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#1 Red94

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    Posted 09 September 2013 - 04:39 PM

    New post: How Do the Rockets Beat the NBA?
    By: Forrest Walker

    The season is rapidly approaching, and the time for previews and speculation is here. The Houston Rockets have as much to speculate on as any team in the league, with a new superstar in Dwight Howard. Nobody knows how the Rockets will be able to defeat other teams in the league, but we can certainly speculate and postulate all month long. I'll be doing exactly that for the next few weeks, looking at how the Rockets will have to approach each team in each division to achieve victory.

    The Rockets are one of the most peculiar teams in the league, as their recent rebuilding efforts have left them with a team comprised half of contending pieces and half of movable assets. Having Dwight Howard and Ömer Aşık on the same team isn't optimal, but it was unavoidable. Jeremy Lin, while a good point guard who still has massive potential, probably isn't the best fit for the lineup. Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas show some promise, but aren't what you want for a team hoping to win it all. James Harden and Dwight Howard, on the other hand, may well be the two best players at their respective positions.

    So how does this still-evolving group of players leverage their skills to beat every single team? That's what I'll be examining for the next three weeks. Many teams have changed, many players have progressed, and the Rockets themselves are a very new animal. Let's engage in speculation for a few weeks, argue in the comments, and get ready for the season to begin. It's finally September.


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    Posted 09 September 2013 - 04:53 PM

    I look forward to it. I know that for me, anything less than a CLOSE loss in the WCF is a failure. They have enough talent to win it all and we'll see if they can put it all together.


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    Posted 09 September 2013 - 04:56 PM

    Well, that been said, I think we are the only team that will need to change the most for the next season. Too many unknowns here compare to other western playoff teams.


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      Posted 09 September 2013 - 04:57 PM

      On paper Miami okc Chicago and San Antonio are the only teams that can match our top line talent, its just if mchale can get the pieces to fit and they avoid major injuries. Will be the most intriguing season since McGrady and Yao were around.
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        Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:05 PM

        I want to hear what system Rockets should use to optimize the talents we currently have.


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        Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:12 PM

        Multiple PnR sets, with some pick and pop with Parsons as the pop man. Keep everybody moving quickly and look for good high percentage shots.

         

        What will happen = Howard posts up a lot. Harden ISO's a lot. We go down in offensive numbers. We increase defensively. We finish with close to the same record as last year.


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        Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:13 PM

        I really hope it will not be the case on the offensive end...

         

        I don think both DH12 and Harden will want to hurt teams W/L record.
         

        However, I think they will competing for the alpha dog status of the team tho.


        Edited by BrentYen, 09 September 2013 - 06:17 PM.

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          Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:59 PM

          Does anyone know Rockets has a playbook this year. Coach Sampson said they had none last year.


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            Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:29 PM

            It didnt look like they had a playbook.
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            Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:39 PM

            DON'T WORRY.......BE HAPPY :)

             

            On paper Miami okc Chicago and San Antonio are the only teams that can match our top line talent, its just if mchale can get the pieces to fit and they avoid major injuries. Will be the most intriguing season since McGrady and Yao were around.

            I would add Indiana to that group, but you're right.....only a few teams have the stockpile of talent necessary to compete with us and of those teams we are in the best position to improve. I predict there will be a parade next June in downtown Houston 


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            Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:08 PM

            On paper SAS does not have the talent but Pop bridges that gap. Lets hope that Mchale doesn't do the opposite.
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              Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:13 PM

              Duncan and Parker aren't quite Howard or harden but kwahi makes up for some of that along with pop. I like Goerge but hibbert and west aren't quite #2 options and george isn't a great #1 yet

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                Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:41 PM

                Pacers are more a playoff team than a regular season team and the rockets need a chance to gel before ripping this team apart with trades. Also Kwai had a great playoffs but wasn't too spectacular in the regular season so don't guarantee Allstar status yet.
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                  Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:33 PM

                  I intend on writing a comprehensive post on this subject tonight. I believe I can comfortably lay out a statistical analysis of what the Rockets will bring next season. I will be pulling enhanced pieces from articles I have already written along with an analysis of the defense. Expect lots of diagrams and charts and individual topics.
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                  Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:24 AM

                  I intend on writing a comprehensive post on this subject tonight. I believe I can comfortably lay out a statistical analysis of what the Rockets will bring next season. I will be pulling enhanced pieces from articles I have already written along with an analysis of the defense. Expect lots of diagrams and charts and individual topics.

                  Very looking forward to it! Thanks in advance!


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                    Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:22 AM

                    They had a playbook but it was a fairly simple one,  essentially it's

                     

                    plan A: run down the court faster than the other team for a transition bucket

                     

                    if that fails

                     

                    plan B: try to start a dribble motion offense set from either Harden or Lin and just react from there

                     

                    if that looks bad

                     

                    plan C: try some sort of pick and roll 

                     

                    if that fails

                     

                    plan D: HARDEN STEP BACK SIDE STEP 3 BABY!!!!

                     

                    I hope they have a better plan D this year at least. but essentially all 4 plan involve heavily on the decision making of Harden and/or Lin (well except plan D, )  

                     

                     

                    It is a good question though what the Rockets game plan is, they really SHOULD just continue last year's plan and evolve it further, but it is possible that Howard changes their plans a bit. one really should not underestimate the importance of continuity of a system and team in the NBA.  I think McHale and crew certainly knows that extremely well, the problem is will Dwight buy in, well if he doesn't buy in we're screwed anyway.


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                      Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:54 AM

                      You nailed it on our last year plays. :) 

                      I remember games where Smith started, Lin brought up the ball and dump in Smith instead of Harden. And then Smith do post up with a good success.

                      So they run the play that suit well for Howard. Like you said, our two superstars need touches and they must buy in for team success.


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                        Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:41 PM



                        The core to this team is Harden, Howard, Parsons and maybe, just maybe, Asik. that may seem crazy, as everyone thinks (including myself) that Asik and Howard probably can't or shouldn't be on the same team and optimize their talents.

                        But if we can find a way to work the two of them together, sharing the court some times, some times giving Howard longer breaks during the regular season to save him for playoffs, then I think Asik becomes a key to the core as well.

                        So with that core in mind, my guess is that the first half of the season is just focusing on that core and everything else revolves around those pieces: running Harden/Howard pick and rolls, or subbing in Parsons for Harden or Asik for Howard, and trying other sets.

                        I don't think anyone belives that other moves are not going to happen later this season, before or at the trade deadline, but most likely the coaching will focus on that core and seeing how we can win with that focus.

                        Therefore all other players: Lin, Beverley, the 4s, Garcia, etc....will all plug in here or there to see what works playing off of that core.

                        As far as potential rivals, all of these could easily give us a run for our money:
                        Clippers (Jordan my be a hinderance but with a great coach and better outside shooting they will be a force), Chicago (with Rose back), OKC, Miami, Indiana, maybe Brooklyn (if the pieces can all play together), SAS, Golden State. I would put Memphis as a dark horse but they are basically the same team as last year so absent a new wing shooting dynamo being added to their awesome D, I just don't see them being that good.

                        So with that list, there is absolutely no lock on the WCF, unless we are near the top of the regularly season record.

                        But regardless, if the team can remotely jell together with decent coaching, they will be one of the hottest, most fun teams in the NBA to watch.


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                          Posted 13 September 2013 - 05:01 PM

                          New post: How Do the Rockets Beat the Atlantic Division?
                          By: Forrest Walker

                          The Houston Rockets are, new, improved, and full of potential. They have enough talent to go toe to toe with any team in the league. All that’s left is making a game plan and executing it once the season starts. There’s no way to know what will happen in a few short weeks, but for now we can try to imagine it. Let’s postulate on what the Houston Rockets need to to in order to beat each team in the Atlantic Division.

                          New York Knicks:

                          Last year’s Atlantic division champs are one of the strangest matchups for the Houston Rockets. The Rockets and Knicks both broke the regular season record for three pointers made in a season, with New York coming out ahead in that category when all was said and done. Both teams feature a bevy of marksmen on the perimeter, defensive big men inside, and a bench full of veteran minimum players.

                          A look at last year’s matchup has the Rockets easily rolling over the Knicks in both games, with the first contest being a complete blowout. Given Carmelo Anthony didn’t play in the second game, and Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t play in either, there’s room for debate on what could happen with both teams at full strength. The Rockets have certainly improved more since then, however, with young players maturing and Dwight Howard signing on. The Knicks lost promising big man Chris Copeland to Indiana, veteran point guard Jason Kidd to retirement and traded Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a player of dubious utility in Andrea Bargnani. Marcus Camby eventually ended up on the Rockets, but would be unlikely to play more than garbage time minutes.

                          To beat the Knicks, the Rockets need to do two things. First, they need to run pick and roll sets over and over again. The Knicks have shown themselves to be vulnerable to teams which attack the basket off the pick, and that’s where the Rockets killed them last season. With as many high quality options as Houston has in that department, it’s very likely this happens. Secondly, the Rockets have to guard the perimeter. The Knicks make their living by hoisting threes, and hands in faces at the line will be well worth the cost. The Knicks as a team tend to shy away from drives to the basket, relying on their vicious shooting to get the job done. With Dwight Howard and Ömer Aşık inside, Houston has some room to stick to shooters outside. This might leave Carmelo Anthony open for piles of midrange jumpers, but of all the available poisons, that seems to be the easiest to stomach.

                          Brooklyn Nets:

                          After a tumultuous off season, the Brooklyn Nets now look like the team to beat in the Atlantic Division. Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans, and Kris Joseph were shipped to Boston in exchange for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and DJ White. In terms of basketball talent and skill, the Nets easily won out, though the Celtics had their own reasons for making the trade. The Nets also signed free agent Andrei Kirilenko to a shockingly cheap $3m/year deal, and hired freshly retired Jason Kidd as their head coach. Nobody knows how good this team will be yet, and with good reason. A starting lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez is at worst the second most intimidating in the east, and with a fairly stacked bench, a challenge for a top seed seems plausible.

                          The good news is that the Rockets beat the other New York team both games as well. Both matchups against Brooklyn were convincing victories for Houston, with the Rockets simply out executing the Nets. Deron Williams seemed to have something to prove against Jeremy Lin, and in both games Williams hoisted a relatively large number of shots. Brook Lopez was a threat, especially in the second game, and containing him was proving difficult. The addition of Dwight Howard should provide some degree of protection against Brook Lopez, but his offensive game is efficient and largely unstoppable. Seeing the two arguably best offensive and defensive centers in the NBA should be a sight to behold

                          The Nets faced some issues last season which may be resolved this season, leading to an even tougher out for other teams. Head coach Avery Johnson was let go midway through last season, resulting in P.J. Carlesimo taking the reins. The team certainly didn’t perform any worse under his leadership, but it didn’t seem to help team chemistry or cohesion. The Nets, while a solid offensive team, lacked much of an identity and were overall a good if not great squad. Replacing rotation slots with Garnett, Pierce and Kirilenko should only add to their offensive firepower while keeping the defense even at worst. The biggest question mark is Jason Kidd, who has exactly zero professional coaching experience, but who has been surrounded by exceptional assistants.

                          The best option for the Rockets to beat the Nets should be to attack in their signature style. Lopez might be an offensive powerhouse, but his defense is average at best. Kevin Garnett is a brilliant defender and will be able to cover many of those weaknesses, but this is one situation where post play from Dwight Howard may be just what the doctor ordered. If defense is forced to collapse on him, Houston’s army of gunners should be able to take advantage of perimeter opportunities.The Nets still haven’t established a clear style, and that leaves the door open for Houston to try to impose their own.

                          Toronto Raptors:

                          The Toronto Raptors are a curious team. They lured acclaimed Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri back to a place he used to call home, effectively kicking Bryan Colangelo to the curb. Ujiri

                          s first order of business was to trade the seemingly untradeable Andrea Bargnani for some draft picks and inoffensive contracts, to the delight of Toronto. With recent acquisition Rudy Gay still more or less leading the team, nobody outside of the front office is quite sure what the Raptors plan on doing. They don’t seem good enough to make a meaningful playoff run, but aren’t quite bad enough to hit the top of the lottery either.

                          The biggest threat from Toronto is likely to be Kyle Lowry. While rumors continue to swirl around his locker room demeanor, he had a bone to pick with Houston last year and seems liable to have that same bone this time around. He’s a solid shooter, a bulldog on defense, and an aggressive ball handler. That being the case, it’s probably best to try to tempt him into bad shots or playing off the ball. Rudy Gay is a fearless shooter, but not a very efficient one. DeMar DeRozan is similarly willing to hoist the ball at any time, but shoots poorly from deep. Jonas Valanciunas has shown promise for the Raptors, but in only his second year, attacking him early is sure to be a top option. This is the first team in the division that the Rockets should expect to be able to defeat, but have enough weapons to surprise a number of teams.

                          Boston Celtics:

                          The Boston Celtics are now, surely, finally blowing it all up. The “big three” era core of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo had existed well past its expiration date, and the departure of Ray Allen to the Miami Heat seemed an almost certain wake up call. The Celtics pushed forward, however, succumbing to injury (Rondo) age (Garnett) and frustration (head coach Doc Rivers) before season’s end. Now the Celtics are comprised of young prospects, a few cheap veterans, and as many draft picks as they can muster.

                          Kris Humphries isn’t worth his $12m contract this year, but he also doesn’t deserve to lose all his minutes, as he did for stretches last year. Gerald Wallace still has gas in the tank and could be a great starter on another team. Rajon Rondo, when he returns, will resume his place as one of the best point guards in the league. Jeff Green, Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger are all still projects. Courtney Lee may be on the way out once a value deal can be found, and Jordan Crawford will continue to collect paychecks. Brad Stevens, a young college coach with no NBA experience, should have all he can handle trying to figure the team out. Luckily for them, time is on their side.

                          As a team apparently gunning for a top lottery spot, the Celtics look to be a beatable opponent for many if not most teams. Gerald Wallace, Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green may be able to put together some good plays on both ends of the ball, and Avery Bradley may take off this season, but the rest of the roster is bench quality or worse. The biggest concern for the Rockets this season against the Celtics will be to avoid complacency. Young, less tempered teams often let their guard down against supposedly lesser foes and find that veterans have a way of sneaking in those cracks. Avoiding foul trouble and a being surprised by a gritty team should be the main preparations against a temporarily weak Celtics team.

                          Philadelphis 76ers:

                          If the Boston Celtics are rebuilding, the Philadelphia 76ers are levelling the house and paving the earth. No team has been as open with their attempts to tank, and no team has a better shot at Andrew Wiggins. New general manager Sam Hinkie was headhunted straight out of the Rockets’ front office, and GM Daryl Morey seems to have taught him well. The Sixers traded Jrue Holiday, likely their best player (who ever suited up during the season), getting back Nerlens Noel from the New Orleans Pelicans. With one injured big man coming in, they let Andrew Bynum hobble his way out in free agency, and were glad to do it. Now, the only players left who could strike fear into other teams are Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner, either of whom might be traded for a suitably tasty deal full of future prospects.

                          There’s not much to say about how to beat the Sixers. If you show up and aren’t trying to tank, your squad should win. The Sixers will get a win here and there, as the players aren’t trying to lose. But Hinkie has done an excellent job of putting together a roster that would be hard-pressed to beat the second worst team in the league. There’s a very real chance the Sixers might notch single digit wins this season, and it would behoove the Rockets to avoid providing any of them. As long as Houston can avoid falling into a trap game, there should be no worry against this team.

                           


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                          Posted 13 September 2013 - 06:06 PM

                          we play 10 games against this division........my projected record against them 8-2


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