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@  Losthief : (27 February 2015 - 01:26 AM) to be clear what i used jg was an english word...but i get you, didn't mean it as a curse word...thats urban slangs fault, its a middle english word.
@  cointurtlemoose : (26 February 2015 - 09:37 PM) "James Harden didn't practice today. Coach Kevin McHale told reporters Harden's right ankle was swollen and sore. He got treatment." - via Calvin Watkins
@  YaoMan : (26 February 2015 - 08:08 PM) @ jorgearm, Prigioni played well in his time on the floor. He could prove very helpful for the stretch run
@  YaoMan : (26 February 2015 - 08:07 PM) @ Incubus, give it time. KJ may see some time later but he's too fresh and needs practice with the team and I am still under the impression that this is a trade asset as well
@  YaoMan : (26 February 2015 - 08:06 PM) Does anyone know the condition of the Harden's ankle?
@  Incubus2803 : (26 February 2015 - 06:57 PM) Kj McDaniels was never going to play for this team. Morey saw someone that was shining (presumably) in his defensive metrics, with athleticism bubbling out of him, and trusted that we could teach him to shoot. Remember the part about Smoove not leaving the gym till he sank 200 3s? Yea...
@  thejohnnygold : (26 February 2015 - 05:36 PM) Cursing in another language is still cursing. Sorry. By the way, this is not a game--let's not start that, please.
@  Losthief : (26 February 2015 - 06:08 AM) i kno...my heart can't take the *looks thru thesaurus* agony and the ecstasy of it all (does that work jg?)
@  cointurtlemoose : (26 February 2015 - 03:26 AM) Harden's gotta stop scaring me by having these close calls......
@  jorgeaam : (26 February 2015 - 03:09 AM) I'm still wondering where KJ McDaniels is at
@  jorgeaam : (26 February 2015 - 03:03 AM) Well, it seems Prigioni actually enjoys playing with a real team for a change.
@  jorgeaam : (26 February 2015 - 03:02 AM) Same question I get when I see Tyson Chandler and Dallas
@  Sir Thursday : (26 February 2015 - 02:19 AM) So the question is: why don't the Clippers just throw an alley-oop to Jordan every time? The Rockets only seem to be able to stop it about one time in three...
@  Cooper : (26 February 2015 - 01:58 AM) crawford going off and harden doing nothing. Surprised they're still in the game
@  jorgeaam : (26 February 2015 - 01:43 AM) T Jones hustling
@  Mario Peña : (25 February 2015 - 05:28 AM) That's unfortunate he is going down again.
@  jorgeaam : (25 February 2015 - 03:50 AM) Guys, D Rose is out for the year again
@  cointurtlemoose : (24 February 2015 - 08:06 PM) I like him off the bench, and I like him and Smith together. Depends on the matchup though too
@  YaoMan : (24 February 2015 - 04:10 PM) Should T Jone start or should he come off the bench for some potent punch? I'm conflicted on this...
@  jorgeaam : (24 February 2015 - 03:24 AM) T Jones is a beast

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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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