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@  thejohnnygold : (25 October 2014 - 02:25 AM) That was definitely an awesome way to finish the game
@  Willk : (25 October 2014 - 02:22 AM) im on the canaan bandwagon
@  Losthief : (25 October 2014 - 12:43 AM) Keep Gettin Them CHecks All-Star!
@  Buckko : (24 October 2014 - 03:57 AM) That's an understatement Cooper.
@  rockets best... : (24 October 2014 - 01:16 AM) Nash should have quit 4 years ago
@  Cooper : (24 October 2014 - 01:15 AM) suns really sold high on him.
@  Willk : (24 October 2014 - 12:03 AM) sad to see nash's career end like this
@  cointurtlemoose : (23 October 2014 - 07:16 PM) Philly "doing it right" is a catch-22 when doing it right is completely sacrificing competitiveness for almost entire seasons. I see what you're saying, and it's not Philly's fault.
@  2016Champions : (23 October 2014 - 05:59 PM) I need more to go on to write something up. Just brainstorming right now. Monroe is more of a defensive plus at the 4 than the 5; I think the reason he played the 5 early on his because he couldn't shoot--no longer the case.
@  08huangj : (23 October 2014 - 12:28 PM) He just doesn't seem like a four to me, he started his career as a center. I also don't think that he'd be happy to be a backup and what does a very reasonable price mean. Maybe you can create a thread.
@  2016Champions : (23 October 2014 - 10:14 AM) Monroe would not only improve our starting 4 spot but also serve as a backup center.
@  2016Champions : (23 October 2014 - 10:12 AM) Should we go after Greg Monroe? He seems to have improved his midrange shot, and considering the likelihood he walks, we might be able to acquire him for a very reasonable price.
@  Buckko : (23 October 2014 - 04:31 AM) I have no problem with philly tanking. If you're gonna do something, do it right. They should be an extremely entertaining team in a few years.
@  Willk : (23 October 2014 - 01:23 AM) 2016 - I agree. I would rather see Canaan play than Ish
@  2016Champions : (23 October 2014 - 01:19 AM) Isaiah Canaan seems to get better with every game.
@  cointurtlemoose : (23 October 2014 - 12:09 AM) That said, Philly is ridiculous. It's entertaining on a level, but it's also out of hand. I was for the reform with the proposed percentages they voted on today. Surprised it didn't pass.
@  cointurtlemoose : (23 October 2014 - 12:08 AM) I think it's interesting Mr. Rick. It's kind of a give and take to me. I'm totally okay with teams intentionally going through a 'rebuilding' phase, and I don't think you want to erase that too much with something like the wheel idea.
@  rocketrick : (22 October 2014 - 10:32 PM) No Lipstick on this Pig........NBA GM's say without a doubt James Harden is the #1 SG and Dwight Howard is the #1 C. Probably more hate coming my way for mentioning. I would just like an occasional informative article on this site from time to time but I guess I just expect too much........
@  rocketrick : (22 October 2014 - 09:41 PM) Why the hate when I post something of consequence?
@  rocketrick : (22 October 2014 - 09:41 PM) Wow, so it sounds like everyone is good with the lottery system as is and teams like Philadelphia can continue to strive for more ping=pong balls season after season rather than be expected to field a competitive team. I am shocked that nobody cares whatsoever about the consequences of what this means going forward (same as always)........

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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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