Recap: Portland Blazers 105, Houston Rockets 95
Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:26 AM
Morris did indeed build on his good performance from last night and with PPat back from injury and in the starting lineup, Morris has now become the most consistent scorer off our bench, which is surprising and good news. The only thing I wish now is for the Rockets to once again experiment with playing Morris at the 3 and giving Jones, Motie or White some minutes as the backup 4.
I am glad to see the crowd energized for the home opener as well and I hope this enthusiasm continues. I just hope it wasn't a case of opening night nostalgia and in the coming home games the crowd will start to dwindle down.
I agree Houston is pretty much a bandwagon city, but to me the Astros are a different story. I actually like baseball more than basketball and to see what has become of the Astros is sickening and frightening. The Stros used to have around $115 million in payroll and now it is down to around $20 million. Granted the Astros are still paying significant amount of money to some of the veterans they traded away like Carlos Lee, but their payroll for who is currently left on the roster is around $20 million. I know they are trying to rebuild their farm system and I understand their overall strategy, but in order to put butts in the seats (and in particular mine), they need to have someone on the team that people want to pay good money to see. The more of those guys they get the more butts that will suddenly appear in seats. It's not rocket science. The closest thing the Astros have to a main attraction is Jose Altuve. I love the guy but at this stage he doesn't exactly scream main attraction to me and many Houstonians agree. I don't care how they get more watchable players whether they get them through the farm system, through trades or through free agency, but it is hard to watch a team lose nearly every night with very little hope of them getting better in the next few years.
I'll get off my soapbox about the Astros for now, but I guess my main point is I will start watching or attending Astro games when they once again can at least beat AAA teams on a consistent basis. For now though, I am really excited about the direction of both the Rockets and the Texans are going, so those are the teams I will direct my main attention to.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:08 PM
Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:24 PM
Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:40 PM
Tonight's game was all about fatigue. Harden missed at least 6 layups that he would normally have made, and any one of them would have won us the game in regulation. It's a clear sign going forwards that McHale must ration Harden's minutes a bit more. 37-38 minutes a night is probably sustainable, but nothing more.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:41 PM
Assuming that a good or max chunk of our remaining cap space is put towards a stud PF, we aren't going to need so many on our roster, so it seems likely that 2 or 3 of the current group are shipped out. Is it possible that 2Pat and MM are being highlighted now because these are the guys we'd like to trade? We are going to have a heck of a time asking other teams to accept trade value in guys who have been given 0 minutes. Normally I wouldn't expect McHale to coach in a way that facilitates Morey's strategy (McHale has always seemed like he is coaching to win today), but I thought I'd throw it out there.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:26 PM
We blew a game that we should have won, and we continued with McHale's trademarked third quarter collapse.
On the other hand, MMorris is proving the doubters/haters wrong (I'm one of them), which is great to see. James Harden had a "bad" night where he put up 24/6/5. You know how many other guys that would be a "bad" night for? Kobe, LeBron, and Durant. That's the list (No Melo. If Melo has five assists in one night, then you know he only did it by accident).
And the way we lost is easier to stomach than a lot of the losses last year. Last night we were buried by a hot streak of threes (PDX shot 40%, we shot 19%). Last season we would lose because the other team would stop playing around with about five minues left and start waltzing into the lane for layups (hey, Luis). Thank God those days are over.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:48 PM
Posted 04 November 2012 - 04:40 PM
To me I saw poor shooting (35%) on regular buckets probably due to fatigue. I saw too many 3's attempted (also due to fatigue) and missed (19%). At the stripe the Rockets shot 66%. None of those dismal stats and the story they tell have anything to do with Mchale.
It might be really simple though. Barkley might say live by the 3 die by the 3.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:01 PM
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:21 PM
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