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@  Cooper : (30 March 2015 - 07:38 PM) Yeah mchale and crew will have to get creative on D thats a glaring mismatch
@  YaoMan : (30 March 2015 - 07:07 PM) Maybe the approach will be similar to yesterday afternoon by have N Johnson (maybe KJ) on the opposing PG. And sometimes even Ariza as he has done in the past. Will depend on the rest of the match ups for the rest of the line-up.
@  majik19 : (30 March 2015 - 06:41 PM) I would be more upset if it was the Beverly from last year we were missing... but Bev just hasn't been great this year. Scary to imagine two 35+ PGs chasing Curry, Conley, Lillard, Monta, Westbrook, and Paul around though...
@  cointurtlemoose : (30 March 2015 - 06:19 PM) Moreso bummed about losing his hype/emotion/agitation than anything else. We'll be fine on offense, and though his D will be slightly missed, Johnson encouraged me yesterday in that regard
@  Mario Peña : (30 March 2015 - 06:12 PM) Beverley is opting for surgery on the ligament so will be out for the season including the playoffs per Jonathan Fagen if The Chronicle.
@  Mario Peña : (30 March 2015 - 02:36 AM) I don't think that will happen till the last game or so. McHale, Finch and JB have done a good job this year and I trust them.
@  jorgeaam : (30 March 2015 - 01:33 AM) I'm still excited about the fact that D-MO and T-Jones are still missing and the rockets keep winning
@  jorgeaam : (30 March 2015 - 01:18 AM) Time to get Harden some rest
@  Mario Peña : (30 March 2015 - 01:15 AM) Rockets move into 2nd in the Western Conference with today's win and the Grizzlies loss in San Antonio!!!
@  jorgeaam : (29 March 2015 - 06:48 PM) Ask a wish!
@  cointurtlemoose : (29 March 2015 - 05:04 PM) A 2nd quarter Nick Johnson sighting!!!
@  cointurtlemoose : (29 March 2015 - 05:00 PM) Good thing the Wizards look more asleep than we do. Hehe. But our D has been pesky so far too
@  majik19 : (29 March 2015 - 04:43 PM) rockets super sloppy to start today. they're barely even getting shots up.
@  cointurtlemoose : (28 March 2015 - 05:23 PM) Yeah that Toronto game we are gonna be thin in the frontcourt... luckily the Raptors wouldn't give us problems like some teams would in that regard
@  08huangj : (28 March 2015 - 01:23 PM) With Dwight Howard out for one of the back to backs, the Rockets are gonna have to start Dorsey with Capela as a backup unless they go small with Josh Smith.
@  08huangj : (28 March 2015 - 01:22 PM) Did somebody else get hurt tonight? The Rockets have now lost 3 starters in 4 games.(Not counting last night.)
@  jorgeaam : (28 March 2015 - 04:53 AM) Wow, Josh Smith nearly had a triple double tonight
@  Losthief : (27 March 2015 - 11:24 PM) DMO down now too....Capela with the team.
@  Mario Peña : (27 March 2015 - 08:51 PM) Unfortunately for Durant he is out for 4-6 months and will undergo a bone graft surgery. Tough break for him and hopefully he comes back 100% next year which could potentially be his last year in OKC.
@  Losthief : (27 March 2015 - 02:21 AM) I like Llull, first i heard about him actually willing to leave spain...had almost given up on the guy.

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#1 Red94

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:07 PM

New post: Preview: Houston Rockets @ Toronto Raptors
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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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