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@  08huangj : (12 March 2014 - 09:09 AM) Dwight has been struggling recently.....
@  feelingsuper... : (12 March 2014 - 04:24 AM) I totally overrated Hamilton after those first couple of games. He needs time to get settled.
@  Cooper : (12 March 2014 - 03:36 AM) Dwight struggled more than he should have against adams.
@  08huangj : (12 March 2014 - 02:48 AM) Dissapointed
@  thenit : (12 March 2014 - 02:16 AM) of late
@  thenit : (12 March 2014 - 02:16 AM) How about Hamilton? Is he back down to earth now? Has been poor late
@  adonneus : (12 March 2014 - 12:22 AM) Westbrook sure likes to call timeouts while he's already all up in Beverley's face.
@  jorgeaam : (12 March 2014 - 12:17 AM) Am I the only one thinking of how Westbrook is feeling against Bev tonight? Considering his injuries this season come from him
@  BrentYen : (11 March 2014 - 09:12 PM) They know Harden very well tho, but I still expect harden to have a good game
@  08huangj : (11 March 2014 - 09:59 AM) Tomorrow's game: Ock has given up a average of 41.5 points from the shooting guard position in the last two games.(Gerald Green and Jodie Meeks) Not to mention a 20 point game from...James Anderson!! Imagine what Harden can do......
@  08huangj : (11 March 2014 - 09:36 AM) Rockets number 1 in Stein's power rankings!
@  BrentYen : (10 March 2014 - 10:05 PM) A win is great, will be greater if we can bully them....and get a win.
@  jorgeaam : (10 March 2014 - 02:25 PM) Exactly FSS, I take the win even if they shoot 1/30 from 3 point
@  feelingsuper... : (10 March 2014 - 12:29 PM) I just want a win, I don't care about the statistics.
@  Dan G : (10 March 2014 - 08:36 AM) Agreed Opasido. And I want Westbrook to take 10 more shots than KD.
@  Opasido : (10 March 2014 - 05:23 AM) I want Dwight to get 30/15 on Steven Adams. and I want Harden to score 30+ without Sefolosha guarding him. One can dream right
@  feelingsuper... : (10 March 2014 - 02:37 AM) That is correct, both Thabo and Perkins will be out. The Thunder are suffering immensely on the defensive front.
@  jorgeaam : (10 March 2014 - 02:33 AM) If I'm not mistaken Sefolosha is out for 4-6 weeks and so is Perkins
@  Opasido : (10 March 2014 - 02:29 AM) OKC today had Perkins and Sefolosha out against the Lakers. I pray that they are out against the Rockets too
@  jorgeaam : (10 March 2014 - 02:21 AM) Actually OKC might be the biggest challenge yet, we'll see how we do against a healthy team

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Houston Rockets @ Memphis Grizzlies 11/25/13


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#41 2016Champions

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:17 AM

Garcia made not 1, not 2, not 3, but FOUR dumb fouls in the 4th quarter which all resulted in free throws. To cap it off he tried to pick up a technical foul after being fouled out by mouthing off the the ref and giving him the death stare while refusing to get off the court, it's a freaking miracle the ref just didn't issue a tech. Wow, was Garcia TRYING to lose the game? Very uncharacteristic of him.


Edited by 2016Champions, 26 November 2013 - 03:22 AM.

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    Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:19 AM

    Asik was huge defensively in the 4th.  Casspi and Parsons were great attacking the basket.  That was a good win.


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    Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:24 AM

    Those bench guys really came through in the fourth. Asik, Casspi and Garcia really took it to the Grizzlies and I like how McHale managed the game at the end. Turnovers still remain a problem, this game could have been so much easier.


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    Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:28 AM

    Our offense looks so much better without Dwight's sticky post ups, the ball needs to keep moving.


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      Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:29 AM

      I told y'all we got this, stop being so negative.
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        Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:39 AM

        The ball movement was good in the 4th.  Tighter defense helped us get in transition and get us some easy looks too.  


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          Posted 26 November 2013 - 04:17 AM

          New post: Houston Rockets 93, Memphis Grizzlies 86: The bench mob shows up.
          By: Paul McGuire

          I’ll fully admit to not being impressed in the slightest by Saturday’s win against Minnesota.  The turnovers were numerous, the rebounding was poor, and the Rockets played an incredibly undisciplined and sloppy version of basketball which was only bailed out by Aaron Brooks bringing his NBA 2K self to life, and the Rockets shooting 55% from long range, something I doubt they will accomplish four more times this season.

          Tonight, we saw what happened when the ridiculously hot shooting collapses.

          That was what I typed out midway through the third quarter, because tonight’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies from my perspective really had gotten that out of hand.  For the first two and a half quarters, the Rockets played sloppy, terrible basketball which struggled against Memphis’s vaunted defense.  But Houston began to turn things around offensively later in the third quarter, and then Kevin McHale sent out a Beverley-Garcia-Parsons-Casspi-Asik lineup.  That largely bench lineup trounced Memphis’s bench, finally regained the lead, and held on late in the game against Mike Conley and the Grizzlies starters to win the game and go up 10-5.

          • Some statistics which show the stark difference between the brilliant fourth quarter and the miserable earlier periods:  Houston made 2 3-pointers in the first three quarters.  They made 4 in the final period.  They had 3 turnovers in the fourth quarter, after 17 in the earlier three.  They had three assists in the first half.  They had nine in the second.  The Grizzlies had 11 offensive rebounds in the first half.  They had three in the second.  The numbers show the truth of the ugliness and weak cohesion of the first half, only for it to it be turned around by a bench mob that actually played defense, made shots, and was allowed to ride out the rest of the game by McHale.
          • I know I described the lineup that won the game as a “bench mob”, but it was largely Chandler Parsons, Omri Casspi, and Omer Asik who won the game out of those five (more on Asik below).  Francisco Garcia had a timely three pointer which tied the game at 75-75, but that was his only three pointer out of six attempts and he had two, possibly three, foolish fouls at the end of the game which resulted in trips to the free throw line for Conley.  Casspi and Parsons in the meantime had 9 points apiece in the final quarter, mostly off of fast break points as the Rockets at the end finally managed to turn the pace away from Grit n’ Grind and towards the normal dazzling Houston offense.  They also had some great double teams, a notable example when the two trapped Zach Randolph to throw an errant pass which Beverley nabbed and passed to Casspi for the finish.
          • Asik in particular was a massive difference in Houston’s effort later in the game, as he definitely outplayed Howard on the defensive end tonight.  Part of that is due to the fact that Asik is better than Howard at staying calm in the face of blown calls.  Howard had some problems early at the game with the referees, and received a technical foul for his complaints, something which he never seemed to quite get over for the rest of the game.  Asik in the meantime went to work.  In addition to performing well against Zach Randolph and the depleted Memphis big men, Asik grabbed 10 rebounds in 21 minutes and prevented the Grizzlies from dominating the boards like they did in the first half.
          • With Harden hopefully back for Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, it is pleasant to know that the Rockets have managed to win the past two games without him.  The game against Minnesota was from my perspective a fluke born out of hot shooting, but tonight’s game was a much better indication of the depth and potential that the Rockets can have with greater defensive rotations and discipline.  There is still a lot of work to do on the defensive end (there was one play in the second quarter where both Parsons and Terrence Jones abandoned Jon Leuer on the assumption that the other would cover Leuer, leaving him wide open for an easy jump shot), and needless to say, Harden will not exactly help with the defensive rotations.  But it is a start.

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          Posted 26 November 2013 - 05:23 AM

          ugly but great W


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          Posted 26 November 2013 - 05:59 AM

          Associated Press:

          "We had a great game plan and we did it for three quarters," Grizzlies guard Tony Allen said. "They just turned into a whole different team once they set their starters down. Those guys penetrated the basketball, got into our soft spot. They made plays -- Casspi was a difference-maker."



          This tells me two things, first that if that was Memphis' great game plan they aren't getting out of the first round this year and secondly that the Rockets have some depth, potentially 3 lineups maybe 4 that they can morph into against quality Western Conference opponents. The coaching staff gets credit for this win for putting the right horses out there.
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            Posted 26 November 2013 - 06:12 AM

            Sure would be nice if this improbable team-effort win was another nail in the coffin of hero ball...imagine playing this cooperatively with a higher level of skill! That's what makes championship basketball. That familiar opinion is not going to stop the presses, but I repeat it because it's a concept that gets a lot of lip service, but is oh, so hard to stay loyal to.

             

            Stay loyal, Rockets!


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            Posted 26 November 2013 - 07:20 AM

            well well WELL what do you know, as soon as I start talking about McHale he stepped up for one. just like I bashed him before I will also give him credit when credit is due. excellent win. for once we saw something wasn't working and changed it in a positive manner. chalk this one up in the coach category. after losing a lead like Memphis had a couple of times this year I guess we were due for one like that. it wasn't pretty, but satisfying never the less :)


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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 26 November 2013 - 07:28 AM

            Casspi has been a difference maker all season. I wouldn't mind seeing more of a time share between Jones and Casspi, especially when Jones isn't hitting his 3s and our guards  are struggling to penetrate.


            Edited by 2016Champions, 26 November 2013 - 07:30 AM.

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              Posted 26 November 2013 - 01:08 PM

              Bizarre rotation but undoubtedly a good win 


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                Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:26 PM



                Agreed on McHale. This was a great win for him. Congrats for leaving the bench in for the 4th.

                I must say, can we just ask Howard to stop using his post game all together unless he ends up with the ball with 7 or less seconds on the clock? It is painful to watch and, at least to the eye, looks very inefficient.

                Thank god for Asik. Hopefully we can all make peace and he can stay on. When Howard's head goes out the window he is our only saving grace.


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                Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:52 PM

                I couldn't agree more about Howard holding the ball too long, everything he does needs to be within 2 seconds from the catch or kick it back out immediately and keep the ball movement going. When he's catching the ball he's always limiting his options anyway because he establishes his pivot foot on the catch meaning he can only turn one way, that's why he always turns and begins his move facing up rather than starting his move while his back is to the basket.


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                  Posted 26 November 2013 - 04:52 PM

                  You got what you asked for, so live with it. :)


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                    Posted 26 November 2013 - 05:28 PM

                    The 3rd quarter of the game was bigger than the 4th to me. Howard and Lin both played well to get the team back into the game and give them a sense that they could win it.  In the 4th quarter, I think the Rockets really benefited from Memphis being unable to throw it into the ocean. Conley had a really bad shooting night.  Asik played very well which was nice to see and without Marc Gasol on the floor, his game was better suited to allowing the other players to drive into the lane.  Z-Bo was missing in action.


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                      Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:12 PM

                      well well WELL what do you know, as soon as I start talking about McHale he stepped up for one. just like I bashed him before I will also give him credit when credit is due. excellent win. for once we saw something wasn't working and changed it in a positive manner. chalk this one up in the coach category. after losing a lead like Memphis had a couple of times this year I guess we were due for one like that. it wasn't pretty, but satisfying never the less :)


                      Actually Coach McHale has been tinkering with the lineup since even pre-season trying to find the right combinations. In my opinion, the Rockets will continue being a work in progress for some time to come.

                      I just don't get why people have to bash McHale this early in the season. Maybe it's because Lin is getting off to such a great start so there is nothing left to complain about?
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                        Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:15 PM

                        Agreed on McHale. This was a great win for him. Congrats for leaving the bench in for the 4th.
                        I must say, can we just ask Howard to stop using his post game all together unless he ends up with the ball with 7 or less seconds on the clock? It is painful to watch and, at least to the eye, looks very inefficient.
                        Thank god for Asik. Hopefully we can all make peace and he can stay on. When Howard's head goes out the window he is our only saving grace.


                        I was at the Rockets game Saturday nite vs. Minnesota and was fortunate enough to be sitting 6 rows behind the Rockets bench. There is no doubt in my mind that Asik and D12 have issues. For instance, after being substituted out of the game, D12 came to the bench in the second half and high fived all the bench players. D12 tried to high five Asik, Asik simply chose to ignore him. Then D12 sat next to Asik and tried starting a conversation, Asik chose to simply ignore him.
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                          Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:29 PM

                          Houston fighting for a bottom seed is not a joke. When I look at the west, San Antonio, LA Clippers, OKC, and Golden State are in the top 4. Dallas, Portland, Houston, Denver, Memphis, Minnesota and the Lakers are competing for the last 4 spots. Phoenix has an outside shot of getting into that mix. Portland and Denver are so tough at home that they will win enough games to get in. The Lakers are also tough at home and have already won 3 games they should've lost (against LAC, GS and Houston). They're getting better and can match up with anyone in the league with their depth. Dallas has been very impressive. Carlisle/Dirk teams execute better than anyone in the last 5 minutes of a game. If Houston remains average as they have been, they won't make it.


                          Memphis has been playing pretty badly this entire season, in my opinion, even before Gasol went down with his injury. It looks like they really miss Coach Hollins.

                          I don't see Memphis making the playoffs this season.

                          Assuming no major season ending injuries to key players, I would expect that San Antonio, LA Clippers, OKC Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trailblazers and Houston Rockets will make the playoffs.

                          Then several other teams will battle for the final 2 playoff slots in the West. Most likely between LA Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets.

                          How many below .500 teams will make the East playoffs this season? That Conference is looking extremely weak this season after Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. The Bulls will probably still be in the playoffs even after losing D Rose for the season.
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