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@  thejohnnygold : (02 September 2014 - 09:48 PM) @bladad--no, you are not the only one to recognize how different Team USA is from our own team. You are just the only one who saw fit to view it negatively.
@  rocketrick : (02 September 2014 - 05:11 PM) Just Wake Me Up in Mid-September when USA-Spain play for the 1-game Title....
@  bladad : (02 September 2014 - 03:41 PM) Am I the only one that doesn't think Harden's stats during Team USA's run has anything to do with how he will play during the season? He is playing with the best players in the world. Most if not all the players can stretch the floor as well. They are also playing piss poor competition at the moment....
@  Willk : (02 September 2014 - 02:20 AM) Jeff Adrien is a bad man http://twitpic.com/dlrurt
@  jorgeaam : (01 September 2014 - 04:07 AM) Probably a Parsons and a Beverley on those second rounders :P
@  feelingsuper... : (31 August 2014 - 09:31 PM) I don't mind Terry, it's a low cost gamble. I do like the 2 second rounders Morey acquired.
@  feelingsuper... : (31 August 2014 - 09:30 PM) Harden looked good once he got past the foul trouble and Coach K put the ball in his hands unlike the first half.
@  Willk : (31 August 2014 - 09:15 PM) harden 7 assists 0 TOs
@  Willk : (31 August 2014 - 09:09 PM) FSS - I do not know how to feel about that
@  feelingsuper... : (31 August 2014 - 09:01 PM) Woj reporting Kings working on deal to send Jason Terry to Rockets.
@  Buckko : (30 August 2014 - 08:17 PM) and finally an article on Canaan http://www.ridiculou...-guard#comments
@  feelingsuper... : (30 August 2014 - 03:26 PM) Just a reminder to everyone interested that Team USA plays Finland today at 2:30 central time on ESPN.
@  RollingWave : (28 August 2014 - 07:34 AM) But yeah, I can understand luxury tax / revenue sharing, but the cap's sole purpose is to help the Owner's pockets and also give jobs to all those captologist
@  RollingWave : (28 August 2014 - 07:33 AM) The irony obviously, sports being the one thing where the US is much more socialist than their European counter part ;)
@  thenit : (27 August 2014 - 08:43 PM) Unless Cle wins 2 rings in 4 years I rather have what Mia has now 2 rings and a likely playoff team
@  thenit : (27 August 2014 - 08:43 PM) That's why I don't like American sports, there shouldn't be any salary cap. It should be like Europe. Hating Socialism except for sports where the whole idea of is to compete to be the best. should be capitalistic and a free for all
@  rocketrick : (27 August 2014 - 11:53 AM) Boring...so which situation is better going forward? Miami Heat with practically no salary cap room after winning 2 titles in 3 years or Cleveland with all kinds of cap room? No wonder LeBron and KLove chose Cleveland. Just saying. NBA Salary Cap is quite onerous in the end.
@  thenit : (27 August 2014 - 02:53 AM) I think it's about right where we should be. We are a contender under the radar
@  rocketrick : (27 August 2014 - 12:42 AM) Las Vegas places 16-1 odds for the Rockets chances this season as the eventual NBA Champion. Only the Cavaliers, Bulls, Spurs, Thunder and Clippers rate better odds than the Rockets. Perhaps too much negativity this off-season in H-town???
@  rocketrick : (26 August 2014 - 11:40 PM) Troy Daniels is more of a SG, too with limited, at best, PG skills. I'm with Rolling Wave, I'd rather have Sessions than Ish Smith backing up Beverley

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#1 Red94

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 04:52 AM

New post: Houston Rockets 96, Detroit Pistons 82
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#2 blakecouey

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 05:23 AM

Good game with some sloppy play by both teams for sure. Loved seeing the rookies get some time. Was impressed with Jones' blocks, although his shooting was less than adequate. Not enough for Motie(5mins), but it's better than riding the pine.

Very happy with Marcus Morris tonight, /- 21 is huge.
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#3 Stephen

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 07:46 AM

Couple of quibbles.

Harden had 20 points on 14 shots-that used to be considered efficient.
However,your larger point that the Rockets aren't paying him max money to be Kevin Martin 2.0 is valid.

Replay showed Prince tripped over Lin's feet. Hard to call that a premier boner.(And I'm old enough that I think a boner is something different :) .)

Parsons stats might not have been too impressive,but he set up numerous open looks for his teammates.
And I was really encouraged that he finally took it strong o the rim instead of throwing up that weak s*** he's been doing so far. He's getting past his man and close to basket...cue up Bill Walton,"Throw it down!"...instead of those off-hand flips he's been throwing up.
Course,like the season so far,after a strong drive he tried too hard to dunk it and had it bounce back...sigh,baby steps.

Fitting that after the past few years we finally have decent Center depth-remember all the spilled electrons over the back-up C? Both Smith and Aldrich look like real NBA back-up Cs,and I wouldn't be shocked to see them alternate the rest of the yr,depending on who's playing well-or who's playing poorly.
Meanwhile we've gone from having two quality PGs the past few seasons to barely having one.

Biggest disappointment to me so far has been the lack of off-ball movement in the offense. All too often Parsons,Delfino have sat in the corner while bigs set high screens for Harden/Lin. Can't remember the last time a wing w/out the ball ran off a screen set by a big.

In the "Other than that,how was the play Mrs Lincoln" department,Sampson praised Douglass for bringing up the ball faster than Lin. That's great,but what did he do once he got it into the frontcourt? Very little that was good.
Never confuse activity for accomplishment.

Looks like the mantra for Rocket bigs is Rebound,Rebound,Rebound. If you don't you're going to sit. Esp w/the Defensive Coach now doling out minutes.

Also agree that Morris is really settling into his role. Esp like his aggressiveness w/the ball. Interesting to see if that can translate when he goes back to the SF. If it does,the Rockets are a back-up PG away from having a dangerous second unit.

Jones still has raw rookie written all over him,but he hustles and he offers something none of the other PFs do-help shot-blocking. And that is how he's going to force his way into the rotation.
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 01:58 PM

Most important stat of the night -- Asik 4-4 on FT's!
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

Several good things from this game:

Greg Smith had another good appearance, 4 assists (second to Lin) in limited minutes. He is a great opportunist when on the court...

Terrence Jones is definitely a shot blocker, and one of his blocks led to a fast break dunk at the other end. We look so much more imposing with him at the PF than with 2Pat... He has earned some rotation time in my mind.

Getting everyone into the game that was game-active was important to team morale. Even the starters like to see the weakest players get a chance to play a bit. That is valuable fun-time for the team when the reserves can come in to finish up a game... Fun is important to a team.

And, yes, it was nice to see Asik take his time on his free throws... He will surprise everyone before this season is over because he seems open to good coaching. This win over the Pistons was a good win for us, for a lot of reasons...
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 06:28 PM

nothing like looking up and seeing detroit on the schedule when you really need a win :rolleyes: glad to see the rooks get some minutes. (IMO) patterson is a good backup PF, not a starter. our starter will come from the rooks. we need to start giving them minutes nightly and get busy finding out who they are.
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you can only warn a man that the bridge is out.....if he keeps driving he's on his own B)


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Posted 11 November 2012 - 07:44 PM

I used to hate Marcus Morris because I thought he just another tweener whose game was made for college and not for the pros.
Now I just hate him for making me feel dumb about hating him.
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:20 PM

Glad they're back to .500 but they might as well be 3-4 already... it's Miami what'reyagonnado..
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:05 PM

Loved Greg Smith's hustle, especially that ball he kicked from the floor to prevent an easy basket :D
Asik perfect from the line! (even just shooting 4 times, perfect percentage for him is great).
Lin with zero turnovers, another notable stat.
Also glad to see D-Mo and T-Jones get some playing time, to get that debut thing off their backs, from now on, they should cool a bit.

I know Detroit is the must beat team at this moment, but we need to get those kind of numbers in this type of games if we hope to get anywhere.
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