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@  Losthief : (27 March 2015 - 02:21 AM) I like Llull, first i heard about him actually willing to leave spain...had almost given up on the guy.
@  majik19 : (27 March 2015 - 02:18 AM) definitely gives us some Beverly insurance should he sign elsewhere (assuming Prigioni, Terry, and McDaniels are gone next year)
@  cointurtlemoose : (27 March 2015 - 12:08 AM) Also, this would be prettyyy cool... http://hoopshype.com...ll-to-join-team
@  cointurtlemoose : (27 March 2015 - 12:06 AM) I think McHale is properly rated. This season has probably boosted him to the middle of the back. Stotts should not be higher than Vogel and Stevens, who have squeezed every drop and more out of their rosters.
@  YaoMan : (26 March 2015 - 07:48 PM) @ txt - no I don't agree with the assessment simply because of how well McHale has handled all the injuries the Rockets had. If they feel that McHale didn't orchestrate that, then Harden should be a hands down MVP when the starting 5 misses more games than any other team in the West...
@  majik19 : (26 March 2015 - 07:18 PM) I was surprised they placed Kerr at 3. I know he's having a great year, but one year does not define a coaching career. People seem to forget he inherited a 50 win team.
@  txtdo1411 : (26 March 2015 - 07:13 PM) I was pretty surprised they had Stotts at 7 as well. He has done a good job with Portland, but health (last year, not so much this season) and talent have put him in a position to succeed.
@  txtdo1411 : (26 March 2015 - 06:31 PM) You think they are correct with that assessment YaoMan? I was actually a little surprised they had Casey and Stevens ahead of him. This year McHale has shown a lot more adaptability than people thought he had in him.
@  YaoMan : (26 March 2015 - 04:50 PM) Have you seen the ESPN coach ranking lately? They have McHale at slightly better than middle of the pack: http://espn.go.com/n...ngs-top-coaches
@  YaoMan : (26 March 2015 - 04:05 PM) If the Rox can stay focus, catching Memphis is definitely a strong reality...
@  Cooper : (26 March 2015 - 02:39 AM) ended up with a nice win and the grizz dropped a game.
@  08huangj : (26 March 2015 - 12:40 AM) The rockets look dead today
@  YaoMan : (25 March 2015 - 09:03 PM) Bev out at least 7-10 days...the rotation is starting to get very thin...hopefully they all come back when playoffs start...
@  Mario Peña : (25 March 2015 - 08:22 PM) Dwight back is great news but how he recovers from the 20 minutes he ends up getting tonight is what I'm holding my breath for.
@  cointurtlemoose : (25 March 2015 - 06:21 PM) On a more encouraging note, Howard is back and starting tonight!
@  cointurtlemoose : (25 March 2015 - 06:21 PM) Agreed, the emotion/hustle/agitation he brought is the stuff of playoffs...
@  txtdo1411 : (25 March 2015 - 02:46 PM) Man Bev was built for the playoffs with his high intensity style of play. I think it is a bigger loss in the PO than the rest of the regular season. I expect Terry and Prigs will fill in nicely for these next 12 games, but I'm pretty terrified of starting the playoffs with them manning the position.
@  cointurtlemoose : (25 March 2015 - 04:23 AM) (cont.) - here's where Prigioni's presence is huge...
@  cointurtlemoose : (25 March 2015 - 04:22 AM) Losing Bev is not fun, but here's where Prigioni
@  Losthief : (25 March 2015 - 03:51 AM) terry, priogoni, johnson interesting mash of talents: shooting, passing/creating, defense. Need me a blender!

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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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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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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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