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@  cointurtlemoose : (20 October 2014 - 04:18 AM) I'm liking Kostas' crafty plays.
@  2016Champions : (20 October 2014 - 12:42 AM) Looks like his form improved. A reliable 3pt shot to take away the likes of Ibaka and Aldridge away from the rim could be huge for Harden's drives to the basket, and hopefully also result in more use of the pick and roll between Harden and Dwight.
@  Buckko : (19 October 2014 - 10:32 PM) I think yall will like this http://instagram.com...ideo&modal=true
@  thenit : (15 October 2014 - 12:35 AM) Asik and Davis looks good together
@  thenit : (14 October 2014 - 01:58 PM) I think we have a shot, but we are still behind Washington and OKC.
@  blakecouey : (14 October 2014 - 04:15 AM) He goes to Longhorn football games regularly, have seen him several times. I think we've got a shot, but wouldn't necessarily say we're a favorite to land KD.
@  Losthief : (14 October 2014 - 12:17 AM) the other thing that helps with durant is he likes texas, still goes/visits to UT Austin most summers iirc.
@  Buckko : (13 October 2014 - 10:46 PM) I really like our chances, because even though D.C. is his hometown, harden is his BFF. Dwight/harden/rockets cast>>>>Wall/beal/wizards cast. Plus no income tax.
@  Cooper : (13 October 2014 - 05:23 PM) I think it helps us and the wiz since both could keep there core and add KD but the cap jumping also helps okc since they are so scared of the tax. they can now keep Jackson and add another guy.
@  thenit : (13 October 2014 - 04:27 AM) Until he returns. So still probably end up top 3
@  thenit : (13 October 2014 - 04:27 AM) I think it makes it less likely because teams will get more money from the tv deal. Also he will miss between 12-15 games and they will be above .500
@  Drew in Abilene : (13 October 2014 - 03:26 AM) This may just be wild fantasy, but with Durant's chances of winning a title at least diminished and the cap jumping significantly when he's a free agent, is it fair to say whatever small chance we have of landing him as a FA is a little better?
@  feelingsuper... : (12 October 2014 - 03:52 PM) Getting to the Finals and winning has become a few levels more difficult for the Thunder.
@  feelingsuper... : (12 October 2014 - 03:37 PM) Kevin Durant out for 6 to 8 weeks, fracture in foot.
@  Buckko : (11 October 2014 - 01:40 AM) No, he IS the worst announcer. That's why road games without him can be the best.
@  Dan G : (11 October 2014 - 12:34 AM) I'm with you on Clyde FSS. I loved Clyde as a player but he has got to be the worst announcer ever. I just wish it was Bill and Bullard, or bring back Calvin Murphy.
@  txtdo1411 : (10 October 2014 - 10:40 PM) I am starting to get very excited about our bench. I know it is preseason, but the toughness and grit is inspiring.
@  feelingsuper... : (10 October 2014 - 04:35 PM) Also as a reminder to any of you interested in joining us in the Red94 Fantasy Basketball League be sure to check here http://www.red94.net...ge-2#entry44420
@  feelingsuper... : (10 October 2014 - 04:33 PM) It's nothing, he just knocked knees during practice if I'm not mistaken. If it was the regular season he probably would have played.
@  08huangj : (10 October 2014 - 06:13 AM) He's injured...sorry.

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#1 Red94

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:07 PM

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#2 Red94

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:22 PM

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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.
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#4 Rahat Huq

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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.
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:44 AM

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