The Red94 Podcast: Episode 15

In this week’s episode of The Red94 Podcast, Rahat and I chat about Donatas Motiejunas being inserted into Houston’s starting lineup, how Thomas Robinson can help in the short-term, why Patrick Patterson will be missed, and much more.

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via the Houston Chronicle.

There are few things more exciting than the first career start of an expected star, in any sport.  Fans call for it for months in advance.  Then, the coaches finally reward with the call.  Will the prodigy seize the opportunity and take hold of the position or squander the chance?

I had said back prior to the start of the season that by mid-year, Patrick Patterson would lose his starting spot to D-Mo.  I gave it until January.  We’re now in March.  It took trading Patterson to make it happen.

Now Motiejunas gets his full-time chance.  In his last two outings, he shone.  Now, he’ll be the starter.

It’s an exciting time because Donatas has the tools and the skillset to hold down the position for this team for the next decade.  Tomorrow, we could be watching the very start.

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So what is ‘Plan B’ this summer?

Plan A is Dwight Howard.  That much is clear.  The Rockets will plan their summer around making a pitch to Lakers center Dwight Howard at the start of free agency.  He’s been the object of Morey’s desire for quite some time and for good reason.  But while that snowball in Hell gains shape, Dwight jumping ship is highly unlikely.  Skipping town doesn’t make financial sense.

So what will Houston do as Plan B?  They could sign Josh Smith outright to a long-term deal.  Smoove would vastly improve the team, but then, that’s it – that’s your group through the Harden era.  Not much room to move upward.

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The Daily Blast – February 26, 2013

New Kids On The Block – While everyone was busy ogling Thomas Robinson at practice yesterday, the Rockets sneakily signed Timothy Ohlbrecht to a multi-year deal. Here’s a quick run-down of the German big man from the team’s official site:

Ohlbrecht (6-11, 255, Germany) has averaged 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.63 blocks in 32 games (29 starts) with Rio Grande Valley this season. He was also named a 2013 NBA D-League All-Star, registering 12 points (6-9 FG) and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Prospects in a 139-125 win over the Futures squad. At the time of his signing, Ohlbrecht led the D-League in field goal percentage (.605, 164-271 FG) and stood 13th in the league in blocks per game (1.63).

A member of the German National Team, Ohlbrecht has also competed internationally with Bayer Leverkusen (Germany-BBL, 2005-06), Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-BBL, 2006-09), Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-BBL, 2009-11) and Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL, 2011-12).

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Living and Dying by the Three

As it turns out, the Houston Rockets rely on three point shooting. With 28.7 threes attempted per game, the Rockets shoot more from downtown than any team in the league except the New York Knicks (29 per game). The Rockets score 29.8% of their points from behind the arc. They even tied the NBA record for most three pointers made in a game (23, against Golden State on Feb. 5th, 2013). We know how much they live by the three, but how much do they die by the three?

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