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@  rocketrick : (25 April 2014 - 01:57 AM) Pacers and Bulls just don't have enough offense, even to compete in the pathetic Eastern Conference this season.
@  Cooper : (25 April 2014 - 01:37 AM) At least we aren't the pacers.
@  thenit : (25 April 2014 - 12:32 AM) I don't think he will improve, and our window is 2 more season with him as the second dog. If he is a third best player with Durant Melo or love with harden then our window will be longer
@  thenit : (25 April 2014 - 12:31 AM) He already peaked and once he turn 30 his athletic ability will decline. He is a player who relies on that. Doesn't have the fundamentals like Duncan
@  Buckko : (24 April 2014 - 10:50 PM) Howard is not on the decline yet, he just turn 29.
@  feelingsuper... : (24 April 2014 - 05:07 PM) I know it's a slim chance and there's much to enjoy now.
@  thenit : (24 April 2014 - 04:22 PM) Man that would be unbelievable
@  feelingsuper... : (24 April 2014 - 04:21 PM) My dream free agent, Durant.
@  thenit : (24 April 2014 - 04:01 PM) beyond that it will depend on how we do to attract Melo, K love or someone in that stratospehere
@  thenit : (24 April 2014 - 04:00 PM) I get what you are saying FSS, the conundrum is that I do believe Harden will get better, but Howard's decline will kind of offset what Harden improves. The West is so good that we need to seize the oppurturnity I think we have one shot at it next year
@  feelingsuper... : (24 April 2014 - 03:51 PM) These growing pains are harder than I thought they would be. Hopefully Harden and Howard stick together and come out better next game and next year.
@  thenit : (24 April 2014 - 02:19 PM) He was never a real fan, more like a fan by associasion
@  jorgeaam : (24 April 2014 - 01:37 PM) What's the point of being a "fan" of a team if you are only going to support them when they win?
@  08huangj : (24 April 2014 - 10:17 AM) Though, they might still turn the series around, I'm very, very dissapointed.
@  08huangj : (24 April 2014 - 10:16 AM) Kind of starting to regret to follow the Rockets just about every day.
@  08huangj : (24 April 2014 - 10:16 AM) And now, after receiving home court advantage and looking like a contender for the first two months of 2014, they've lost 2 matches in a row against Portland at Toyota center.
@  08huangj : (24 April 2014 - 10:15 AM) I read about all the articles I can find after the match
@  08huangj : (24 April 2014 - 10:14 AM) Then, Dwight Howard arrived. I thought that they had the ability to win the championship 'cause they had 2 superstars and a good supporting cast. I watched every one of Houston's games if they were available
@  08huangj : (24 April 2014 - 10:13 AM) The only reason I cared about NBA at that time was Jeremy Lin, as he's a Asian like me.
@  08huangj : (24 April 2014 - 10:12 AM) Before Dwight arrived, I cared little about the Rockets. If they lost a supposed-to-win match, I was like oh well, it doesn't matter. I only went to Espn to check the scores every day for a minute

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A closer look at Thomas Robinson and a look ahead


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#1 Red94

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:42 PM

New post: A closer look at Thomas Robinson and a look ahead
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#2 Chichos

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:26 PM

I think Robinson has the beginnings of a post game. Those left handed spins off the glass are not easy with a defender on your hip. But it should be noted that is supposed to be his counter to a running hook in the lane... Not sure why his counter is so much better then the easier jump hook.

He also runs the floor really really well. That will get him some spot minutes pretty early on, McHale loves hustle and both highlights showed tons of hustle.

The big downside for the Rockets is that all those highlights were around the rim and that is not where we want our PFs most of the time. I think sharing time with Donatas/Parsons at the 4 while he plays the 5 is an intriguing idea in stretches. But he needs that outside shot to reach his potential.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:56 PM

I watched him in college, and he looks like he's lost some weight. I think he was around 245-250 in college. That video shows him like he's a bit lighter. He has some hops. Until he puts on a lot more muscle, I could see him getting a few minutes at SF if he develops an outside jumper. We could go big with him at the 3. Just thinking about pick and rolls with him and Harden or him and Lin, makes me think that he'll average 15 points / 10 rebounds a game if he gets 30 minutes a night.
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:31 AM

Here's why Daryl traded for this player: he's a finisher. Houston moves the ball very well and they don't really need him to post up. Houston is the highest scoring team in the league and they do a very small percentage of their scoring posting up. They need a pick-n-roll finisher who plays with power around the basket. They need a guy that the guards can ally-oop to. I don't think I've seen a single classic-style ally-up from the Rockets this year, and the guards can deliver the passes if they have a guy who can get up there and finish. Defensively, the tape shows that the guy is willing to play D, and has the physical attributes for a good defender. He can get better. He doesn't have the size to dominate defensively, but you couple him with Omer who is a big body in the paint, and you've got something. I hope they keep him instead of trading. I think they will.
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:59 PM

As a fan, I don't think it's prudent to ditch all of our long term vision for this season's playoff rally. It'd be nice to make it, re-energizing the fanbase, but to rent a player for the second half of the season with only that goal in mind doesn't make since to me. Especially since we're almost a lock anyway. As the article stated we all know T-rob has the abilities required, let's give him a chance to integrate and see what he can do. Morey is pretty much amazing with what he pulls out of his hat. We now have two top-5 talents from last years draft (granted one is a basket case), and a pocketful of trade chips should the opportunity arise.
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:34 PM

The problem w/hi-light packages is they just show the good.
Robinson gets 1 out of every 10 shots blocked at the rim. Not good.
The negatives said about him are poor hands and a sense of entitlement.
He does have a decent 15-18' jumper and Pat would routinely get several baskets a game popping to baseline or near FT line for an open J.
I don't see him as a future starter,but as a Carl Landry third big type.
He does go hard after rebounds,not content to just get the ones that come to him,so hopefully when Asik sits he can carry the rebounding burden.
But man,is he a rookie. Does all the stupid rookie things,forcing passes,stupidly fouling guys trying to get rebounds waaay too far away,jacking up bad shots,goes out of control on drives,gets lost on defensive rotations. Pretty much the standard rookie mistakes,but since he does play hard,they seem to stand out more. Most will correct w/experience,but he has a ways to go.

On an amusing note-to me anyway-before he was drafted there was some columnist who said Robinson might not want to mention in GM interviews that he backed up Marcus Morris at Kansas. Ouch,double ouch!
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:26 PM

I think my favorite part is the hustle--specifically, in the video when they showed him being the furthest away but being the first guy down to the other end over and over. Given the Rockets' impetus to get down the floor and score that alone makes him an asset. He naturally wants to get down there and has the ability to finish off a pass. That plus the rebounding and defense are good enough for me.

Someone made a great point in an article I read...I forget now, but they were talking about Dwight having always played in a slow-tempo offense with Van Gundy. Now that he is in LA with D'Antoni and his up-tempo style it's creating problems. It gave me pause when considering a potential max deal for him....it actually makes me lean back towards Josh Smith as I think he would fill this role very well.

A starting 5 of Lin, Harden, Smith, Robinson, and Asik....with Beverley, Anderson? Parsons, Jones/Motie/G. Smith combo bench rotation could be stellar....imagine parsons and D-mo running pick and rolls with G. Smith cleaning the glass and Anderson spotting up for 3's....I can dig it. That is when we aren't scoring off fast breaks and out-running opponents.
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