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@  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..
@  2016Champions : (30 October 2014 - 01:53 AM) I was squinting at the screen thinking was that really DMo? DMo looking good!
@  2016Champions : (30 October 2014 - 01:52 AM) Same.
@  Losthief : (30 October 2014 - 01:52 AM) he's been so consistent with the mistake tho makes me think it might be wrong on his sheet too.

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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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