Jump to content


Toggle shoutbox Shoutbox Open the Shoutbox in a popup

@  cointurtlemoose : (27 April 2015 - 05:31 AM) But serious response: has Ariza had that assignment in the past? Cause I forget. Luckily their wings wouldn't outsize Terry/Harden
@  cointurtlemoose : (27 April 2015 - 05:28 AM) majik - I'm still in denial, thinking happy thoughts. No room to think about elite PGs dicing us up......
@  majik19 : (27 April 2015 - 04:23 AM) just thinking about the clippers - if JJ Barea can do that... what is Chris Paul going to do?
@  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

Photo

Preview: Houston Rockets @ Toronto Raptors


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 Red94

Red94

    Senior Member

  • Administrators
  • 1,381 posts

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:07 PM

New post: Preview: Houston Rockets @ Toronto Raptors
  • 0

#2 Red94

Red94

    Senior Member

  • Administrators
  • 1,381 posts

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:22 PM

New post: Toronto Raptors 103, Houston Rockets 96
  • 0

#3 SamC

SamC

    Rookie

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 50 posts
  • LocationConnecticut

Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:25 AM

I think you're being a little too critical on Lin's performance. For most of the game, he played decent defense on Calderon. In fact, he played better defense on Calderon today than he did when he was a Knick. The last time Lin played Toronto, Shumpert had to guard Calderon because Lin couldn't keep up. Of course everyone remembers Lin's game winning 3 pointer against Toronto but the reality is, for most of that game, Lin did not play well.

And let's not take anything away from Calderon. He had a great game. There were a few shots that were just great shots and you couldn't ask Lin to play any better defense on him. Calderon shot well from the field and he was the beneficiary of some late game fouls to try and stop the clock. And when you add up the number of assists, it's obvious Toronto did an excellent job moving the ball.

Saying Lin's poor performance was the difference in the game is like saying Harden's missed shots or the team defense or any other criteria being the difference. Sure, I'll admit if Lin hit a few more shots or took better care of the ball early in the game or played closer to Calderon in that inbound pass, the game could have gone the other way. But I argue that to single him out as the only difference in the game is a bit extreme. I'm sure that's not what you meant.

Although I'm a Houston fan now because of Lin, I'm pretty critical of his game. Today, Lin did not play well. In fact, IMHO, he's had only 1 good game and that was the game he scored 38. Lin was motivated last year during that Linsanity stretch because his NBA career was on the line. He's now playing with less intensity and I believe his 3 year contract has something to do with that. Plus, he has way too many excuses to slack off - new team, youngest team in the NBA, not the primary offensive option, still recovering from knee surgery, etc. McHale is experimenting with his rotations and if Lin doesn't show some heart, I wouldn't blame the coach for keeping him on the bench.
  • 0

#4 Rahat Huq

Rahat Huq

    Administrator

  • Administrators
  • 1,547 posts

Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:31 AM

xsamc1: I hate when people do what I'm about to do because there's no logical basis for the assumption I'm positing, but there's just no way Lin is "slacking" as you've posited. That's just now who he is. I don't have proof of that. But that's just my gut from what I know about the guy and being around the guy.

The man has serious confidence issues. He doesn't have all the tools. But he's no slacker.
  • 0

#5 iceman90

iceman90

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts

Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:44 AM

Lin's confidence is shot. Benching has gotten to him.
  • 0

#6 Alituro

Alituro

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 534 posts

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:50 PM

Up until about a week before the regular season started and we were a young team without a bonafide star on it's way to hopefully lose a bunch of games, accumulate assets and draft picks for that big grab one day. Lin was the perfect PG to implement that plan because he wouldn't contribute to many wins and he'd still put butts in the seats.

In the blink of an eye we were able to pick up that elusive franchise cornerstone star in Harden and the directive took a complete 180 degree swing. Now it's time to try and win games and squeak into the playoffs to make The Rockets a favorable destination for at least one more star. Unfortunately Lin is unable to contribute to many wins.

At what point do we move forward and stop trying to conform our game plan to hide Lin's weaknesses? Like with Royce White, when comes the point when we've done all we can do and move on?

It's apparent that Lin is at his best when in full control and is basically the only scoring option. This comes at the expense of other player's involvement, though and is costly to cater to such needs. One thing you can't fault him though is his ceaseless level of energy. He needs to be that spark coming off the bench, not our starting PG. We're not in the business of stroking egos, winning comes first. These guys are paid enough to have their personality issues handled off the court. To say Lin is in the top half of the NBA's PGs is laughable. In PER he ranks 45th out of 70 qualified. And he plays more minutes than anyone ranked below him by a long shot. It wouldn't be a stretch to say he's the worst starting PG in the league at this point. Sadly, Douglas ranks below him. We have a problem, fortunately though, it's about the only real problem we have.
  • 0




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users