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@  thejohnnygold : (06 March 2015 - 07:04 PM) Yes...paging tech support!
@  majik19 : (06 March 2015 - 06:32 PM) Is anyone else getting a "error establishing database connection" when trying to load the main Red94 site?
@  cointurtlemoose : (06 March 2015 - 04:49 PM) I think it definitely hurts them. Their bench is back to thin, and Matthews, behind Lillard and Aldridge, is the most crucial guy to that team. They're still dangerous, and Afflalo will be a net positive, but they definitely became less threatening
@  Mario Peña : (06 March 2015 - 02:52 PM) I agree johnnygold, maybe. You never know maybe the other Blazers rally and with Affalo able to slip in maybe there's no drop off. If the Rockets face Portland I would have liked to see Harden carve up Matthews but I guess we will have to wait till another time.
@  thejohnnygold : (06 March 2015 - 02:41 PM) Perhaps....
@  08huangj : (06 March 2015 - 01:31 PM) Matthews out for year. Fortunate for the Rockets
@  TTrainW : (06 March 2015 - 12:16 PM) Yeah I think there's a perception that Westbrook earns those free thows by being athletic and making those wow plays. Harden plays more smartly, and baits the opposing players into fouling him; to an opposing fan it seems like baiting the official.
@  txtdo1411 : (05 March 2015 - 06:34 PM) Anybody else think it's funny that Harden gets all this flak for "baiting" officials, yet Westbrook only averages 0.3 less FTA per game and you never hear one word about it? Is it because Westbrook is typically making "wow" plays when he doesn't get fouled? Even if he goes to the line 20 times (like last night), he still has a play or two that just make your jaw drop.
@  txtdo1411 : (05 March 2015 - 06:28 PM) I feel like he's definitely gaining the most publicity at the moment. It just depends on what voters care about. Their record won't be great, and his fg percentages are pretty atrocious, so it depends on how much weight they put into that.
@  majik19 : (05 March 2015 - 03:36 PM) Is anyone else thinking that Westbrook is taking over the MVP conversation...? I know Harden has played ~15 more games... but by the end of the season, that won't be too significant
@  thejohnnygold : (05 March 2015 - 06:13 AM) NBA.com publishes them....they take a little time
@  TTrainW : (05 March 2015 - 03:17 AM) @JG where do you get the ref reports after games?
@  thejohnnygold : (04 March 2015 - 02:25 PM) @Yaoman--I guess it's whatever you want to be worried about. One loss is a 1/2 game move in the standings--not a full point. Head to head is a full point. Further, divisional records come into play for tiebreakers and such. I was never endorsing skipping ATL--why would we do that? Besides, is there really much benefit to moving to the 2 seed? The 4 seed? I forget who it was, but I agree that keeping the 3rd is ideal as it prolongs any chance of seeing GSW the longest.
@  King's G... : (04 March 2015 - 10:34 AM) @cooper we couldnt closed even when Harden played in the first game
@  King's G... : (04 March 2015 - 09:56 AM) nice game were equally good with or without Harden and dwight
@  TTrainW : (04 March 2015 - 03:29 AM) passing was just really sloppy. there were some times where we tried to get it to the post to run a play but the passing just wasn't crisp or on point.
@  Mario Peña : (04 March 2015 - 03:14 AM) Good first 40 minutes and hopefully these rotation players have learned something about crunch time execution and effort.
@  Cooper : (04 March 2015 - 02:51 AM) can't close without harden.
@  TTrainW : (04 March 2015 - 02:37 AM) intensity
@  jorgeaam : (04 March 2015 - 02:34 AM) BENCH JOSH SMITH NOW!!!

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In Houston, it all starts and ends with Harden


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#1 Red94

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:10 PM

New post: In Houston, it all starts and ends with Harden
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#2 Mario Peña

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:20 PM

Thanks for the article Rahat. I knew Morey would come through and now that we have Harden the storyline is infinitely more interesting. Harden definitely fits that good guy stereotype in stark contrast to a Carmelo Anthony type and that bodes well for the Houston market in the long run. The kind of star that Harden develops into as he approaches his prime, how the coaching staff develops the culture and how the rest of the players fall into their roles and which players arise as consistent contributers will be the sub plots that will keep us all intrigued for the next few years.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:16 PM

Yeah it definately feels different now. I still have a small pit in my stomach when I think how the Rockets could still have Dragic and Scola who were let go with no return then not only would the future be bright but the present would be bright as well.

But that can't be undone so I need to stop thinking about it, now I'm just hoping that Jones, White, Motie, and Machado get a shot soon and at least one of them proves to be NBA ready already and help out with this lack of depth problem. McHale is going "win now" by not playing them (supposedly, based on his rotation choices I really have no clue about what goes through his mind) but I think they might be the missing pieces to winning now.

I was all ready to accept that the Rockets weren't going to be good this year and not worry about them losing but the Harden trade has me wanting them to win immediatly again, though I don't see the playoffs for this team unless another move is made or a rookie steps up.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:54 AM

Spot on.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:06 AM

love this story rahat and could not agree more. I agree it takes a little luck to build a good team in the nba, but I also love your point about how you must stay ready. only those who are prepared can take advantage of luck. when morey let some of the players go last year I have to admit I was pissed. I thought if we could figure out a way to hold lowry, dragic and lee and get them to play together all we needed was some bigs and we were in business. I think morey is one of the best gm's in the nba, but my confidence in him slipped. for the life of me I could not figure out what he was trying to do. I have been an avid basketball fan for over forty years (and the rockets have always been my team) and know a few things about the game too. I understood the rockets wanted to stay ready for the big fish, but letting go of some of those pieces hurt. looking back now it's clear if we had not taken most of those steps harden would not have been possible. this reaffirmed my faith in morey. I believe morey can find role players in his sleep, but he was not after more role players. he was single minded in his goal of not building the denver nuggets, but something much greater. the rockets are still in position to catch another big fish. I said back during the summer a lot of teams were throwing money around and would come to regret it. there are still several teams which if they do not meet their expectations will be going into the fire sale mode and the rocket are still ready to pounce on the right deal. morey has guided us from some dark times to where I can see the light at the other end of the tunnel. harden is a player who can be I of the 2 best players on a champion contender. now all we have to do is find him some help
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:43 AM

Nice account of the energy at the Toyota Center. With the League Pass preview set to expire on election day, i'm seriously thinking about purchasing a subscription this year. Watching those first 3 games evoked a level of excitement I haven't felt in years, to be honest.

What's the situation with our 3 rookies? Surprising that not a single one has received any playing time thus far, particularly during a back to back series. It's important we incorporate a deep roster for the long season ahead to prevent fatigue and injuries. We should get this cooking now.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:01 AM

Nice account of the energy at the Toyota Center. With the League Pass preview set to expire on election day, i'm seriously thinking about purchasing a subscription this year. Watching those first 3 games evoked a level of excitement I haven't felt in years, to be honest.

What's the situation with our 3 rookies? Surprising that not a single one has received any playing time thus far, particularly during a back to back series. It's important we incorporate a deep roster for the long season ahead to prevent fatigue and injuries. We should get this cooking now.

How did you watch the first games on League Pass? The first two were blacked out on League Pass(not sure about the Portland game, was there so I didn't really care!)
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#8 Mario Peña

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:06 AM

I watched some of all 3 games on League Pass both live and archived since it is offered as a free trial till Tuesday.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:49 AM

I live in Virginia. The free trial wasn't blacked out here.

blakecouey says 45 minutes ago

frogs07, on 05 November 2012 - 03:43 AM said:

Nice account of the energy at the Toyota Center. With the League Pass preview set to expire on election day, i'm seriously thinking about purchasing a subscription this year. Watching those first 3 games evoked a level of excitement I haven't felt in years, to be honest.

What's the situation with our 3 rookies? Surprising that not a single one has received any playing time thus far, particularly during a back to back series. It's important we incorporate a deep roster for the long season ahead to prevent fatigue and injuries. We should get this cooking now.


How did you watch the first games on League Pass? The first two were blacked out on League Pass(not sure about the Portland game, was there so I didn't really care!)
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:29 AM

It's funny how Houstonians couldn't witness Harden's two game explosion, similar to how New Yorkers couldn't witness Linsanity when it started, all because of broadcaster rights disagreements.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:58 AM

Yeah, if you live in Houston, be careful of league pass. You're in blackout zone, so be ready to miss the vast majority of Houston games. Only people who have an IP address outside of Houston will be able to see games on league pass.

This piece is on the nose for most Rockets fans, I think. Suddenly, there's something to be excited about. Suddenly, other people are excited. Every time Harden or Lin hit the deck, some fraction of my mind screams in fear that it's all over. That it has to be over, because this is Rockets basketball, and Rockets basketball means a broken heart every year. But it's real, and I'm more on board for the ride than I thought possible. Great read, great year.
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