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@  Mario Peña : (24 May 2015 - 03:55 PM) Don't get me wrong, I hope they can come back and be competitive but the lack of talent/production from the 1 and 4 in this series really makes it hard on Harden/Howard.
@  Mario Peña : (24 May 2015 - 03:53 PM) 36% shooting from Smith/Jones tandem and sub 30% from Terry/Prigioni who also can't defend in this matchup is a recipe for a sweep.
@  Mario Peña : (24 May 2015 - 02:16 PM) I actually went out last night for game three, Griff's in Montrose. By the second half everybody in that bar was so down, it was a rough night.
@  majik19 : (24 May 2015 - 04:28 AM) i think tonight's loss proved one thing - we need a transcendent performance from Harden to hang with the Warriors. We didn't have that tonight.
@  skip 2 my lou : (24 May 2015 - 02:46 AM) another illegal screen call, are they finally gonna call them?
@  majik19 : (24 May 2015 - 02:38 AM) man Draymond Green just gets away with everything. so weird
@  majik19 : (24 May 2015 - 02:12 AM) everything that can go wrong is going wrong... harden can't buy a bucket... 3s aren't going in... Curry is getting offensive rebounds...
@  jorgeaam : (24 May 2015 - 02:09 AM) So... did anyone see the Astros game last night?
@  JY86er : (23 May 2015 - 08:51 AM) It was very exciting and I'm sorry we lost, but its time to play in the white jerseys now.
@  Cooper : (23 May 2015 - 02:39 AM) If that was anyone but Dwight trailing we got an open three, I think harden just instinctively passed before he realized who it was then didn't have enough time left to get a fadeaway from the elbow that he likes and panicked a little. I'd take harden to make a play/get a decent shot up in that situation 9/10 times. It just didn't work out
@  Mario Peña : (23 May 2015 - 12:30 AM) I agree with you SadLakerFan. I don't believe a timeout would have been a good idea. Everything points to the decision that was made being the right one and just because the outcome was a failure doesn't mean it wasn't the best scenario.
@  SadLakerFan : (22 May 2015 - 04:01 PM) Gotta disagree. You would be taking the ball out of your best (by far) player's hands when the defense is on its heels. A timeout would allow the best defense in the NBA to prepare for the inbounds play - you might never even get it to Harden. As for Harden, I watched it again a few times - he's got to take that shot at 4.0 seconds. He'll learn. I see this as his coming out game. The whole nation knows how good he is now.
@  txtdo1411 : (22 May 2015 - 02:45 PM) Agreed Majik. It's hindsight and everything happened so quick, but that would have been huge. I also feel Harden takes that first stepback if Barnes didn't do that fly by from behind. Just an unfortunate ending to a great game. We'll get them back in Houston.
@  majik19 : (22 May 2015 - 02:21 PM) I feel like McHale or someone should have taken a timeout as soon as Harden got double-teamed. Then we could've drawn something up for him.
@  SadLakerFan : (22 May 2015 - 06:37 AM) McHale made the right call - no time out against the best 1/2 court defense in the NBA. In retrospect, you wish Harden had taken the step back.
@  Mario Peña : (22 May 2015 - 04:53 AM) The 5 always trails and always gets the ball as he crosses half court, I believe it was kind of a habit pass. Harden should have just decisively gone right initially and Ariza probably would have had an open corner three. Harden and co. are still learning.
@  cointurtlemoose : (22 May 2015 - 03:54 AM) Maybe it didn't register in the split-second decision that it was Howard trailing. If it's anyone other than Howard, one of Curry/Thompson peels off to cover the trailer, and Harden gets his one on one back
@  JY86er : (22 May 2015 - 03:41 AM) Oh well, Guys. We got 'em right where we want 'em now.
@  jorgeaam : (22 May 2015 - 03:40 AM) Oh boy, well, at least I like our chances to take both home games the way the Warriors are playing
@  jorgeaam : (22 May 2015 - 03:39 AM) Why didn't Harden call a timeout instead of passing it to Howard on the 3 point line?

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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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#10 Rahat Huq

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:32 PM

Lowry = No Harden
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