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@  Cooper : (20 April 2015 - 10:05 PM) Not without reke
@  RocketMan : (20 April 2015 - 08:58 PM) Pelicans stand a chance tonight?
@  Cooper : (20 April 2015 - 07:58 PM) No matter how good a coach you are you can't magically make baynes and injured Parker as good as Blake an cp3
@  thejohnnygold : (20 April 2015 - 06:53 PM) That comment may have been altered...
@  rocketrick : (20 April 2015 - 04:30 PM) What a joy it is to sign in.........
@  Mario Peña : (20 April 2015 - 03:47 PM) You alright there rocketrick, you come across out of sorts or something.
@  rocketrick : (20 April 2015 - 03:21 PM) Haq a whovever it doesn't matter, just haq and hack and haq......yes OK
@  rocketrick : (20 April 2015 - 03:19 PM) pops simply overrated....
@  rocketrick : (20 April 2015 - 03:19 PM) Yes........
@  rocketrick : (20 April 2015 - 03:18 PM) Over Rated......
@  rocketrick : (20 April 2015 - 03:18 PM) Popovich
@  rocketrick : (20 April 2015 - 03:16 PM) Present, Past or Future, whatever,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Poppich is Way Way Way Over Rated in My Opinion.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
@  rocketrick : (20 April 2015 - 03:09 PM) Popovich is Way Over-Rated. Has to do Hack WHoever..........and this is the Coach of the Future???>
@  SadLakerFan : (20 April 2015 - 03:01 PM) Watched a replay of the game - VERY entertaining. Who would have though Jason Terry would be the answer? Great team effort with D12 in foul trouble.
@  rocketrick : (20 April 2015 - 01:59 PM) Popovich is OVERRATED as an NBA Coach in my opinion because he has to resort to hack a Shak, or hack or D12 or hack WHoever.......
@  Mario Peña : (20 April 2015 - 01:53 PM) So here is a little wild speculation. Would Aldridge go to San Antonio and take over the reins for Duncan?
@  jorgeaam : (19 April 2015 - 09:46 PM) It was made for getting Josh Smith out, but I also think he send a message "two can play this game"
@  cointurtlemoose : (19 April 2015 - 07:40 PM) I enjoyed it as a "screw you" sort of move, haha
@  Mario Peña : (19 April 2015 - 07:20 PM) The intentional foul on Rondo was made so McHale could make substitutions.
@  JY86er : (19 April 2015 - 05:34 AM) Was that a hack on Rondo after Dallas hacked Smith and did they pull Rondo after that foul?

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Recap: Houston Rockets 131, New York Knicks 103


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#1 Red94

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 04:29 AM

New post: Recap: Houston Rockets 131, New York Knicks 103
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#2 Rahat Huq

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 04:45 AM

This was easily the best game of the year.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 05:46 AM

Incredible game. I wish we could keep those kinds of percentages up, but they're far too unbelievable Even Toney Douglas came in and put in some decent minutes. Asik had a solid stat line, and outplayed his ability offensively once again. Obviously Parsons too had a great night, I was really impressed by his shooting, looking really clean and exceptionally smooth. We got what we need from Harden too, with another 30+ point game.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:58 PM

Although the Rockets clearly played their best game so far this season, I'm not sold on the Knicks. Their good start has been fueled by outside shooting that they will not likely be able to maintain over the course of the season. Moreover, as you point out, the defensive holes in their lineup are considerable, particularly when Chandler is not on the court. Finally, consistent with your theme regarding evaluating players too much based on scoring, Anthony's non-scoring stat line was pedestrian (34 M, 4 R, 2 A, 7 TO).
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:28 PM

now where are those parsons haters....
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:18 AM

It looks like we got Marcus Morris' and Chandler Parsons' roles mixed up. Marcus Morris is the stopper and Parsons is the scorer.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:41 AM

now where are those parsons haters....

right here......now if he could keep that up instead of once every 15 games i'd be ok with him.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:02 PM

Although the Rockets clearly played their best game so far this season, I'm not sold on the Knicks. Their good start has been fueled by outside shooting that they will not likely be able to maintain over the course of the season. Moreover, as you point out, the defensive holes in their lineup are considerable, particularly when Chandler is not on the court. Finally, consistent with your theme regarding evaluating players too much based on scoring, Anthony's non-scoring stat line was pedestrian (34 M, 4 R, 2 A, 7 TO).


I agree that the high outside shooting percentages are probably unsustainable (though they do generate a lot of open looks that mean their numbers should still be quite high), but I'm still puzzling about how they were able to hold opponents to such low numbers defensively in the first 10 games of the season. I know they key off of Chandler defensively and he had a terrible game (Rahat analysed it correctly in the podcast - it seemed as though all it took was for Asik to come out and set a pick on the perimeter to drag Chandler out of there and leave the middle completely free), but still that can't explain everything. I wrote in the recap that the wings looked old and slow...perhaps that was exacerabated by how well Parsons was playing? Normally I assume they would put Brewer on Harden and try to hide a wing defender (Kidd?) on Parsons, but he didn't let that happen.

I think this is a case where the hot shooting from the Rockets made Knicks look worse than they actually were. Certainly there were a lot of easy inside buckets, but that's not the full story. Remember how there was that quarter against New Orleans where everything suddenly clicked and the Rockets put up over 30 points to blow the game open? A key contributor to that was the Douglas hit a few threes. We saw that again tonight - Douglas and Cook hit some outside shots (and of course Parsons was hitting from everywhere), which massively inflated the Rockets' offensive numbers. The fact that they've been missing all their shots up to this point has actually been making Houston look worse than they should do - I would expect our offensive numbers to end up somewhere between the slow-ish start to the season's offense and the electric performance from last night once they return to their mean outputs.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:58 PM

I had been thinking for most of the season that if the Rockets could just hit a respectable percentage on threes (say, 35 percent) that they could beat most teams when combined with their other strengths (Asik's rebounding and D, Harden and Lin's penetration and scoring).
What is so encouraging about this game is that it isn't like everything went wrong for the Knicks--they hit 43 percent from three, Carmelo hit some insane shots, and the Rockets still toasted them.

Let me put it another way, even if the Rockets shot 20% percent from three in this game (5-25), they still would have won by one point.*

*Yes, I understand that those shots don't exisit in a vacuum and that hitting them opens up opportunities inside and eliminates chances for long-rebounds and fast-break points, yada yada. Just hush and let me have fun with my numbers, ok?
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