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Houston Rockets 98, Toronto Raptors 76: Leave it to Brewer

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 22 February 2015 - 04:23 AM

    New post: Houston Rockets 98, Toronto Raptors 76: Leave it to Brewer
    By: Forrest Walker

    The circle is unbroken. It doesn't seem possible to beat a team coming off a bad loss the day before, and Houston paid the pain forward from Dallas to Toronto. It was as ugly a game as you're likely to see between two games on the second night of respective back to backs, but in the end it became a Houston blowout, paving the way for unlikely minutes played by new Rockets Pablo Prigioni and KJ McDaniels. Both teams spent the first half fumbling and stumbling, but the Rockets came out with energy in the second half, inspired by Corey Brewer, who apparently bought some VC and raised his stats at halftime.


    How good was Corey Brewer tonight? He leg the team in scoring (26), field goals (12), field goals attempted (19), minutes (35) and steals (5!!!) and was one short of a team high in rebounds with 10. He was everywhere, knew everything and did everything. Sure, he had three turnovers, but each team had a revolting 23 turnovers each, and with the sheer amount of awesome basketball Brewer was playing, that's a small price to play. He took advantage of a tired team and he brought the Rockets that spark and that tenacity that Houston expects from their new, high-power bench. The Raptors are a good team, and a deep team, and they were obliterated by Houston's bench unit.


    Speaking of the bench unit, Josh Smith and Terrence Jones continued their recent trend with very good games in the circumstance. Nobody could hit anything, but Smith and Jones managed 8 points on 7 shots and 11 points on 9 shots respectively, with Smith grabbing 5 boards and Jones pulling down 9. They had three blocks... each. They're not Dwight Howard, but they're both athletic, fast, and big enough to switch and help in most situations. If one of them isn't coming for your shot, the other is. Terrence Jones should get an honorary headband, because he's joining in the party and his reserve contributions are going to be critical for Houston's playoff run.


    The bench wasn't the only group getting it done tonight, however. In the third quarter the Rockets came alive and snuffed out the Raptors hopes to close the period up 15 after starting with a mere 4 point lead. The third quarter was keyed by James Harden's offensive explosion, scoring 16 of his 20 points in that quarter alone. He earned a lot of rest by effectively closing the game in the third, and by facilitating others. His 7 assists have become just another Saturday for Harden, as with his 5 rebounds. Even his two steals don't move the needle any more, and without this level of easy excellence, Houston would be sunk.


    The Rockets couldn't hit their open threes again this game, but at least they had the excuse of dead legs. When they did finally hit a few to climb to 20.7% on the night, it put the game away because they'd made up for their ugly offense on the defensive end. 23 turnovers is simply horrible, but it's a lot less horrible if you force the other team into matching that number. Houston's defense was aggressive and on-point all night, and quite simply it kept them in the game long enough for the offense to come around.


    After a bad loss against a good team, it's always heartening to see a gutty win against a good team, and that's just what the Rockets brought us tonight. Corey Brewer remains a genius pickup for Houston, and if he can have more games like this, the Rockets might just make it somewhere. It's good to know that even if Harden is having a so-so evening, sometimes you can just leave it to Brewer.

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    #2 King's Gambit Accepted

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      Posted 22 February 2015 - 12:40 PM

      Honorable mention D-Mo double-double.... Mchale continues to use him out of position shooting 3s instead of doing what hes the best in NBA....what an irony... or perhaps jealousy from mchale...


      btw will mchale ever get in his head that layups are more efficient than 3s?

      Edited by King's Gambit Accepted, 22 February 2015 - 12:41 PM.

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      Posted 22 February 2015 - 03:18 PM

      Honorable mention D-Mo double-double.... Mchale continues to use him out of position shooting 3s instead of doing what hes the best in NBA....what an irony... or perhaps jealousy from mchale...


      btw will mchale ever get in his head that layups are more efficient than 3s?





      You should just copy+paste these posts  :lol:


      Come on, King's Gambit, are you really going to rail on McHale every time D-Mo doesn't get the ball in the post 20+ times a game?  Should we play him 48 minutes a game and feed him the ball every possession?  Were you upset when Motie led the fast break and finished with the nice assist instead of taking it to the hole himself?


      How can you possibly be upset with Motie taking a couple of threes a game?  He shot 40% across the months of Dec. and Jan. combined.  Yeah, that sounds horrible.....to Kyle Korver.  His three point shooting drags bigs out of the lane and opens it up for guys to drive to the hoop for your favorite shot--the lay up.


      He hasn't shot the three very well in Feb., but I say let him keep taking them.  By the way, he averages 1.6 three point attempts per game--nothing to stress out about.


      As far as lay ups being better than threes....do you not know where you are?  Check the archives of this website and you will find enough discussion, dissection, and research to teach a specialty statistics class at the local community college on the efficiency of shooting the basketball.  The reality is, just as McHale said when asked about shooting efficiency, "it depends on who's shooting it....".


      Korver shooting a three is better than Motie posting up.  Motie shooting a three is better than Omer Asik shooting a lay-up...by quite a bit, actually.  Context matters.


      By the way, there is a hidden value in jacking threes--fewer turnovers.  The occasional bad pass happens, but for the most part you can at least count on getting a shot off.  On the other hand, post ups and drives to the basket result in turnovers far more often which, when measured on a per possession basis and not just field goal attempts, diminishes the overall value of that offensive strategy.


      The aim is to balance the offense, and I like the way we are headed.  If Beverley and Ariza weren't in the funkiest of funks we'd be blasting people like Golden State does so often.  I'm not too worried about this.  Ariza is a 44% career playoff three point shooter and Bev hits at 32%.  I predict they will rise to the occasion when it matters.  (I know Bev's 32% isn't brag-worthy, but it's better than the 23% he's been shooting in Feb.  For the season, he has actually held around league average.)


      My advice is get used to it.  McHale signed a three year extension.  Motie isn't getting traded unless Durant, Davis, or Westbrook is on the other end of that deal (probably a few others, but you get the idea).  I guess you will just have to sit back and suffer through watching D-Mo continue to improve and grow as a player in spite of McHale's idiocy.


      By the way, how cool is it that (outside of Howard) our entire front court can legitimately lead a fast break and finish/make the right pass?  :wub:

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        Posted 23 February 2015 - 06:11 AM

        So he shot pretty bad, but I thought Beverly looked really good on the defensive end. He absolutely hounded Lowry, got inside of his head, and effectively removed their best player from the game. Encouraging to see amidst the slump!


        On the previous gamethread I lamented the fact that it seems when we shoot poorly, we never find a way to get over it and compete/win. This game turned that criticism on its head and I loved it. When the shots weren't falling, we locked up on D and everyone (especially Brewer, bless him) seemed super eager to run in transition. Makes me think that the more we make stifling D and fast breaking our M.O., the better!

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          Posted 23 February 2015 - 08:25 PM

          By the way, how cool is it that (outside of Howard) our entire front court can legitimately lead a fast break and finish/make the right pass?  :wub:


          That was pretty cool to watch D-Mo lead a break! TJ, J-Smoove and D-Mo all have some decent handles for big guys...

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