I would argue that playoff seeding matters and we need to make sure we snag one of the top spots...but it really doesn't.  It will likely come down to the last day of the season anyway--no way to predict/prepare for that.  Of the 4 bottom seeds, only the Clippers stand out as slightly preferential to the other 3 (SAS, UTA, POR).  Portland is a little scarier due to the fear that Lillard/McCollum might go nuclear at any point.  In San Antonio, Aldridge gives me nightmares the way Carlos Boozer used to.  

 

Thinking about Tucker...I really wish we could have seen him paired up with P-Bev.  Can you imagine?  Opposing teams would HATE playing us just for that reason alone.


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Posted 07 March 2019 - 10:07 PM

I would argue that playoff seeding matters and we need to make sure we snag one of the top spots...but it really doesn't.  It will likely come down to the last day of the season anyway--no way to predict/prepare for that.  Of the 4 bottom seeds, only the Clippers stand out as slightly preferential to the other 3 (SAS, UTA, POR).  Portland is a little scarier due to the fear that Lillard/McCollum might go nuclear at any point.  In San Antonio, Aldridge gives me nightmares the way Carlos Boozer used to.  

 

Thinking about Tucker...I really wish we could have seen him paired up with P-Bev.  Can you imagine?  Opposing teams would HATE playing us just for that reason alone.

 

Rest was clearly a factor last year when our main priority was home court throughout the playoffs with our 1 seed so maybe the goal for the team this year is to play it (safely) out and see where the chips land. Going to have to go through the Dubs at some point anyway. 

 

Bev is up for free agency this offseason and I would let Rivers walk to bring back Mr. 94 Feet any day.  


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Posted 08 March 2019 - 07:51 PM

Rest was clearly a factor last year when our main priority was home court throughout the playoffs with our 1 seed so maybe the goal for the team this year is to play it (safely) out and see where the chips land. Going to have to go through the Dubs at some point anyway. 

 

Bev is up for free agency this offseason and I would let Rivers walk to bring back Mr. 94 Feet any day.  

 

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I know.  We're realistically looking at having to topple one of the Spurs/Jazz, OKC/Denver/Portland, and the Warriors!  Oh, and after that we get Toronto/Milwaukee.  Yeesh.

 

As frustrating as it is, I think we are in a bit of a Golden Age for the league.  There are so many freakin' good players and good teams.


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:30 PM

This run has been very impressive and it's encouraging to see CP3 getting back to being himself. Not sure if anyone listened to it, but he was on JJ Redicks podcast on Thursday. Well worth a listen.

 

We've had so many ridiculous losses this season against non-playoff/lottery teams, but for the most part have looked really good when we're locked in against play-off level opposition, so I'm quietly hopeful we have a better chance than any of the pundits seem to be giving us credit for.

 

My main hope is that we get Denver at some point in the play-offs, so I have a chance to get to see some live games ;-)


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