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@  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.
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Houston Rockets acquire Prigioni and McDaniesl, Goran and Zoran to Heat for a bunch of guys; also, the ballad of Isaiah Canaan


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#1 Red94

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    Posted 20 February 2015 - 12:59 AM

    New post: Houston Rockets acquire Prigioni and McDaniesl, Goran and Zoran to Heat for a bunch of guys; also, the ballad of Isaiah Canaan
    By: Rahat Huq

    So this of course didn't end up playing out how everyone was hoping.  But the team added two guys who figure to strengthen their bench, Pablo Prigioni in particular.  Most of the excitement thus far has stemmed from the K.J. McDaniels acquisition, but it remains to be seen if he can crack a wing rotation which already includes the league MVP, Trevor Ariza, and Corey Brewer.  If he can, arguably the league's best bench got even more athletic, with the potential to run second units out of the gym.  The related after-effect of these moves, or more appropriately, the non-move, is that the Josh Smith and Terrence Jones duo will remain intact for the stretch run and into the playoffs.  Upon Jones' return, aside from James Harden, I felt that pairing was Houston's biggest strength, with the length and speed to overwhelm opponents.  Those two players are staying together now, so the Rockets will maintain that edge.

     

    The big story, of course, was the Rockets' failure to acquire Goran Dragic.  Looking at the package the Heat surrendered, one would have to think that had Daryl Morey wanted, he could have had Gogi.  That New Orleans pick Houston holds alone is more valuable than the two second-rounders Miami gave up in the deal; or maybe the Suns are just that in love with Brandon Knight.  The latter is certainly possible and we probably won't ever know.  But assuming Morey held back from playing all his cards, the turn of events offers an interesting glimpse into the philosophy of Houston's head man.  Had it been me at the helm, as I wrote yesterday, I would have absolutely rolled the dice on a Dragic rental.  But this is Daryl f***ing Morey, man.  That's not how he rolls.  In some ways, this incident, and the concomitant self-control (to put things positively) is perfectly microcosmic of everything for which Daryl Morey stands.  When everyone else sees panic, when everyone else senses a "moment", he lays back, for better or worse.  Everyone thought this summer the Rockets were doomed to eternal despair if Chandler Parsons walked but Morey gave zero f***s.  And now, in the face of an acquisition that could have put his team on the cusp of championship contention, Morey just saw odds.  Odds that his team still probably wouldn't have won, because the odds of any team winning are already so low, and odds that he'd be left with nothing in the summer after Dragic walked.  Had it been me, I would have said "screw it" and gone all in.  I want the title now.  But that's Daryl Morey, man.  (Of course, in their quest to employ every point guard currently in the NBA, maybe the Suns just wanted Brandon Knight more than Terrence Jones and the Pelicans pick, rendering everything I just wrote in this paragraph irrelevant...but the narrative I presented was far more enlightening).

     

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    If I could ask Kevin McHale any one question, it would be "wtf exactly happened with Isaiah Canaan?"  (Actually, I'd never ask McHale that, or anything even nearing such levels of confrontation, as, the last time I was in such a situation, back in law school when I was still living in Houston and attending practices here and there, after a stretch where the team dropped a string of games due to what seemed like lackadaisical play, I asked McHale if he thought maybe the schedule was contributory to the team's lethargic state.  He looked me squarely in the eye, with a straight face, and responded, "seriously?")

     

    Canaan was a player who, after an early season explosion against Golden State, in a post I can't seem to find at the moment, I proclaimed would one day be the team's future at starting point guard.  Canaan's play in the ensuing contests cemented that belief in my mind, until he went down with injury, only to never be heard from ever again.  The Canaan story is absolutely perplexing.  This was a guy, who, in theory, had every tool the team needed in a backup point guard.  Three point shooting?  Check.  Shot creation?  Check.  Fearlessness to attack the rim?  Check.  I seriously thought this guy was the team's future at the position.  Instead, his Rockets destiny apexed with being captured on camera having his genitals clasped by Dwight Howard on the Houston bench, on national television.  Seriously, what happened?  Does anyone know?

     

    Clearly some issues took place behind the scenes and I'm sure we'll be fed those morsels in the coming days.  But I won't give in easily to just trusting the staff in personnel management, as we're implored.  There are those who say, "oh, the coach knows best, stop complaining." And sure, the staff is of course privy to far more, infinitely, of the inner workings than the public.  But I won't just trust that the right move was made.  I quipped last year, repeatedly, back before he became GOATiejunas, that if Motiejunas were on the Spurs, he'd probably have Pau Gasol's career trajectory.  Some pointed out to me today that no one could have predicted Motiejunas' ascendance this season.  And that's true.  I didn't think he'd become GOATiejunas.  But I emphatically believed he was far better than the chance he had been afforded up to the point in time when Kevin McHale was forced into playing him by necessity.

     

    Think about that for a moment.  Had Terrence Jones not gone down, and also Dwight Howard, D-Mo would probably be playing in Poland somewhere right now or working at a local Chuck E. Cheese.  (Okay, he'd have promptly been picked up by some other team, but that alternative doesn't quite hold the same rhetorical power - you get the gist).  My point is this: how can I trust that the Canaan situation was handled properly when, had a force majeure not effectuated, McHale was on track to bungle the managing of the team's current third best player?  Okay, I'm getting off my soap box, for now.  But I couldn't let the Canaan situation just pass without mention.

     

    Looking forward, the team is probably better, with Prigioni sure to offer a steady hand and a sure jumpshot, from the point guard position.  But we'll see.  I don't know that I like this team's chances in the postseason without a second playmaker, but that's why they play the games.  And oh...I should probably start watching college basketball; the Rockets will probably be picking like 12th this June.


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    #2 08huangj

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      Posted 20 February 2015 - 01:13 AM

      This is actually the first time I've been REALLY disappointed with Morey. More than starting caliber point guards got moved in the deadline, and Morey acquired, well, Pablo Prigioni. The rockets could very well fit in to the 3 team trades. So many names got dealt, just none of them came to the rockets.


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        Posted 20 February 2015 - 04:22 AM

        McDaniels is better defensively and more athletic than Papa and bigger, younger and more athletic than Jason Terry.....now we can compete with the small-ball of GS Warriors. We don't have to count on another team to knock them out. Shved gave us too many TO's and poor defense. Canaan is too raw at the moment. Bev will play better now that the deadline has passed.
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          Posted 20 February 2015 - 04:45 AM

          A very interesting article yet again Rahat. I am no insider, but I am an ardent Rockets watcher and here is my take. Miami gave up two future first round picks for Dragic, not second round picks.

           

          Canaan is not a point guard. He is a shooting guard in a point guard's body. That would have been just fine because Harden is the Rocket's point guard. But if you look at what the Rocket's "point guard" needs to do, it is to defend the opponents best guard. Harden does not have the energy available to handle quick point guards. Canaan does not have the size required to handle the NBA defensive switches to the opponents shooting guard. If Canaan had the defensive chops of Bev it would have been OK.

           

          But then there was the trade target. KJ McDaniels was truly a steal. A very tall wing at 6-6, with a great wing span, he is an athletic freak. A highlight reel every night. Even though he is a rookie he already is excellent on the defensive end according to SprortVU data. He also is great at penetrating the paint. However the most interesting aspect of his game, according to nbadraft.net is "He has outstanding efficiency numbers defending the ISO according to Synergy and he can guard 1-2-3 without any problems due to his length and quickness." If KJ can actually defend the point and manage the defensive switch to the two and three he might just be what the Rockets are looking for.

           

          As far as Morey not picking up any of the six traded point guards, I do not believe any of them were viewed as a fit with Harden. Dragic was perhaps the best, but the Rockets would have had no chance to retain him this summer. None. And the Heat surrendered all of their depth and two first round picks to obtain him. That is a drastic price. They are without assets until 2019.

           

          I do not believe that D-Mo was ever in danger of being released by the Rockets. D-Mo is a very very big man. It has been statistically shown that those type of players take longer to develop. People talked about how Hibbert was likely to be released before his breakout playoff series against the Heat. Well, he currently is a gem of a big man in the NBA these days. And if anyone knows NBA big men it is McHale.Besides I believe D-Mo was always Morey's insurance should Howard not pick up his player option in the summer of 2016.

           

          The Rockets are very competitive this season if Howard comes back healthy. Only OKC and GSW are truly scary playoff opponents. They have an incredible young pipeline of talent with D-Mo, Jones, Papa, Capela and KJ. And the NOP pick. Life is good if you are a Rockets fan.


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            Posted 20 February 2015 - 06:29 AM

            There are two different ways to defend, be long and stay in front, or be strong and hold them out of the paint. CANAAN is the second of the two, and adequately strong enough to defend the point. He and Covington will lead the 76ers to the playoffs starting next season. If that teams stays healthy and grows up they are going to be dangerous.
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              Posted 20 February 2015 - 06:49 AM

              I liked our moves. The McDaniels thing was so way out of nowhere, it's kind of funny. We get a super intriguing prospect, and at the very least a ready-to-plug-and-play defensive asset, for someone we were giving DNPs to (albeit, wrongly so).

               

              And we also get a high IQ, capable offense runner and good 3PT shooter for Shved (who had none of those aforementioned qualities).

               

              So I like the moves in a vacuum, but with OKC and Portland (and Memphis earlier) taking big strides forward, it's enough to make me wish we would have gotten a tad more. We got better, but nothing that really moves the needle.

               

              But then again, I might be okay with that. As Rahat said, maybe our non-moves will end up being important. Our team, who woulda thunk it, is actually pretty deep. Let's see what happens as people get healthy and further gelled.


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                Posted 20 February 2015 - 08:29 AM

                I like the moves, KC McDaniels is a fantastic pick(if we gonna keep him) and Canaan gets the opportunity to shine...

                 

                Can someone enlighten me on Prigioni...I don't remember watching him much, except hes playing within himself, is he any good from 3 point range?

                 

                Anyway I am not a fan of the mentality of 'look there's a shining object in the stream'... there are always hidden gems on your bench and in starting 5 if you manage to place the pieces of the puzzle right...whats the purpose of getting better players when you are underutilizing almost everyone on your roster...


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                  Posted 20 February 2015 - 12:47 PM

                  How much is mcdaniels worth to keep for next year? 4 mill a year? For a guy that has played well for one of the worst teams on nba history. Is shooting under 30% from three. I strangely wish i saw more Philadelphia games now as looking at his stats i kind of am worried. Don't we already have a defensive sg in brewer? Or is this just leverage on Beverley's new contract?
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                    Posted 20 February 2015 - 01:20 PM

                    1st: a disclosure.

                    I live in Houston and I have season tickets and I attend Rockets home games.

                    OK.

                    Rahat claims in his latest article that Motiejunas is the Rockets 3rd best player.

                    OK, so he lost me there after a number of sentences sorrowfully explaining why the Rockets were unable to add one Goran Dragic to our roster for this season. Not much was discussed in that or prior posts other than it "would be OK" if Dragic was "just a rental" for the remainder of this season. And more which I will simply choose to forget.

                    So, is Motiejunas really, REALLY (hmm, what?) the Rockets 3rd best player?

                    Sorry Trevor, sorry Patrick, sorry Josh and Corey, sorry whoever happens to be on in a particular night, you're at best, the 4th most important player this season for the Rockets.

                    Anyway, I digress, all I can say is that especially since the Rockets are tied for 3rd place in the West and are currently the 5th best team record wise this season, I plan to enthusiastically attend the remainder of the important remaining games on this season's Rockets home schedule.

                    If you live in Houston, please come to the games and cheer your favorite player(s).

                    2015 is SO MUCH BETTER than 2005 or any season thereafter to this point in my humble opinion.
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                      Posted 20 February 2015 - 02:12 PM

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                      If we are destined to play GSW at any point in the postseason, this move definitely increases our chances against them. McD, as was stated before has the speed and athleticism, and apparently the defensive chops to guard the PG through the SG spots. He's 6'6". Paired with 6'5" Harden, they absolutely can give that team fits. It helps to offset the advantage that 6'7" KT had on us if our smaller PG had to switch on him.

                       

                      Hell, I don't see any reason, now, why we can't slide Harden down to the "PG" spot permanently (since that is what he essentially is on our team), have Bev back him up off the bench (with Pablo as insurance) and run a wing rotation between Brewer, Ariza, KJ, and Papa. This way we give up zero size to anyone. Now we can field two energetic, defensive-minded, corner shooting wings on the floor at all times, whereas previously we could only do so by sacrificing size at the 4 and going small. Not to mention the elder three point snipers in Terry and Pablo riding the pine and ready to be inserted on an as needed basis.  If this is where we're heading it is both an interesting and potentially extremely impressive move by Morey, whom I expect nothing less from.

                       

                      Lo and Behold everyone! The playmaking, shooting, defensive, starting PG we've all been pining for was right under our nose! He's just been starting at the 2 all season.


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                        Posted 20 February 2015 - 02:33 PM

                        If we are destined to play GSW at any point in the postseason, this move definitely increases our chances against them. McD, as was stated before has the speed and athleticism, and apparently the defensive chops to guard the PG through the SG spots. He's 6'6". Paired with 6'5" Harden, they absolutely can give that team fits. It helps to offset the advantage that 6'7" KT had on us if our smaller PG had to switch on him.

                         

                        Hell, I don't see any reason, now, why we can't slide Harden down to the "PG" spot permanently (since that is what he essentially is on our team), have Bev back him up off the bench (with Pablo as insurance) and run a wing rotation between Brewer, Ariza, KJ, and Papa. This way we give up zero size to anyone. Now we can field two energetic, defensive-minded, corner shooting wings on the floor at all times, whereas previously we could only do so by sacrificing size at the 4 and going small. Not to mention the elder three point snipers in Terry and Pablo riding the pine and ready to be inserted on an as needed basis.  If this is where we're heading it is both an interesting and potentially extremely impressive move by Morey, whom I expect nothing less from.

                         

                        Lo and Behold everyone! The playmaking, shooting, defensive, starting PG we've all been pining for was right under our nose! He's just been starting at the 2 all season.

                         

                        Great idea .. I just don't see McHale enough 'open minded' or flexible to do that...


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                          Posted 20 February 2015 - 02:35 PM


                          So, is Motiejunas really, REALLY (hmm, what?) the Rockets 3rd best player?

                          Sorry Trevor, sorry Patrick, sorry Josh and Corey, sorry whoever happens to be on in a particular night, you're at best, the 4th most important player this season for the Rockets.

                           

                           

                          Motie is clearly the second best player on Rockets...


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                            Posted 20 February 2015 - 06:40 PM

                            Agreed, I like your idea, Alituro, but also don't see McHale being open to giving that a shot.

                             

                            And Kings, to answer your question, he's a quite good 3PT shooter. I'll copy/paste a Knick's fan comment from reddit re/Prigioni:

                             

                            "He can shoot 3's. Can't penetrate, his release takes ages, but he's got a high IQ and you're gonna love how much of a sneaky bastard he is defensively despite being outclassed athletically by literally everyone.

                            When he does shoot 3's he shoots like 45%, just needs space"


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                            Posted 20 February 2015 - 06:44 PM

                            I like the moves, KC McDaniels is a fantastic pick(if we gonna keep him) and Canaan gets the opportunity to shine...

                             

                            Can someone enlighten me on Prigioni...I don't remember watching him much, except hes playing within himself, is he any good from 3 point range?

                             

                            Anyway I am not a fan of the mentality of 'look there's a shining object in the stream'... there are always hidden gems on your bench and in starting 5 if you manage to place the pieces of the puzzle right...whats the purpose of getting better players when you are underutilizing almost everyone on your roster...

                             

                            So, it seems you don't have much affinity for Coach McHale.  That horse has been beaten to death around here.  Outside of a few die hards, most McHale haters have come around to see that he is not nearly as bad as perceived and actually is proving quite adept at achieving his long term goals.

                             

                            You have already alluded to McHale not using his players properly.  Do you want to expound on this more?  It seems like a bit of a backseat driver/armchair quarterback thing.  It's all the same.  I disagree with much of what Rahat posted in his article, but one thing I don't disagree with is the infinite amount of knowledge and insight those within the organization have beyond our own. 

                             

                            Think about it.  Morey lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps analyzing and dissecting every single aspect of what it takes to win an NBA title.  I bet he has looked at the jerseys and pondered if a different type of stitching could give them an edge somehow.  No stone goes un-turned.  Yet, he is somehow blind to this issue with his head coach and highest paid player (who he spent years recruiting)?  What, you think he is so lost in minutiae that he can't see the forest for the trees?

                             

                            Let's consider that he has a squad of number crunching guys, some of the best basketball minds on the planet (Mchale, Bickerstaff, Dunn, Olajuwon, Dawson, etc.), and the players themselves who might know a thing or two about a thing or two.  The same way nobody walks into a doctor's office and starts telling them how to diagnose their patients (oh wait, ever since WebMD they do!) is the same way we should be viewing this.  As fans, we entitle ourselves beyond that line.  For myself, when I see, read, and hear that all of those guys from Les Alexander down to the towel boy are on board with the plan I feel safe going along with their expertise and not inserting my own "expertise" in its place.

                             

                            Still, I am happy to discuss it.  Yes, getting better post position/entry passes is good, but it's all about that one thing.  Pick n Roll.  From the opening tip until the final buzzer.  Pick.  Roll.  Pick.  Roll.

                             

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                            The reality is, McHale and staff don't coach with a heavy hand, my-way-or-the-highway, style.  Instead, they teach them the right way to do things.  They show them what it takes to win.  After that, it is up to the players to want to do it for themselves.  For each other.  Not because they were told to do it, but because they understand it is the right thing to do and they believe in it.  That has more value.  Listen to and read their interviews.  They have been saying the same things.  It is a process and that process is very much unfolding before our eyes in a highly successful way.

                             

                            Ever hear about a small military force that overcomes a much larger one?  We all have.  Is it not always the case where the large one was "just following orders" and the smaller one had a cause--a reason.  There is more power in that than people give credit to and I applaud McHale and his staff's commitment to building a team philosophy and identity through this.  In a league filled with talent, an edge like that is immeasurable.

                             

                            I have no doubt McHale knows the ins and outs of pick n roll strategy (the old saying of he's forgotten more about that then we'll ever know likely applies here).  If there is any blame to be placed, it falls squarely on one man's giant shoulders: Dwight Howard.  Dwight needs to pull a Josh Smith (who asked to come off the bench to better serve the team), and go to coach and say, "Yo, Coach!  Why don't we run more pick n rolls instead of some of those post ups I do?  I think our offense would work better if we did that."  That is what will create the change.  A Dwight Howard half-ass setting screens and half-ass rolling to the rim is not as effective as one might want it to be--and that's what you'd get if McHale said "my way or the highway"....oh, and you'd also have no Dwight as he would go somewhere else to play.

                             

                            Then we'd be like the sad sack OKC Thunder trying to convince ourselves that Enes Kanter is the answer.   :lol:   How about Mav's fans trying to get excited about Amar'e Stoudemire?  

                             

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                            Will he even be able to step on the court come playoff time?  I wouldn't bet on it.  His mid-range game has fallen off and his defense is the same as always.  He also needs to have one of these permanently affixed to his back:

                             

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                            I think we are in great shape now and moving forward.  Our only concern is getting our guys to gel and getting Dwight back as close to 100% as we can for the playoffs.  The reality is our 2nd unit is better than quite a few starting 5's in the NBA.  Rather than mortgage the farm for a PG Morey has produced a bumper crop of talent for our title run.  I think we have as good a chance as any team to get it done.  If we need a PG upgrade we can do that this Summer all without giving up picks and players to do it.

                             

                            I understand now better than ever why Morey went after Capela in last year's draft.  Aside from wanting to stash him in Europe, there is no greater asset than a game changing center--which Capela should become.  Look at Mozgov netting 2 first rounders.  Are you serious???  Morey is sitting on Motie until someone offers a bona fide star--more than Dragic.  Assuming Capela develops, he'll have another bullet in the chamber to keep us rolling along.

                             

                            As for the idea of Harden playing alongside Brewer, Ariza, and any combo of Jones, Smith, Motie, and Howard?  Yes.  Yes, yes, yes!  I think we will definitely see that line up (particularly Jones and Smith) against Golden State when they go small.  Jones sample size is small, but check out his numbers with different line ups:

                             

                             

                            That's good stuff  :).


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                              Posted 20 February 2015 - 07:06 PM

                              New Depth Chart (?)

                               

                              PG: Harden/Bev

                              SG: Brewer/ KJ

                              SF: Ariza/ Papa

                              PF: Jones/Smith

                              C: Howard/Motie

                               

                              I do SO like this, please, Kevin get it going now so they're polished come playoffs. So many variances that hold so many real possibilities in this new rotation. There is no team that will match up well with us. It's such a huge improvement over:

                               

                              PG: Bev/(?)

                               

                              If this is what Morey has been trying to do, then I 100% believe McHale will roll with it.. He's part of and on board with the "process" as much as any player.


                              Edited by Alituro, 20 February 2015 - 07:09 PM.

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                                Posted 20 February 2015 - 09:05 PM

                                I'm not sure Brewer is a good enough shooter to play next to Harden in the starting lineup, but I think I agree with everyone here - we're not going to see a "point guard" on the floor a lot the rest of the season, unless Beverly wakes up/gets healthy. 

                                 

                                I also absolutely believe Motiejunas needs to continue to start, but once Howard is healthy, against most teams one of them should be on the floor at all times. Sliding Smith up to the 5 has worked in spurts, but not for long periods of time.

                                 

                                I think if nothing else, yesterday's trades help us MATCH up better in the playoffs with multiple teams. With the West being a free-for-all, there is no telling who we will meet in the 1st or 2nd round. If playing Dallas in the 1st round, for example, you may see more Prigioni and less Beverly, just because Rondo is not an offensive threat. Probably more Smith and Jones and less Motiejunas, just because of Dirk. 

                                 

                                If it is Memphis, we'll go bigger, with a lot of Howard and Motiejunas and less Jones and Smith. Against Portland, Jones might not play a minute. Against Golden State, OKC, and LAC we'll have a variety of lineups to try. 

                                 

                                All I know is - get healthy Dwight! 


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                                #17 thejohnnygold

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                                Posted 20 February 2015 - 09:16 PM

                                I don't think Bev is getting bumped from the rotation by any means.  He will still be our starting "point guard" next to Harden.  He takes a lot of flack for his limited game, but he brings a lot to the table that people don't give him much credit for.

                                 

                                Those extra long 5 man units we're talking about will hopefully serve to help us open up big leads while our opponents are trying to rest their stars.

                                 

                                I would never confuse Corey Brewer for Korver or Redick, but he is a natural scorer who I think is ideal to take advantage of defenses over-playing Harden and leaving him open paths to the rim.


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                                #18 Alituro

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                                  Posted 20 February 2015 - 09:57 PM

                                  If Positions 1-3 are constantly covered by guys 6'5" - 6'8" Harden/Brewer/Ariza/Papa then when the PG is forced to switch because of a screen he is not so very outmatched as Bev is trying to close out on a shooting SF or PF. If those 3 positions are manned by essentially the same defensive guy then it will be very hard for opposing squads to create mismatches against ours. It would also bolster our defense allowing Brewer to excel where he does most... in transition.


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                                  #19 ale11

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                                  Posted 20 February 2015 - 10:52 PM

                                  I think the main reason Prigioni came to town it's because he is a good distributor. Even though he is not exactly a playmaker, you have some of those already on the bench: Smith can create a little, Jones with space can too, Brewer knows how to get open....what we needed was someone with high IQ that can give those guys an opportunity to get to their comfortable spots and do their thing.

                                   

                                  As much as I like Canaan, he is a SG in a PG body, he does not create for others. If you have good role players that can't create for themselves but can get you 10 points in a hurry if they get hot, you need someone that gets them the ball.

                                   

                                  Beverley will still be our starting PG, now we have someone adequate to play PG instead of asking the Jet to do that. I honestly preferred Calderon because of his percentages, but Prigioni isn't much worse as a shooter. He won't play much in the playoffs though, but he can be serviceable right now to lessen Harden's burden as a de-facto PG. I certainly have more faith in him as a ball handler than in Beverley.


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                                    Posted 20 February 2015 - 11:22 PM

                                    An exceptional post JonnyGold as always. Most fans believe that their ever so important opinions are somehow correct. They absolutely are not! Unless you have played/coached in the NBA you, like me, are absolutely clueless. The Rockets spend $7M a year on coaches. They hire the best in the business. As fans we can only ask a few questions about a coaches performance. Are his players happy? Do they buy into the offensive and defensive systems? Are they focused on winning? Are their any obvious points of contention? Do players want to play for the head coach? You get the drift.

                                     

                                    I will admit I am still enamored with the idea that CJ can possibly defend the opponents point guard. If he can, then Harden can "officially" become the point guard and Houston would have four interchangeable players between 6'6" and 6'9" who are decent to excellent defenders on the floor at one time (assuming Smith is on the floor.) That would allow for the Rockets to employ the most basic of NBA defenses. Except for the center, switch on every assignment. A coaches dream come true.

                                     

                                    The Rockets playoff hopes rest on Howard's recovery. If Howard is 100% come the playoffs Houston will have as good of a chance as any to bring home the chip. If not, well there is always next season. And god help any team that has to face the retooled OKC in the first round of the playoffs. OKC overtaking the Spurs for the seventh seed is not out of the question at this point.

                                     

                                    I sincerely doubt that Jones is 100% yet. He had months where his leg just atrophied. There again is cause for hope. The Rockets have suffered more egregiously from injury than any other playoff contender this season. Get well.


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