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@  Losthief : (27 May 2015 - 04:40 AM) nba is a business, more games=more money!
@  JY86er : (27 May 2015 - 02:15 AM) interesting how subjectively NBA applies its own rules.
@  RocketMan : (26 May 2015 - 11:46 PM) NO SUSPENSION! Glad that's over with.
@  SadLakerFan : (26 May 2015 - 08:02 PM) The difference to me is that Horford's elbow was to the shoulder; I don't think Horford should have gotten a flagrant2. Dwight unfortunately hit the face of Bogut. Silver may cut him a break in the hopes of having something to show on TV before the finals start on June 4. Frankly, I don't think the Hawks will win tonight.
@  RocketMan : (26 May 2015 - 04:59 PM) I think the fact that Bogut was being a jerk just before is the saving grace.
@  RocketMan : (26 May 2015 - 04:58 PM) But then again Randolph was a PUNCH, not backhand slap in immediate reaction to being roughed up.
@  RocketMan : (26 May 2015 - 04:56 PM) Best comparison would have to be Zach Randolph from last year... he was not ejected, but was suspended for game 7.
@  RocketMan : (26 May 2015 - 03:41 PM) They had time to review it. They will be hesitant to upgrade when they took so long in the first place to look at it.
@  JY86er : (26 May 2015 - 08:38 AM) Horford didnt get suspended. Maybe NBA give Howard a break also.
@  SadLakerFan : (26 May 2015 - 05:25 AM) There's no question in my mind Dwight is going to be suspended. You could argue he's facing away, and the hand was open, but based on what we've seen this season, he's gone.
@  Mario Peña : (26 May 2015 - 04:59 AM) It's obvious Harden has taken another step this postseason. The dude is going to be even better next year. Amazing.
@  Willk : (26 May 2015 - 04:13 AM) I have a bad feeling that Howard is going to be suspended. Hope not though
@  SadLakerFan : (26 May 2015 - 03:48 AM) The value of James Harden's rookie card just went up by a dollar.
@  cointurtlemoose : (26 May 2015 - 03:46 AM) James Harden is good at basketball.
@  SadLakerFan : (26 May 2015 - 03:34 AM) Ten point lead three minutes left. McHale can prove himself now.
@  cointurtlemoose : (26 May 2015 - 02:20 AM) Klay Thompson needs to stop what he's doing...
@  jorgeaam : (26 May 2015 - 02:15 AM) What a shame that didn't count
@  jorgeaam : (26 May 2015 - 02:14 AM) Yeah but I'd say that they get much better looks when they're trying harder on offense, rather than just letting Harden go one on one and create something
@  majik19 : (26 May 2015 - 02:06 AM) well great shooting really helps (now we've cooled off).
@  jorgeaam : (26 May 2015 - 01:52 AM) Does anyone realize how good the Rockets are when they put constant effort in their games? Same with Clippers series, they become unstoppable

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#1 Red94

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 02:52 AM

New post: Preview: Memphis Grizzlies @ Houston Rockets
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#2 Sir Thursday

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:45 AM

Really good preview :). I think the key is going to be whether Harden can break Tony Allen's shackles and still put up the superstar numbers he's been churning out recently. The teams that have had success against Harden have been able to put a lockdown perimeter defender on him - his worst games so far (I exclude the Utah game when he had the flu):

vs. Denver: 15 PTS, 5-15 FG, 6 TOs (Iguodala)
@ Memphis: 18 PTS, 4-18 FG, 5 TOs (Allen)
@ Oklahoma City: 17 PTS, 3-16 FG, 3 TOs (Sefalosha)
vs LA Lakers: 15 PTs, 3-19 FG, 4 TOs (MWP)

Fortunately, there aren't that many teams around that can boast the necessary high-quality perimeter stopper to pull this off, but this is nevertheless the one hard counter that we've seen to Harden's game so far. It will be critical to both his and the Rockets' long term success for him to figure out a way around it - in the modern NBA if you've got a weakness, teams will spot it quickly and figure out a way to exploit it.

Of course it's nice that even in his worst games Harden is still able to put up 15 points! It's a very nice luxury having him around.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:41 AM

Boy, we haven't had that kind of luxury for a very long time :D
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Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:58 AM

By the way, HUUUUUUGE WIN TONIGHT! Like it was noted, we had to run all over, and we outscored them 33-3 in fastbreak points (not that they rely on that, but we do and we took the most of it).

Also noted that we had to keep Gay in line: only 6 points. Conley only had 6 assists and Gasol only 5 rebounds! We really neutralized them, talk about a homework done, right?

My favourite recurrent part of the game was Lin and Smith PnR, Smith rolling to the basket and Lin assisting one-handedly :D Also, almost 43% from beyond the arc.

We may not get into the playoffs, but this is going to be fun no matter what
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Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:07 AM

We may not get into the playoffs, but this is going to be fun no matter what


At the beginning of the season I didn't think there was even the remote possibility that we would see postseason action, but now I don't see why we wouldn't. I know there are some good teams that are below us (LAL, DAL) but I feel Golden State will fade like they always do and Utah and Minnesota are just as iffy us. Denver is not playing good, consistent basketball. I actually like our chances and we all know the Rockets have been historically a second half team over the last decade or so, and that should bode in our favor especially since with each passing game, the youngest team in the NBA is getting a little bit older.

As long as we can hover around .500 during this brutal stretch in our schedule, I think we will be just fine going forward. Add to the fact there's no telling what we may pick up at the trade deadline and in the end when it is all said and done, we may even be battling for the 6th or 7th seed.
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:lol: All in the game, yo, :D all in the game :lol:!


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Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:56 PM

I know, but I mean that it's not like the last few years....even though we are getting our hopes high, I wouldn't consider failing to enter this year's playoffs as a complete failure. We have to be able to look at the forest and not the tree that stands in front of us right now. This is a year to sit back and relax a bit. Even if we get to the playoffs and we are wiped out in the first round, it would be a great ride. But I completely understand that it is a real possibility to get that 6th, 7th, 8th seed, we are capable given some circumstances.
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