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Golden State Warriors 108, Houston Rockets 78: Ten Points Aren’t Enough

Midway through the third quarter, the Houston Rockets had closed a 23 point gap to a mere 5 point deficit. Houston was making yet another late game run to recover from yet another anemic start, and the crowd was on its feet in the Toyota center. Then Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry drilled threes, and the comeback was over as quickly as it had begun. Out of energy, out of accuracy and out of sorts, the Rockets eventually fell by 30 points to a Warriors team desperate to hold onto the 6th seed, and just as desperate to prove they can defeat a new rival in the Houston Rockets.

Stephen Curry played 45 minutes, and Klay Thompson played 42. Both sat down with about two minutes left in the game, when garbage time finally arrived. Curry had only sat for 74 seconds in the game thus far, and was deadly effective the whole way. Thompson hit 6 of his 9 three pointers, and Curry was 12-22 from the field, both with many open looks. The Warriors played like their season was on the line, which in many ways it was. A loss to the Rockets would send them below the 6th seed, possibly for good, likely pitting them against the Spurs or Thunder in the playoffs. After losing big to the Bulls, the Warriors had something to prove, and Curry and Thompson proved it with only a few minutes of rest between them.

The Rockets, on the other hand, couldn’t match the playoff intensity of the Warriors, only coming alive in the third quarter to make a huge early run. As their head of steam cooled off, the Warriors took control once again, behind an endless fusillade of threes from the Warriors’ backcourt. Of course, none of that would have been necessary if the Rockets had only avoided their worst first quarter of the season.

The Rockets shot a horrifying 19.6% from the floor in the first quarter, picking up a paltry 10 points along the way. The Rockets hit 3 of their 23 field goals in the first quarter, though the Warriors were obliging enough to score only 18 points in that same period. Nothing was working for either team to start the game, and the Warriors put it together sooner. Golden State would come out of the evening shooting a decent 45.8% from the field and a blistering 50% from three. The Rockets, on the other hand, improved to a dismal 32.6% from the field and 25.7% from deep.

The interior defense of Bogut was a huge part of Golden State’s success, though Harden and Lin were still aggressive most of the night.  Houston’s starting backcourt was the sole diamond in a rather rough game, and each poured in 21 points on 16 shots. Lin was actually more accurate and had 1 fewer turnover (2 for Lin, 3 for Harden), but Harden flirted with a triple double, pulling down 10 boards and picking up another 8 assist game. Harden also notched 3 steals, but it was all for naught. The Warriors had shut down the rest of the team with the exception of a small streak of shots from Delfino.

Delfino ended with 12 points, 9 of which came in a few possessions as he drilled back to back threes (his only threes on the night) and then laid it in for a 2 and 1. Delfino’s success there about the only help Lin and Harden got from the rest of the team, with Asik putting up a lackluster 11 rebound, 6 point night, Parsons shooting a mere 15% from the field, and Motiejunas missing all of his threes. Francisco Garcia, Patrick Beverley, Aaron Brooks, Thomas Robinson and James Anderson combined to go 0-10 from the field for 0 points, 9 rebounds and a single assist. Greg Smith’s 5 points and 6 rebounds in 17 minutes looks amazing by comparison.

The Rockets seem to have been regressing lately, and the Rockets seem to be having increasing difficulty at the start of games. While their comebacks have been impressive, they simply can’t continue down this path if they hope to make the playoffs. Despite having already exceeded most pundits’ win predictions before the season started, the Rockets absolutely have to avoid another late collapse. After having improved their offense every month for four months, they look ready to regress in March. They can’t score 10 points in a quarter. Not in the middle of a vicious playoff hunt. Ten points aren’t enough.

 

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  • feelingsupersonic says 1 YEAR ago Right, it has only been 12 games since the trade and considering the thread we are in I would say Golden State is definitely a better team than the Rockets that has been together the full season. With all due respect I am not debating someone like rockets best fan because he has his mind made up and it's safe to say he won't change our stances. I am writing more to the likes of johnnygold and rocketrick and others who maybe are trying to come up with answers or ideas to understand how the season is going (man we are some nerdy Rockets fans). I think it's obvious that muscle fatigue is setting in and sure it is young players and I would agree that if it was a couple young guys it would not be an issue but take into account we are young across the board and there is little to no 'ready to play'/veteran depth to help come in relive the rotation players (we have nowhere near the depth of say Denver) and I am certain muscle fatigue is setting especially when style of play is added to the equation. In addition to fatigue the point about that there is more film on the Rockets out there, particularly in the Western Conference I would guess, would lead to more failures at the offensive end that we have seen more of late. And the 12 games since the trade is crucial considering it took the Rockets about the first third of the season to round into form, maybe the coaching staff and players can right the ship in a week or so in time for the playoffs. And it is beyond me how any Rockets fan could expect this team to do anything in the first round.
  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago

    @RBF--I appreciate your vehemence on the matter. I couldn't help but picture you shouting at your car battery for not trying harder. :lol:

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    I think everyone agrees with a lot of what you want from the Rockets--I think most of us just think it is unrealistic to expect as much as you want in this time period from this group. If we were talking about a group of 28-32 year old veterans then I think I would agree with you more.

  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago

    Nice post Rocketrick. I would rescind the word patience from here (if I thought I could) and replace it with two words that I like (and helped me stop being impractical about a lot of things): Scale and Relativity. If one does not apply these aspects to their thinking then it is difficult to not be myopic and biased.

    67 games is a misnomer as the mid-season trade is conveniently overlooked for the sake of argument. Also, if you guys want to draw barely associative comparisons then try this: Our defense is like going fishing with a hole in your net. That is our problem. That trade created a hole in our defensive net. For those of you who are counting that is 12 games since the trade. TWELVE. Get a grip guys. Like Rocketrick said, we're competing against the best in the world and they can smell the blood in the water.

    When one looks at something and projects what they expect it to be he/she will always find dissatisfaction, frustration, and disappointment. Instead, try looking at what is and appreciating that.

    I liked the Daily Blast's bit about playing the guys who know what they're doing vs. the guys who should actually do it. At this point I'm on board for a one-game test--how bad could it be :o

  • Steven says 1 YEAR ago Teams play good defense in the regular season, because they can't score the ball. With the grind of the 82 game schedule, it's either be good on offense or be good on defense. No one leads the league in scoring average and scoring defense.

    The Rockets are the best defense in the half court in the NBA when Asik is on the court (according to Morey). The problem is, they turn the ball over so much that they aren't in half court defenses as much as other teams. When teams get 20 points off of turnovers every game (idk the official stat), it makes your defense look worse.

    Playing Defense in the regular season is overrated. It also leads to boring basketball. Who besides Bulls fan, actually watch the Chicago Bulls? No one. Because they are boring. O but they play good defense. Who cares? The object is to win, but it is also to be entertaining. At the present time this young Rockets team is finding a nice mix of both. Just remember this team was picked to finish with around 30 wins, so any playoff birth is a clear overachievement this year.
  • 2016Champions says 1 YEAR ago

    I see Rocketrick's post went completely over your head...

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    things are not out of hand............... well they are defensively. so everyone calling for patience.....tell me when the battery stops working in your car do you want patience or change? when the mail person keeps sticking your mail in someone else's box do you want patience or change? if your child brings home an F on their report card do you want patience or change?point is there is a proper time for patience and a time for change. I can be patient as long as I am seeing some progress on a given front. however that's not happening defensively, we will never.........ever.....ever learn to be an elite team without learning how to play at least decent defense. so this goes to the very heart of what we are trying to get done. sticking our heads in the sand pretending this is not an important issue is unrealistic. I keep hearing posters talk about our record and the fact we should be proud just to be where we are. are you proud when your child brings home a C when you were expecting an A.I do like our position, but if we stop reaching for perfection we will fall back into lackluster performance. if we aren't trying to get better then what the hell are we playing for?

  • 2016Champions says 1 YEAR ago

    ^ I agree with every word.

  • rocketrick says 1 YEAR ago

    Before things get completely out of hand in this thread, we need to go back to the basics and the facts of the current situation with the Rockets roster.

    First, assuming the Rockets make the playoffs which they should (of course no guarantee, they gotta keep winning!) this will be the youngest team in NBA history (in terms of overall playing experience from 1-15) to have ever made the playoffs. Expecting the youngest team to already have everything figured out on defense, offense, rotations, etc.. is being too overly critical in my opinion.

    Second, everyone knows the Rockets weakness. It stands out so much it is blinding my eyes as I type. PF. There were some on this board who were anti-Patrick Patterson. Now that he's been gone these past couple of weeks, isn't it amazing how it has become clear the importance of having him on THIS team.

    Third, our bench is weak. Delfino is hot and cold. Beverly sometimes gives our team some energy but other times gives us basically all 0's in the boxscore. Who is our backup C? Oh yea, that's right, not only are we weak at PF (starting and backup) but instead of having reliable depth at PF that could cover some of the backup C playing time, guess what? Our frontline is absolutely our weakness.

    Don't forget, the Rockets play in the best basketball league on this planet, maybe even in this galaxy (just throwing that possibility out there). So of course our opponents are going to scout us and try to take advantage of our weak spots.

    News Flash--------it's gonna be a struggle for the remainder of this season into the playoffs trying to "hide" our weakness to the best of everyone's ability. If Delfino is swishing a bunch of 3's and Chandler is on fire, the Rockets can overcome their defensive lapses caused by a weak frontcourt. Thankfully we have Asik or I can't even imagine for a second longer how much worse things could be! Too bad Asik can't play all 48 minutes.

    It is what it is, I am going to scream loudly at the games and support my team through thick and thin. And I sure hope the majority of those on the board can do so with a somewhat less critical eye knowing full well the challenges that lay in front of us.

  • 2016Champions says 1 YEAR ago

    We will be better defensively next season. You need to be more patient.

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    RBF, You are skewing my statements way out of proportion. Of course I am not saying that. I am saying it is a process that takes time to reach mastery. We are very early in the process. I am sorry it is not to your liking. The growth curve I am alluding to is based on the general premise that most players peak around age 27 and it refers to the entirety of the game--offense and defense. The game moves incredibly fast and teams with more experience are able to take advantage of our inexperience. A maturation process is taking place. Enjoy the process.

    Based on an article I posted in the "bad defense" thread your assertion that we are not learning some new, high-tech defensive system may be incorrect. Either way, you are lacking the scale and relativity necessary to see the big picture here. You want it all and you want it now. I can understand your frustration given that perspective.

    I am more patient than most, but there come a time when inactivity can be just as bad in the long run. what I am saying is WE HAVE NOT IMPROVED DEFENSIVELY. NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT. I don't expect us to start playing defense like the spurs by tomorrow, but it would be good to at least see some progress. we are not getting that from this team. WHY? I don't buy the youth excuse anymore. we are not even average. that means either we arebeing taught the wrong thing or we have and inability to pick it up. which is it? 67 times we have played a game this year and we haven't beengood defensively yet. when you were in your history classes trying for your degree would the teacher have been pleased with no progress?.........of course not. likewise we should be alarmed that there has been no progress on the defensive front. sticking our heads in the sand will not make the problem go away.

  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago

    RBF, You are skewing my statements way out of proportion. Of course I am not saying that. I am saying it is a process that takes time to reach mastery. We are very early in the process. I am sorry it is not to your liking. The growth curve I am alluding to is based on the general premise that most players peak around age 27 and it refers to the entirety of the game--offense and defense. The game moves incredibly fast and teams with more experience are able to take advantage of our inexperience. A maturation process is taking place. Enjoy the process.

    Based on an article I posted in the "bad defense" thread your assertion that we are not learning some new, high-tech defensive system may be incorrect. Either way, you are lacking the scale and relativity necessary to see the big picture here. You want it all and you want it now. I can understand your frustration given that perspective.

  • 2016Champions says 1 YEAR ago

    your kidding right? tell me your kidding. you think we should give this team possibly up to 7 years to learn how to play defense? it doesn't matter what defensive scheme we use. there is no reason it should take that long. also these guys (most of them) have been playing basketball all their lives. basketball is not rocket science. whatever system we are using it seems like we would be getting it right at least some of the time by now don't you think? we do NOT have 1 win....not even 1 win that I can pull up and say that was a defensive masterpiece. our idea of playing defense is hope the other team misses :lol:when we get pass asik and parson defensively we stink. plain and simple. I see no progress in this area. humans are creatures of habit. if you don't pratice sound fundamentals you won't display sound fundamentals when you play. which brings up 2 points. 1.is mchale adjusting his defense to best use the talent available(defenses adjust all the time in the nba depending upon what players are on the floor) is he taking advantage of the strengths of our players and masking some of their faults while trying to teach them the right way? and 2. are mchale's defensive ideas sound and grounded in the fundamentals. if so why is he unable to get his team to understand what it is he is trying to do after 67 games with no suscess. i'm sure we are notrunning some high tech defense that these players have never seen b4. if so we need to trash it and pull out the spurs model and start over.

    Our defense isn't even that bad when Asik is on the floor, it's quite good actually. The problems we have are easy to fix (such asgetting back in transition), and typically it takes1-3 years to see a huge improvement in young guys -- not7 years. Have patience young Jedi, the force is with us.

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    :huh: I'm mostly speechless....no, wait...totally at a loss to respond here.

    You must be some kind of savant because when I learn to do something it takes a while before I am good at it and even longer before I am great. You are aware that most NBA players take roughly 3-4 years to really "get it"?...from there it is usually another 2-3 years of continued growth before they really begin to peak--from an understanding the game point of view.

    your kidding right? tell me your kidding. you think we should give this team possibly up to 7 years to learn how to play defense? it doesn't matter what defensive scheme we use. there is no reason it should take that long. also these guys (most of them) have been playing basketball all their lives. basketball is not rocket science. whatever system we are using it seems like we would be getting it right at least some of the time by now don't you think? we do NOT have 1 win....not even 1 win that I can pull up and say that was a defensive masterpiece. our idea of playing defense is hope the other team misses :lol:when we get pass asik and parson defensively we stink. plain and simple. I see no progress in this area. humans are creatures of habit. if you don't pratice sound fundamentals you won't display sound fundamentals when you play. which brings up 2 points. 1.is mchale adjusting his defense to best use the talent available(defenses adjust all the time in the nba depending upon what players are on the floor) is he taking advantage of the strengths of our players and masking some of their faults while trying to teach them the right way? and 2. are mchale's defensive ideas sound and grounded in the fundamentals. if so why is he unable to get his team to understand what it is he is trying to do after 67 games with no suscess. i'm sure we are notrunning some high tech defense that these players have never seen b4. if so we need to trash it and pull out the spurs model and start over.

  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago

    :huh: I'm mostly speechless....no, wait...totally at a loss to respond here.

    You must be some kind of savant because when I learn to do something it takes a while before I am good at it and even longer before I am great. You are aware that most NBA players take roughly 3-4 years to really "get it"?...from there it is usually another 2-3 years of continued growth before they really begin to peak--from an understanding the game point of view.

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    As a history major I strongly disagree with the idea of not learning from the past.

    Further, the notion that defense is just effort is silly. Against sophisticated offenses, smart coaches, and clever point guards effort only takes you so far. Sound principles, fundamentals, and understanding spacing come first...then the effort to do them follows. The Rockets are getting beat by being out of position and allowing opponents to get easy, open looks underneath. With youth all you have is effort--the understanding will come.

    JG i'm a bit of a history buff myself(even tho I never couldcapture that elusive spelling bee championship) :lol:and I totally agree with everything, but that last statement (with youth all you have is effort- the understanding will come) the rockets have played 67 games this year. plenty of time to understand defensive and offensive rotations. at what point are we suppose to at least see progress in this area? seems like after doing something for 67 times we would start to get it right at least some of the time. however even when we win our defensive rotations still stink.the rockets shouldn't just watch tapes of lost games, but wins too. however tape watching can only take you so far. i'm sure it's no secert what assignments are beingmissed on defense......so why aren't we getting it corrected.........if I was the owner right now that's what I would be asking my coach right now. we can talk about all the great offensive scheme's we want to, but FACT is defense wins championships. until we learn how to get quality stops we must relie on outscoring the opposing team. that's a recipe for failure. live by the 3 die by the 3, but you die even faster when you play no defense. I hope we can get it corrected asap.....i've got my fingers crossed, toes crossed, all the labels on the bud lite cans lined up :lol:

  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago

    I don't think anyone on the Rockets coaching staff, players, etc. needs to study the film of the last 2 games to see what they did right and where they went wrong.

    In my opinion, it's very simple. Intensity and Effort!!!!!!!!

    It looks quite clear to me the Rockets are suffering the same disease all young teams suffer from, the jitters caused by their average age, overall NBA experience and first time together as a unit.

    They just have to play through it and learn from their experience. Which means Rockets fans arelikely to experience the highest highs and lowest lows the remainder of the season incluidng any playoff action coming our way.

    As a history major I strongly disagree with the idea of not learning from the past.

    Further, the notion that defense is just effort is silly. Against sophisticated offenses, smart coaches, and clever point guards effort only takes you so far. Sound principles, fundamentals, and understanding spacing come first...then the effort to do them follows. The Rockets are getting beat by being out of position and allowing opponents to get easy, open looks underneath. With youth all you have is effort--the understanding will come.

  • rocketrick says 1 YEAR ago

    There isn't much to say here....So I will look for a sliver lining as I am prone to do....

    The past two games have afforded the Rockets two quarters worth of game film to see just how good they can play at both ends. (also 5 quarters worth of film to see how bad they can play). Maybe, just maybe, they can study those two quarters and figure a way to make that a more consistent effort....

    I also enjoyed Kelvin Sampson's little interview at halftime...He didn't seem to be fazed by what was happening and recognized that this was just "one of those nights"....regarding the first half, I loved the pithiness of him saying that ultimately, "you gotta put the brown thing in the round thing".

    I don't think anyone on the Rockets coaching staff, players, etc. needs to study the film of the last 2 games to see what they did right and where they went wrong.

    In my opinion, it's very simple. Intensity and Effort!!!!!!!!

    It looks quite clear to me the Rockets are suffering the same disease all young teams suffer from, the jitters caused by their average age, overall NBA experience and first time together as a unit.

    They just have to play through it and learn from their experience. Which means Rockets fans arelikely to experience the highest highs and lowest lows the remainder of the season incluidng any playoff action coming our way.

  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago

    There isn't much to say here....So I will look for a sliver lining as I am prone to do....

    The past two games have afforded the Rockets two quarters worth of game film to see just how good they can play at both ends. (also 5 quarters worth of film to see how bad they can play). Maybe, just maybe, they can study those two quarters and figure a way to make that a more consistent effort....

    I also enjoyed Kelvin Sampson's little interview at halftime...He didn't seem to be fazed by what was happening and recognized that this was just "one of those nights"....regarding the first half, I loved the pithiness of him saying that ultimately, "you gotta put the brown thing in the round thing".

  • Alituro says 1 YEAR ago

    You guys are right, but I still think it's a case of McHale being reactive instead of pro-active with the rotations he chooses and when he chooses them. The small ball lineup can be effective for stretches as far as swinging momentum and lighting up a scoreboard, but lets face it, a squad that features Beverley, Lin, Harden, Delfino, Smith as it's killer punch, is a team that is in trouble and we suck a lot more than what our record indicates. I used to think it was LIn-only fans whining about him being benched when in a funk, but now I see it is roster-wide. You can't overcome your funk if you are riding the pine, especially with young players. This is McHale's last chance, if he bombs us out of the postseason once again after having it all but sealed up (once again), then he needs to be driven far out of town. every team in the league has elevated their games at this point in the season and we're stuck in the mud (again).

  • 2016Champions says 1 YEAR ago

    Curry and Thompson are far too dangerous from outside

    To play a little devil's advocate, if I may - you do have to be a little careful in how you evaluate the success of the small ball lineup, because a lot of its potency is dependent on Delfino's ability to make shots. As we've seen through the year, he has hot and cold stretches. If he's sinking the three ball often and at a high percentage, then the lineup looks excellent and you can live with what is given up defensively. Tonight though, with absolutely nobody making shots in the first half, there was no chance it would look anything other than horrible.

    I also got the impression that McHale was putting Delfino at the 4 because he did not trust Robinson for the evening. And given the mental lapses Robinson had been making (that blown dunk was comical), I can kind of see why. Motiejunas still struggles from fatigue if he plays long minutes, and you could see him gasping in this game. When you have to take him out, there's really no other choice than to put Delfino in if you don't trust Robinson to play.

    ST

    I agree with this.

  • Ostrow says 1 YEAR ago

    the rockets have had plenty of time to adjust to the lost of ppat and mm. they weren't the stars on this team. if the defense is unable to adjust he should have tried a zone for small spuirts. anything except continue to watch the team stumble.

    You can't go zone against a team that has Curry and Thompson. PPatt wasn't a star, but he was a good positional defensive player, and you always knew what you were going to get from him. D-Mo and T-Rob both have higher ceilings, but right now McHale doesn't know what he is going to get from them on any given day.

  • thenit says 1 YEAR ago

    I'm one of those Mchale haters, but I just don't think it was so much coaching tonight. It was Harden not closing out on thompsons for a few 3s when the lead was cut to 3 and a lot of the players having a big fat goose egg on the score sheet. Parsons had 1fg, delfino shot poorly until the mid4th quarter. The only offensive threat was Lin and Harden, but they doubled Harden. Lin also seems to run out of gas in the 4th quarter, because he missed 3 straight FTs. The team just shoot poorly, the shots they took in the 1st and 2nd quarter wasn't really that bad. D-mo missed like 5 open 3s, parsons missed a couple, delfino a few. If 4-5 of those open looks hit, we were looking at single digit game starting the 2nd half.

    It was just one of those nights.

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    You have to kind of feel for McHale. I think the Patterson trade was absolutely the right move, just from a long term perspective. But it really sucks losing your only veteran at a position down the stretch drive.

    the rockets have had plenty of time to adjust to the lost of ppat and mm. they weren't the stars on this team. if the defense is unable to adjust he should have tried a zone for small spuirts. anything except continue to watch the team stumble.

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    Sir Thursday:

    I too needed time to reflect. I was so upset by that lost you could have fryed an egg on my forehead. :angry:this game looked like one of the games involved in the meltdown from last year. the team is beginning to slide into collaspe. if mchale is unable to stop the slide he should be fired. the continued slow starts are digging holes that we simply can not get out of. I have been bashing mchale for quite some time now because I see things in him that are not healthy for this team. I have been hoping he would overcome some of his shortcomings, but it appears he has fallen down and can't get up. I could point to failure to make adjustments defensively, inability to adjust the offense to what GS was doing defensively. ineffective player matchups, players focus and determination, but all of that stuff has one thing in common............THE COACH

  • Rahat Huq says 1 YEAR ago

    You have to kind of feel for McHale. I think the Patterson trade was absolutely the right move, just from a long term perspective. But it really sucks losing your only veteran at a position down the stretch drive.

  • Sir Thursday says 1 YEAR ago

    To play a little devil's advocate, if I may - you do have to be a little careful in how you evaluate the success of the small ball lineup, because a lot of its potency is dependent on Delfino's ability to make shots. As we've seen through the year, he has hot and cold stretches. If he's sinking the three ball often and at a high percentage, then the lineup looks excellent and you can live with what is given up defensively. Tonight though, with absolutely nobody making shots in the first half, there was no chance it would look anything other than horrible.

    I also got the impression that McHale was putting Delfino at the 4 because he did not trust Robinson for the evening. And given the mental lapses Robinson had been making (that blown dunk was comical), I can kind of see why. Motiejunas still struggles from fatigue if he plays long minutes, and you could see him gasping in this game. When you have to take him out, there's really no other choice than to put Delfino in if you don't trust Robinson to play.

    ST

  • Rahat Huq says 1 YEAR ago

    There were three consecutive plays where Delfino was on Bogut and we had to double/triple team. All of the possessions resulted in a wide open made basket.

  • Alituro says 1 YEAR ago

    I agree with you there ST, when is McHale going to step up and play some big-boy ball for any reasonable stretches? I mean having 2 post players on the floor at all times. With Jones, D-mo, Asik, Robinson, Smith and even Albrecht, we have the bodies youth and athleticism to keep a large presence down there at all times. They may not be stellar defensively, but couldn't be worse than Delfino. Parsons nor Delfino has anybusinessplaying the 4, ever. It would have helped Harden's defensive leaks by having some size down there too. I'm usually a McHale supporter, too, but here lately, with the last couple losses I'mbeginningto rethink that assessment. He seems to react to the opposing coaches' moves rather than cause the reaction himself with his own. We are making, rather than forcing adjustments constantly.

  • Sir Thursday says 1 YEAR ago

    Now I've had some time to reflect, I feel like Harden has to take some blame for this one. The whole team was poor to start off, but once we got close we needed intensity on the defensive end to stop the lead from ballooning again. Instead, we got Klay Thompson wide open over-and-over, and he made us pay. That's Harden's man, and his defensive effort was unforgivably lax in that situation. Especially in a game where the Warriors worked hard to get the ball out of his hands when the Rockets had possession, you'd think he'd have something left in the tank to contribute at the other end of the court.

    I'm usually a McHale supporter, but I was disappointed in some of his lineup choices tonight. Golden State were playing their two PG lineup a lot with Jack, Curry, Thompson + 2 bigs. McHale was countering with his standard small-ball, ie. Delfino at the 4. The problem was that it meant there were two matchups GS could exploit on the offense - we had one of Parsons or Delfino on Jack and the other on Landry or Ezeli. Putting a bigger defender on the Jack wasn't ideal because he is nimble enough to take advantage, and there were several times where Delfino got overpowered defensively by the bigger GS players, particularly on the boards. On the other end though, Delfino was not able to provide much of anything until it was too late (eg. his outburst mid-4th quarter), and Parsons was unable to exploit his size advantage at that end. I would have prefered to have seen McHale try to match the two-PG setup and perhaps play Lin and Beverley together (he did experiment with AB in the second quarter, but that group went -10 in 5 minutes).

    ST

  • JSosa13 says 1 YEAR ago As much as I hate to say this, We really dont stand a chance against any of the top 5 teams in the West. I heard Bull saying that Denver would be a good match up for Houston in the playoffs but I dont get it, they basically play the same style as the Rockets do except 2 or 3x better, plus their squad is alot more consistent. I would prefer if we could just hold on to that 7th spot and face OKC in the first round, the Rockets have beaten them before so I believe theu can pull out at least 2 wins in that series, I'd take that over a potential sweep against S.A or Denver anyday.
  • 2016Champions says 1 YEAR ago
    Yeah, definately brought me down to earth. Lets face it, we're young and likely to see a 1st round exit. But as long as we keep playing hard and improving we have nothing to be depressed about. The shots weren't falling but our guys fought hard tonight in spurts, and with experience will come consistency.
  • Red94 says 1 YEAR ago New post: Golden State Warriors 108, Houston Rockets 78: Ten Points Aren't Enough
  • Sir Thursday says 1 YEAR ago

    Well that was depressing. It looked like it was going to be brilliant second half after the Rockets got within 7 - been a while since I've heard the Toyota Centre that loud! Warriors did a good job of snuffing out the comeback though.

    ST

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