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@  thejohnnygold : (07 August 2016 - 07:16 PM) Nope, but there is some raw talent to work with there. He is years away...
@  majik19 : (06 August 2016 - 11:53 PM) well it doesn't look like Zhou Qi is NBA-ready
@  thejohnnygold : (25 July 2016 - 04:26 PM) I think I am going to like Bobby Brown...that is within the confines of our current strategy which is score, score, SCORE!
@  slick shoes : (22 July 2016 - 08:02 PM) The "super team" Knicks? lol
@  thejohnnygold : (22 July 2016 - 06:05 PM) On Josh Smith...my guess is the Knicks eventually sign him.
@  slick shoes : (21 July 2016 - 04:29 PM) The Jet has been released. Josh Smith will likely play for another team next season. Maybe he teams up with Dwight in ATL?
@  slick shoes : (21 July 2016 - 12:17 PM) Harden is now sending hitmen after Rockets legends' sons for badmouthing him on social media *facepalm*
@  slick shoes : (18 July 2016 - 02:22 PM) If you haven't seen the 30 for 30 "The Guru of Go", I recommend it before the upcoming season.
@  Shy Silver : (14 July 2016 - 07:20 PM) Yea I know, but there were reports both sides were willing to have a reunion before Chicago signed him. So at the time, Canaan was an option, and a better one than Pablo at that. We should've capitalized on that one, especially with how well he fits the system for obvious reasons + age on his side.
@  thejohnnygold : (14 July 2016 - 03:43 PM) Canaan signed with Chicago already
@  Shy Silver : (14 July 2016 - 03:24 PM) Don't love the Prigioni move. Thought for sure we had better options like bringing Canaan back or getting someone like Shane Larkin
@  DenverRocket : (14 July 2016 - 04:36 AM) Apparently signed Prigioni to a one-year contract (veteran minimum) with a team option for a second season.
@  slick shoes : (13 July 2016 - 08:38 PM) Chris Finch is out as an assistant. Bummer.
@  slick shoes : (11 July 2016 - 03:32 PM) Shame to lose Glove Jr. before the close of Summer League. Would have liked to see him get some court time.
@  Mario Peña : (09 July 2016 - 11:21 PM) I'm going to tentatively say I'm glad this is happening. I believe James is a top 5 player with all the tools to have a great year but this team needs an all star/glue guy/leader type and then maybe the magic can happen.
@  thejohnnygold : (09 July 2016 - 09:53 PM) If he plays defense I'll be fine
@  DenverRocket : (09 July 2016 - 07:51 PM) Bad news for the anti-Harden brigade, he's just signed a 4yr extension ($118m)
@  slick shoes : (07 July 2016 - 12:46 AM) Maybe these are just pieces to a larger puzzle... (fingers crossed)
@  thejohnnygold : (06 July 2016 - 08:21 PM) Morey has had a crush on him for a long time...another offense-only guy...
@  slick shoes : (06 July 2016 - 06:22 PM) We have just signed Nene to a one year deal....

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How good are the Rockets? The Upcoming Schedule


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#1 Johnny Rocket

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:11 PM

The upcoming schedule is brutal. Tomorrow night is Memphis, which is the best defensive team in the NBA (as measured by defensive efficiency). On Christmas day, we face an improving Chicago team on the road that ranks 3rd in defensive efficiency. That game marks the beginning of four games on five nights, three on the road. The remaining three games are @Minnesota, @San Antonio, and at home against Oklahoma. Then begins a Jan. stretch in which we play 17 games overall, 12 on the road. It will be absolutely brutal. We'll see what kind of team we really have. I'm sure we'll see some ugly basketball along the way, but if we can hang around the .500 mark until late Feburary and early March,when the schedule gets a lot easier, we'll have a great chance to make the playoffs.
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:56 PM

January is the true test of the season. It'll be good to see how the young guys react to all the games and how fatigue affects them.
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#3 Sir Thursday

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:21 PM

I'm pretty pessimistic about January. I feel like we've had a pretty easy schedule so far in terms of travel - the majority of games have been at home and we've only had a single three game road trip. And that trip went 0-3. The upcoming schedule features three road trips of at least three games, and none of them are easy ones.

Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any pace-adjusted Home/Away split statistics, but on raw PPG the numbers look pretty bad: the Rockets score 107.3 PPG at home and only 101.0 PPG away, and opponents score only 101.9 PPG at Toyota Centre but 106.4 PPG elsewhere. That's a 10.8 point differential! Small-ish sample size, but nevertheless worrying. Away from home, we get to the line a lot less (28.1 FTA at home vs 24.1 away) and commit a couple more turnovers per game (17.1 vs 15.1). Opponents tend to shoot a couple of percentage points better too, which makes a big difference.

So yeah, hoping the team will prove me wrong, but the next month and a half is going to be a really tough test and I wouldn't be surprised if we fall away from playoff contention during it.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:46 AM

Im both nervous and excited about the schedule in January. Im nervous because its going to be a brutal month schedule wise and most of our games are on the road, where we dont play well. But im excited because I have a feeling we are going to get through next month .500 or above. The team has great chemistry right now, everyone is playing well, and I really do believe the rockets won't let themselves have a terrible month.

My only worry is that we play well January, then we callapse again at the end of the season. We have to finish the season strong, especially if we have good playoff position at all star break.
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