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@  majik19 : (25 October 2015 - 08:26 PM) also read the Zach Lowe article - he's definitely drinking the kool-aid, and for good reason! I don't know if we're the biggest regular season threat (howard's health), but I think we are in the playoffs.
@  majik19 : (25 October 2015 - 08:25 PM) Sad about Saunders... seems sudden, though I knew he had fought on and off with cancer.
@  jorgeaam : (25 October 2015 - 06:41 PM) RIP Flip Saunders, sad day for basketball
@  YaoMan : (23 October 2015 - 04:49 PM) Zach Lowe seems to think the Rox are the biggest threat to GSW: http://grantland.com...-16-nba-season/
@  cointurtlemoose : (23 October 2015 - 04:36 PM) Hey if yall want a good podcast to listen to, find the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast on Itunes, Rahat just did a Rockets preview with the host.
@  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

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Houston Rockets 96, Atlanta Hawks 104: Close, but no cigar


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#1 Red94

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    Posted 04 March 2015 - 01:06 PM

    New post: Houston Rockets 96, Atlanta Hawks 104: Close, but no cigar
    By: Mitchell Felker

    Tuesday night in Atlanta, the Houston Rockets were missing suspended James Harden and injured Dwight Howard, on the road, against the best team in the Eastern Conference.

     

    Although not through the NBA's typical scheduling process, this was as much of a "schedule loss" as the Rockets will face all season.  And yet, Kevin McHale had Daryl Morey's motley crew kicking and clawing (and for a long stretch, beating) the East-leading Atlanta Hawks.  But when things slowed down in the fourth, and the Rockets couldn't get out on the break, Atlanta choked-out Houston's wily offense and put the game away.

     

    The Rockets missed Harden, definitely, but it's not like they were punchless.   The Rockets led by 9 at the end of the first, 14 at halftime and 9 again going into the third quarter, mainly thanks to some wizard interior passing and a throwback Jason Terry performance.  Terrence Jones (18 pts, 8 rebs, 2 ast, 3 blk) was an absolute menace in the paint, causing Hawks great and color commentator Dominique Wilkins to gush over him multiple times down the court.  Terry (21 pts on 8-13 shooting, 4-8 from 3) carried the Rockets through the middle of the game, scoring 20 of his 21 points in the second and third quarters.  But while JET and TJ were definitely the stars of the game for the Rockets, they combined for a +/- of minus-25 for the game.

     

    Donatas Motiejunas looked like a force in the middle for stretches, and a huge liability at others.  He had several beautiful post moves, and along with Houston's other big men, made multiple pinpoint passes for scores.  But there were also times when D-Mo couldn't stop letting his man score, especially Al Horford.  And once again, Motiejunas missed several bunnies around the rim, continuing what's become a troubling trend.

     

    Josh Smith, back in Atlanta, was in typical hot-and-cold form.  At one point Smith got a fortunate bounce off the rim to sink a three-pointer, forcing Atlanta to call timeout.  As he jogged back to the Rockets' bench,  Smith held a finger to his mouth, beckoning Hawks fans in attendance to quiet down.  Shortly after, Smith hit a three in transition, again inviting the crowd to have a seat.  But from that point on Smith seemed like he was pressing, turning the ball over multiple possessions, fouling unnecessarily, and missing 3-4 shot attempts in the fourth.

     

    Jeff Teague had what had to be the quietest 25 points of the season, with a very James Harden-esque shooting performance (7-12 FG, 9-11 FT).  Dennis Schoeder added 16 pts, 4 rebs and 8 ast off the bench, while Paul Milsap and Horford combined for 34 points and 22 rebounds.  The Hawks missed seemingly every momentum-swinging, run-capping shot they took until the fourth quarter when they dropped 32 on Houston.

     

    If you ever wondered how the Rockets would look without Harden's one-0n-one skills, last night was your answer.  There were times when the offense was electric.  Fast breaks, swing passes - the ball bouncing around like hot potato - usually ending with an easy lay-in.  And there were times when it was chaotic, sometimes aimless and oftentimes reckless.

     

    Harden's steady left hand at the helm would have probably gotten the W, but it was kinda nice to see what the rest of the Rockets could do when left to there own devices.  The Rockets' B-squad stood toe-to-toe in the center of the ring with one hand tied behind their back, and took every punch the Beast from the East had, losing a close decision.  We got to see what the rest of the Rockets were made of, and Harden got a good night's rest heading into a tough matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night. Things could be worse for Houston.


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    #2 Alituro

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      Posted 04 March 2015 - 01:38 PM

      We've definitely had more disappointing losses. I was concerned who was going to run the show in the back court last night with our star playmaker gone. Beverley and Pablo had a solid outing in that aspect combining for 12 assists with only 3 TOs. One thing I did notice was that Ariza, Brewer and D-mo seemed a little jittery. D-mo's little bunnies that he missed and all of the missed shots from the left corner (we missed all of them) were all rushed. Harden's presence is a calming influence on this team.


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      #3 iiLLmAticc

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        Posted 04 March 2015 - 04:27 PM

        I was mostly happy with what I saw. Nice to know that we can survive against the best without our two highest paid guys. We all know injuries and playoff adversity is the norm. Games like this help you win championships down the road. 


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