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@  Mario Peña : (10 October 2015 - 01:12 PM) If your part if the Red94 Fantasy Basketball League check the thread to vote for the date and time for the draft event. Thanks y'all!
@  jorgeaam : (07 October 2015 - 08:47 PM) Guys we need 1 more owner for the Red94 fantasy league, if interested please comment on the post in the fantasy basketball thread
@  slick shoes : (07 October 2015 - 06:50 PM) Kobe ranked one spot higher than Ariza? Is this based on legacy or...??
@  slick shoes : (07 October 2015 - 04:13 PM) It was hard to keep up with both the Astros and Rockets at the same time. Should be interesting on Thursday with the Texans and Astros on simultaneously.
@  Mario Peña : (07 October 2015 - 04:09 PM) It was fun to have the Rockets on last night! Right now I'm watching the Celtics versus Milan and Alessandro Gentile is impressive.
@  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
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 07:47 PM) Loving that, hope he hits 30 PPG this year
@  thejohnnygold : (06 October 2015 - 06:15 PM) Someone is feeling confident :) : LINK
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 05:54 PM) 10 Teams done, will need 2 more
@  Mario Peña : (06 October 2015 - 02:35 PM) Alright guys, if anyone is interested in joining the Red94 fantasy basketball league we could use one more player to get us to 10 teams (or three to get us to 12 teams). Just check the thread in the Fantasy Basketball forum. Thanks!
@  thejohnnygold : (05 October 2015 - 06:23 PM) I use leaguepass here in Austin with no problems...
@  skip 2 my lou : (05 October 2015 - 03:14 PM) Hey fellas, I'm a rocket fan but I live in the heart of Dallas. Does anybody know if I buy NBA Leaguepass if it's too close to be subject to blackouts?
@  Losthief : (02 October 2015 - 02:24 AM) tks jg
@  thejohnnygold : (29 September 2015 - 05:16 AM) FYI, it was media day today. Interviews are up at NBA.com
@  slick shoes : (23 September 2015 - 06:37 PM) kind of late in the day but NBATV is broadcasting classis Rockets games all day today.
@  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.
@  jorgeaam : (15 September 2015 - 08:30 PM) http://bleacherrepor...ist-after-crash
@  jorgeaam : (15 September 2015 - 08:30 PM) So to celebrate his new contract, Montrezl Harrell saved someone's life on monday
@  thejohnnygold : (14 September 2015 - 04:36 PM) A good article from Blinebury talking about when Hakeem and Moses used to play in the park. LINK
@  rockets best... : (14 September 2015 - 02:29 AM) I agree totally. I got to watch his Rocket days and the man was a hell of a player. BIG MO R.I.P.


The Rockets Daily - November 12, 2013

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 13 November 2013 - 04:38 AM

    New post: The Rockets Daily - November 12, 2013
    By: John Eby

    GeekSpeak - Houston Rockets GM/stat geek extraordinaire Daryl Morey chats with TrueHoop TV about the team's mediocre start to the season. His comments about the Twin Towers lineup are of interest.


    Morey points out that the Howsik/Asward pairing needs to obliterate the other team on the boards in order to be effective, but they haven't been boarding well so far. I'm going to throw out a theory as to why that may be the case. Some rebounds are gained through strength and positioning, while others are the result of hustle. The first kind of rebounds are typically grabbed close to the basket, and are the rebounds that both Howard and Asik thrive on by anticipating the play, sealing off their man, and taking care of business. They are simply the completion of a good defensive play.  The second type--hustle rebounds--are Patrick Beverley's specialty. These are offensive rebounds, long defensive boards, or rebounds that just take a funky bounce. They are an opportunity for a team to generate an extra possession. As fundamentally sound on the boards as Howard and Asik are on the boards, their ability to dart to the ball when it is up for grabs is limited in comparison to younger, quicker players like Omri Casspi and Terrence Jones. In other words, the Twin Towers only grab each other's rebounds. And yes, that was a really long way of saying FREE TERRENCE JONES.

    Loweball - In Zach Lowe's column on early-season trends at Grantland, he shows some love for the dribble penetration that Omri Casspi gives Houston's offense.


    The Rockets are using Casspi as an undersize power forward, with the idea that Casspi can spot up for open 3s around pick-and-rolls that penetrate the defense. But Casspi isn't a great 3-point shooter, and some power forwards are mobile enough to contest those open looks. Casspi is generally quicker than those big men, and when the initial look isn't quite as open as he'd like, Casspi should have enough off-the-bounce creativity to keep the play moving.

    Splitsville - Patrick Harrel at The Dream Shake makes the case for splitting up Howard and Asik:


    If you breakdown team performance into four categories, interior offense, perimeter offense, interior defense, and perimeter defense, the Rockets are sacrificing three categories for an upgrade in one with this lineup. While they are stronger in the paint on defense, they are struggling to go help out on to shooters on the perimeter with Asik and Howard in the middle, and teams are burning them from deep. The Rockets are third worst in the league in terms of three point shots made, and their failure to control teams from shooting has cost them dearly in their losses to the Clippers and Lakers.

    Personally, I'm inclined to agree with Morey's earlier statement that the three-point shooting against the Twin Towers is "flukey." Having both big men guarding the rim enables the perimeter players to hug up on shooters--at least in theory--and aside from Harden's well-documented struggles, I think most of Houston's perimeter players have made a decent effort to close out. It will be interesting to see if opposing teams' shooting regresses to the mean over the next ten games or so.

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    Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:27 AM

    In today's perimeter oriented game I would prefer a quick defense over a sluggish one. It sounds so obvious when I put it like that doesn't it? Our small ball line ups are better offensively but also quicker defensively.

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      glad you're on board, but I been on this boat since it left

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    Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:16 AM

    good stuff Jeby..........I caught that truhoops interview today too and was surprised to hear Morey's responses. sounds like he has given up on the TT lineup. I suspect he is on the phone right now looking for a trade to balance this team better

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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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