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@  jorgeaam : (30 January 2015 - 12:44 AM) No Demarcus Cousins or Damian Lillard in the All-Star game, by the way
@  jorgeaam : (30 January 2015 - 12:40 AM) In the non-surprising new of the day, James Harden was selected as an All-Star reserve
@  Alituro : (29 January 2015 - 04:49 PM) If you look in the corners and behind the basket... where the regular ticket buyers sit, it tells a different story.
@  Alituro : (29 January 2015 - 04:48 PM) Our home crowd appearance is misleading as the seats along the sides that you see on TV are corporate seats and usually spoken for each game but the patrons spend their time in the lounges and restaurants
@  Alituro : (29 January 2015 - 04:45 PM) Our crowd certainly came alive when it came time to Ice Chandler's Flagrant FTs
@  Matt Maloney... : (29 January 2015 - 04:44 PM) Congrats to Josh Smith for having a ONE good night on the offensive end. His D and rebounding is always good, don't tell me you don't cringe when he takes a jumper at the top of the key when you have a MVP out there
@  Matt Maloney... : (29 January 2015 - 04:42 PM) If you have league pass, even the Knicks have a better home crowd
@  Matt Maloney... : (29 January 2015 - 04:40 PM) For those of us who no longer live in Houston, lives in LA, and pays the high prices at the Staples Center to watch the Rockets play, and you see the support the Lakers get, yeah I think I have a point
@  rocketrick : (29 January 2015 - 01:41 PM) Same dude also complaining about Josh Smith jump shots. Yesterday evening at the game over at Toyota Center (it's Downtown, let me know if anyone needs directions on how to get there) I saw solid evidence of the 2011 Josh Smith.
@  rocketrick : (29 January 2015 - 01:35 PM) I don't understand people on this site complaining about the Rockets home crowd while the complainers clearly are not buying tickets and going to the game.
@  Losthief : (29 January 2015 - 07:29 AM) tjones looked really good tonight...and bigger/stronger in the upper body which should help on d!
@  Matt Maloney... : (29 January 2015 - 02:09 AM) Rondo has a ghost defender on him most of the time.
@  Matt Maloney... : (29 January 2015 - 01:17 AM) Another crappy home crowd...
@  08huangj : (28 January 2015 - 11:47 AM) Why are there no more previews on this website?
@  Matt Maloney... : (26 January 2015 - 05:00 AM) THEY KNOW HE WILL MISS*
@  Matt Maloney... : (26 January 2015 - 04:59 AM) Our opponents have running start when Josh Smith shoots a jumper. After miss seems to turn into a fast break. THEY HE WILL MISS!
@  Mario Peña : (26 January 2015 - 04:39 AM) These fourth quarter runs (and late third quarter ones too) that the Rockets give up are getting me worried. A bad development since the end of December that I've been noticing.
@  cointurtlemoose : (24 January 2015 - 05:29 AM) 2) At least Klay waited a game before he turned into a human fireball...
@  cointurtlemoose : (24 January 2015 - 05:28 AM) 1) James, my hero...
@  Matt Maloney... : (24 January 2015 - 05:05 AM) James Harden is BAD SANTA...dropping gifts!

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Recap: San Antonio Spurs 114, Houston Rockets 92.


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#1 Red94

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:36 AM

New post: Recap: San Antonio Spurs 114, Houston Rockets 92.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:32 PM

Yes, this and the OKC games let us know just how far away we are from contention. The more I watch Lin, the more my suspicions about how he was brought here are verified. This had to be a directive from Les to do nothing but once again boost his teams popularity internationally, rather than a result of the complex metrics Morey employs when recruiting. How much longer does it go on? 3 years? There were good reasons why we cut him to begin with. I think it would be wise to try and make him 6th man and start Douglas to play with Harden and the starters. While Lin has got something to prove in his pursuit of stardom, Toney knows he needs to defer to Harden and play like a true point, and I'd much rather have Douglas spotting up in the corner when the defense collapses around Harden than Lin, and he's not even that good in that situation, but Lin's shooting is deplorable. Patterson needs to work on his rebounding in a BAD way, he is an excellent defender and a smart offensive player, but once a shot is jacked up, on either end of the floor, he ceases to exist. I think the biggest hole on our roster right now is at the PG position, which is a shame knowing what we had there last season. If we can fix that problem, it will go a long way to winning more games, shooting % will go up and turnovers down.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:36 PM

The mental image I had going into this game was of Jack Sparrow hopelessly swinging his sword into the mouth of the Kraken.
Kudos to James Harden for being the sword. Bigger props to the San Antonio Krakens.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:55 PM

This was Asik's first really off game of the season, and his lack of interior defense was a big factor in the Spurs getting the easy baskets they needed to open a big lead. Given his emergence last season, it's hard to remember that Lin remains a relatively iuexperienced PG by NBA standards and that he is going to endure growing pains just like all PG's do. The best thing about games such as this is that it's only one and it's time to forget it and play another.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:53 PM

Three thoughts from the wreckage.

While it was garbage time,Jones started playing w/more assurance as the 4Q went on.
He took the ball up the court,looked to be involved in what little offense there was outside of Cook's chucking. A far cry from the scared player who was giving away the ball as if it was a boiling hot potato.
He had a couple of nice passes,one off drive to open Douglas for a three,another out of lane to teammate who swung the ball to a more open 3pt shooter.
Took it to the rim a few times-even if one was w/just a few seconds left-a breach of NBA etiquette :)

Marcus Morris cannot create his own shot against any but the most hapless NBA defender.

Worst of all was the abandonment of any motion in the Rockets offense. It returned to "get the ball on perimeter,try and get past your man,then drive into heart of the defense and hope a miracle happens".
This is the worst possible offense for Lin as he is not a spot-up shooter and is being denied the screens to get him past his man and into open court space.
It's the dribble-drive college offense where the other players are relegated to spot-up shooters...and the results say the Rockets are poor spot-up shooters.
Instead of sticking Lin,Parsons,Morris and Delfino in the 3pt corner and hope their defender gets ADD and leaves them,I'd like to see a return of last season's weave. The offense where the bigs would set screens above the FT line,the wings would weave along the 3pt line and rub off the screens,opening up shooters and lane avenues-the offense that was so successful last yr.
The one the Rockets have abandoned w/Harden on board,but that plays to the strengths of Harden,Lin and Parsons.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:18 PM

One thing I neglected to mention is that I hope Sampson and McHale noticed how Pop uses his bench. Regardless of how much promise the Rockets have shown during the first 18 games of the season, the reality is that this is a development season for a young team. The only way to develop is to play. Playing the young bench players will result in growing pains, but it is in the best long-range interests of the team at this point.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:04 PM

One thing I neglected to mention is that I hope Sampson and McHale noticed how Pop uses his bench. Regardless of how much promise the Rockets have shown during the first 18 games of the season, the reality is that this is a development season for a young team. The only way to develop is to play. Playing the young bench players will result in growing pains, but it is in the best long-range interests of the team at this point.

Very important point and something I've written about a lot. But it won't happen, simply for the same reason managers don't follow the same intersets as stockholders in any industry. Incentives aren't aligned. McHale has to think about his job and career - he's not thinking about the future of the Rockets. Popavich basically IS the Spurs, so his interests are the same as the Spurs.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:50 PM

I think it would be wise to try and make him 6th man and start Douglas to play with Harden and the starters. While Lin has got something to prove in his pursuit of stardom, Toney knows he needs to defer to Harden and play like a true point, and I'd much rather have Douglas spotting up in the corner when the defense collapses around Harden than Lin, and he's not even that good in that situation, but Lin's shooting is deplorable.


I wouldn't mind seeing Lin come in with the second unit but I have to disagree with you when you say Douglas knows how to defer to Harden. Douglas is a shooter. He'll jack up shots when he's hot and when he's cold and he does it when Harden is in. Douglas was so unpopular in NY because he'd jack up shots even when he was cold and continue to do it until D'Antoni would bench him. I don't have any statistics but I'm sure Douglas makes more attempts per minute than Lin. What's annoying for me as a Lin fan is the fact he's constantly standing on the 3 pt line and jacking up 3's when that's not his shot. He should drive to the basket or at least pump fake and take 2 steps closer to the basket and shoot.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:54 PM

It's really a shame that it didn't work out with Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic. If we had kept either one we would be several games above .500 and we wouldn't have to worry about our PG not producing points. Both Lowry and Dragic would've played well with Harden because they don't need the ball in their hands 24/7 to score unlike Lin. Both Lowry and Dragic are also excellent three point shooters (something Lin is not and it's hurting us), and both have been putting up great numbers in points, rebounds, and assists this year. We were all right when we assumed that losing Lowry and Dragic was going to bring struggles to this team. Even Aaron Brooks would've been producing better numbers than Lin currently is, and he is actually doing quite well in SAC with all the problems and guards they have. I just hope either Lin is in a temporary slump or we find a better PG at the deadline/ FA.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:32 PM

Lowry = No Harden
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