Sort of a live blog of the Rockets/Blazers first half?

  • I’m writing this right before the Blazers game. We will either win or lose. I have no way of knowing.
  • I said this yesterday: this season has by far been the biggest drag I can remember in recent history. Literally nothing excites me. I just want it to end. I’m not having fun. I don’t know if this is a function of factors in my personal life (I’m old as f*** now, at 34) or a function of factors universal to all of us: we blew the World Series; the football team got humiliated in routine fashion; this version of the Rockets has absolutely nothing to prove before the postseason. We all know what will happen. They’ll win somewhere around 55 games. James Harden will score a ton of points en route to an MVP season. They’ll shed some salary. They’ll get past the first round of the playoffs with ease. After that, all bets are off and after that is the only time during which they can validate themselves.
  • Danuel House’s problems all started after the should injury. I think he’ll be fine eventually.
  • I’m watching the game right now (consider this a live blog?) and seeing Kent Bazemore reminded me of the grand master plan in the summer of 2016 when the real targets were Kent Bazemore and Al Horford with the consolation prize being Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon. Its worth mentioning that the Rockets sent a caravan including all-time great Hakeem Olajuwon to woo Bazemore. This is really all anyone will ever need to know about free agency in the summer of 2016.
  • But how would history have played out had the Rockets scored that pair of Atlanta Hawks instead of the duo of New Orleans Pelicans? Not having Gordon would have certainly been a massive hit but I have to think having Horford over the zero that was Anderson would have vastly offset that loss, particularly during the 2017-2018 title run. We would certainly still have D’Anthony Melton and last year’s draft pick due to not scrambling to shed Anderson’s salary.
  • Russ likes to post up so much now that I would have liked to have seen him play against Memphis. No doubt he would have looked to punish Morant inside given the massive size disparity in his favor.
  • Hassan Whiteside is a bum. But I did like that Snapchat story he did a few years back where he had the camera on his goldfish or something like that. Good sense of humor.
  • Its really nice to see Carmelo Anthony doing well with Portland and helping them turn their season around with the Blazers now sitting at tenth in the West but knocking on the door of the coveted ninth seed.
  • The first quarter just ended. Christ, the Rockets look horrible on defense.
  • I think the Rockets think they can just turn it on when they need to, particularly when the playoffs roll around, but they’re not good enough for that. They can’t just flip a switch. They need to be developing good habits right now. I just haven’t seen anything yet to be convinced that they are actually better than the middle-of-the-pack DRTG at which they’ve hovered all season.
  • Melo is killing dudes on the low block right now breaking out all of those moves from the Instagram clips last summer.
  • I just can’t see us bringing back Austin Rivers for too much more than the veteran minimum given this team’s financial constraints and the existence of a cheap replacement in Chris Clemons. Rivers is probably this team’s best perimeter defender, but its difficult to justify an expensive long term contract when he can’t shoot from the outside. It was doable when the team had Chris Paul, but its just not palatable to play Rivers and Westbrook together. And if you can’t play those two together, where do you find enough minutes for Rivers?
  • This is so hard to watch. This team is so damn frustrating.

About the author: Rahat Huq is a lawyer in real life and the founder and editor-in-chief of Red94.net.

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LOL – this post captures my feelings about this team perfectly. I literally fell asleep during the game. Woke up in the 4th quarter and said “forget this”, and then turned it off an went to bed. This team has regressed defensively from last year. I guess trading Paul for Westbrook will do that.

They still haven’t replaced Trevor Ariza. That’s really all you need to know with this team since their magical ’17-’18 run.

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