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@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 07:47 PM) Well, thinking twice about it, I'd rather have him score less and have the team as a whole do better. Lawson should take a lot of his load off
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@  SadLakerFan : (16 September 2015 - 04:37 AM) Man, as a Laker fan, I'm learning how little you care about the off season when your team sucks. Anyway, a quick moment to remember Moses. Still remember watching the 81 team as a kid - losing record, NBA Finals. I would have cried w/joy if they could have beaten the Celtics.
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The day after, and three days away: Reflecting upon Houston's complete collapse


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#21 Jason

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    Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:39 PM

    Houston, we have an extremely young and inexperienced team with no PF. This is the bottom line. I agree that we ran out of gas, but we did NOT collapse. And McHale did an exceptional job with this team this season in my opinion.
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    Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:48 PM

    We have alot of work to do in the off-season, I look forward to seeing improvements. 


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    Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:51 PM

    I agree 2016 Champions, it is amazing how impatient some Rockets fans are. It almost shocks me how many forum members seem to believe we could advance in the playoffs if we had faced the Spurs or the Nuggets.


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      Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:00 PM



      The two losses to end the season may be good for next season. It highlights the problem with hero-ball. It highlights the problem of expecting Harden to play 40 mpg without a good backup. It highlights the lack of depth for Asik and the limitations of that. And it highlights the inability of McHale to coach close games.

      The playoffs will be a good "taste" for this young team. It will help fuel their desires to come back and work harder next year. It's a good building block for next year.

      They have salary cap room. Most players will be back but they have room to add another piece to the puzzle.

      Harden is still young and inexperienced and not ready to be the dominant player every game like a LeBron James or a Kevin Durant. He can be like them some of the time, but you can't count on it.

      There are 2 things that concern me about Harden:

      (1) Does Harden learn? The biggest problem with the growth of any player is they think they already know everything. The best players have an attitude that they're always learning. Perhaps the trade and him becoming the defacto leader of the team leads to that. But if you look at his performance throughout the season, he was his best in February. He went downhill in March and April. A great player learns and improves.

      (2) Does Harden listen? The re-emphasis of hero-ball at the end of the season suggests either Harden doesn't listen. Early in the season there was a lot of hero-ball. By February, hero-ball was minimized, used enough so other teams still fear it, but not a central part of the offense. But by the end of the season, hero-ball is front and center again. Is this because Harden doesn't listen? I can't believe McHale is calling timeouts late in the game and telling Harden to go play hero-ball.

      Another thing... What is the relationship between McHale and Harden? If Harden is doing his own thing, then it suggests McHale has no control of the team. If Harden is doing what McHale asks, then McHale is part of the problem.
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        Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:01 PM



        it's true in crunch time the rockets choke, and it's not just about Harden's iso's. One of the team's strengths is dribble penetration... and in crunch time, nobody does this well. They all get conscious/wary of turning over the ball, especially bc the refs usually let the ticky-tack fouls slide with the game on the line, so the defense is a bit tougher. They don't even pass much for fear of throwing it away... when they do pass, you can see how careful they are in doing it. And the reason for this tentative mindset is the coach has been calling Harden-ball all year... and now nobody feels responsible for creating offense... "just leave it to Harden".
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        #26 Mason Khamvilay

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        Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:03 PM

        It's really easy to get too excited when you see how good we can be when we play our best basketball, we have had alot of ups and downs and everytime we have our ups you think "I think we turned a corner!". But if we're being realistic here, we're extremely inexperienced and the ups are a reflection of our future rather than our present. Coming into the season I knew this was going to just be an experience building year, and that's exactly what it is. I'm just glad we made the playoffs because that experience will be huge for this team next year. 


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        #27 miketheodio

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          Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:05 PM

          I agree 2016 Champions, it is amazing how impatient some Rockets fans are. It almost shocks me how many forum members seem to believe we could advance in the playoffs if we had faced the Spurs or the Nuggets.

           

          im not concerned about winning this round in the playoffs. what i am very concerned about is the way the team plays in close games. it's identical in every scenario like rahat said in the blog post. little to no improvement in that area combined with terrible rotations puts it on mchale. i don't believe that area is going to get a whole lot better,


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          #28 Mason Khamvilay

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          Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:06 PM

          it's true in crunch time the rockets choke, and it's not just about Harden's iso's. One of the team's strengths is dribble penetration... and in crunch time, nobody does this well. They all get conscious/wary of turning over the ball, especially bc the refs usually let the ticky-tack fouls slide with the game on the line, so the defense is a bit tougher. They don't even pass much for fear of throwing it away... when they do pass, you can see how careful they are in doing it. And the reason for this tentative mindset is the coach has been calling Harden-ball all year... and now nobody feels responsible for creating offense... "just leave it to Harden".

          This is not entirely true. I see McHale calling screens for Harden which Harden doesn't use, he just dribbles in one spot until the screen goes away and sometimes Harden even calls the screen away. 


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          #29 Mario Peña

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          Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:07 PM

          Let me frame my points from the first page in another way. The isolation plays and sticky ball at the end of games (this supposedly new Hero ball) does not happen in a vaccum. I believe it is more a symptom of the weaknesses and wounds that ail this team and not some chosen direction. Look at the big picture.


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            Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:09 PM

            I disagree with a lot of the sentiment in here.  you can be proud of a team or whomever while also recognizing and being critical of problems.  They're not mutually dependent emotions.

             

            I'm damn proud of this team and what it accomplished this year.  I'm damn proud of Harden and also McHale.  But I'll write separate blog posts on those topics.  At this moment, I'm extremely disappointed in how a precious opportunity was squandered last night, not simply that it was squandered but the manner in which it happened.  


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            Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:10 PM

            im not concerned about winning this round in the playoffs. what i am very concerned about is the way the team plays in close games. it's identical in every scenario like rahat said in the blog post. little to no improvement in that area combined with terrible rotations puts it on mchale. i don't believe that area is going to get a whole lot better,.

            Lets not assume things won't get better. The Heatles played exactly the same way their first year, and two years later their offense has become basketball porn. Rome wasn't built in a day. I expect we will see alot of improvement next season, and if not it's McHale's last year of his contract anyway. 


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            #32 Mario Peña

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            Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:21 PM

            Sure Rahat, I was extremely disappointed with the Suns game, right before the end of regulation with the Lakers and then after the game but after about 10 minutes after the overtime period ended I put one game into perspective for myself. That was one game that came at the end of the season with perhaps expectations that this team could not live up to though they have exceeded other expectations.

             

            I generally find that for a couple days after any noteworthy Rockets' event that views seem sort of extreme on the forum.


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            Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:33 PM

            If you think about it, we have some similarities to the 2010 Heat http://www.basketbal...s/MIA/2010.html

             

            • A top 3 sg who averages around 26 and 6 while getting to the line 9 times
            • A 21 year old powerforward who we're probably going to upgrade via FA next year
            • Lots of cap space
            • First round exit where we might win one game if we're lucky
            • Very stagnant offense with predictable pick and rolls
            • Inexperienced coach who works hard but hasn't proven anything yet so impatient fans give him a ton of criticism.

             

            It's just a shame we probably won't get Lebron James via FA, that's a similarity I would love to share.


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              Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:36 PM

              Sure Rahat, I was extremely disappointed with the Suns game, right before the end of regulation with the Lakers and then after the game but after about 10 minutes after the overtime period ended I put one game into perspective for myself. That was one game that came at the end of the season with perhaps expectations that this team could not live up to though they have exceeded other expectations.

              I generally find that for a couple days after any noteworthy Rockets' event that views seem sort of extreme on the forum.


              Beating the Lakers in LA when they have been on a great run would have been an amazing accomplishment, especially trying to match up against two of the best bigs in the league with no PFs to speak of. The fact that we lost in overtime is not at all disappointing to me. We couldn't hit a shot so we lost, bottom line. We didn't "collapse".
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              #35 rockets best fan

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              Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:37 PM

              Sure Rahat, I was extremely disappointed with the Suns game, right before the end of regulation with the Lakers and then after the game but after about 10 minutes after the overtime period ended I put one game into perspective for myself. That was one game that came at the end of the season with perhaps expectations that this team could not live up to though they have exceeded other expectations.

               

              I generally find that for a couple days after any noteworthy Rockets' event that views seem sort of extreme on the forum.

              I disagree (I'm sure you saw that coming as well :lol: ) I don't think I focus on one game more. some of the problems I saw in this game have been going on all year. the fact that it came back to bite us this time doesn't surprise me. I have been talking about McHale's rotations all year.....his inability to take advantage of matchups......his play calling in end of game situations.......his inability to get the team good shots when other teams slow down the game.......his defensive game plan stinks. so it's nothing new. fact is we can blame it on being tired, young, inexperienced or a hold host of other excuses, but it all come back too the fact that McHale doesn't know what he is doing. good thing we didn't need another win to make it into the playoffs or we might be sitting at home.


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              you can only warn a man that the bridge is out.....if he keeps driving he's on his own B)


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                Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:43 PM

                I disagree (I'm sure you saw that coming as well :lol: ) I don't think I focus on one game more. some of the problems I saw in this game have been going on all year. the fact that it came back to bite us this time doesn't surprise me. I have been talking about McHale's rotations all year.....his inability to take advantage of matchups......his play calling in end of game situations.......his inability to get the team good shots when other teams slow down the game.......his defensive game plan stinks. so it's nothing new. fact is we can blame it on being tired, young, inexperienced or a hold host of other excuses, but it all come back too the fact that McHale doesn't know what he is doing. good thing we didn't need another win to make it into the playoffs or we might be sitting at home.


                Wow, we're back to the "McHale doesn't know what he's doing" posts? I though we moved past that???
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                  Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:46 PM

                  We need more talent to win more than 45 games, bottom line. We overachieved this year based on current talent.
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                  #38 Mario Peña

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                  Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:49 PM

                  rockets best fan you know I think you could be right and really only time will tell but time might prove you wrong as well. All the problems you list are effects from the causes in my opinion, I just cannot believe those things happen in a vacuum. I might be right and only time will tell. You call it blaming but I say it is cause and effect.


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                  Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:49 PM

                  Wow, we're back to the "McHale doesn't know what he's doing" posts? I though we moved past that???

                   

                  how have we moved past that. it never left.

                   

                  We need more talent to win more than 45 games, bottom line. We overachieved this year based on current talent.

                  we could have easily won 5 other games this year with better coaching


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                  you can only warn a man that the bridge is out.....if he keeps driving he's on his own B)


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                  Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:52 PM

                  If we are throwing opinions around on coaching than sure with an average coach we could have ended up with 40 wins and no playoffs and with a bad coach maybe 30 wins.


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