All of Chase’s dunks tonight.


Sir Thursday continues, with a few tweaks:

ALL STAR EDITION – I figure since we’re half way through I’ll do a little readjustment of the expected outcomes. After all, we’ve got a lot more information since the start of the season. I’ve made the following adjustments:

LA Lakers: No Chance -> Underdogs
Minnesota: Favourites -> Underdogs (not that it makes much difference now that we’ve played them 4 times)
Utah: Even -> Favourites
Denver: Underdogs -> Even
Portland: Underdogs -> Even

I’ve also added a last 5 games section so you can see how we were doing recently.

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Huq’s Weekend Pen: All-Star Edition, 2012

You heard it here first: Chase Budinger will win the Slam Dunk competition.  I have a very good feeling about this.

Many have written in to suggest that he incorporate some stunt from his volleyball background.  I personally don’t think that’s a good idea.  Volleyball just doesn’t have the ‘coolness’ factor needed to win over a predominantly male crowd.  Now I do like the direction they were going in the promo teaser, with Chase appearing to jump over a cutout of Yao Ming.

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Chandler Parsons’ shooting woes

Chandler Parsons–invitee to the Haier Shooting Stars challenge–is having a very good year.  He’s also shooting 42% from the floor overall and 29% on 3’s.

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Mid-Season Awards and Analysis

How funny the NBA can be. When the 2011-12 season began, Rockets’ fans were salivating for a famous superstar to call their own; grab their hand and lead them through this nonsensical season. Two months later, after Houston’s core roster was left unchanged from a team that failed to make the playoffs last season, those same fans find themselves applauding a complimentary group of cast-offs and fringe talent who’ve come together to play inspiring, playoff-worthy basketball.

In our current unprecedented time, a few familiar terms from the NBA’s lexicon have been altered. What exactly is a “contender” right now? Is it a team with Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Paul, or Derrick Rose? Or is it simply anyone that makes the postseason? According to John Hollinger’s most recent Power Rankings, the Rockets have played the 11th most difficult schedule in the league. Despite that, if the regular season ended today they would face the defending champion Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

Houston’s expectations have increased with their unanticipated play, but to what point? Are they capable of winning a series? Two? A championship?

Here’s a deeper look at how the Rockets have sustained their success, and whether or not they’ll be able to keep it up the rest of this season. (Also, a reflective look back to dole out a few mid-season awards.) [read more…]

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