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@  majik19 : (25 January 2016 - 04:58 PM) it wasn't even close. It helped for sure that the shots were falling (if those 3s weren't falling, would we have gotten all mopey?) but man that was a great quarter.
@  Sir Thursday : (24 January 2016 - 11:22 PM) Easily the most fun I've had watching a Rockets game this year :).
@  Sir Thursday : (24 January 2016 - 11:21 PM) Oh man, that 4th quarter was special
@  thejohnnygold : (24 January 2016 - 10:35 PM) Amazing the difference Josh Smith is making on both ends of the floor.
@  Sir Thursday : (23 January 2016 - 03:42 AM) Majik - he's on the veteran's minimum so you're allowed to sign him no matter what your cap situation is.
@  Cooper : (22 January 2016 - 10:00 PM) Good to have Smith back, Blatt would be interesting, firing him makes no sense unless Bron wanted him out.
@  majik19 : (22 January 2016 - 09:23 PM) so... anyone interested in Eric Blatt? I am SHOCKED they fired him.
@  thejohnnygold : (22 January 2016 - 08:02 PM) @Mario--that is a funny thought. Smith and Howard's friendship is important and may help reinvigorate the entire team. I'm pretty excited about this.
@  Mario Peña : (22 January 2016 - 07:15 PM) Glad to see Smith back, the Rockets needed an irrational confidence frontline guy. Could we see a Josh Smith trickle down effect to Harden on defense, Brew everywhere and others. Kind of crazy to think that Smith is a glue guy for this team.
@  majik19 : (22 January 2016 - 05:28 PM) on a general note, I'm really glad he's back given all of our injuries right now - Motie, Dwight, and Harrell all unlikely (or worse) to play tonight
@  majik19 : (22 January 2016 - 05:14 PM) Can someone help me understand how this works with the cap? I thought we were hard capped.
@  txtdo1411 : (22 January 2016 - 03:48 PM) Oh I agree, I wanted Josh back before this season (admittedly I didn't think it hurt/helped much either way), but there is a definite "bad" Josh side of him that can be painful to watch. Just like how the Rockets can look so good one minute, and so bad the next. Josh fits in perfectly. I will say, the things he does well consistently, defense and rebounding, are two huge areas of need right now.
@  Sir Thursday : (22 January 2016 - 03:43 PM) Nah, come on, JSmoove was actually pretty consistent for us towards the end of last year.
@  txtdo1411 : (22 January 2016 - 03:42 PM) In all seriousness though, he should be a net positive like he was last year. Especially with the injuries to D-Mo and Dwight.
@  txtdo1411 : (22 January 2016 - 03:41 PM) If the Rox weren't already volatile enough, they just added the most volatile guy in the league.
@  Sir Thursday : (22 January 2016 - 03:32 PM) (Plus it means we don't have to rely on the TJ the Mercurial)
@  Sir Thursday : (22 January 2016 - 03:32 PM) Cool! He'll be useful. We needed someone who knows what their doing defending pick-and-roll coverage.
@  thenit : (22 January 2016 - 03:29 PM) Sooooo we got Josh back
@  thenit : (21 January 2016 - 07:50 AM) 2nd worse on +- rating on the team .
@  majik19 : (21 January 2016 - 04:10 AM) amazing that Harden can have a 33/17/14 line and still be -11. Also, that he can have that line - and we lose.

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#141 thejohnnygold

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 02:29 AM

I believe that these guys all have the potential to be starters. 

Johnson certainly shows the defensive chops, but in a league defined by spacing and shooting, can he play offense well enough to stay on the floor?

McDaniels is similar. Love the athleticism, but we've seen it before. Can he be efficient enough to play? 

Dekker I'll reserve judgment on. Harrell dropped to the second round for a reason, but yes, I see what you see.

Capela looks like the best of the bunch to me, but he doesn't need a jump shot. He just needs to be Tyson Chandler light. 

 

I hope it's not coming off as argumentative. I want to believe just as much as you. I think I'm also feeling a little bit bitter as of late, remembering that we picked Marcus Morris over Kawhi Leonard. 

 

Not argumentative at all.  Just for clarity, know that I am not saying we should rely on all of these guys as our primary back ups for next season.  I am saying that if we had to we'd be ok.  Is Beverley/Johnson worse than Terry/Prigioni?  Is Motie/Jones worse than Smith/Jones?

 

I think that by season's end we'll be feeling really good about this team.  I think we all know Morey has a list of PG's and what he is willing to part with for each one.  If any of those deals become viable he'll pull the trigger.

 

The reality is that right now each of those guys comes in 3rd on the depth chart at best (Motie is probably considered our back-up C and assuming Smith re-signs Jones is 3rd at PF).  That is a really, really good sign and the exact way things should look.  


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#142 Chichos

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    Posted 07 July 2015 - 03:06 PM

    Does anyone see Josh McRoberts as  possible Josh Smith replacement?  He is basically a poor man's Josh Smith and will probably command roughly the same salary at 5 mil a year.  But with McRoberts you also get fewer of the crazy low basketball IQ plays.  I think you can still run a lot of the same playmaking 4 stuff they ran with Smith, most sets involved defenses already tilted in another direction once Smith got the ball.  If McRob is available for a 2nd round pick or two it seems like a no brainer.


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    Posted 07 July 2015 - 06:06 PM

    Does anyone see Josh McRoberts as  possible Josh Smith replacement?  He is basically a poor man's Josh Smith and will probably command roughly the same salary at 5 mil a year.  But with McRoberts you also get fewer of the crazy low basketball IQ plays.  I think you can still run a lot of the same playmaking 4 stuff they ran with Smith, most sets involved defenses already tilted in another direction once Smith got the ball.  If McRob is available for a 2nd round pick or two it seems like a no brainer.

     

    As long as he plays like this, I'm in:

     


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      Posted 07 July 2015 - 07:31 PM

      The heat are looking to duck the repeater tax, Papa and a 2nd for mcbob or papa for chalmers would be solid frugal moves, neither are world beaters but mcbob does some nice things and chalmers is under 35 which is a nice change of pace for what we had at backup pg.


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      Posted 08 July 2015 - 06:06 AM

      Does anyone see Josh McRoberts as  possible Josh Smith replacement?  He is basically a poor man's Josh Smith and will probably command roughly the same salary at 5 mil a year.  But with McRoberts you also get fewer of the crazy low basketball IQ plays.  I think you can still run a lot of the same playmaking 4 stuff they ran with Smith, most sets involved defenses already tilted in another direction once Smith got the ball.  If McRob is available for a 2nd round pick or two it seems like a no brainer.

       

      McRoberts and JSmoove are on different levels defensively though...and not in McRoberts favor. Offensively sure he could replace him, but thats not really Smith's strongpoint and it is for McRoberts...which i think is the point.


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      Posted 08 July 2015 - 02:53 PM

      Yeah, in the Western Conference a defensive presence at PF is crucial (which is the sole reason most of us want to shop T. Jones).  We all know the list of names and Josh McRoberts is not the answer.  Offensively, he would give us some good floor spacing/passing, but can he defend Griffin, Z-Bo, Aldridge, Dirk, Favors, Morris, Davis, Green, Cousins, Fareid, and others every night?  I don't think so.  (who can, really?)

       

      Maybe T.Jones spent the Summer working on his defense--we can only hope.


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      #147 slick shoes

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      Posted 08 July 2015 - 04:35 PM

      Seems like the Pacers are in full fledged destroy and rebuild mode. What (if any) package would we have to put together to pull Paul George down to a relevant team? Dekker, Jones, Papa, future picks for George?


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      #148 cointurtlemoose

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        Posted 08 July 2015 - 05:22 PM

        ^How are the Pacers in full-fledged, destroy and rebuild mode?

         

        They lost out on Hibbert and West, but gained Monta, addressing their biggest need of extra creation on offense.


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        #149 majik19

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          Posted 08 July 2015 - 06:54 PM

          Seems like the Pacers are in full fledged destroy and rebuild mode. What (if any) package would we have to put together to pull Paul George down to a relevant team? Dekker, Jones, Papa, future picks for George?

           

          They're building around George, much like the Trailblazers are rebuilding around Lillard. No way they trade him. And if they did, they would need a top 5 pick in the deal (think the Wiggins for Love deal, or the rumored #2 (Russell) for Cousins deal). 

           

          I don't expect George Hill to be available either, because he and Ellis actually complement each other well in the backcourt. 

           

          I do wonder if Brandon Jennings will become available with Reggie Jackson's max extension. Ty Lawson is still my number 1 choice of the point guards who are potentially available. 


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          #150 slick shoes

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          Posted 08 July 2015 - 07:15 PM

          ^How are the Pacers in full-fledged, destroy and rebuild mode?

           

          They lost out on Hibbert and West, but gained Monta, addressing their biggest need of extra creation on offense.

           

          The Heat Stopper team that was built has essentially been dismantled. Two of their "marquee" players were just dealt, signed by other teams. They gained an offensive creator, but what did they lose defensively? I know that West was the emotional leader of that team as well.

           

          The reason I even pose the question is that I look at the current situation in Indiana.PG is trying to make a come back from his leg injury. He has lost two of his leading cast members, essentially making them irrelevant (even in the barren Eastern Conference). Does PG really want to waste three or four years of his prime while he waits for Larry The Legend to put some talent around him? Does he want run out of patience and call his close friend James Harden and ask about the potential of playing together in Houston and demand a trade Kevin Love style? I do not claim this to be a likely scenario by any means, but adding him to our current line up (sans the three or four players/picks we give up) is quite an exciting thought.

           

          PG- Bev

          SG- Harden

          SF- PG

          PF- DMo

          C- Howard

           

          Just sayin!


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          #151 cointurtlemoose

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            Posted 08 July 2015 - 08:42 PM

            I mean, I wouldn't hate it at all!

             

            We may just disagree on the Pacers' status. I don't think the West/Hibbert loss is super big. It's significant, but not crippling. Plus, they almost made the playoffs last season without PG at all. I think they'll be in the 6/7 seed range.


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            #152 majik19

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              Posted 09 July 2015 - 12:29 AM

              I mean, I wouldn't hate it at all!

               

              We may just disagree on the Pacers' status. I don't think the West/Hibbert loss is super big. It's significant, but not crippling. Plus, they almost made the playoffs last season without PG at all. I think they'll be in the 6/7 seed range.

               

              I agree. I'd put them 10th at best in the West, but in the East? George alone is enough to get them into the playoffs. 


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                Posted 09 July 2015 - 02:52 PM

                Whelp, that was a weird day in NBA history. I can't blame Jordan for wanting to return to LA... but man, I'm disappointed in him as a former Aggie. Wouldn't even give Cuban the courtesy of telling him he wasn't going to sign with him. 

                 

                So that changes the Western landscape pretty dramatically. The Clippers are back to being contenders (though they still have no frontcourt depth and I'm not sold on their wing rotation) and the Mavs will dip to the lottery. So I think the West shapes up like this:

                 

                1) Warriors

                2) Spurs

                3) Clippers

                4) Rockets

                5) Thunder

                6) Grizzlies

                7) Pelicans

                8) Jazz

                 

                I expect 2-6 to be really jumbled (again) and could finish in any order. Spurs may rest more games (though that burned them last year), so they could finish lower. The Clippers should rest more games, since they only have 7 legitimate basketball players, but again, they only have 7 players. 

                 

                The Jazz may be a surprise pick here, but they played really well in the second half, and I think they have more talent than the Trailblazers, Suns, Mavs, or Kings. But I could see scenarios where any one of those teams makes the playoffs (except maybe the Mavs). Lillard could lift up the second tier talent on the Blazers, the Brandon Knight/Eric Bledsoe duo could be better than I think, George Karl could somehow work black magic... 


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                #154 slick shoes

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                Posted 09 July 2015 - 03:22 PM

                Whelp, that was a weird day in NBA history. I can't blame Jordan for wanting to return to LA... but man, I'm disappointed in him as a former Aggie. Wouldn't even give Cuban the courtesy of telling him he wasn't going to sign with him. 

                 

                So that changes the Western landscape pretty dramatically. The Clippers are back to being contenders (though they still have no frontcourt depth and I'm not sold on their wing rotation) and the Mavs will dip to the lottery. So I think the West shapes up like this:

                 

                1) Warriors

                2) Spurs

                3) Clippers

                4) Rockets

                5) Thunder

                6) Grizzlies

                7) Pelicans

                8) Jazz

                 

                I expect 2-6 to be really jumbled (again) and could finish in any order. Spurs may rest more games (though that burned them last year), so they could finish lower. The Clippers should rest more games, since they only have 7 legitimate basketball players, but again, they only have 7 players. 

                 

                The Jazz may be a surprise pick here, but they played really well in the second half, and I think they have more talent than the Trailblazers, Suns, Mavs, or Kings. But I could see scenarios where any one of those teams makes the playoffs (except maybe the Mavs). Lillard could lift up the second tier talent on the Blazers, the Brandon Knight/Eric Bledsoe duo could be better than I think, George Karl could somehow work black magic... 

                 

                 

                I agree with your seeding for the most part, but I'd throw Houston in at #3 and the Clippers at #4 for the reasons you mentioned. If we can manage a relatively healthy roster for a good portion of the season, we should be able to cap 58 ish wins. The Clips have tweaked their roster, but not made a significant jump ala San Antonio. I would also move the Griz up one spot to the 5 seed and drop the Thunder to #6. No real reason for the latter prediction, just going off gut.


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                #155 Chichos

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                  Posted 09 July 2015 - 04:46 PM

                  McRoberts and JSmoove are on different levels defensively though...and not in McRoberts favor. Offensively sure he could replace him, but thats not really Smith's strongpoint and it is for McRoberts...which i think is the point.

                   

                  I think DMo is our starting power forward once the season starts.  The discussion should be more along the lines of who is your first big off the bench going to be.  I think the decision you make with Smith is more does he help you more than he hurts you.  You make that decision with every player but with Smith it is literally a coin flip every night.  Do you sign JSmoov for 4 years at the MLE knowing his athleticism is already declining or do you take on the 2 years of McRob and bet Capela is ready by the end of year 2?  

                   

                  In a vaccuum I think everybody takes Smith over McRob for next year but Smith isn't signing a 2 year deal or even a 3 year deal without player options.  I would rather have a stop gap for a year and then a tradeable asset on a cheap expiring deal to flip if Capela figures it out a year early.


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                    Posted 09 July 2015 - 05:28 PM

                      The discussion should be more along the lines of who is your first big off the bench going to be. 

                    The first big off the bench should be Capela. No way Howard should play more than 30 minutes a night, and Capela does a lot of Howard-lite things. 


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                    #157 Chichos

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                      Posted 09 July 2015 - 06:14 PM

                      The first big off the bench should be Capela. No way Howard should play more than 30 minutes a night, and Capela does a lot of Howard-lite things. 

                      The issue with Capela is he can't shoot.  So defensively he adds a lot playing next to Howard but offensively you lose even more, since you keep both bigs around the basket to clog driving lanes.  Capela needs a least a year to learn how to cut and hopefully add a corner three.  Right now he should be the fourth big playing 8-12 minutes a night.  

                       

                      I do agree with Howard topping out in the low 30s on mpg.  The Rockets need to figure out two or three second unit options sans Howard.  They got torched by Golden State every second Dwight wasn't "Orlando Dwight."  


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                      #158 cointurtlemoose

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                        Posted 09 July 2015 - 06:48 PM

                        I think DMo is our starting power forward once the season starts.  The discussion should be more along the lines of who is your first big off the bench going to be.  I think the decision you make with Smith is more does he help you more than he hurts you.  You make that decision with every player but with Smith it is literally a coin flip every night.  Do you sign JSmoov for 4 years at the MLE knowing his athleticism is already declining or do you take on the 2 years of McRob and bet Capela is ready by the end of year 2?  

                         

                        In a vaccuum I think everybody takes Smith over McRob for next year but Smith isn't signing a 2 year deal or even a 3 year deal without player options.  I would rather have a stop gap for a year and then a tradeable asset on a cheap expiring deal to flip if Capela figures it out a year early.

                         

                        I see what you're saying, and I don't disagree that much, but to me, a 2015-signed MLE, with the cap rising, will be pretty dang cheap. I just don't see much harm in giving Smith that money and letting him come off the bench for 15-20 min. He is on the decline maybe a tad, but it's the same timeline as Howard: they've probably got another 2-3 solid/reliable years in them, for what they do.

                         

                        I really could go either way on Smith.


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                          Posted 09 July 2015 - 10:04 PM

                          Capela is howard's backup, they don't need to play together. He is raw but the last thing I'm worried about is his shooting. Sure, it would help, but there are bigger priorities for him right now.

                           

                          On a side note: I'm sad that the clippers still have jordan, but the way he screwed the mavs got him up a few spots on my favourite non-Rockets player list.


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                          Posted 09 July 2015 - 11:09 PM

                          I don't see us resigning Josh Smith or Terry Porter. With that mindset we are postioned to do some trading of younger players, added w/T Jones to trade for some kind of whomever or just stand pat right there. we are still a good to great team if everyone stays healthy. you know the Spurs are a lot older team and will have more than their share of key injuries keeping the playing field more fair and level. I conceed nothing to them other than D West giving up $10 million that he will need some day down the road. We were never going to get Aldridge. We have done as much right as we can for now. No wrongs. 

                           

                           

                          P.S. Jordan was an underachieving whimp for one season at Texas A & M and now we know his word is also spineless.

                          I guess Cuban got his just desserts as some will observe. It's a sad deal for them. Thankful we have our's. 


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