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@  Cooper : (23 April 2014 - 05:20 PM) It was interesting to see guys like Derozan and Wall/Beal bounce back from bad first games.
@  miketheodio : (23 April 2014 - 04:44 PM) i liked the wiz vs bulls. wiz had a great comeback.
@  rocketrick : (23 April 2014 - 02:40 PM) Was it just me or were those East Conf playoff games last night boring?
@  miketheodio : (22 April 2014 - 06:16 AM) this is all speculation, but i honestly believe the NBA is trying to set a "tone" for some of these game.
@  miketheodio : (22 April 2014 - 06:15 AM) obviously blazers v rockets, but look at the first GSW v clippers game. same deal. this was also done a bit last year for hou vs okc.
@  miketheodio : (22 April 2014 - 06:14 AM) big proponent of let the players play. nba is too ticky tacky. i think the refs were told to be loose with the whistle for series that involved teams with bad blood.
@  rocketrick : (22 April 2014 - 12:55 AM) Hopefully the NBA will change their policy on reviewing plays in the final 2 minutes to include reviewing foul calls. Right now the NBA policy is simply not to review foul calls. Would probably end up in a longer game and completely stop the flow of the game. Still, it is better to get the call right especially in closely contested games.
@  rockets best... : (21 April 2014 - 11:56 PM) I never believed in corruption from high levels in the league however last nights game would be ammo for those that support it
@  rockets best... : (21 April 2014 - 11:53 PM) the NBA admitting their officiating mistake after the fact is hollow. they need better in-game correction and better overall officials. the crew last night was awful
@  BrentYen : (21 April 2014 - 08:30 PM) WT....NBA just corrected that last foul call on D12, should be on Freeland
@  feelingsuper... : (21 April 2014 - 06:43 PM) Yesssssss! I just saw here as well rocketrick, rejoice! http://blog.chron.co...play-in-game-2/
@  rocketrick : (21 April 2014 - 05:25 PM) According to a report on ESPN.com and Yahoo, Beverley has received medical clearance to play in Game 2. No new damage to his knee per his MRI.
@  Cooper : (21 April 2014 - 03:00 PM) You can blame mchale a little bit for defensive schemes but even that was mostly poor execution plus LA seemed to hit every shot. Player usage was not a problem
@  Cooper : (21 April 2014 - 02:49 PM) You can't bench starters in a playoff game have to trust they will get through it. nothing the blazers would love more than having troy daniels on the floor instead of harden or beverley.
@  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.

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#1 Red94

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:25 PM

New post: Preview: Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets on January 30, 2013
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:08 AM

Watching the game, seriously don't know what Mchale is doing. Houston went on a nice little run had a 6 point lead in after 5 minutes in the 3rd quarter and takes Lin out, despite not doing anything to deserve that and douglas has played OK but nothing to warrant sitting Lin at that spot. McHale is so fucking irrational sometimes with his rotation, same with sitting Patterson for an extended period.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:09 AM

And now he subs Lin in when they Nuggets are ahead by 5
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:29 AM

why change your rotation. you just won three straight games. you beat hornets by 18, you beat the nets by 13 and then you bet jazz by 45. why change what was working and winning games. everytime this team start turning a corner, mchale start changing things.why why why why
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:32 AM

New post: Denver Nuggets 118, Houston Rockets 110: Nuggets Continue to Outshoot Intruders on Sight
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:32 AM

Mr. 4th Quarter was yanked out of the game watching. This is not the first time. Then nuggets start pulling away. Not until they pulled away by more than a dozen points.

Lin was reinserted. It was too late!!!!!!

If you wanted to sub. Why didn't they take Harden out. He played 41 minutes!!!

A BIG DOUBLE STANDARD.
It's the coaches who screwed up again.
They just can't wait to take LIN out of the game.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:35 AM

Who is playing!!!!
The coaches are destroying the team .

Last time they did it. The Rocket went on a 7 game losing streaks.
Congratulations to McHale and Sampson.
They do it again today.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

myjohnlai :

I am so sick and tired of people blaming the coaching staff for a loss, but when we win by 45 or go on a win streak they get no credit whatsoever. Mchale and the coaching staff actually did a great job in this game. The offense was flowing, Parsons Harden and Lin all had 20 point games and Asik had another ridiculous double double. It was a close game all the way until the 4th. Lin was obviously taken out for rest, and Douglas played quite well with his steals on defense and scoring. It all fell apart because of DEFENSE, TURNOVERS AND FT SHOOTING in a small period during the 4th. Its not really Mchales fault that Gallinari was making ridiculous contested threes and it's not his fault we missed 11 whole FT's. When Denver made a run Mchale actually made an adjustment by putting Lin back in and motivating the team. We came back and made it a game it was just too late. So please stop blaming the coaching staff for everything bad that happens.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:16 PM

#amacbrooks12

Look the coaching staff has been insconsistent with their decision. Why would you sit Lin after 5 minutes in the 3rd Quarter. Obviously its not to rest him, if that is the case Lin is way out of shape and they were on a mini run when he took him out. Douglas had a decent game, but he didn't light up the scoreboard to insert him after 5 minutes into the 3rd. Also 2pat was doing pretty well shooting 4-6 and 5 rebounds, pretty good defence.

There is a double standard, e.g Harden had 2 turnovers in the 4th in 2 straight possesion, one where he WALKED back and the other slowly jogging back, where the nuggest hit a 3 and a dunk. Harden deserves to be criticized for lack of effort defensively because he is only pacing himself for offence. I'll put it this way, look at the superstars who wins championships, they play both defence and offence e.g Lebron, Jordan, Kobe, Garnett. Others who hash't won it are T-mac, Carter, Melo. Those are great offensive talents but they don't win because they dont even play defence. Harden is an top 5 offensive player but way below average defender.

The coaching staff gets the blame because he they seems to screw with the lineup too much, Parsons had a great game but somehow Delfino took some of the minutes from him despite shooting poorly and playing weak defence, like the time when he just runs under a nuggets player for an and-one.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

myjohnlai :

I am so sick and tired of people blaming the coaching staff for a loss, but when we win by 45 or go on a win streak they get no credit whatsoever. Mchale and the coaching staff actually did a great job in this game. The offense was flowing, Parsons Harden and Lin all had 20 point games and Asik had another ridiculous double double. It was a close game all the way until the 4th. Lin was obviously taken out for rest, and Douglas played quite well with his steals on defense and scoring. It all fell apart because of DEFENSE, TURNOVERS AND FT SHOOTING in a small period during the 4th. Its not really Mchales fault that Gallinari was making ridiculous contested threes and it's not his fault we missed 11 whole FT's. When Denver made a run Mchale actually made an adjustment by putting Lin back in and motivating the team. We came back and made it a game it was just too late. So please stop blaming the coaching staff for everything bad that happens.



Completely agree with you amacbrooks.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:17 PM

Denver is not a team to get upset over losing to (especially on the road). We simply don't match up well with Denver. They can match our pace easily, and they have a defensive specialist (Iggy) who can really limit Harden. Our guys mostly had a good game regardless. We just got unlucky with Gallinari suddenly getting hot in the 4th and our 3-pt shooters being ice cold all game long.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

Am I the only one around here that thinks Kade has made 2-3 new accounts and is using them all intermittently to "bandwagon" and trumpet his opinions?

I have taken to ignoring any posts with his "flavor"....dude's just a troll.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:31 AM

Can they send the coaches to D league?
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#14 thejohnnygold

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:59 PM

Can they send the coaches to D league?


Exhibit A... :P
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:08 PM

It's just the discrepancy of how they treat Harden and how they treat the rest. Harden is treated as INFALLIBLE, while the rest are treated like crap. I mean Douglas sucked it up, then got hot for a few minutes, and then SUCKED it up. If they would have put Lin back in earlier, we would have won this game, or made it close. It's not about rest, don't lie like that. If anybody needs rest, it's harden. Some of you guys are making it seem like we're making this stuff up, when we're not. I understand that you don't really care, but don't say it's for rest or Douglas was doing good. He got SCHOOLED by Andre Miller. Almost as bad as getting schooled by Hinrich.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:01 PM

I just went back and had a look at the play-by-play to see if there's anything to what you guys are saying. Lin was substituted for Douglas with 7:07 remaining in the third, with the score at 68-64 to Houston. The team then increased the lead after Douglas came in. If you remember, he stole the ball on back-to-back possessions, scoring easy layups. The team was up 85-77 with 1:00 left in the quarter. It therefore cannot have been a bad decision to take Lin out of the game in the third quarter, since the team stretched the lead in his absence.

Now, could McHale have put Lin back in earlier? Well, 8 seconds after the lead reached his peak (eg. 52 seconds remaining in the 3rd) he had one opportunity, as Brewer was sent to the line. It was understandable that he didn't do it there since the team was still on a roll at that point. But there were no other opportunities in the rest of the third (the only other stoppage was when Douglas himself was sent to the line, and you can't take him out then). The Nuggets make a couple of baskets at the end of the quarter and the lead was cut to three.

Start of the 4th quarter, and McHale puts out a lineup of Douglas, Delfino, Parsons, Morris and Asik. This is uncontroversial - nearly every team in the league rests their best players at the beginning of the 4th to allow them to play one long stint in the closing few minutes. That's why neither Harden nor Lin are present. Nuggets open the 4th quarter with two quick baskets and McHale calls a timeout. He takes out Delfino and Morris and inserts Harden and Patterson. Now, you could make a case that he should have inserted Lin at this point. I would need to rewatch the tape for the last couple of minutes of the game to determine whether or not it would have been prudent to take Douglas out here. Can't remember any great howlers off the top of my head, but I was feeling a bit under the weather while watching the game so I might have forgotten something.

Anyway, play continues for a further couple of minutes until 9:43, when Lin was put back in. During the intervening time, the score was 1-0 in favour of the Nuggets. So there was no big loss in leaving him out there for that stretch. That would imply that McHale did not make any huge mistake in taking Douglas out when he did.

Overall, I can only see one instance where it may have been prudent to take Douglas out (and I'd need to watch the tape to see if there was any pressing reason to). In any event, the decision to not take him cost the Rockets only 1 point in the grand scheme of things, and therefore was not a big deal. Basically, I can't see what you're up in arms about ttdn.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:27 PM

wow, good stuff Sir Thursday. You're right, at this point it is only conjecture that Lin would have made any difference one way OR the other. There is no way to know that.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:42 PM

SirThursday:

I agree on some of the points that Lin didn't really make a difference neither did Tony. Also having hte starters sit at the start of 4th quarter is the standard. What I don't understand is that you take out your starting pg after 4.53 in the 3rd quarter when it wasn't warranted because Tony didn't light it up in the 1st and Lin wasn't blowing the game. Thats my problem with Mchale doing that to Lin and sometimes 2pat
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:43 PM

SirThursday:

I agree on some of the points that Lin didn't really make a difference neither did Tony. Also having hte starters sit at the start of 4th quarter is the standard. What I don't understand is that you take out your starting pg after 4.53 in the 3rd quarter when it wasn't warranted because Tony didn't light it up in the 1st and Lin wasn't blowing the game. Thats my problem with Mchale doing that to Lin and sometimes 2pat


I'm not normally a fan of debating a decision soley based on the outcome (if you're taking a heave at the end of the shotclock it's still a bad shot even if it goes in), but in this instance I don't really have anything else to work with since I can't check the gameplay on League Pass at the moment. The team grew the lead while Douglas was in, and a significant proportion of that was directly due to Douglas (the two steals were entirely created by him, that's 4 points right off the bat). Are you saying with Lin on the floor the team would have done better than the +4 they got between 7:07 and 1:00 in the third? That doesn't seem like a particuarly strong argument.

I went back and had a look at when Lin has been subbed out during the third quarter in the past few games. Here are the results:

@ New Orleans: 5:43 remaining
vs Brooklyn: 4:43 remaining
@ Utah: 5:20 remaining

So in those games Lin got ~2 minutes more playing time in the third quarter before coming out. Are you really suggesting that McHale should be run out of town because he took Lin out of the game two minutes earlier than usual? When the team did well without him? Seems ridiculous to me...

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:28 PM

I understand that some of you are really big fans of Lin and that at times he is a dynamic game changer but normally he is an above average player (and let's forget comparing him to Harden because they happen to be on the same team and are not competing with each other except in the imagination of some misguided Rockets fans) that gets treated as such by McHale. There is nothing unfair about his treatment as any fan could deduce from the information Sir Thursday has provided us. Jeremy Lin is in no way displeased with how the Rockets organization and coaching staff treats him in fact he seems to be very dedicated to his team and his coaches, in reality.

If you have strong opinions about Jeremy Lin and are a big fan of his then that's great. If your opinion is that he should play more then that is fair just don't state that as a fact or if your opinion is that the Rockets would be better if he played more that's fine but that is an opinion unless you state some facts and prove otherwise.

As always outstanding posts Sir Thursday.
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