While last night’s triumph in Boston was by no means a performance that can be consistently replicated, it highlighted the upside of the Rockets’ offensive strategy. Hoopdata.com has a wealth of information about team and player shot locations, and it seems like enough games have passed where I might be able to put together some meaningful analysis for this season.
Analysis and the not-so-daily links can be found after the jump. Read More
My deep analysis for the day: an observation I had previously made while listening to the above song was reinforced during tonight’s game – Aaron Brooks is Drake. Both are immensely talented entertainers who emphasize areas of weakness due to “mold” while suppressing their true natural abilities.
Drake should stick to singing (like in the above clip) where I feel he could be one of the R&B greats and refrain from ever again rapping. I don’t like Drake’s rap. As a singer, I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have on a hook right now (ie: “and we gonna be alright if we put Drake on every hook.”)
Aaron Brooks is a scorer. He’s far better if given the green light rather than needing to conform to some definition of ‘point guard’ due to his height. Aaron Brooks is not a playmaker. I would still look to deal him, but if he’s retained, it’s clear AB is best used in the Jason Terry – Vinnie Johnson role.
Yes, this was not my most intellectually shattering analogy. But I insist. AB is Jason Terry. More importantly, Drake is not a rapper but a singer.
What say you, friends?
Monday, 6:30pm CST @ Boston
All pre-game and in-game discussion goes here.
Not to invoke creepy PR-damage-control ads, but I have found the last week of Rockets basketball about as enlightening to the team’s current situation as any stretch of games all season. Houston simply could not be the 3-10 debacle that damned the Rockets’ playoff hopes in the minds of those on the outside looking in, nor was the team the powerhouse that easily stepped over most of the sub-.500 competition in December. Instead, the Rockets look down and find themselves sinking slowly into the sandpit that is NBA mediocrity, where seven and eight seeds can get excited about the extra money a owner may have to spend from a few home playoff games (three if lucky). Five consecutive losses may spell doom to the untrained eye, but anyone watching the Rockets’ last week of basketball could see a team tugging and pulling against the contenders, losing by double digits just twice and possessing fourth quarter leads in all of those three single-digit losses. Blaming the failures on that lack of intangibles, “clutchness” and other such nonsense, does not sit right with me, an easy exit for a team never so easily explained. But then there are those leads, those ephemeral moments of hope that keep being ripped from fans by some All-Star candidate (Aldridge, Anthony, Millsap… you fill in the name; the Rockets have fallen to him), that simply can’t be sustained. After looking back, the question remains: what else could it be? Read More