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@  08huangj : (18 December 2014 - 08:36 AM) Unfortunately, Woj didn't say who. Morey is so confusing.
@  08huangj : (18 December 2014 - 08:35 AM) Rockets most likely team to deal before the deadline to trade away the player they acquired. (Dec 19)
@  08huangj : (18 December 2014 - 08:33 AM) Dallas are in "deep" trade discussions with the Celtics to acquire Rajon Rondo.
@  redfaithful : (18 December 2014 - 07:59 AM) Actually Terry is in DAL with his wife...
@  Losthief : (18 December 2014 - 07:36 AM) also did anyone else think canaan looked alot smaller than before the injury? Did he get sick too or just cause he hasn't been working out? (or am i just imagining it?)
@  redfaithful : (18 December 2014 - 07:23 AM) @marbony81110 Terry stayed in HOU with his wife
@  Losthief : (18 December 2014 - 07:22 AM) @marbony terry was out tonight...don't know if it was injury or just saving him on back to backs.
@  jorgeaam : (18 December 2014 - 06:48 AM) It's fun, they know he is taking the shot but can't stop him
@  Willk : (18 December 2014 - 06:37 AM) harden - 8 for last 13 in shots within the last 24 seconds of a game
@  jorgeaam : (18 December 2014 - 06:32 AM) Yes, wins keep piling up
@  marbony81110 : (18 December 2014 - 04:03 AM) These are the coaching decisions I don't understand with McHale. Why is Nick Johnson playing instead of Terry when Canaan is back at PG? Is Terry hurt?
@  jorgeaam : (17 December 2014 - 03:58 AM) Well, there goes another rookie
@  jorgeaam : (17 December 2014 - 03:58 AM) Jabari Parker is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL
@  jorgeaam : (16 December 2014 - 12:03 AM) Yeah, I saw him as our starting PF some months ago, but he just wouldn't fit our style
@  Sir Thursday : (15 December 2014 - 11:13 PM) @jorgeaam: He can leave at the end of this year, I don't think it's worth it. Especially since I suspect he wouldn't be happy playing backup Centre.
@  jorgeaam : (15 December 2014 - 10:03 PM) "The Pistons are reportedly asking for a first-round pick in exchange for Greg Monroe." Pelicans pick anyone?
@  jorgeaam : (13 December 2014 - 09:53 PM) Dwight WILL be back tonight :D
@  08huangj : (13 December 2014 - 10:33 AM) Howard "aiming" to come back tommorow today against Denver.
@  thenit : (12 December 2014 - 04:50 PM) http://www.thescore....nba/news/655861 Here in Canada, Harden is getting his due and love
@  Mario Peña : (12 December 2014 - 04:12 PM) Good win by the Rockets last night with some impressive defensive stretches.

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Who are the Rockets?


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#1 Adi1008

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

So far in the season, the Rockets have beat many teams I would have thought they would have lost to, like the Lakers, Bulls, Knicks, and Celtics. Even in some of the games that they have lost against teams like this, the result is fairly close and the game could have gone either way (like Rockets vs. Miami [110-113]). The Knicks and Celtics have been blown out by the Rockets (Knicks twice), and even ugly wins are still wins, like their win against the Bulls.

For example:

@ Atlanta (109-102)
vs. Chicago (93-89)
vs. New York (131-103)
vs. Los Angeles (107-105)
vs. Boston (101-89)
vs. New York (109-96)

However, on the other hand they have lost some games I thought they should have won. Against Portland, the game was neck and neck until the Rockets collapsed in the overtime period. Even in some games they won against poor teams, they were struggling until somebody, whether it is Harden, Parsons, Lin, or even Asik steps up and "saves" them. One example of this is the game against the Hornets. The final score was 100-96, and the Hornets made a huge comeback in the second half. In most of their losses, the game could have been won save a few costly turnovers or missed shots.

For example:

vs. Portland (85-95)
vs. Denver (87-93)
vs. Miami (110-113)
vs. Portland (117-119)
vs. San Antonio (126-134)
vs. Toronto (96-103)

Although, keep in mind that many of the examples are against formidable opponents. The point that I am trying to convey is that the Rockets could have won, not that the other teams are bad.

The Rockets seem to have a knack for winning games that they shouldn't and losing games that they should win. Are they an underrated team that pulls surprises and can be the dark horse in playoff races? Or are they a team that falls to poorer teams due to fatigue, overconfidence, etc.?


They also don't have a good defense, which could have resulted in more games won if this wasn't a factor.

With no consistent shooting star (except Harden) on whom the offense can rely, the Rockets need an improved defense that will have to set up fast-break opportunities.

Playmaking
The Rockets should be a good passing team, with Jeremy Lin showing more of a feel for playmaking than he had last season, especially on the break. The frontcourt passing has been surprisingly strong. Despite Omer Asik’s limitations as a scorer, he has been an effective passer, while Chandler Parsons has been the sort of ball mover he had been at Florida. Scott Machado

has shown his skills as a playmaker, especially on the break.

Rebounding
Omer Asik should be among the league leaders, but the Rockets have not given him enough help on the boards and have shown little on the offensive glass to make up for the offensive deficiencies. Perimeter players will have to help rebound, which is not a strength, especially in the backcourt. The Rockets could also be exposed on the boards off the bench, where they will have to rely heavily on rookies.


Defense
The defense has a chance to be markedly improved with Omer Asik to patrol the lane. He and Patrick Patterson are excellent defensive players against pick-and-rolls, job one of any NBA defense. The challenge for the Rockets will be to be up-tempo offensively and stingy defensively, usually a tough combination. The defense could be much like the offense, solid overall but weaker in one-on-one situations.


In other words, who are the Rockets?
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#2 Rahat Huq

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:52 PM

I think it's just a symptom of being a young team, or, to be exact, the youngest team in the league. Though I think they're playing far better than one would expect for a team with that average age. Of course, a lot of that has to do with having "young veterans" like Harden/Asik rather than knuckleheads.
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#3 Drew in Abilene

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:07 AM

I agree with the characterization of our team as young, but I think exciting is also a good descriptor. It seems like most corners of the basketball world are quick to notice that Houston is "a fun team," or "a League Pass gem" or something along those lines, and it's hard to argue against that. Their fast pace, likable cast, and ability to at least keep it close against any team makes me feel like this year's Rockets could be analogous to the Timberwolves from last year, only with a higher ceiling (For the moment, at least).
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