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@  Fury : (06 July 2015 - 09:51 PM) The Spurs just got West..... They have a legitimate backup big not named Diaw. They never needed one before.
@  redfaithful : (06 July 2015 - 07:50 PM) Any chance Celtics moving him?
@  thejohnnygold : (06 July 2015 - 06:14 PM) Evan Turner???? Classic buy low player for Morey.
@  Mario Peña : (06 July 2015 - 05:57 PM) Agreed. It'll probably be someone we are not expecting again.
@  thejohnnygold : (06 July 2015 - 05:08 PM) @Mario--Yes, I think waiting until January/February gives us a chance to see who has improved (Nick Johnson) and who is getting traded (Jones/Papa). By then, other teams will likely have some PG's available for cheaper than they are right now (Jennings/Collison/Lawson)
@  thejohnnygold : (06 July 2015 - 04:59 PM) @losthief--yeah, I understand that...it still sends a message to me that he isn't as good as people think he might be. I guess we'll find out this season :)
@  Losthief : (06 July 2015 - 04:02 PM) JG they let him go cause they got LMA and needed cap space...
@  Mario Peña : (06 July 2015 - 03:53 PM) Also guys, I heard Jonathan Feigan the Rockets beat writer on 610 am yesterday say that he thinks Morey doesn't make any moves till in season. I like the move towards stability and I hope Smith comes back.
@  Mario Peña : (06 July 2015 - 03:47 PM) @johnnygold, yup I think they are standing pat which was the plan all along but midway through the season if they can pick up some point guard insurance it will help relieve James and in the playoffs right?
@  MrZeno1911 : (06 July 2015 - 03:33 PM) I can see us making a move this week, if not, then i'm not that excited for this season. We need to lock up Smith and go after that secondary guard. We have a 2 (serviceable) guard rotation. Take notice around the league and a lot of teams are stacked at the 1 and 2 positions. We have enough 4's and 3's to make a workable trade and not lose any of our depth. We can beat any of the teams in the WCF if we stay healthy and we keep the team together, we literally would have a 10 man rotation.
@  thejohnnygold : (06 July 2015 - 02:31 PM) @Mario--at this point I think we are looking at trading for a PG mid-season if at all.
@  thejohnnygold : (06 July 2015 - 02:30 PM) For those who coveted Cory Jospeh, San Antonio just let him walk for nothing. What does that say? Of course, he got snatched up pretty fast by Toronto...
@  Mario Peña : (06 July 2015 - 11:42 AM) Of the remaining point guards I like Norris Cole.
@  jorgeaam : (06 July 2015 - 05:32 AM) It works tho
@  cointurtlemoose : (06 July 2015 - 05:17 AM) Yeah, bboley, may be just you. Haha.
@  thenit : (06 July 2015 - 02:11 AM) out of the remaining pgs Lin is their best option utilizing the pick and roll with DJ, the cupboard is bare. Doesn't move the needle for us but we have a tougher division this year than the past season
@  jorgeaam : (05 July 2015 - 11:01 PM) Wow the Mavs want Lin, lol
@  bboley24 : (05 July 2015 - 10:47 PM) It's just me isn't it?
@  bboley24 : (05 July 2015 - 10:47 PM) Is it just me or does Kevin Durant have an ugly shot?
@  jorgeaam : (05 July 2015 - 07:51 PM) Hibbert is a 7'2 player who can't get a rebound to save his life, don't count on it

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#1 Red94

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:53 PM

New post: Houston Rockets @ Washington Wizards on 2/23/13
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#2 Rahat Huq

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:52 AM

Motiejunas had some really nice moments in the third.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:32 AM

Man, I wish I hadn't been right about this being a trap game :(.

On the plus side, Motiejunas and Beverley both had excellent games. They both have a kind of gangly energy to them that's really fun to watch.

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#4 Mario Peña

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:20 AM

The back end of a back to back with about 7 players (some playing too many minutes, some with little experience, and some out of position) by the end of the game will always be a loss.

Motiejunas is the silver lining here, I think he could be the second best player but even if he improves quickly he will have some stinkers.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:34 AM

New post: Washington Wizards 105, Houston Rockets 103: Having big men can be fairly useful.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

ST is so right. Everytime I thought of this game yesterday, Admiral Ackbar popped into my head... http://m.youtube.com...h?v=piVnArp9ZE0
Can't take it too hard though. We thought we'd lose to OKC and beat the Wiz, but it just ended up the other way around. Still looks the same in the standings.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:44 PM

I know it was a back-to-back game and we are missing players, but this is the type of game we HAVE TO WIN no matter what. We can't be giving away games to teams well under .500 with just about 25 games left of the season. We have a very favorable schedule coming up for us and we have to take advantage if we want to make the playoffs.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

I don't feel bad about this loss. There were just too many hurdles to clear....the fact that we almost won it is impressive to me. It's gonna be a bumpy ride the rest of the way with all the kids learning how to defend....at this point, trial by fire is the only way to go.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

Lin had a terrible game. Usually I think he is a decent one on one defender, but can't handle shooting pgs due to going under on screens. Today he just looked like he lacked energy on both ends of the floor. He settled for jump shots and I don't recall him attacking the rim more than a couple of times. Whether that was because of the Nene and Okafor or just lack of energy I'm not sure.

Even Harden looked a little tired, even though he got 27 points he took a lot of 3s and jumpers instead of driving to the rim. 4 FA is low for his standard, but when your best player has a low energy game and can still put up 27p, and thats a bad game, you kind of accept it. The main reason we did have a fairly big lead was due to Parson's hot 1st half, but once he cooled down we didn't really have someone to bring the team home with the win.

Beverley played well off the bench and I usually want Lin to finish the 4th and play through his struggles for experience, today it was the right call by Mchale, do ride beverley and brought some energy to a tired rockets team. It was a winnable game, but with a short bench and back-back and 3games in 4 days with only 4 subs really, I'm happy with 2 wins out of 3. hopefully the new players will be ready to go next game.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:26 PM

I really don't like whinning about officials, but this was the worse I have seen this year. I could swear washington hired them personally for this game. felt like we were in utah of something :lol: harden couldn't get a call and at the same time wall was being treated like lebron. I don't care how they call the game just call it that way on both ends. that clearly didn't happen in this game. if it wasn't for the officials this game would have been a blowout
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you can only warn a man that the bridge is out.....if he keeps driving he's on his own B)


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Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

Lin had a terrible game. Usually I think he is a decent one on one defender, but can't handle shooting pgs due to going under on screens. Today he just looked like he lacked energy on both ends of the floor. He settled for jump shots and I don't recall him attacking the rim more than a couple of times. Whether that was because of the Nene and Okafor or just lack of energy I'm not sure.


As the recap mentions, Lin was suffering with a cold last night, which was definitely sapping his energy. I thought something might be up when he was subbed out earlier than I expected in the first, and it was noticeable that whenever he was running the break he just couldn't get the speed up to breakaway from the defence.

I heard somewhere (Feigen, I think?) that Parsons was also struggling a bit, although you wouldn't know it given his first half performance.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

with wall back washington really isnt a bad team, i knew it would be a close game.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:17 PM

we were up 17 early. we should have never let washington get back in this one. the fact that all we took were outside shots for a good stretch late in the game was upsetting to me. no excuses rockets should have handled this team.
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#14 Mario Peña

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:22 PM

I think the high amount of outside shots was a direct result of fatigue. If this team had some defense to it then yes I would have expected a win after the offense faltered despite playing with about 7 players but this team is not known for it's defense so there we go. It's the NBA gentlemen, you are going to lose some games like this. At least we got the OKC win so we are where we should be since the break or for February. The team has a good 3 days between games so lets see what happens Wednesday.

(I do like the 'we have to win no matter what' attitude that amacbrooks wrote about above and I think Harden and the Rockets showed that they have that in the OKC game.)
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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:16 PM

Ariza played like it wasn't him but someone else wearing #1 in Washington. But it's true, Wall makes this team so much better. I'm not saying they truly have a chance of making the playoffs but only because they really fell behind without him.

It's also true that Wall got some calls that Harden didn't at the other end and that shifted the balance slightly to them. Let's not forget that Beal got a crucial rebound....why was Asik with him instead of anybody else???? The rebound fell to the other side and both Parsons and Delfino were worried about boxing out their man instead of getting the rebound themselves, of course Beal is gonna run faster than Asik, that's miscommunication!

 

I know we had some excuses, but we can't lose this game. I mean, in paper, you can lose any given game, but not when you were up by 17 in the first half!


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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:46 PM

I disagree slightly with amacbrooks, this was most definitely a game we "could" lose.  We don't match up well with them---especially with the PF issue...but before that too--and their coach implemented a good game plan that we had no answer for except to make 3's.  We didn't make enough.  If we want to point at anything that let this game get away...how about the 3 ghost passes in the fourth quarter (2 of which were back to back) combined with the abundance of offensive fouls....too many sloppy turnovers.  The Rockets played poorly as a team and still barely lost.  I'll take that as a positive.  And for anyone who doubts it, Washington (with Wall) is one of the best teams in the East right now.  Except for Ariza, their starting 5 are all draft lottery players.


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