A part of me still thinks the Rockets will make the postseason. Well, let’s just say it wouldn’t surprise me given the way this season has played out. Tonight will be the team’s last ‘hard’ (on paper) matchup out of what is left. Golden State should be a cakewalk, as should the Hornets (Kaman out for the year.) The Heat game is a tossup – will they still be in the race for the #1 seed or will they rest their starters? The Rockets could very likely go 4-1.
The Suns have games remaining against OKC, the Clippers, Denver, the Jazz, and the Spurs, a ‘who’s who’ murderer’s row of opponents. Except for that last game where one would expect Pops to rest his big guns, one could easily see Phoenix drop all of those matchups. But that still leaves Denver, Dallas, and Utah to compete with Houston for the last three spots. [read more…]
I’m now seriously starting to wonder if it might be better to just keep our pick rather than back into the playoffs by default. I just don’t know at this point. Knowing this team, I could see them, after all of this, still upsetting Oklahoma City in the first round. Nothing would shock me at this point. [read more…]
Matt Bullard mentioned on the broadcast last night that the Rockets shouldn’t just bring in Marcus Morris and immediately run ISO plays for him. It’s not possible for me to disagree any more with that statement. As I’ve explained in the past, Morris’ only value to the team is as a one-on-one scorer. That’s why they drafted him and why they hope to convert him to the ‘3’. He isn’t a player like Chandler Parsons or Patrick Patterson who can be on the floor and help the team in other ways. It’s a waste of everyone’s time having him out there and not feeding him the ball. In the third, when Marcus Camby went out (more on this below), the team’s offense completely fell apart. It’s too late this year, but without a star on the roster, a scorer like Morris is the type of guy the team needs to implement into its lineup going forward. In the clip above, we see Morris make two big-time NBA moves. First, he pivots and spins into a turnaround, hitting a shot that noone on this roster–Scola included–has in their arsenal. Next, he comes down, smoothly crosses over and nails the pull-up jumper, demonstrating that the hard work he has put in on his ball-handling has paid off. The points came in garbage time and were meaningless. But they are a small glimpse of what Morris can provide. Without isolation options in the lineup, the Rockets are forced to explore paths like Patterson in the post; teams can’t run motion sets every trip down. Hopefully next year, Morris will get his chance. [read more…]
I ‘sort of’ live-blogged Friday night’s showdown against Phoenix, updating a game post during the timeout breaks. However, I got feedback from some of you that this would work better if it were truly ‘live.’
The last time I used the liveblog plugin I plan to use tonight, the site crashed. But we’ll try again. If things work, the page will update on its own with new thoughts, as they happen. Fingers crossed. Join me at 7, tonight.UPDATE: I believe you have to refresh the page to see new updates. [read more…]