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@  cointurtlemoose : (28 May 2015 - 03:55 AM) Very, very proud of the season we had. From Morey to McHale to the players. All 3 of those dealt with plenty of roadblocks, and fought through them all the way to the WCF
@  jorgeaam : (28 May 2015 - 03:51 AM) Oh well, it was a great season anyway, teams and writers will definitely not take this team so lightly again
@  thenit : (28 May 2015 - 03:47 AM) Hard to fault harden, only 3 games that were close was when he went god mode. the team needed Dmo to be a second go to go to slow the pace and create his own shot. Also misses his D since Jones can't defend anyone who is good
@  cointurtlemoose : (28 May 2015 - 03:38 AM) Cmon Howard, no reason for that dude.
@  Cooper : (28 May 2015 - 03:34 AM) if harden had even a mediocre game up to this point we'd be right in it. defense is there and howard is doing enough on the boards
@  jorgeaam : (28 May 2015 - 03:26 AM) Harrison Barnes going Austin Rivers on us
@  jorgeaam : (28 May 2015 - 03:23 AM) So Howard is out for next game if we win this one, yikes
@  cointurtlemoose : (28 May 2015 - 03:21 AM) Welp... Can I at least be happy for Harrison Barnes?
@  pharmag : (28 May 2015 - 03:14 AM) Harden may be having worst game of career and yet I would argue we are losing thanks to no show by the PF position again and their combined 3/17 and 4 rebounds...
@  08huangj : (28 May 2015 - 03:09 AM) Losing by 2 points and hacks Ezeli
@  08huangj : (28 May 2015 - 03:09 AM) McHail hacking at wrong time again
@  jorgeaam : (28 May 2015 - 03:06 AM) So Harden is having the worst game of his career tonight of all nights
@  cointurtlemoose : (28 May 2015 - 02:40 AM) Offensive rebounds and turnovers are killing us...
@  majik19 : (27 May 2015 - 03:02 PM) JR Smith is too busy dancing in a cold tub with the other Cavalier players...
@  SadLakerFan : (27 May 2015 - 07:55 AM) Somewhere, JR Smith is thinking "WTF?!" Howard avoids a 2 because Bogut dodged the elbow. The cynic in me says that the NBA is hoping for more viewers for game 5 and perhaps even a game 6.
@  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.

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New Orleans Hornets 88, Houston Rockets 79: Rockets Come Apart as Hornets Come Together


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#1 Red94

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:17 AM

New post: New Orleans Hornets 88, Houston Rockets 79: Rockets Come Apart as Hornets Come Together
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#2 Alituro

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:44 PM

The loss last night was a product of 2 things, first the Rockets being tired after a high energy, high emotions showing against LA the night before. The exhaustion slowed the Rockets down tremendously which made the 2nd factor a problem: The Hornets kept 2 seven footers on the floor most of the game. In predominantly half court sets against a slower, tired team we weren't able to muster the strength inside. I think last night would have been a perfect opportunity for D-mo to get some burn at the 4. His size alone would have negated the advantages NO gained in that area, and his range would have created some much needed space. His fresh legs and ability to run the floor would have taken it's toll on NO's, less athletic bigs (Smith and Lopez) by the fourth quarter. Patterson and Morris were just outsized and out-hustled. Props to PPat for once again having a good showing on the boards though. I noticed Asik posted up Lopez, owned him with his power, and finished with a sweet baby hook. I hope he keeps that up.
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#3 tombrokeoff

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

I hate losing! But its inevitable. Hope they rebound and go on another win streak, but the schedule is tough right now.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:51 PM

10 points in the 4th quarter is not going to get it done.

This is a product of McHale not playing more guys on back to backs - should have gone deeper in the bench to find that energy/spark.

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#5 Sir Thursday

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:06 PM

I've got to say this is by far the ugliest game I've seen from the Rockets this year. Even getting blown out by San Antonio and OKC they played better than this. Definitely some tired legs on the back-to-back, but I think you have to give some credit to Monty Williams' defensive scheme as well. As I understand it, it aims to force teams to shoot as late in the shot clock as possible. This hasn't really worked out all that well for them on the season as a whole (29th in defensive efficiency), but against the Rockets it is exactly what you need to do because it breaks up the fast paced rhythm the team thrives on. Without the benefit of large numbers of possessions, the Rockets don't have the time to recover if they fall behind like they normally would. In most of the recent games, falling to a 10 point deficit is no big deal because of the speed in which the team can put up points to close the gap. But the Hornets' strategy took that away and when they went on a run, the Rockets were unable to respond in time.

But seriously, what a terrible game to watch. 36 points at half time is abysmal, and yet somehow the Rockets were winning?

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#6 Alituro

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

ST-- Yeah it was pretty ugly, but those happen to everyone. Fresher legs and the Hornets D plan wouldn't have been as successful. And, DD's right coach needs to expand his rotations on back-to-backs.
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