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@  redfaithful : (05 September 2015 - 10:48 PM) Llull line from today loss to Serbia: 30MIN 1-10PG, 0-5 3PG, 4-4FT 6AST, 1TO, 4REB, +/- -11
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:27 AM) this dude's gun fired and all he got a misdemeanor at bush lol: http://abc13.com/new...ush-iah/815795/
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:26 AM) theres more articles all over, but the jist is houston (and texas) doesn't really arrest for it, they just recommend you leave it in your car when they catch it. So seems dwight got lucky he was in texas and not cali or the NE.
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:22 AM) honestly we should just be glad they caught it...
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:21 AM) response: http://nymag.com/dai...n_airplane.html
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 01:42 AM) one bullet left in the chamber is diff than fully loaded and ready to go. Still stupid...but not like he was prepared for a shooting spree.
@  jorgeaam : (02 September 2015 - 09:33 PM) http://www.tmz.com/2...t-get-arrested/
@  jorgeaam : (02 September 2015 - 09:33 PM) So according to TMZ (I know, I know) Dwight Howard had an incident last month in which he took a loaded gun into an airport, but he was allowed to give it to a friend to take it back and wasn't arrested.
@  jorgeaam : (31 August 2015 - 10:45 PM) The Los Angeles Rockets, lol
@  redfaithful : (31 August 2015 - 09:51 PM) Seems that Chuck is also on his way to the Clippers.
@  slick shoes : (24 August 2015 - 06:14 PM) ill just leave this here...
@  slick shoes : (24 August 2015 - 06:14 PM) http://www.timeandda...04&font=cursive
@  timetodienow... : (21 August 2015 - 07:20 PM) At least in my opinion.
@  timetodienow... : (21 August 2015 - 07:20 PM) I love having Terry. But the main factor was that New Orleans will NOT compete for a championship this year and the Rockets will.
@  jorgeaam : (21 August 2015 - 03:57 AM) Things that make me like the JET even more
@  jorgeaam : (21 August 2015 - 03:57 AM) Jason Terry said that he turned down a more lucrative deal from New Orleans in order to return to Houston.
@  clydesmoustache : (19 August 2015 - 08:32 AM) A year ago who would have thought I would be so happy to have Jason Terry on my team. Welcome back JET! Hurry up October!
@  cointurtlemoose : (19 August 2015 - 04:45 AM) Terry I love yooouuuuuuuuu
@  jorgeaam : (19 August 2015 - 02:38 AM) Yay Terry is back!
@  majik19 : (15 August 2015 - 09:33 PM) and i thought these shouts were limited to some number of characters!

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Houston Rockets 124, Los Angeles Clippers 103: One more Game


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#1 Red94

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    Posted 13 May 2015 - 09:58 AM

    New post: Houston Rockets 124, Los Angeles Clippers 103: One more Game
    By: Paul McGuire

    There are few things that irritate me more  - whether about the Houston Rockets or otherwise - then when people talk about basketball players in terms of "heart" or "will." Everyone in the NBA playoffs wants to win. The Houston Rockets lost Games 3 and 4 to the Los Angeles Clippers primarily because of horrible defensive execution and a punch-drunk bench, not because of a lack of heart. There is nothing more to it.

     

    But tonight the Rockets did execute better, the Rockets shot better, and the Rockets played harder with their backs against the wall. And this time was yet another blowout, but in favor of the good guys. Harden dropped in a triple double along with 26 points, Howard thrived with DeAndre Jordan in foul trouble, and the result of the Rockets learned of this concept called "shooting." And now, there will be a Game 6.

     

    One of the most important things to take away from tonight are the adjustments which Kevin McHale did (and McHale has been criticized for not making adjustments.) It was not just the decision to start Josh Smith instead of Terrence Jones. Before tonight, McHale had placed Ariza on Paul, Terry on Redick, and Harden on Barnes. The problem is that Terry is too old and slow to keep up with Redick, who ran through screens and got easy shots.

     

    In Game 4, McHale placed Ariza on Redick and Terry on Paul. And Terry was not a total disaster against Paul. Paul did have an efficient 22 points and 10 assists, but Terry funneled Paul to Howard throughout the game and limited his shot attempts. Meanwhile, Ariza can chase Redick around, and Redick scored just 9 points on 3-12 shooting.

     

    Furthermore, sending Smith to the starting lineup was just as much about improving the bench as it was the starting lineup. We all know how Smith can do ridiculous things and goes for the high-risk pass or play if he is left in control of the ball too much. The Clippers have taken advantage of Smith's turnovers to get into transition, and that is something Houston cannot allow. By putting Smith in the starting lineup, Houston managed to avoid this.

     

    And while Blake Griffin had 30 points and 16 rebounds tonight, Smith did a better job on Griffin than Jones. Jones does not have the strength to battle with Griffin in the post. There was a possession in the third quarter when Griffin just backed Jones all the way from the mid-range area to besides the rim before taking the easy jump hook.

     

    Jones did much better off the bench, with 15 points on 8 shots. In fact, the Rockets as a whole did really well off the bench for once. Houston's improved defense made more opportunities in transition which Corey Brewer thrives off of. DeAndre Jordan's lack of minutes meant that Clint Capela did his dunk routine, including this monstrosity which reminded me of McGrady over Shawn Bradley.

     

    In Game 1, Blake Griffin beat the Rockets. Houston moved to slow down Blake Griffin by himself, but then the Clippers destroyed the Rockets with the Paul-Griffin pick and roll, transition play, and shooting. In Game 5, Houston moved to shut those opportunities down as well, and the Clippers collapsed on offense as the game progressed. I wonder whether Houston might be better off letting Griffin do his thing while focusing on shutting down Jordan crashing the glass as well their perimeter shooters.

     

    I do not think Houston can win both Games 6 and 7. Something will happen, whether it's a Chris Paul monster performance like he did against San Antonio in Game 7, or a Jamaal Crawford can hit everything he throws up game, or the Clippers as a unit shoot 50 percent or more from three. But after getting destroyed over and over again, Game 5 was important to avoid utter humiliation. The Rockets may have work to do in the offseason, but they are closer than we had thought they were after games 3 and 4.

     

    Also, something I will observe about Hack-a-Whoever: in what may be the final home game of the season for the Rockets, fans were leaving with three minutes left in the game. On one hand, it is frustrating given the reputation of Houston sports fans. But even though this game was over around the three to four minute mark, it still lasted almost three hours thanks to hacking. If it had been a close game, the length would have been even worse. Furthermore, all of this comes when there are numerous reports that the NBA is looking into shortening games, not lengthening them.

     

    When you consider that, is it really a surprise that our (more causal) fans left early? Hack-a-Whoever will probably be addressed this summer. The NBA is about entertainment. People can sniff "Make your free throws" all day long, but that is not going to stop less fanatical fans from switching the channel when DeAndre Jordan or Howard shoots his 20th free throw of the night.

     

    Finally: TNT reported at the end of the game that Harden had a cold of some kind. It does not appear to be too serious since he dropped a 26-11-10 game, but keep that in note for the next few days.


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    #2 NorEastern

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      Posted 13 May 2015 - 01:32 PM

      If a basketball player makes it to the NBA level and sticks they have all the heart they need. The entire process of making it to the NBA and then sticking around weeds out the weak.

       

      The key to last nights win was getting Jordan into foul trouble. Jordan is like Howard in that he makes points in the paint extremely difficult. McHale and his staff just said screw that and went to the paint repeatedly. The Clips cannot win often with Jordan sitting on the bench for 24 minutes because of foul trouble.

       

      After having thought about it, the Rockets miss D-Mo a lot because he is a low variance player. He brings about the same 12/5 in 30 minutes every night while playing intelligent defense with a huge body. Jones/Smith are very high variance players. And the Rockets beyond the arc offense is by definition high variance.

       

      Game six is going to require the Rockets coaching staff to yet again innovate. Doc will adjust to the Rockets game five strategy. We will see.


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        Posted 13 May 2015 - 03:05 PM

        Attack attack attack! 

         

        After watching 5 games, I have decided there is one and only one key to this series - get Deandre Jordan in foul trouble by attacking. Even Howard's low efficiency post ups can work toward that purpose. The Clippers cannot contend with our starting lineup when Jordan is out. Period. 

         

        (I do realize I'm oversimplifying, but that really has been the biggest factor in this series. The second biggest factor has been our inability to guard the fast break, but part of that is mitigated when Jordan is out and not able to gobble up the rebounds.) 


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        #4 NorEastern

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          Posted 13 May 2015 - 03:18 PM

          Attack attack attack! 

           

          After watching 5 games, I have decided there is one and only one key to this series - get Deandre Jordan in foul trouble by attacking. Even Howard's low efficiency post ups can work toward that purpose. The Clippers cannot contend with our starting lineup when Jordan is out. Period. 

           

          (I do realize I'm oversimplifying, but that really has been the biggest factor in this series. The second biggest factor has been our inability to guard the fast break, but part of that is mitigated when Jordan is out and not able to gobble up the rebounds.) 

          No need to make it more complex than it is. You are not over simplifying this matter. Jordan off the court and the Rockets can win.


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            Posted 13 May 2015 - 04:07 PM

            After having thought about it, the Rockets miss D-Mo a lot because he is a low variance player. He brings about the same 12/5 in 30 minutes every night while playing intelligent defense with a huge body. Jones/Smith are very high variance players. And the Rockets beyond the arc offense is by definition high variance.

             

            Been thinking that exact same thing all series. Both of them are so up and down, while DMo was pretty dang steady. Plus, he gives a little more spacing when he spots up as well.


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            #6 Mario Peña

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            Posted 13 May 2015 - 07:53 PM

            Inside out, it's that simple. It's the postseason.
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              Posted 13 May 2015 - 09:24 PM

              DMO needs to go tonya harding on Jordan's kneecaps.


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                Posted 14 May 2015 - 07:55 AM

                Pressure the point (a slightly hobbled CP) on defense, don't let him get their shooters in rhythm.  On offense push in transition; play downhill.  I wouldn't expect Jordan to get in foul trouble again, as the Clips will watch game films and they will adjust.  But, I think that the Rockets have a decent chance of taking this series.  There are 4 playoff series going on right now, and all of them are 3-2.  Houston is just one of the four teams down 3-2, and the odds are that one of those teams will come back to win their series - it's not over.


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                  Posted 14 May 2015 - 12:38 PM

                  The only way the Rockets win tonight is if they play their game. Wide Open 3's, Fast Break Layups and Dunks, Harden's Shotmaking and Playmaking Abilities at full tilt and pressure defense. It doesn't matter what the Clippers do if the Rockets are at their best.


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                    Posted 14 May 2015 - 02:43 PM

                    I repeat - get Deandre Jordan in foul trouble by going at him over and over again, whether it's Dwight or Harden. Then we win. 


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                    Posted 14 May 2015 - 03:48 PM

                    Even when DJ was on the court in game 5, his impact wasn't nearly as large as any of the Clips wins. The biggest difference I saw was better transition defense, tight perimeter defense, everyone rebounded (Harden with 10+), and they didn't act scared of the paint even when DJ was on the floor.

                     

                    Edit...

                    Looked at box score. Other starters averaged +/- of -8.5     DJ was a flat zero. Considering he played half the game and they lost by 21, maybe he did alright.


                    Edited by RocketMan, 14 May 2015 - 03:57 PM.

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                      Posted 15 May 2015 - 08:01 AM

                      New post: Houston Rockets 124, Los Angeles Clippers 103: One more Game
                      By: Paul McGuire



                      There are few things that irritate me more  - whether about the Houston Rockets or otherwise - then when people talk about basketball players in terms of "heart" or "will." Everyone in the NBA playoffs wants to win. The Houston Rockets lost Games 3 and 4 to the Los Angeles Clippers primarily because of horrible defensive execution and a punch-drunk bench, not because of a lack of heart. There is nothing more to it.

                       

                       

                       

                       

                      http://www.youtube.c...h?v=5-1jgNhopNo


                      Edited by SadLakerFan, 15 May 2015 - 08:03 AM.

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                      Posted 15 May 2015 - 03:11 PM

                       

                       


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