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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.
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@  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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Houston Rockets 114, Denver Nuggets 100: Bench Energy


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    Posted 08 March 2015 - 10:16 AM

    New post: Houston Rockets 114, Denver Nuggets 100: Bench Energy
    By: Paul McGuire

    Tonight was the fourth game in five nights for both Denver and Houston, and it showed. Both teams were tired and the fourth quarter was essentially garbage time for the starters.

     

    In a game like this, the team which strikes first can gain a quick, permanent advantage. But while the Nuggets started off strong at the beginning of both halves and grabbed an 11-point lead in the first quarter, the Houston bench and Corey Brewer rallied, punched the Nuggets in the mouth, and never looked back. Better energy and size meant that the Rockets pounded the ball inside and forced the Nuggets into jump shot after jump shot, something which the Nuggets announcers harped on endlessly.

     

    I have discussed Houston’s lack of size without Howard several times. But with Jusuf Nurkic nursing an ankle sprain, the Nuggets’ starting frontcourt was Faried and Gallinari. Such a lineup had no hope of keeping the Rockets out of the paint. Houston outscored Denver 48-36 there, and shot 24 free throws to 15.

     

    But it wasn’t just Harden who slashed into the paint over and over again. Corey Brewer was a relentless spark of energy in a game which lacked so much of that. He crashed the glass and hustled to 24 points on 16 shots, and rallied the Rockets after the Nuggets made their two initial runs. Harden and McHale made it clear: Brewer won the Rockets the game tonight.

     

    Jason Terry and Joey Dorsey can do some things, but Houston’s bench survives off of its midseason acquisitions of Brewer and Josh Smith. Smith commits too many mistakes to ever be part of the starting lineup, but his skills and athleticism helped a lot tonight as well. One thing I would observe about Smith is that he seems to have committed himself to the Moreyball “3 and layup” strategy. And while Smith’s three-point shooting has been problematic, it is not my biggest concern about his play. I worry more about how he forces too many risky plays while he has the ball. Just like Harden has a very high turnover rate for a shooting guard, so does Smith for a power forward.

     

    In addition to the bench, Jones and Motiejunas worked over the smaller Nuggets for a change. Motiejunas scored 18 points, but these did not come out of the post as often compared to his past games. Instead, he ran the floor and got into the right places for a Harden or Josh Smith pass. Given Motiejunas’s post struggles as of late, it is a good way for him to rebound. Jones did not score well, but I did not even notice that until I looked at the boxscore. He was everywhere tonight, especially on defense.

     

    Oh, and Harden had 28 points. Just another night for him.

     

    A victory over the Nuggets may not seem to be anything to boast about. However, Houston’s main rivals in the playoff seeding, Memphis and Portland, blew games against inferior competition tonight. It is a shame that the playoffs cannot start today, for the seeding as of today is perfect for the Rockets. Houston would avoid the Clippers and the Warriors for the first two rounds and face off against the Mavericks in the first. Oklahoma City is in to possibly knock off the Warriors as well.

     

    The Rockets are in third place, they have fewer games against +.500 teams than all but one of their Western Conference competitors (Los Angeles), and Harden’s MVP case looks as strong as ever. These past two games have been a good rebound from that ugly mess against Memphis.

     

    Now, for the first time since that horrible May night last year, the Rockets will return to Portland and the Rose Garden on Wednesday.


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