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@  Losthief : (27 March 2015 - 11:24 PM) DMO down now too....Capela with the team.
@  Mario Peña : (27 March 2015 - 08:51 PM) Unfortunately for Durant he is out for 4-6 months and will undergo a bone graft surgery. Tough break for him and hopefully he comes back 100% next year which could potentially be his last year in OKC.
@  Losthief : (27 March 2015 - 02:21 AM) I like Llull, first i heard about him actually willing to leave spain...had almost given up on the guy.
@  majik19 : (27 March 2015 - 02:18 AM) definitely gives us some Beverly insurance should he sign elsewhere (assuming Prigioni, Terry, and McDaniels are gone next year)
@  cointurtlemoose : (27 March 2015 - 12:08 AM) Also, this would be prettyyy cool... http://hoopshype.com...ll-to-join-team
@  cointurtlemoose : (27 March 2015 - 12:06 AM) I think McHale is properly rated. This season has probably boosted him to the middle of the back. Stotts should not be higher than Vogel and Stevens, who have squeezed every drop and more out of their rosters.
@  YaoMan : (26 March 2015 - 07:48 PM) @ txt - no I don't agree with the assessment simply because of how well McHale has handled all the injuries the Rockets had. If they feel that McHale didn't orchestrate that, then Harden should be a hands down MVP when the starting 5 misses more games than any other team in the West...
@  majik19 : (26 March 2015 - 07:18 PM) I was surprised they placed Kerr at 3. I know he's having a great year, but one year does not define a coaching career. People seem to forget he inherited a 50 win team.
@  txtdo1411 : (26 March 2015 - 07:13 PM) I was pretty surprised they had Stotts at 7 as well. He has done a good job with Portland, but health (last year, not so much this season) and talent have put him in a position to succeed.
@  txtdo1411 : (26 March 2015 - 06:31 PM) You think they are correct with that assessment YaoMan? I was actually a little surprised they had Casey and Stevens ahead of him. This year McHale has shown a lot more adaptability than people thought he had in him.
@  YaoMan : (26 March 2015 - 04:50 PM) Have you seen the ESPN coach ranking lately? They have McHale at slightly better than middle of the pack: http://espn.go.com/n...ngs-top-coaches
@  YaoMan : (26 March 2015 - 04:05 PM) If the Rox can stay focus, catching Memphis is definitely a strong reality...
@  Cooper : (26 March 2015 - 02:39 AM) ended up with a nice win and the grizz dropped a game.
@  08huangj : (26 March 2015 - 12:40 AM) The rockets look dead today
@  YaoMan : (25 March 2015 - 09:03 PM) Bev out at least 7-10 days...the rotation is starting to get very thin...hopefully they all come back when playoffs start...
@  Mario Peña : (25 March 2015 - 08:22 PM) Dwight back is great news but how he recovers from the 20 minutes he ends up getting tonight is what I'm holding my breath for.
@  cointurtlemoose : (25 March 2015 - 06:21 PM) On a more encouraging note, Howard is back and starting tonight!
@  cointurtlemoose : (25 March 2015 - 06:21 PM) Agreed, the emotion/hustle/agitation he brought is the stuff of playoffs...
@  txtdo1411 : (25 March 2015 - 02:46 PM) Man Bev was built for the playoffs with his high intensity style of play. I think it is a bigger loss in the PO than the rest of the regular season. I expect Terry and Prigs will fill in nicely for these next 12 games, but I'm pretty terrified of starting the playoffs with them manning the position.
@  cointurtlemoose : (25 March 2015 - 04:23 AM) (cont.) - here's where Prigioni's presence is huge...

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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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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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