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@  majik19 : (25 January 2016 - 04:58 PM) it wasn't even close. It helped for sure that the shots were falling (if those 3s weren't falling, would we have gotten all mopey?) but man that was a great quarter.
@  Sir Thursday : (24 January 2016 - 11:22 PM) Easily the most fun I've had watching a Rockets game this year :).
@  Sir Thursday : (24 January 2016 - 11:21 PM) Oh man, that 4th quarter was special
@  thejohnnygold : (24 January 2016 - 10:35 PM) Amazing the difference Josh Smith is making on both ends of the floor.
@  Sir Thursday : (23 January 2016 - 03:42 AM) Majik - he's on the veteran's minimum so you're allowed to sign him no matter what your cap situation is.
@  Cooper : (22 January 2016 - 10:00 PM) Good to have Smith back, Blatt would be interesting, firing him makes no sense unless Bron wanted him out.
@  majik19 : (22 January 2016 - 09:23 PM) so... anyone interested in Eric Blatt? I am SHOCKED they fired him.
@  thejohnnygold : (22 January 2016 - 08:02 PM) @Mario--that is a funny thought. Smith and Howard's friendship is important and may help reinvigorate the entire team. I'm pretty excited about this.
@  Mario Peña : (22 January 2016 - 07:15 PM) Glad to see Smith back, the Rockets needed an irrational confidence frontline guy. Could we see a Josh Smith trickle down effect to Harden on defense, Brew everywhere and others. Kind of crazy to think that Smith is a glue guy for this team.
@  majik19 : (22 January 2016 - 05:28 PM) on a general note, I'm really glad he's back given all of our injuries right now - Motie, Dwight, and Harrell all unlikely (or worse) to play tonight
@  majik19 : (22 January 2016 - 05:14 PM) Can someone help me understand how this works with the cap? I thought we were hard capped.
@  txtdo1411 : (22 January 2016 - 03:48 PM) Oh I agree, I wanted Josh back before this season (admittedly I didn't think it hurt/helped much either way), but there is a definite "bad" Josh side of him that can be painful to watch. Just like how the Rockets can look so good one minute, and so bad the next. Josh fits in perfectly. I will say, the things he does well consistently, defense and rebounding, are two huge areas of need right now.
@  Sir Thursday : (22 January 2016 - 03:43 PM) Nah, come on, JSmoove was actually pretty consistent for us towards the end of last year.
@  txtdo1411 : (22 January 2016 - 03:42 PM) In all seriousness though, he should be a net positive like he was last year. Especially with the injuries to D-Mo and Dwight.
@  txtdo1411 : (22 January 2016 - 03:41 PM) If the Rox weren't already volatile enough, they just added the most volatile guy in the league.
@  Sir Thursday : (22 January 2016 - 03:32 PM) (Plus it means we don't have to rely on the TJ the Mercurial)
@  Sir Thursday : (22 January 2016 - 03:32 PM) Cool! He'll be useful. We needed someone who knows what their doing defending pick-and-roll coverage.
@  thenit : (22 January 2016 - 03:29 PM) Sooooo we got Josh back
@  thenit : (21 January 2016 - 07:50 AM) 2nd worse on +- rating on the team .
@  majik19 : (21 January 2016 - 04:10 AM) amazing that Harden can have a 33/17/14 line and still be -11. Also, that he can have that line - and we lose.

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#1 Red94

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    Posted 07 December 2014 - 11:54 AM

    New post: Houston Rockets 100, Phoenix Suns 95 - Holding on to the rope
    By: Forrest Walker

    The Houston Rockets have stopped giving up. Sure, they sometimes give up points, or possessions, or leads from time to time, but they aren't giving up in the larger sense. They won't quit, they keep grinding through injury, and with the exception of one blowout this season, they never seem to know when they're beat. This back-to-back contest against a Western Conference playoff candidate should have been a loss. The Rockets were missing Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones, Isaiah Canaan and Kostas Papanikolaou. Patrick Beverley, while back in action, was coming off the bench. Injuries and fatigue kept coming in waves, something which ought to be simply too much to deal with.

     

    The Rockets went ahead and dealt with it anyway, holding off a late push just long enough for a blowout victory to melt into free throws late. James Harden battled back tightness late in the game and he was visibly uncomfortable. He's expressed that he doesn't expect to miss games, but the pain clearly hurt his performance against the Suns. Francisco Garcia joined the ranks of the mobile field hospital, this time due to an ankle sprain. Another injury is never good, but the silver lining is that the injury bug seems to be moving down the depth chart, not up.

     

    In his return to action, Patrick Beverley stole the show. He hit 5 of 8 three pointers, racking up 19 points on the evening. 6 boards, 3 assists, a steal and a block filled out a line that would have been fine on three point shooting alone. Having a real, dedicated point guard helped, and having a feral defender on the perimeter is a huge boon. While the Rockets wait for various body parts to heal, getting Beverley back into the rotation is an excellent stop-gap.

     

    Harden had a poor scoring game, but a huge night otherwise. He had more shots than points (15 on 21 shots), but he also grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds (!) to go with 7 assists, 2 steals (!!) and 3 blocks (!!!). His mediocre outings are still exceptional, and his team has unlikely wins to go along with them. As long as some role players keep showing up, the Rockets will keep surprising good teams.

     

    Tonight, that role player was Donatas Motiejunas, Houston's resident Lithuanian post-up wizard. His 16 points and 11 rebounds looked good yet again, pouring more fuel into the D-Mo hype movement. Motiejunas looks far better than last season, whether the change is mental, physical or technical. His post moves continue to allow him to score on plenty of frontcourts, especially teams full of young players like the Suns. Motiejunas will have a major test coming up in the Warriors, but in the meantime he's the toast of the town.

     

    Jason Terry and Trevor Ariza got to shooting, with Terry winning the shootout by hitting all three of his threes. 19 points on 15 shots still looks great on Ariza, a player who started hot but has entered a shooting funk. His defense is still elite, however, and on most nights that's all that matters. Terry continues to shoot well, even though his penchant for errant passes continues to hurt the team here and there. He's doing more than could be expected at the point guard position, but the Rockets have to hope he won't stay there for long.

     

    Despite a late struggle, the Rockets led by double digits for the majority of the game, something which seemed scarcely possible just a couple short weeks ago. The Rockets are winning games by playing defense, by sticking to the plan, and by attacking relentlessly. This team might not be able to will their way to every victory, but they've willed themselves into the second seed despite their injuries. Until everyone is healthy again, the Rockets will keep picking fights they can't win, and they won't give up until they win them anyway.


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      Posted 07 December 2014 - 03:59 PM

      DMO has been a beast. He has battled Cousins and did a great job. Held Griffin to 2 points until he had to sub out and Griffin went to work. He has been able to consistently score in the post which is encouraging. After all the flack he has taken as one of the few remainning supporters during the summer, I am delighted. Right now we have 2 young studs that we can basically play a matchup game in the playoffs depending on fit. I wouldn't move either of them unless its for a legitimate all star level player and I don't think any of those are available.


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        Posted 07 December 2014 - 05:22 PM

        DMO has been a beast. He has battled Cousins and did a great job. Held Griffin to 2 points until he had to sub out and Griffin went to work. He has been able to consistently score in the post which is encouraging. After all the flack he has taken as one of the few remainning supporters during the summer, I am delighted. Right now we have 2 young studs that we can basically play a matchup game in the playoffs depending on fit. I wouldn't move either of them unless its for a legitimate all star level player and I don't think any of those are available.

        Pretty darn much. D-Mo right now is probably more valuable than the NOP pick. I cannot think of a team in the league that would not love to have him on their roster. Huge quick men that can guard both the 4 and 5 are perhaps one of the rarest assets in the league.


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