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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.


Los Angeles Lakers @ Houston Rockets on 1/8/2014

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    Posted 08 January 2014 - 05:00 PM

    New post: Los Angeles Lakers @ Houston Rockets on 1/8/2014
    By: Rob Dover

    Dwight Howard made it clear during his interview (look in yesterday's Daily if you missed it).  "We've got to get a win. A good win." At this point, the drama of the off-season should be well out of sight in the rear-view mirror. It's possible to manufacture storylines for this game, but the Rockets don't need any. This is the easy stretch of the schedule, the time when their supposed to rack up wins and build up the feel-good team chemistry that will propel them to greater heights. The task at hand should be story enough.


    Rockets: WWLLW

    The team has yet to return to form after their brutal beatdown against Oklahoma City. They sleepwalked through a loss to Sacramento and were fortunate to pick up a win against New York. Tonight the team doesn't just want to win, they want to play well, something they haven't really done since beating San Antonio on Christmas Day.

    Lakers: LLLWL

    The Lakers recently went through possibly the easiest possible stretch of games you could ask for - @Utah, vs Philadelphia, vs Milwaukee, vs Utah. They went 1-3.  You'd think it couldn't get much worse, but then on Sunday Denver dropped 137(!) on them. It's fair to say this is the worst the Lakers have been in some time.


    Rockets: No Beverley (hand) or Asik (knee) for sure. Both Parsons and Smith are struggling with knee niggles as well and will be game-time decisions.

    Lakers: Kendall Marshall is the only healthy point guard on the roster - no Nash, no Blake, no Farmar. And of course, who could forget their injured superstar, Xavier Henry! (But seriously, no Kobe either). This is almost certainly the most injury riddled team in the league right now.

    On Offence:

    • The Nuggets had 30 fast break points in their rout of the the Lakers on Sunday. Pushing the pace will reap rewards against a team that doesn't have the morale to get back on defence properly at the moment. Terrence Jones in particular should be looking to get out and run at every opportunity when matched up with Pau Gasol.
    • Howard should be able to manhandle Sacre in the post even if he's come down slightly from the dominance he was showing against Detroit a few weeks back. Sacre is capable of blocking a few shots if the Rockets venture into the paint too wildly, but his lack of mobility means that it should be pretty easy to manoeuvre him out of the way.
    • The absence of point guard depth for the Lakers means that Jeremy Lin should be able to have field day - there's nobody on the other team who can stay in front of him if he's looking to attack the basket. Hopefully we'll get aggressive Jeremy tonight rather than game-handling Jeremy.

    On Defence:

    • With almost all the other big name players injured, Pau Gasol will shoulder most of the offensive burden. He'll start at PF but probably spend quite a bit of time at Centre as well. If and when he gets matched up against Dwight it will be interesting to see whether their time together in Los Angeles has left them with inside knowledge of each other's games.
    • If you put him in a limited role and get him open Nick Young can be deadly, as Memphis found out to their cost in the playoffs a few years ago. But with the Lakers he is given far too much offensive responsibility for that to happen very often. He still needs someone to shadow him well enough to goad him into difficult shots though, and it remains to be seen whether Harden will be up for the challenge.
    • Kendall Marshall has come from the end of the bench to put up gaudy statlines in his last few games as he makes the most of his opportunity at the reins of D'Antoni's point-guard-emphasising system. Remind you of anyone? It remains to be seen whether Lin can avoid Marshall doing to him what he did to so many others a few years back, but I'm sure you'll see the comparison drawn a lot.

    Rotation Spotlight:

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="230"] Jordan Hill (6'10" PF, Arizona)[/caption]

    Just as he was in his Rockets days, Hill remains a frustratingly inconsistent player, capable of the occasional great game but also prone to extended lapses in concentration. It is worth pointing out though that his  mySynergySports numbers mark him as one of the best pick-and-roll finishers in the league, averaging 1.2 PPP (good for 8th overall!). He'll give you great effort on the boards too. His weakness (and probably why he hasn't been getting huge minutes under D'Antoni) is that sometimes his attention wanders at the other end of the court and his mediocre defensive numbers reflect that. Casspi should be able to get some open looks when the benches empty.

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