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@  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.
@  Mario Peña : (13 September 2015 - 05:24 PM) Sad to see Moses pass. I don't remember watching him as a Rocket but I do remember his Philly and Hawks teams. He was the perfect man to mentor Dream. It's a very sad day for his family and friends and there are many.

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#1 Red94

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    Posted 20 November 2013 - 05:08 AM

    New post: The Rockets Daily - November 20, 2013
    By: John Eby

    Loweball - The latest article from Grantland's Zach Lowe has already created a stir in the forums. It's a classic Lowe breakdown Houston's start to the season, but what is interesting about it is how much Lowe vacillates back and forth on Houston's defense. The second paragraph kind of sums it up:

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    Even their defense, maligned across the Internet after a couple of embarrassing performances, ranks 13th in points allowed per possession and has held opponents to just 41.7 percent shooting overall — the third-lowest mark in the league. "It's way too early to panic," says Kelvin Sampson, the team's top assistant coach. "There are a lot of things we are doing better than people might think."

    Lowe later spends several paragraphs breaking down the ways in which Houston's defense occasionally breaks down, but for ever negative there is a positive. Parson's isn't an elite athlete but he's "smart as hell." The team has a hard time defending side pick-and-rolls, but "Houston's difficulties with this have been a little overblown." Kelvin Sampson describes Harden's defense as "He's either really good or he's not there." It creates the impression that Houston's defensive issues amount to death by 1,000 paper cuts.

    What Lowe isn't ambivalent about at all is Howard's post game:

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    Howard has shot 20-of-60, or 33 percent, on post-up attempts this season, per Synergy Sports. That would have ranked 88th out of 92 players who recorded at least 75 post-up plays last season.

    From there he goes on an extended defense of Howard's post prowess back in his Orlando years, noting that injuries may have robbed him of the athleticism that made his post moves possible, but he also speculates that some of it is mental, which offers some hope.

    In short, the article is a detailed analysis of why Houston is good but not great. It was also written before the Rockets held down the Celtics while Terrence Jones stole their lunch money, so there's that.

    Hollinger - The stats-based Hollinger power rankings are out on ESPN.com. As I write this, Houston is at no. 13, but the Boston blowout hasn't been factored in to the team's margin of victory, so I expect that number to improve quite a bit.

    The Pacifier - David Vertsberger at Hickory High examines the cost of player appeasement, using Dwight Howard's situation in Houston as one of several examples:

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    Just 8.7% of Dwight’s offense has come as a pick-and-roll man this season compared to 11.4% in 2013. Subsequently, his post ups make up a 47.7% chunk of his offense, up from 45.2% last year. The problem is that Howard’s a much bigger help to his team’s offense as a screener, scoring .57 points per possession down low this season to 1.18 PPP as a pick man. The huge gap is partially due to how ineffective Howard’s post-ups are with Omer Asik on the floor with him – which has been commonplace – but a similar image appears in the prior season’s statistics

    It's an interesting take,  and certainly there is evidence that giving Howard post touches helps keep him happy. However, as Zach Lowe pointed out in his article, Howard was once an extremely effective post player. Attempting to reignite that skill and integrate it into the offense gives Houston another offensive weapon to throw at opponents in the playoffs.

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    #2 Mason Khamvilay

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    Posted 01 December 2013 - 04:21 AM

    Houston went from 13th to 5th last 2 times I checked Holinger's rankings. I wonder where we will rank after beating the Spurs--the team that was first.
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