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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.

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#21 miketheodio

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    Posted 07 May 2014 - 06:51 AM

    I keep hearing Melo and Rondo.  Frankly, I can't understand the attraction of those two guys.  Rondo in particular would be a terrible fit because of his inability to shoot.  For those who don't know, Rondo can't hit a three to save his life, and his free throw shooting is erratic.  Can you imagine a playoff game with three 60% FT shooters ( Rondo, Jones and Howard) on the floor during crunch time? Doesn't sound like a recipe for winning the close ones. 

    Rondo has his problems. might not be able to gel easy as well, BUT he has championship experience, defense, makes IQ plays (able to hit open shooters which combats his shooting), and his contract expires after next year.  It really depends on the price. is asik/lin, parsons, draft pick the only option? he's not as expensive as melo, but he is a high impact player.


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    #22 Sir Thursday

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    Posted 07 May 2014 - 08:55 AM

    I don't see Morey making the same mistake twice on Ariza.

    I don't think he would be - Ariza is a far different player than he was when he was here before. He wouldn't be counted on to be a significant offensive option this time around, and Washington seem to have moulded him into the 3-and-D player that was probably always his destiny. Provided he continues to play like he has this year (not completely a given) then he would be a great fit here.

     

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    #23 Cooper

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      Posted 07 May 2014 - 04:19 PM

      I think the biggest thing that hurt our chances of picking up cheap vets was getting bounced in round 1. Garcia didnt play much and almost none in the playoffs but he really wasn't that good when he did play so it's not that big of a deal.
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      #24 Buckko

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        Posted 08 May 2014 - 02:09 AM

        Mchale is guilty, stats say we have a damn good bench but what's the point if mchale doesn't play them. I would be pissed too.
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        #25 rockets best fan

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        Posted 08 May 2014 - 08:15 AM

        @Buckko

        being pissed about playing time and allowing your attitude to become a distraction to team are two different things. all NBA players desire playing time. however everybody can't play. I agree with you McFail should have used our bench more. fact is I could tell you a boat load of stuff McFail should have been doing. the man is incompetent.


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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 08 May 2014 - 08:37 AM

          Mchale is guilty, stats say we have a damn good bench but what's the point if mchale doesn't play them. I would be pissed too.

          Because the people on the floor were "better" then the ones on the bench. In the playoffs a "deep" bench is a mute point. The starters play 40+ minutes leaving very little minutes to more then 3 bench players.
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          Posted 08 May 2014 - 10:35 AM

          Because the people on the floor were "better" then the ones on the bench. In the playoffs a "deep" bench is a mute point. The starters play 40+ minutes leaving very little minutes to more then 3 bench players.

           

          Take a look at the playoff stats of the teams still in contention, only Durant, George, Beal and a few Protland players play on average 40+ minutes. All four involved teams have no home court at the moment.


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          #28 rockets best fan

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          Posted 09 May 2014 - 05:33 AM

          @Redfaithful

          I agree.  we shot ourselves in the foot by not using our bench more in the series. perhaps we wouldn't suffer so many fourth quarter collapses if the troops were fresher. our bench was one of our advantages during the year when playing Portland and we never even took advantage of it in the playoffs


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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)


          #29 Buckko

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            Posted 09 May 2014 - 06:06 AM

            I don't care how good of a boxer you are, fight for 10 rounds then put in a normal fresh body man in and you're getting knocked out. Rule applies to all sports. Didn't even get to see ONE dmo hook.


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            #30 Buckko

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              Posted 09 May 2014 - 06:07 AM

              Why do you think the spurs are annihilating the blazers.


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              Posted 09 May 2014 - 06:16 AM

              The Spurs all have predefined roles and know what they're allowed to do on the court. Nobody relies on their athletic abilities to create shots. They play in their system and if they don't have an open shot they pass the ball and continue the play. The only players who create their own shots are Manu and Parker. But instead of relying on isolations they run multiple PnRs. This is netting them wide open looks.
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              Why so Serious? :D


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                Posted 09 May 2014 - 02:18 PM

                The Spurs all have predefined roles and know what they're allowed to do on the court. Nobody relies on their athletic abilities to create shots. They play in their system and if they don't have an open shot they pass the ball and continue the play. The only players who create their own shots are Manu and Parker. But instead of relying on isolations they run multiple PnRs. This is netting them wide open looks.

                OH HEY! It works too! AND THEY PLAY DEFENSE?!?!

                Who knew that ball movement and defense are the recipe for success?


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                #33 Mario Peña

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                Posted 09 May 2014 - 03:05 PM

                Apparently even the Spurs forgot to play defense during their first round series but they conveniently remembered in Game 7.


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                #34 miketheodio

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                  Posted 09 May 2014 - 03:58 PM

                  i think mavs are better as a team compared to the blazers as far as the playoffs are concerned. vets+better coach.


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                  #35 rockets best fan

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                  Posted 10 May 2014 - 10:18 PM

                  @miketheodio

                  I both agree and disagree. I agree Dallas is better overall, but IMO Portland has more raw talent. the difference is coaching. Carlisle is superior to Stotts in every way.


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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 11 May 2014 - 04:40 PM

                  I just watched this truehoop discussion and thought it was relevant in a couple of ways.  The first part has it's obvious relation to us, but the second part makes me wonder if Morey is looking that direction more than we might think....watch and discuss.

                   

                  http://espn.go.com/v...lip?id=10901864 (wouldn't let me embed it....sorry)


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                    Posted 11 May 2014 - 05:35 PM

                    Because the people on the floor were "better" then the ones on the bench. In the playoffs a "deep" bench is a mute point. The starters play 40+ minutes leaving very little minutes to more then 3 bench players.

                     

                    'Through three games, the Spurs now hold an astonishing 140-43 bench scoring disparity.'

                     

                    Still believe that benches don't matter in the playoffs?  ^_^ 


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                    #38 rockets best fan

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                    Posted 11 May 2014 - 06:38 PM

                    @JG

                    very interesting analogy. I totally agree not enough weight input on decision making.


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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 11 May 2014 - 08:40 PM

                    'Through three games, the Spurs now hold an astonishing 140-43 bench scoring disparity.'

                     

                    Still believe that benches don't matter in the playoffs?  ^_^ 

                     

                    This is highly skewed and not indicative of a rational consideration of the topic as a whole.

                     

                    Comparing San Antonio's bench to Portland's is like comparing a gated community to a shanty town.

                     

                    Also, San Antonio relies primarily on 4 guys off the bench: Ginobili, Belinelli, Diaw, and Mills.  All 4 of these players are good enough to start in the NBA and, aside from Mills, actually have.  Each of these players is an offensive specialist and has an international background that emphasizes team play and passing.  It is a uniquely constructed unit that is ideal for it's purpose.

                     

                    On the other hand, there is Portland.  Mo Williams, Thomas Robinson, and Will Barton are about all they have to work with--the rest are prospects/re-treads (and many would claim Williams as a re-tread and T-Rob is  a prospect still so what do people expect?  Everyone knew they had no bench).  Of these players, Williams is the only one worth much at the moment and is a mere 5-14 in the series plus he missed one game.

                     

                    So, if you want to compare the two you can, but it only illustrates that Portland's bench is atrocious and doesn't deserve playing time.  San Antonio, on the other hand has planned for this for years having foreseen the decline of their players due to age.

                     

                    Click this LINK to the '04-'05 playoffs for San Antonio--a championship season.  Look at the minutes played and tell me it compares to what they are doing now.  Note the lack of a bench: Brent Barry, Nazr Mohammed, and Beno Udrih were the only consistent bench contributors and much less so than what the Spurs do now.  Here is the '98-'99 season: LINK.  Sure, they use their bench--when they have players on it...and when their stud horses were young they rode them.

                     

                    If anyone here hasn't watched the ESPN 30 for 30 on the Pistons do it.  A great documentary.  At the end, what they talk about is "the grind" of having been great for 6 years and having played so much basketball, with so much intensity, focus, and physicality that they were just worn out in every way.  The Spurs have found a way to avoid this, but not until suffering it themselves.

                     

                    Their last championship was in '06-'07 and they still played heavy minutes on the starters.  The year after that as well....and then you see the minutes begin to drop towards the team we see today.  It wasn't until '08-'09 that this San Antonio "system" we are extolling truly came into existence--and it is as much a by product of situation as it is any system.

                     

                    Don't get me wrong--I think observing what great franchises do and studying them is a very smart thing.  I don't think you can compare apples to oranges and simply say, "We should do that.  We should be like them".  The only way to be like them would be to steal Pop, Duncan, Parker, etc. and put them in Rockets' uniforms :lol: .

                     

                    We aren't like them--and really, only Dallas, Brooklyn, and Miami remotely resemble them roster-wise.  I'd mention coaching, but we all know where everyone stands on that.

                     

                    I think depth will come once we get the coveted third star and truly know which pieces we need to add, and which pieces that once started are now super-subs for us.  The process is unfolding, but it is still 1-2 years from getting to that final product.


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                    Posted 11 May 2014 - 09:19 PM

                    I hop 1-2 yrs will not be too long for Howard....
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