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@  08huangj : (21 April 2014 - 10:42 AM) If Harden didn't waste so many chances, the Rockets would've won this game. Even though the Trail Blazers in my opinion wasn't suppose to win this one, I think the main reason was McHale.
@  08huangj : (21 April 2014 - 10:37 AM) Forgot to add Beverley. McHale's player usage: For example: When the Rockets were shooting so bad at the three point line and Beverley didn't exactly look like an game changer or even a NBA player, McHale didn't have the nerves to switch on Troy Daniels. He also didn't play Motiejunas, one of the best young players of the team. When a starter is not playing well, like Harden and Beverley for this game, you gotta switch him off for a while. You don't just keep all your starters on the court even when they're playing bad and couldn't resist the Blazers in the fourth quarter. P.S: Harden got 2 attempts at the end of the fourth quarter and overtime that was game changing even when he missed so much shots.
@  08huangj : (21 April 2014 - 10:32 AM) Well, my opinion is that if the Rockets don't advance to the second round, McHale is definitely going to be fired. He might even be fired if he didn't make it to the Western Conference Finals. I mean, maybe my expectations for the Rockets are too high. The truth is: Dwight Howard came to Houston to win a championship, not lose in the first round(Though for me the odds between the two teams are even now). Houston has every ability to win a championship. Dwight Howard and James Harden are both top five players with a good coach. There is also a really good supporting cast: Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik, Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lin, and some good bench players that McHale didn't even bother to play.
@  feelingsuper... : (21 April 2014 - 06:31 AM) Agreed, we just witnessed the Aldridge game. Great players swing games.
@  SadLakerFan : (21 April 2014 - 06:25 AM) Some positives - Aldridge has developed into a great player, but law of averages - he won't be hitting huge threes and scoring 46 again. Harden is unlikely to miss 20 shots again. And even though you live with Howard's free throw struggles, they came in bunches at a critical point, triggering the Blazers' big comeback. It ain't over.
@  feelingsuper... : (21 April 2014 - 06:03 AM) The Rockets seemed to regress to the team they were earlier in the season a little, I guess that was to be expected. I am looking for the team to bounce back of course.
@  feelingsuper... : (21 April 2014 - 06:00 AM) This series will be marked by each team making runs and the Blazers made the run in the forth that completely changed the momentum.
@  feelingsuper... : (21 April 2014 - 05:58 AM) McHale fired, get serious.
@  08huangj : (21 April 2014 - 05:56 AM) When the Rockets were up by eleven, I turned off my T.V because I had more important things to do. Then, after like 40 minutes, I turned on my Mac pro and found the Rockets gave up 122 points to the Blazers and lost. I wouldn't blame the players for anything in the game. I have not liked Mchale ever since I followed the Rockets when Lin came over. I'm not trying to be negative, but he's not a really good coach even though he's a really good basketball player. Any coach that can't lead a team so talented should be fired and ain't very good. Mchale never, ever, draws up place at the end off the game. I don't even thing he has talked to the players of defense and how to prevent a player to get 46 points against one of the best defenders(Asik) in the league. Absolutely insane.
@  08huangj : (21 April 2014 - 05:50 AM) Not surprised if Mchale gets fired for losing in the first round. Really, he couldn't prevent LA from getting 46 points and he wouldn't switch Beverley out when he had a bad offensive game and let Lillard get 31 points. Wow!!
@  08huangj : (21 April 2014 - 05:43 AM) :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:
@  08huangj : (21 April 2014 - 05:41 AM) LaMarcus Aldridge 46 points 18 rebounds: Is he that unstoppable?
@  08huangj : (21 April 2014 - 05:41 AM) Can't believe it.
@  rockets best... : (21 April 2014 - 05:35 AM) I can't believe some if the calls I just saw. Portland played a dirty game
@  rockets best... : (21 April 2014 - 05:31 AM) that's the worse officiated game I have seen this year
@  RocketMansin... : (21 April 2014 - 05:23 AM) Perimeter defense gonna have 2 step it up... If not this will be a quick outing for the Rockets.
@  Cooper : (21 April 2014 - 05:20 AM) tough loss, Harden and Howard started out so cold and Jones/Asik had no answer for LA. Need to bring it for game 2
@  pharmag : (21 April 2014 - 05:11 AM) Well those refs were absolutely awful. I think they decided at the beginning of the game to just call the opposite of whatever the call was supposed to be. The only fouls you can argue they got right were the ones that were too close to call...
@  pharmag : (21 April 2014 - 03:10 AM) Interesting point made by announcers...Rockets haven't shot a single FT. A lot of that has to do with what appears to be unbalanced refereeing imo
@  Dan G : (17 April 2014 - 10:17 PM) That is some interesting news. We gotta get past Portland first, but I like that stat for the next round.

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#1 Red94

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

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#2 bob schmidt

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

Provocative questions Rahat. I will share a few thoughts... For starters, I have little interest in Howard. He strikes me as a happy-face, aren't I good, basketball player instead of a gritty, determined winner despite obstacles. Plus, he may be damaged goods unable to perform as he once did. Until we get a better look at our rookies, Motiejunas and Jones, I'd rather not make any moves at the 4 slot. Between them, they have yet to play anything but garbage minutes, and only 130 minutes combined through the season. Of course, if we get an inquiry from someone wanting to trade a good 4 to us I would certainly listen to all offers. Meanwhile, the Rocket coaching staff must have some ideas to share with Harden and Lin regarding turnovers. We just cannot continue to defeat ourselves with sloppy habits that cause them.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:27 PM

I was already steeling myself for the inevitable Josh Smith acquisition. Now you've raised some very compelling points about a Pau Gasol acquisition. (Is still good, could be got on the cheap, contract end coincides with a very rich free agency year) I'm wondering just how this team will look in a month.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:25 PM

I'd accept Howard in a trade or free agency for sure, but I agree with you in that I don't think Dwight's being moved before the Feb. deadline. Will he re-sign w/ LAL? That's a different story...but I don't think Houston can offer him what ATL can. Gets to go home, have a team built around them, and a team that has a LOT of offseason flexibility (can't they also give him the 5 yr K?).

Pau Gasol for 2 yrs is a good trade, imo, if, as you said, we don't give up too much. Would a trade centered around Lin net us Gasol? I wonder...
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

@phaketrash.
Yeah, I'm certain the Lakers are dying to trade Gasol for a long-term/big-money backup PG. You do remember that they have Nash, right?
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:06 PM

Something has to be done.No reason to have Mchale keep jerking guys in and out of the line up. I think right now Lin, Parsons, Patterson still have good value. Not sold on Harden yet, but I'm sure Mchale will give him every chance to look good. So either strike while you have a chance or continue to allow Mchale to destroy this team. This team seems broken and right now I think we have regress with Mchale and Sampson.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:38 AM

Those thoughts leaves you wonder that Gasol might be a great fit for us regarding his contract and our lack of post offense. It's almost certain that a trade to get him here would have to involve both Patterson and Morris to unjam that PF position. Capwise, we will have to send Lin or Asik, but neither one of them would be appealing for them since they are making too much money to be sitting on the bench, and probably they would want Parsons.

Bottom line, it would be nice to get him here, every party would be benefited, but....we will be inflicting too much damage to this "developing roster" and he is not worth it anymore, IMO.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:52 PM

@phaketrash.
Yeah, I'm certain the Lakers are dying to trade Gasol for a long-term/big-money backup PG. You do remember that they have Nash, right?


That was my biggest concern -- not the size of Lin's contract per se, but the length of it. LAL is on track to have a clean slate in 2014 almost haha, but Lin's $8M would mess with that. The $$$ isn't THAT much, even if he's coming off the bench. I mean shoot, they have a $19M man coming off the bench right now :P

And already having Nash doesn't change anything. Lin's the spark they need off the bench to back UP Nash, who they don't put ridiculous minutes on because of his age (I presume). Who do they have backing up Nash at the 1 right now? D.Morris? Blake's still out on injury I believe...so I mean...

And this is if LAL even decides to move Gasol rather than have him be upset and waste away on the bench. Gasol's $19M salary makes it nearly impossible to get any deal back that isn't somewhat "big money." With us, they are shedding $6-7M...I don't think they can say that with many other teams. Few have our cap space and the commodities to trade. Who'd give near $19M in expiring contracts? Pacers?

I do agree with ale11 though. I think LAL would do the deal in a heartbeat if Parsons were thrown in (they need the perimeter relief), but I don't want to trade Parsons in the deal for Gasol. Parsons is our trump card in that he gives our roster talent at a CHEAP price. It allows us to build a more competitive roster while not sacrificing production, esp. with what Parsons brings to the table. Giving that and other pieces up for Gasol...not worth it since we wouldn't be contenders.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

I've been cringing at the thought of trading for Gasol for a while now. For one, I'm not sure that he would be more motivated in Houston than in L.A., although I'm sure McHale would be more accomodating to Gasol's post game than D'Antoni.
My other concerns is that on offense, Gasol's skillset doesn't mesh with Houston's core. He likes to operate in the low post. Lin, Harden and Asik all need to score around the basket. His presence would also muck up the pick-and-roll game for Harden and Lin. We'd have to revamp our roster around Gasol, and he's not worth it.
But really, the biggest fear is that Gasol would Odom us. He likes Los Angeles. He has nothing else to prove as a pro. He has interests outside of basketball. Getting traded away to a rebuilding team in Texas will not result in Happy Pau.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

I've been cringing at the thought of trading for Gasol for a while now. For one, I'm not sure that he would be more motivated in Houston than in L.A., although I'm sure McHale would be more accomodating to Gasol's post game than D'Antoni.
My other concerns is that on offense, Gasol's skillset doesn't mesh with Houston's core. He likes to operate in the low post. Lin, Harden and Asik all need to score around the basket. His presence would also muck up the pick-and-roll game for Harden and Lin. We'd have to revamp our roster around Gasol, and he's not worth it.
But really, the biggest fear is that Gasol would Odom us. He likes Los Angeles. He has nothing else to prove as a pro. He has interests outside of basketball. Getting traded away to a rebuilding team in Texas will not result in Happy Pau.


But Gasol has been on the market for so long, I think he doesn't really like LAL that much more. He's constantly in trade talks, and if I were him, I'd be tired of it. Now with D'antoni and the benching, Gasol prob feels at an all time low -- super underappreciated. He'd be #2 in HOU easily, and I think he'd thrive in HOU now. First time we "traded" for him, I would have said otherwise, but given everything now...

And keep in mind, a trade for Gasol may involve trading away Lin. In fact, I sort of hope it does haha. I like Lin a lot, but he doesn't fit our team either (really). So then it is just Harden driving to the basket. Asik and Gasol's efficacy together is a legitimate concern. Asik's butterfingers messes up a lot of what makes Gasol a great low post threat, and the two of them would certainly clog the lanes. That being said, I think it could work, esp. if (like Lin and Harden now) there's a slight stagger in the minutes Gasol and Asik play together. I think they'd work well together (more so than Lin and Harden), but Smith and Gasol is pretty awesome too.

If Morey thinks we have a shot at Dwight, then obviously no Gasol. But shoot, I still think LAL and ATL have better chances of landing Dwight than we do...

I assume we don't want to throw a 4 yr max deal at JSmith. I really don't like him for the Rockets, esp. at max money. I think he'd only bring more frustrations to our team.

I like signing Millsap a lot, but no idea how much he'd cost. He'd also be 4 yrs (prob) and keep us out of the 2014 and 2015 SUPER AWESOME free agencies (Gasol would not). That makes me hesitant, even though I like Millsap a lot, because he alone doesn't do it. But I'd still be happy with a Millsap signing at like $10M or something because hey, maybe our young assets develop and we get our last piece in house. Could still swing a non-blockbuster trade too with what we have down the road, so still possibly cool.

I think that is it though. Those are our only realistic options. CP3 staying w/ Clipps. Who else is left? Id' rather move Lin +expirings +PFs for Gasol and D.Morris, and then maybe try to then get a backup PG or a meh starting one in the offseason. Gasol for Asik instead is a big no.
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