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@  majik19 : (13 October 2015 - 09:09 PM) Apparently we claimed Arsalan Kazemi off waivers from the Hawks today... yet another undersized (6'7") power forward for Morey's cupboard.
@  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

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#1 Red94

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    Posted 29 December 2014 - 03:27 AM

    New post: San Antonio Spurs 110, Houston Rockets 106: Collapse
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    Red94 has discussed the new-look Rockets a great deal over the past few days, including this excellent podcast by Rahat and Forrest. But tonight, the Rockets looked more like last year’s team than the new variation which has surprised the league this season. Harden, Howard, and another wing carried the Rockets for most of the game and scored practically all of Houston’s points. But after giving the game away late in the fourth quarter, the Rockets failed to execute down the stretch and lost an eminently winnable game despite some last-minute heroics.

     

    And now I am thinking of 0.9 again. Wonderful.

     

    Rahat has mentioned elsewhere and in tonight’s tweets that he believes the Rockets need a secondary shot creator. My perspective is that Houston’s problem is less that of shot creation and more the simple problem of shooting the ball. Creating an open shot does not mean anything if the open man cannot do anything with said shot. And tonight, no one outside of Brewer( who went absolutely bonkers with 25 points and just could not miss) and to a lesser degree Motiejunas could do anything with the opportunities which Harden and Howard created.

     

    Ariza, Terry, and Beverley went 2-17 from beyond the arc. Furthermore, Ariza’s only made 3-pointer occurred when this game was really out of reach. All three of them got wide open opportunities throughout tonight’s game, but were unable to actually hit their shots. Meanwhile, Danny Green, Diaw, and the Spurs got their opportunities courtesy of the Popovich system and did capitalize. It should however be noted in that Green’s case, we did see a return tonight of the old Harden “Pay attention to the ball and not my man” lack of defense.

     

    Shooting at the line is also a problem. As great as Howard was at the rim, he was just 2-7 from the line. But he was not the worst problem. Late in the third quarter, when Houston seemed to be gaining some momentum, the Spurs promptly began hacking Joey Dorsey, who has hit a grand total of 5 free throws for less than 20 percent this season. It was clever. Houston was unable to take Dorsey out because he would be at the foul line, and Dorsey went 1-4 during that stretch. Might other teams follow Popovich’s example over the next few games?

     

    As for Josh Smith? While Smith did not perform nearly as well as against the Grizzlies, you will once again not be able to understand how he played by glancing at the boxscore. Smith was not looking to score for himself. He attempted one 3-pointer, but it might have gone in had Dwight not been called for offensive goaltending. Instead, he focused more on passing and defense, the latter where he was the victim of some questionable calls. I am not sure what to make of his passing game, to tell the truth. Smith has real talent there, though he also forced quite a few passes across his court which contributed to Houston’s 24 turnover tonight. What unnerved me is that Smith’s game tonight reminded me of Terrence Williams – another athletic forward who could pass but tried passes which were out of his league. Smith is not THAT stupid; But while he played much than what the boxscore suggests, it was still not a good game.

     

    Tonight was not the worst loss of the season. However, it was probably the most disconcerting. At the end of the day, the Rockets were facing a Spurs team without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker and which has matched up poorly against the Rockets in the past. This should have been a win, just like how Houston should have defeated Portland last year. As much as the acquisitions of Brewer and even Smith will help this team, the Rockets are not favorites to make the Finals this year, much less win a championship ( to me, the Thunder remain the favorites despite their struggles this season). McHale and possibly Morey have work to do if this team wants to be playing in June.


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    #2 Lucas Daniel Uribe

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    Posted 29 December 2014 - 03:31 AM

    Tough loss, we just have to get back to work.
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    Posted 29 December 2014 - 04:58 PM

    Tough loss, we just have to get back to work.

     

    Thank you.  This is the correct attitude (in my opinion).

     

    Lots of things went into the final result of this game and isolating a few in the name of self-flagellation just doesn't do it for me.  :unsure:

     

    Watching this game it became clear about mid-way through the fourth that this game was going to remain out of reach.  Everything was going San Antonio's way.  The tough shots were all falling in, the refs calls were....interesting, loose balls ended up in their hands, in fact, it seemed like every ball was magnetically drawn to SA players for a while there.

     

    I give SA credit for coming in with a good game plan and executing it.  They swarmed the ball and forced passes and it seemed like they knew those passes were coming and were in the lanes as soon as the pass left the player's hands (there were some very bad passes made, but this could be a result of hesitation caused by what SA was already doing).  The intentional fouling worked well for a bit.

     

    I am sure many will want to wave the "Bad Josh Smith" flag as high as they can, but he didn't lose this game for us.  No, the 3-11 that Howard/Dorsey mustered from the line was the game changer above all else in my book.  (honestly, I disliked the officiating in this game the most, but I also dislike blaming refs for losses)

     

    Harden had a bad bounce kill a possession late in the game when we were down 3 (and he has been downright lethal in those spots) which sealed our fate.  It happens.  It is not a sign that the trade was bad, we are bad, there are no championship possibilities, we are doomed to lose just like last year...... :wacko: OK then.....

     

     

    I thought that aside from the cold shooting (which just happens sometimes) and the turnovers we played pretty good on both ends.  I can't count the number of SA possessions that were bailed out by the refs.  Harden went to the line three times.  THREE TIMES.  Hmmmmm, I'm pretty sure that in the league they call that "home cooking".  Last night we had to eat some San Antonio puffy tacos and it has left us all with a bad taste in our mouths.

     

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    This was Popovich and the Spurs last night...serving it up with a smile.   :(


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    #4 Matt Maloney's Ghost

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      Posted 29 December 2014 - 06:10 PM

      I am not freaking out about this lost. People can say that we should've won this game but the Spurs brought their A - Game. The Spurs made some crucial buckets when the shot clock was low. Danny Green worked harder than James Harden. And the hack a Dorsey really stopped the momentum we were building.

       

      By the way, was I the only thinking the hack a player was not allowed under 2 minutes at the end of each quarter? Is it just the fourth?

       

      Besides the turnovers, I believe we were in the penalty early in the 3rd and 2nd quarters but we never drove to the basket. Josh Smith and Ariza need to attack more, especially Ariza, when his shot isn't falling. 

       

      The Josh Smith experiment is going to be an interesting one. We can sit here and say he only had 4 turnovers compared to Harden's 9, but those turnovers in the 2nd quarter really jump started the Spurs. 


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        Posted 29 December 2014 - 07:31 PM

        ^Yeah, I was thinking the same thing too about the hacking... maybe it is just the fourth? And as far as Smith goes, I'm okay with that at this point. He seems to be in the learning process of where guys like to be on the court.

         

        It was a tough one to lose, but I wouldn't exactly equate it with the Portland series games. On both ends in the half court, as far as positioning and execution go, I honestly thought we looked pretty decent. It was those two bunches of turnovers, in the second and in the fourth, that really turned the tide. And of course us missing FTs and WIDE open threes that we were able to produce.

         

        Is Ariza's long slump something to worry about, or is it just 'a slump'? He is averaging almost 8 attempts per game...


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