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@  thejohnnygold : (06 May 2015 - 03:07 AM) You have always been a beacon of positivity, Mario--moreso than me. Don't ever change :)
@  Mario Peña : (05 May 2015 - 11:22 PM) Thanks for staying positive johnnygold!
@  Mario Peña : (05 May 2015 - 11:22 PM) Look part of me is positive and you all know I usually am. On top of that I've been one of the biggest Harden defenders here since he joined the team and as a long time Rockets fan I reserve the right to complain every once in awhile.
@  thejohnnygold : (05 May 2015 - 08:27 PM) @Mario--no worries. I was painting with broad strokes. You may very well be right; however, I intend to remain positive. We can definitely do this!
@  Mario Peña : (05 May 2015 - 03:38 PM) I'm not giving up on them just forecasting from what I see (not that anyone cares). Maybe game 1 is the wake up call they need. I'm rewatching the game right now and in the 2nd quarter there is just too much celebrating, this team is still maturing.
@  thejohnnygold : (05 May 2015 - 01:36 PM) I will repeat--it's just one game and I am surprised how many people are ready to give up and bury this team/season. Consider that before judging the Rockets for giving up at the end of last night's game. Let's wait until 3-0 at least...
@  Mario Peña : (05 May 2015 - 05:59 AM) I noticed since the game in Chicago at the beginning of January this Rockets team spots teams big runs in the last 18 minutes of games. Large runs happen and go unanswered.
@  08huangj : (05 May 2015 - 05:16 AM) The only win that wasn't a close win, as I can remember from this season, is the Jazz game. The Rockets just cannot finish a team out.
@  08huangj : (05 May 2015 - 05:15 AM) It is annoying why we ALWAYS give up a big lead in the first half.
@  Mario Peña : (05 May 2015 - 05:08 AM) I hope Harden and co. come out aggressive in game 2 but I'm not sure they will. I've thought that this Rockets team would have some serious heartbreak again this post season and come back better next year.
@  cointurtlemoose : (05 May 2015 - 04:59 AM) They did do pretty good defending Harden though. Always have, really
@  cointurtlemoose : (05 May 2015 - 04:59 AM) After THAT, I gotta believe we're gonna come out freakin pumped and focused in game 2, right?? Right??
@  cointurtlemoose : (05 May 2015 - 04:57 AM) Supes sad. Totes sad. Cray sad.
@  Mario Peña : (05 May 2015 - 04:42 AM) It looks like Harden is about to get his ass kicked around again, I was hoping it would be in the Conference Finals. I have been thinking this post season would be another tough lesson for him.
@  JY86er : (05 May 2015 - 04:29 AM) Anyone want to loan me some Febreeze to spray my tv with?
@  Mario Peña : (05 May 2015 - 04:29 AM) I'm embarrassed for the Rockets effort and attention to detail tonight. Harden was a huge disappointment. James and Josh looked overconfident and lazy. I think the Rockets are losing this series in 5 or 6. Howard can't do this alone.
@  JY86er : (05 May 2015 - 04:28 AM) The johnnygold--Rockets slowed down (again) after they reached a +10 point lead. The Clippers looked tired to me until they took the lead.
@  pharmag : (05 May 2015 - 04:28 AM) The problem is they actually had a ton of uncontested threes throughout the game. Just awful defensive rotations all game. The offense was there with the exception of the TOs, but they gave us almost as many as we gave them. Also, both Jones and Smith played terrible, with Smith being slightly better.
@  RudyT1995 : (05 May 2015 - 04:27 AM) uh, three uncontested 3s and a dunk
@  RudyT1995 : (05 May 2015 - 04:26 AM) correction. four uncontested 3s and a dunk.

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Recap: Dallas Mavericks 116, Houston Rockets 109


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#1 Red94

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:51 AM

New post: Recap: Dallas Mavericks 116, Houston Rockets 109
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#2 cdhthegreat

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:12 AM

The coaching tonight was pathetic. 45 minutes for harden with a rolled ankle. COLE ALDRICH. Patterson at the 5. No Greg Smith.
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#3 Bigtkirk

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:14 PM

Hopefully, McHale was just getting back in the swing of coaching things in this game and the poor use of the bench won't continue. But I'm at a loss to understand what Douglas, Delfino and Aldrich did in this game to deserve 82 minutes of playing time to the exclusion of almost everyone else on the bench.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

Is it too soon to ask if we should oust McHale? I understand it was his first night back, after nearly a month during a very emotional/stressed time, but this isn't the first time we've seen ineffective use of the bench, ugly rotations, and poor execution. What kind of coaches are out there that could be beneficial to growing our youth and instilling confidence/work ethic into them more so than McHale?
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:41 PM

I'm surprised McHale would make such drastic changes to the rotation in his first game back.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:13 PM

I was curious about this. I wasn't at nor did I watch the game. Why did he make such drastic changes his first game back?
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:08 PM

Drastic changes? Not Really.
Lin 19:59 against LA,26:03 against SA then 18:05 against Dallas.
But really,it was a return to McHale's rotation at beginning of yr,only using Douglas,Delfino and a third big(at beginning of yr it was Morris out of lack of anyone else).
He went w/Smith,who got in foul trouble,replaced him w/Aldrich who was reasonably effective.
He went small because that's what Dallas did,Asik isn't someone who can punish other teams posting up and Kaman was eating his lunch on jumpers.
He didn't rest Harden in First Half because he was afraid the ankle would tighten as it did after Half-Time.(A couple of times cameras caught McHale asking Harden how he was feeling and Harden saying he was OK to play.)

We constantly hear how coaches see things in practices and being around the team that we as fans don't and that explains what often appears to be puzzling player decisions.
Against Dallas we may have seen indirect confirmation of that cliche.
For the past few weeks McHale has been away from the team,not attending practices,his only real exposure to the team watching them on TV and phone conversations w/Sampson.
And the previous three games were the first ones McHale could devote his full attention to.
And what would McHale have seen watching the games?
Marcus Morris,0-2FGA,0-2FTA,2 rebounds...0-5FGA,1-2FTA,5 rebounds...1-5FGA,3 rebounds. These bad numbers don't even begin to describe the utter futility of Morris trying to create something.
Lin had a good game against Utah then went 4-17 in next two games including 0-4 from 3pt land.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:27 PM

To be honest,looking at the schedule I thought the Rockets would be in the midst of a 6 game losing streak and that they'd be buried in December,before making a late run.

Instead the Rockets are 2-3 so far out of the @OKC,Utah,Lakers,@SA,Dallas,SA stretch. They have16 games in Dec(4 sets of back-to-back,a 4 game-in-5-night,3 rd stretch starting Christmas Day).
To date they've played 13 games against Play-Off teams from last yr out of their 19 games.
I was hoping they'd have 7-8 wins by now,9 far exceeds my expectations.
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#9 Mario Peña

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:44 PM

I knew about the back to backs and all that but thanks for a real breakdown with regards to playing time and who's hot and who's not. I get tired of Rockets fans talking about replacing McHale as a knee jerk reaction to a game. It's almost as if watching the games is not enough, fans have to pretend like they're GM's. I get tired of it. Anyway, I don't want to get completely negative so thanks Stephen for presenting facts. Let's enjoy what this team is doing, overachieving.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:00 PM

The reason McHale pulled Asik is simple: he had 4 TOs in 20 minutes. That's not acceptable, no matter how good your rebounding.

I don't know why, though, he sat Lin so much over Douglas. Douglas played fine, but so was Lin.

In terms of where the Rockets are at in general, this is what rebuilding looks like: wildly inconsistent performances. You gotta role with it or it will drive you crazy! I agree with Stephen that 9 wins are pretty good at this point.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:57 PM

I was curious about this. I wasn't at nor did I watch the game. Why did he make such drastic changes his first game back?


The Rockets were getting killed in the first quarter, and it was the insertion of the small ball lineup that got them back in the game in the second. McHale then proceeded to continue playing a small lineup for the rest of the game. I'm not sure that was the best decision because it meant that Delfino, Parsons and Harden had to play the majority of the game and were tired down the stretch, but I can kind of understand why he did it.

In addition, the coaching staff seemed to make a (reasonable, based on what I saw) decision that Toney Douglas was the best man to guard OJ Mayo after he torched everyone else they put on him in the first quarter. That's why he saw so much floor time in this game. And despite Mayo's gaudy statline I thought he did a reasonable job (although there was a glaring exception to that statement late in the fourth quarter where he got wiped out on a screen and allowed Mayo to bury a 3 to put the Mavericks up 5 with not much time left).

Of course, the upshot of that was that Lin didn't see much playing time. There was a section in the third quarter where he went with a double PG lineup with both Lin and Douglas, and it didn't look too bad. Douglas has picked up his level quite considerably over the abject awfulness of the first few games and Lin is starting to make some shots from the corners, which just about turns them into a functional pairing.

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#12 SamC

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:16 AM

I suppose I'm just used to seeing coaches who have set rotations and only make changes if someone's in foul trouble or injured. Players have to know how to play with each other and if you're mixing up the rotations a lot, it can lead to a lot of turnovers.
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#13 UncleCaveman

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:31 AM

I hated some of the lineups that McHale put out there, especially in the 4th. There were extended minutes with Patterson as the sole "big" and Parsons apparently playing the 4 with Toney Douglas and Jeremy Lin on the court together. Is the team better with McHale? It doesn't look like it to me.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

OOPS...sorry guys. should be
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