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@  thenit : (27 August 2014 - 08:43 PM) Unless Cle wins 2 rings in 4 years I rather have what Mia has now 2 rings and a likely playoff team
@  thenit : (27 August 2014 - 08:43 PM) That's why I don't like American sports, there shouldn't be any salary cap. It should be like Europe. Hating Socialism except for sports where the whole idea of is to compete to be the best. should be capitalistic and a free for all
@  rocketrick : (27 August 2014 - 11:53 AM) Boring...so which situation is better going forward? Miami Heat with practically no salary cap room after winning 2 titles in 3 years or Cleveland with all kinds of cap room? No wonder LeBron and KLove chose Cleveland. Just saying. NBA Salary Cap is quite onerous in the end.
@  thenit : (27 August 2014 - 02:53 AM) I think it's about right where we should be. We are a contender under the radar
@  rocketrick : (27 August 2014 - 12:42 AM) Las Vegas places 16-1 odds for the Rockets chances this season as the eventual NBA Champion. Only the Cavaliers, Bulls, Spurs, Thunder and Clippers rate better odds than the Rockets. Perhaps too much negativity this off-season in H-town???
@  rocketrick : (26 August 2014 - 11:40 PM) Troy Daniels is more of a SG, too with limited, at best, PG skills. I'm with Rolling Wave, I'd rather have Sessions than Ish Smith backing up Beverley
@  RollingWave : (26 August 2014 - 03:23 AM) Session has about 6x the career minutes of those 5 combined, of course you'd rather have him instead of Ish Smith if you could.
@  rockets best... : (26 August 2014 - 02:31 AM) Basketball Insiders is reporting the Rockets are pursuing a sign and trade for Ramon Session. with Ish, Beverly, Canaan, Nick Johnson and Troy Daniels on the roster I don't understand the move unless one of them will be in the deal and it is a larger deal than being currently reported
@  rockets best... : (25 August 2014 - 06:28 PM) so what you're saying is if Morey does this deal he's stupid? I disagree. we have a thread discussing it below. we can continue our conversation there if your wish
@  rocketrick : (25 August 2014 - 12:18 PM) Morey is not stupid so that just is not gonna happen here period so can we FINALLY just move on now? Bledsoe will sign for the agreed $3.5 million amount for this season and become an UFA next season (for his sake, I truly hope he does not blow out another knee).........
@  rocketrick : (25 August 2014 - 12:16 PM) This is quite frustrating as an avid NBA fan......Bledsoe CLEARLY wants a Max Deal whether that be with Phoenix (impossible in my opinion) or one of the other teams.
@  2016Champions : (25 August 2014 - 12:30 AM) According to Cyberx, Morey wants Bledsoe on a 2 year deal but Bledsoe wants more stability than that.
@  Buckko : (22 August 2014 - 03:31 AM) A logical article from B/R http://bleacherrepor...ext-year/page/6 I'm shocked.
@  Johnny Rocket : (21 August 2014 - 03:20 AM) Thanks for the great links, Buckko!
@  txtdo1411 : (20 August 2014 - 10:13 PM) Bledsoe scares me because of the injuries... that being said it is still probably the right move.
@  jorgeaam : (20 August 2014 - 10:09 PM) Let's go Morey!
@  jorgeaam : (20 August 2014 - 10:09 PM) The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe, according to Jude LaCava of FOX Phoenix.
@  thejohnnygold : (20 August 2014 - 04:52 AM) That article is a nice change of pace :)
@  Buckko : (20 August 2014 - 01:14 AM) http://probasketball...am-usa/related/ About Harden being the leader for team USA.
@  rockets best... : (17 August 2014 - 07:23 PM) good find Buckko

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Miami Heat 114, Houston Rockets 108: Two is Better than One


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#1 Red94

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:06 AM

New post: Miami Heat 114, Houston Rockets 108: Two is Better than One
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#2 amacbrooks12

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:00 AM

Our main problem tonight was defense. We couldn't get any stops late in the game when it most mattered, and kept fouling which had them in the bonus much of that fourth quarter. Despite scoring 108 points tonight, our offense was not good. We missed Carlos Delfino in this game bad, there was no type of spacing on the floor when our guards penetrated. And as I watched the game there was a lot of isolation plays, but we still managed to move the ball well on other possessions and score in the paint without good floor spacing. But honestly, if it wasn't for Harden catching fire from the 3 point line in that 4th quarter, we most likely would've been blown out. However, it was a good game and I enjoyed watching. Im sure we'll learn from this and move on. Nothing wrong with losing to the world champs.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:25 AM

The biggest silver lining for me was seeing Harden walk onto the court against Lebron James and Dwayne Wade and walk off after posting a 36/23/7 game. Considering the doubts around him after last year's Finals, that shows he belongs in the club.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

Harden had a great game offensively and was really the only one who could create his own shot. Lin had the same problem with Heat;s stifling p
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

Yeah Lin struggled, no doubt. But Chalmers is a great defender. Lin is not an all-star. He's getting better though. I like him much more this second half than the 1st part of the season.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:57 PM

The Heat played good team defense. That resulted in a +6 turnover margin for them. Assuming they converted 50% of those into points--which is 6 points--that was the difference in the score right there. A +10 free throw advantage didn't hurt either. Given those two "setbacks", the Rockets played great and, hopefully, learned a little lesson from Miami about defense.

I'm still waiting for the "law of averages" to catch up with Houston...it is nearly inevitable that soon after a game where everyone's numbers are sky-high there will come a stinker to balance it out.
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#7 phaketrash

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

Lin's play is inconsistent, but he's young and learning and prob changing what he practiced in the offseason. I think by the end of this season, or at least the upcoming offseason, Lin will be worth his contract and more. Not saying all star, just worth more than he's paid.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:00 PM

The Heat use Battier perfectly. There's no one in the league that can slow LeBron down and very few can stay in front of Wade. To win last night would have been a matter of simply outscoring the Heat rather than trying hard to stop them. Unfortunately outscoring even the Bobcats is hard to do on the second night of a B2B on the road. We played good otherwise and a couple little things to go different and we may have stole a win, but oh well.

Other than the Heat, the Rockets are better than the entire rest of the EC, hands down.
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#9 timetodienow1234567

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

I can't believe that some people actually believe that Parsons is better than Leonard. It baffles me. Leonard is lightyears better defensively and has added a 3 point shot. While Chandler is a little better offensively at this point, I am dumbfounded with how little respect Kawhi gets from ESPN.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

I can't believe that some people actually believe that Parsons is better than Leonard. It baffles me. Leonard is lightyears better defensively and has added a 3 point shot. While Chandler is a little better offensively at this point, I am dumbfounded with how little respect Kawhi gets from ESPN.


get out of here, spurs fan. just kidding. but what are you talking about? leonard is great but before january was VERY inconsistent
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#11 thejohnnygold

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:49 PM

I can't believe that some people actually believe that Parsons is better than Leonard. It baffles me. Leonard is lightyears better defensively and has added a 3 point shot. While Chandler is a little better offensively at this point, I am dumbfounded with how little respect Kawhi gets from ESPN.


Random....

Looks pretty similar here....kawhi has a slight edge in numbers.... (be sure to click on 2012-2013 tab...the jump resets to first year stats)

I will repeat something I stated in another thread about the Spurs. It is easy to look good and play better when you are on the court with Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, etc. and coached by Pops. Imagine a high IQ guy like Parsons on the Spurs...guarantee Pop would love to have him.

ESPN "dislikes" him the same way they "dislike" Tony Parker. San Antonio is off the radar and not "sexy" enough for TV. No one cares outside of a 100 mile radius.

Oh, and I like Parsons over Leonard.
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#12 timetodienow1234567

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:52 PM

I like Parsons and think he has the potential to be an all-star if he continues growing, I just don't think he's as good as Leonard. And you're right about ESPN hating everything dealing with the Spurs/Pacers/etc... non dunking, fundamentals driven teams. I just think that with his defense, he should get more respect than he does. And it wasn't out of the blue, there was part of an article on here about Parsons v. Leonard.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

ah, I remember...did not read it though. I don't put too much stock in the talking heads from ESPN.....Bill Simmons gives better analysis than most of them...and he is a humorist first.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:27 PM

I like Parsons over Leonard. Both are good with upside but Leonard had the advantage of dropping into a system that really was tailor made for him and maybe even made him better whereas Parsons excelled in a chaotic team situation that was anything but stable. We can all see this year that Parsons has seized the moment and become a leader on a young up and coming team whereas Leonard has been good though inconsistent even with Pop's system to fall back on.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:32 PM

Good points. I see both as future all stars and Parsons has made the most of his situation. The Spurs system works well because each player does their own role and not to try and force the issue. That's when I see Parsons at his best, so he would do well in Pop's system but he would not have gotten the opportunity since his defense isn't at kawhi's level, so I think both had a good opportunity "for them"
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:01 PM

i was watching the highlight package of this game on sportscenter and spoelstra was saying something like "....well, they didn't put up 140 on us. they can really put up some points."

i felt proud. we are mediocre, but we have an identity.
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#17 amacbrooks12

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:24 AM

You're not alone Rahat, I felt really good about Dwayne Wade's comment after the game saying "that team is hard to guard". But the cherry on top was how both Lebron James and Dwayne Wade agree that James Harden is in the superstar category.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:16 AM

Amacbrooks here is a link to a good article Windhorst wrote about Harden today. This guy has been watching and reporting LeBron since he was a kid and probably has rarely ever seen anyone outduel LeBron. I did not watch the game but it would appear that maybe in some people's opinion The Bearded One outplayed The King in the fourth quarter.

http://espn.go.com/b...-superstar-role
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:44 PM

I just read that article. Good stuff. I actually posted some quotes from it on the thread on Harden's defense as I felt a few paragraphs from that shed some interesting light on how he is playing this year. In short, Miami exposed his weakness in last year's finals and Houston is protecting him from it until he can learn to overcome it. As Harden says in the article, “I’m in a totally different role...I have to find a way to master this role I’m in now.”

All of this pleases me.
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