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@  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.
@  Mario Peña : (13 September 2015 - 05:24 PM) Sad to see Moses pass. I don't remember watching him as a Rocket but I do remember his Philly and Hawks teams. He was the perfect man to mentor Dream. It's a very sad day for his family and friends and there are many.


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Posted 23 December 2014 - 11:12 AM

First off, there something off with it, the first part repeats a couple of times (like the first 12-15 min. plays at least twice with the same dialogue).


But, I also wanted to comment on something Rahat brought up in the podcast which was that he doesn't think the best use of Harden is off the ball. I honestly disagree with this. What I mean is that by playing Harden off the ball (besides in the last few minutes of games where it should always be in his hands) will help increase his shooting percentages due to getting open looks and less defensive attention on him. Right now he's only getting 44.8 percent of his 3s assisted (last year 55.8 percent) a HUGE difference which I think accounts for his drop in 3pt (and overall) fg percentage, and is representative of the focus of defenses on him and the lack of overall assisted opportunities he is getting both inside and outside the 3pt line. Getting him open looks within the half court offense should be the aim of the offense, not just depending on him to create for others. (The more and more I watched Kyle Korver against us the other night made me wonder why we don't run any of that action for Harden, or some of the stuff which Tony Parker runs in San Antonio where he comes off double screens down low with the choice to go to either side, this puts the defender behind the player on the reception of the pass which we know with Harden would be game over once his guy is on his back side he is in control).


That said, Harden is awesome and generates so much offense at the free throw line and on the fast break that he compensates for this attention (in the half court) by drawing more fouls to stay efficient, but I worry that's detrimental long-term to his health (ex. D-Wade formerly known as the flash). So getting the ball out of his hands I don't think should be such a scary proposition as long as its not someone who will not give it up to him to operate the end of game moments. I'm not saying its necessary, merely not so detrimental as you think and could actually be good for his efficiency and production within our half court offense. Also, would reduce our predictability as a team if we had more options for creating looks in the half-court.


Again, I think we get a bit fooled by his production on the break and via the free throw line into thinking that he wouldn't be served getting set up by another player/creator. Yet, he basically gets no corner 3pt attempts (the easiest one at less than one attempt per game) which is a crime for a player who shoots like he does. Pull-up and step-back threes look incredible (when he makes them) but I think getting a true point guard to operate with Harden would be great, just we need one that wouldn't decrease from pat's defense. (Also, at this point Pat's a health-risk...which has to factor into the decision).

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