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@  08huangj : (27 April 2015 - 04:01 AM) I was really looking forward to see Cuban's reaction of a sweep right at the Mavericks home court though.
@  08huangj : (27 April 2015 - 04:00 AM) The Rockets had a good fourth quarter only because Smith was on fire.
@  majik19 : (27 April 2015 - 03:57 AM) just did absolutely nothing well after the 1st quarter. Missed everything, didn't rebound, and definitely didn't play defense.
@  jorgeaam : (27 April 2015 - 03:57 AM) Hahaha did anyone see Brewer stealing the ball away from Jefferson before the clock ran out?
@  08huangj : (27 April 2015 - 03:54 AM) This loss doesn't matter. The Rockets can finish things at home next time.
@  jorgeaam : (27 April 2015 - 03:50 AM) I love Corey Brewer, he just keeps hustling
@  jorgeaam : (27 April 2015 - 03:37 AM) Time for Johnny Gold's prediction of Smith hitting a game winning 3 to become true
@  jorgeaam : (27 April 2015 - 03:36 AM) Josh Smith turning into Kyle Korver
@  cointurtlemoose : (27 April 2015 - 03:33 AM) Well at least Johnson is getting some playoff minutes......
@  SadLakerFan : (27 April 2015 - 03:14 AM) Man, how big a disaster was Rajon Rondo?
@  JY86er : (27 April 2015 - 02:11 AM) This game is over if the Rockets (again) decide to hurry back on defense in transition.
@  jorgeaam : (27 April 2015 - 01:46 AM) 3 quarters to go
@  jorgeaam : (27 April 2015 - 01:32 AM) Dwight spinning from a defender into a lob is a thing of beauty
@  Mario Peña : (27 April 2015 - 01:23 AM) So annoying, Reggie whiner doing colour commentary.
@  jorgeaam : (27 April 2015 - 01:17 AM) Let's go Rockets!
@  Cooper : (27 April 2015 - 01:10 AM) Id take the clips since they only have 6 real nba players. Hard to believe Blake/cp and crew could keep up that intensity for so long.
@  jorgeaam : (27 April 2015 - 12:53 AM) Yeah but the Spurs can stop Harden pretty easily with Leonard
@  Buckko : (26 April 2015 - 11:46 PM) As long as it goes to 7 and they each play their starters 40 mins a game, I'll be happy. However I might prefer the spurs since we have no one to guard griffin and if DJ can stop playoff d12 would be a huge factor in a rockets/clips series.
@  thejohnnygold : (26 April 2015 - 10:12 PM) Looks like Clippers are tying up their series with SA. Still can't decide which team to root for in that one...
@  Drew in Abilene : (26 April 2015 - 08:50 PM) Excited for tonight! First time to ever be able to attend a playoff game is tonight! Here's to hoping for a win and a sweep!

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Recap: San Antonio Spurs 134, Houston Rockets 126.


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#1 Red94

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:27 AM

New post: Recap: San Antonio Spurs 134, Houston Rockets 126.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:09 PM

This was a highly entertaining game and a good example of why this Rockets team is the most fun to watch in years.

You're correct that with the coaching staff apparently unwilling to continue giving Morris time to develop as a wing, this team is woefully thin at that position. Although I think you're point is correct about Parsons, Asik, and Patterson being reasonably good defenders, Lin and Douglas are only average defenders and Delfino is considerably below-average as a wing defender. Delfino's ineffectiveness in playing over 38 minutes was a major factor in the Rockets losing this game.

Finally, my sense is that Lin and Harden will eventually be fine together. These things take time -- they still have had less than 20 games together. Lin seems like the type of PG who will figure out a way to make the combo work. Plus, Lin's jumper falling like it was last night has a way of expediting any tandem's effectiveness.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

I didn't watch this game. (I actually have an exam in about 2 hours.) But I think this puts to bed the notion that Linsanity was a fluke and that the guy is a scrub. You just simply cannot have this many dominant performances by chance.

It just reaffirms the notion that perhaps Lin and Harden aren't the best fit together (hence the premise by myself before that Dragic would've been the better fit next to Harden.)

Both players are clearly legit. It's up to the coaching staff now to somehow make it happen and get these guys to thrive together. And after last night, I now think that's what this year should be about: getting through that growing pain. No more benching Lin in 4th quarters for Douglas for the sake of short term gains. That does us nothing going forward. They have to figure it out, even if it means more losses.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:53 PM

I think Lin and Harden need to both be ready to be option A on any given night, depending on the matchup. Right now Lin always defers to Harden because he's the better player. Lin, Harden and the coaches need to do a better job of recognizing when Lin should take control. This might also get easier when the Beard gets tired of playing 40 minutes per night.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:08 PM

Thanks for the recap. Agree with most, but I think Marcus Morris is improving lots. His box scores more often than not show efficiency. This is impressive given his limited touches--he has a similar quality that Harden displayed in OKC coming off the bench for instant offense. He also showed the ability to score out of an iso--something the Rockets need while they decide if they are a pick
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:12 PM

I should have read the other comments first. Totally agree that Morris needs more playing time and Delfino made me think there was another point shaving scandal in the NBA--horrible play last night.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:35 PM

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#8 Cooper

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:55 PM

Delfino is pretty bad I'd assume he is only get playing time so they could potentially flip him at the deadline. We don't have much wing depth but they could find a dleague guy as good or better than him at this point.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:22 PM

It seems I'm in the minority, but I didn't think Delfino had an awful game last night, at least not for the first three quarters. From where I was sitting, he was one of the main reasons the Spurs bigs were stymied offensively - whenever Duncan or Splitter was setting up in the post Delfino would be there with the hard double team - I remember him disrupting quite a few plays that way. Early on he was also able to deflect quite a few passes - he tends to be pretty good at that. I don't recall seeing him out of position because he gambled for the steal, which is what happens with bad gamblers. If it was possible to count the number of Spurs turnovers he was responsible for causing, I suspect it would be reasonably high. Obviously his shot wasn't falling, and I would agree that he made a couple of dubious decisions in transition down the stretch (in general, the Rockets seemed unusually reticent to push the transition game), but I don't think that completely erases his good work in the early going.

One thing that I've noticed is that Chandler Parsons is getting into a lot of trouble playing off his man on the perimeter. Especially when matched up with quicker guys he gives them a lot of room in order to cut off the drive, but in the last couple of games that has just let his assignment hit a three pointer in his face (see Mayo, OJ and Neal, Gary). Perhaps his shoulder is making him reticent about bodying up his man quite so much? Hopefully the coaching staff will point this out to him and get him to run players off the three point line a bit more. It certainly would have been preferable last night for him to have been forcing Neal to beat him off the dribble. We like to think of him as our stopper, but it's worth mentioning that he's still not quite there yet.

I did like that he was a lot more assertive behind the three point line tonight. Despite his shot not falling in the early going he stuck with it and eventually they started dropping - I don't recall anywhere near the number of open shots being passed up that there have been in previous games, so that's good.

Also great to see Asik back providing a bit of offence again. When the coaches can't trust Asik to provide a modicum of competency when he's passed the ball, the team's offence really struggles. Tonight he was putting up points from his touches (whether via the free throw line, putbacks, or that jaw dropping bank shot late in regulation) and the whole team flowed better as a result. Would like to see Patterson get back into the groove again - we could really use a bit more from him if Harden is going to be out for any length of time.

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EDIT: said majority when I meant minority. Doh!

Edited by Sir Thursday, 12 December 2012 - 10:49 AM.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:29 AM

"Someone who is far more intelligent about basketball than I am needs to explain our defense, because at this point I have no idea what’s going on. Douglas, Lin, Parsons, Asik, and Patterson. All five are guys who have at least good reputation at defense, and no one on the squad has a reputation of being a particularly bad or a Kevin Martin level defender."

I totally agree with Paul's sentiments and I hope Rahat and the rest of the staff at Red94 will follow up. I'm shocked how good our offense is, and equally shocked how bad our defense is. Perhaps its the lack of time together as a team--good individual defenders not working together is problematic. I also think we are too passive on defensive--we need to more aggressively trap and double-team to get teams out of their comfort zone.
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

Our troubles in defense might have to do with time to know each other, but obviously, being the team with the highest rate of turnovers has everything to do with that. We usually get killed in fastbrake score and that's probably because Asik is not fast enough to get to defense if we are turning the ball THAT much....first thing to do to improve the defense? KEEP THE TURNOVERS DOWN!
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