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@  thejohnnygold : (31 October 2014 - 08:46 PM) Don't get me wrong. Durant can come on over if he wants to. I'm not turning that down ever. He's just moved to my #2 slot now.
@  Mario Pena (... : (31 October 2014 - 08:38 PM) Hey, Davis would be nice too. I just see the Durant and Harden connection as something that gives Morey somewhere to work from.
@  thejohnnygold : (31 October 2014 - 06:13 PM) I've left the Durant Dream...I'm all aboard the Anthony Davis Express. Morey should get a tattoo of Davis' face on his shoulder and tweet a pic of it to him--as an early recruiting pitch.
@  Mario Pena (... : (31 October 2014 - 12:57 PM) More fuel for the Durant dream.
@  jorgeaam : (31 October 2014 - 06:18 AM) It seems injuries will be the main thing this year again
@  thenit : (31 October 2014 - 04:09 AM) Good news for us. Westbrook out with a hand injury. No Reggie Jackson either. We might get a nice cushion on OKC
@  Cooper : (31 October 2014 - 02:44 AM) Their team d leaves a lot to be desired, bench play was poor as well it is early but the knicks aren't good at all.
@  Mario Pena (... : (31 October 2014 - 02:35 AM) Love's defense on that JR Smith drive was laughable.
@  Losthief : (30 October 2014 - 05:32 PM) yeah...but canaan was playing garbage time...and our guys were not playing well in it, went from 30 point lead to finish margin the 4th. so more like cannan even, bev plus 19, still bev >
@  SadLakerFan : (30 October 2014 - 04:47 AM) Realize that +/- isn't the best stat, but Bev +19 and Canaan -12?
@  thenit : (30 October 2014 - 03:50 AM) Westbrook will lead the league in scoring. Everything is going through him his usage rate must be like 50%
@  Losthief : (30 October 2014 - 03:02 AM) bev just pulled up lame, not good.
@  Losthief : (30 October 2014 - 02:56 AM) omg...harden just got a call out on good d by a jazz announcers!!!!
@  Losthief : (30 October 2014 - 02:56 AM) i've been maintaining the idea ariza vs parsons is a wash, and i think terry makes less mistakes than our guys last year, so he might not bring as much but doesn't take as much away either
@  Fury : (30 October 2014 - 02:54 AM) Maybe losing Chandler isn't quite the problem that the media think it is. We have talent at the top. Depth helps.
@  Fury : (30 October 2014 - 02:54 AM) Maybe it's just me, but I think we're deeper at wing with Ariza/Terry.
@  Losthief : (30 October 2014 - 02:42 AM) maybe silver said something to ;em
@  Losthief : (30 October 2014 - 02:42 AM) yeah....seems like they finally figured it out tho.
@  2016Champions : (30 October 2014 - 01:54 AM) Then he said out of Greece and I put two and two together.
@  2016Champions : (30 October 2014 - 01:53 AM) DMo has black hair now? Hmm..

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Recap: Portland Blazers 105, Houston Rockets 95


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#1 Red94

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 04:37 AM

New post: Recap: Portland Blazers 105, Houston Rockets 95
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#2 Dan G

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:26 AM

For the second straight day I did not get to watch the game and it was a disappointing loss especially since it was our home opener, but those type of games are bound to happen. It didn't help our home opener was on the second day of a back to back, but Portland had a game last night as well although their stars have not been receiving as many minutes as ours.

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.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:08 PM

The lack of solid backups at PG and SG, and McHale's reluctance to develop the Rocket's rookies, are going to be this team's biggest problems. Delfino is a one-trick pony and Douglas is a below replacement level PG.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:24 PM

Great point about Batum being overrated by his fanbase, although I'd say they have been in love with him for several years and at least he appears to be continuing to improve. J.J. Hickson on the other hand.... remember when Cleveland wouldn't include Hickson in trade talks back when they were desperate to win in hopes of keeping LeBron?
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#5 Sir Thursday

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:40 PM

@Brook: Yeah, IIRC they rejected an Amare-Hickson trade straight up (or at least, that's what was reported). Hickson then got traded to Sacramento where he couldn't even get on the court...

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.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:41 PM

Bigtkirk - I agree about our weaknesses.

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.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:26 PM

Don't know if I've ever seen a game that was so disappointing overall, but so encouraging in the particulars.
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.
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#8 Rahat Huq

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:48 PM

Could not agree with you any more on Batum, Paul. Nothing has driven me more crazier in years past. The past few years, almost any time a superstar has been on the market, its almost inevitable that news would be leaked that the Blazers had rejected a deal for said player on account of not wanting to part with Batum. It was almost to the point where you felt it was some intentional leak for the purpose of driving him up as a player.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 04:40 PM

I don't see how this is a McHale third quarter problem. It is debatable that inserting more inexperienced bench players (rookies) would have just made the loss much uglier and I believe that is no way to assimilate them into quality on court time that can lead to good team building.

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.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:01 PM

I totally agree with the consensus here--fatigue, lack of depth, poor shooting, and lack of practice time were key in this loss. We do indeed lack depth, especially at PG, but in the medium-term I am not at all concerned. If there is one thing we know about Morey, it is his talent for finding inexpensive but solid role players. This year's team is the mirror-image of last year's team--depth was one of our strengths last year, while this year it is having an all-star (bordering on superstar) in the line-up. It is amazing how our-long term prospects are now so much brighter.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:21 PM

Was the game 105-95 or 95-85? ESPN, Google, Houston Chronicle, and Bing Sports all say it was 95-85.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:39 AM

95-85.
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