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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.


Houston Rockets 69, Oklahoma City Thunder 65 - The opposite of fun

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 17 November 2014 - 03:25 AM

    New post: Houston Rockets 69, Oklahoma City Thunder 65 - The opposite of fun
    By: Forrest Walker

    If the Houston Rockets are in a challenge with themselves to manufacture the least enjoyable game of basketball in history, they're doing an amazing job. They've only been at it for about a week, and they've successfully transitioned from a hot-shooting, layup swishing, alley-ooping offense into a an abandoned warehouse. In bringing back the sort of miserable, mean, foul-heavy and nigh unwatchable offense from the 1990's, the Rockets are indeed outdoing themselves. Ever since they stepped foot into Mexico, it's been an amazing show of discipline and perseverance to make a random game in November into a heart-stopping grind-fest.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder, by the way, do not like the Rockets. This game was dragged into the mud, kicked in the head and then dumped into the woods by this grueling, unpleasant rivalry. This was the second-worst shooting game in the last thirty years, which is impressive in its horror. The Thunder, undermanned as they were, fought tooth and nail for this win on a night when the Rockets just wanted to blow a team out and get ready for the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow. Steven Adams is a brilliant defender in exactly the same way Patrick Beverley is and combined with Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins to put a cap on the basket. The Rockets got down in the mud with the Thunder and won a game that it's good to know they can win, but that we can only hope they never play again.

    The secret to beating the Rockets, it turns out, is by playing as physically as possible inside. If you take away the drive and the post, which the Thunder definitely did, Houston has to hope the threes are falling, and has to shoot through a defense that isn't collapsing. When hacks and beat downs are par for the course inside, that's seldom going to favor the Rockets, who have a less physical and more skill-based offense. All of this is only exacerbated by the Rockets being terminally unable to hit a free throw or three pointer, both of which would have helped break the cycle of suffering that game was thrust into.

    Don't even look at the box score. Nobody had a good night on either team, except for Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka picking up 6 and 5 blocks respectively. Nobody on the Rockets had more than 9 rebounds, and Harden was the only player on the team to score more than 12 points. His 19 were the highest score of the game, a truly dismal stat in a sea of puke.

    On that note, the game eventually devolved into a series of increasingly hard fouls, reviews, and technicals. At one point, Patrick Beverley got into a ref's face for some reason (I'm still not clear whether it was for intimidation or to try to put his ear close enough to hear, or some combination thereof) and Thunder head coach Scotty Brooks zoomed in to object to this behavior. Neither he nor Beverley were assessed a technical foul. Sebastian Telfair wasn't so lucky. Later, Steven Adams returned after taking a scary hit to the head and worked his magic. He tangled up Trevor Ariza while going for a rebound, goading Ariza into a stupid push and a tech. Like Beverley, Adams is a great player to have on your team, but an easy player to hate when he goes against you. Put them in one game, and you get this, a swimming pool full of thumbtacks.

    If you take only one thing away from this game, take this: it's not going to get any worse. The Rockets are 9-1 despite playing like cartoon aliens stole their power for the last week. We're in the "stand them at their worst" part of the aphorism, after the honeymoon of seeing them at their best for the first two weeks. Both teams had more field goals than shots.  There's not much more down to go, and tomorrow will test the theory that it's all uphill from here.

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      Posted 17 November 2014 - 04:56 AM

      We should just dub these two games "Moctezuma's revenge".
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