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@  SadLakerFan : (01 February 2015 - 05:19 PM) who would have thought: Heat-Celtics and Lakers-Knicks and no one cares.
@  Cooper : (01 February 2015 - 06:18 AM) can't be giving up 28 to Kcp and augstin even if its the second game of the same day.
@  Losthief : (01 February 2015 - 06:18 AM) yeah my heart about fell out of my chest when he was just layin there in the 2nd...i was like oh gee-golly willikers...
@  Mario Peña : (01 February 2015 - 06:14 AM) I am glad Harden played through whatever happened and played like a man on a mission.
@  Losthief : (01 February 2015 - 03:16 AM) good news: Harden came back after scare looking great. Which for me is more impt than beating a east team on the road on the 2nd half of a back to back.
@  Losthief : (01 February 2015 - 03:15 AM) bad news: We came up short on the rally
@  rocketrick : (31 January 2015 - 07:16 PM) MM complaining about the home crowds at Rockets game apparently from his vantage point watching the games on TV is a joke. I'm a season ticket holder, so yes, I take MM's statements as an affront.
@  rocketrick : (31 January 2015 - 07:14 PM) MM claiming Josh Smith has had ONE good night on the offensive end is far from the truth. How about the Memphis game, the Chicago game, the OKC game, the Cleveland game amongst others. He double-doubled last night in Boston.
@  rocketrick : (31 January 2015 - 07:12 PM) Cousins actually did make the All-Star game, is Kobe's replacement.
@  cointurtlemoose : (31 January 2015 - 02:58 AM) Well, the first half of the game looked really good...
@  08huangj : (30 January 2015 - 12:21 PM) Dwight Howard could be out for an extended period of time
@  jorgeaam : (30 January 2015 - 12:44 AM) No Demarcus Cousins or Damian Lillard in the All-Star game, by the way
@  jorgeaam : (30 January 2015 - 12:40 AM) In the non-surprising new of the day, James Harden was selected as an All-Star reserve
@  Alituro : (29 January 2015 - 04:49 PM) If you look in the corners and behind the basket... where the regular ticket buyers sit, it tells a different story.
@  Alituro : (29 January 2015 - 04:48 PM) Our home crowd appearance is misleading as the seats along the sides that you see on TV are corporate seats and usually spoken for each game but the patrons spend their time in the lounges and restaurants
@  Alituro : (29 January 2015 - 04:45 PM) Our crowd certainly came alive when it came time to Ice Chandler's Flagrant FTs
@  Matt Maloney... : (29 January 2015 - 04:44 PM) Congrats to Josh Smith for having a ONE good night on the offensive end. His D and rebounding is always good, don't tell me you don't cringe when he takes a jumper at the top of the key when you have a MVP out there
@  Matt Maloney... : (29 January 2015 - 04:42 PM) If you have league pass, even the Knicks have a better home crowd
@  Matt Maloney... : (29 January 2015 - 04:40 PM) For those of us who no longer live in Houston, lives in LA, and pays the high prices at the Staples Center to watch the Rockets play, and you see the support the Lakers get, yeah I think I have a point
@  rocketrick : (29 January 2015 - 01:41 PM) Same dude also complaining about Josh Smith jump shots. Yesterday evening at the game over at Toyota Center (it's Downtown, let me know if anyone needs directions on how to get there) I saw solid evidence of the 2011 Josh Smith.

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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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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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