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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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#1 Red94

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    Posted 01 June 2015 - 12:42 AM

    New post: 2015 Red94 Season in Review, sort of
    By: Rahat Huq

    Hello all.  This is Rahat.  You may remember me.  Well, if you're wondering where I've been, and why I went silent on Twitter following the Game 2 thriller, I got married this past Sunday.  But Mrs. Red94 is asleep right now, so I have a few moments to reflect back on this season.  Where to start?  I can't remember the last time I was this excited about the team's prospects following a season.  Maybe 2004-2005 after the Game 7 loss to Dallas?  The Rockets basically gutted their entire team this past summer in a failed pursuit of big game, appeared to be punting on the season in letting Chandler Parsons walk, and ended up as the third best team in the league.  Remarkable.  We learned many things along the way, but our prolonged season also gave rise to many new questions looking ahead:

    • The greatest development, unequivocally, was the emergence of James Harden.  Before this year, I thought of Harden as a guy who was a mega-star, and among the league's very best, but still a notch below the game's transcendent talents.  After his 2015 campaign, I'll be viewing him in a different light - Harden absolutely can go toe to toe with anyone in the game, and can absolutely be the best player on a championship team.  At still just 25, he is going to continue to get better with age, especially as he seems very cognizant of his weaknesses.  Had this been 1995 or 2005, instead of 2015, with Houston's defense, the Rockets probably win the title this year.  But in this NBA, even having a singular talent like Harden does not suffice, and it will be up to Daryl Morey, again, to find pieces to surround Harden and fuel the Houston attack.  Far too often, the team just had nowhere to turn when they needed a basket and James was either on the bench or struggling.  That has to change to get past Golden State.
    • Dwight Howard is still a beast; Dwight Howard is a complete train-wreck in the post.  As Tom Haberstroh so succinctly put it in that clip, and as our own Richard Li has been reporting all year, Dwight Howard is among, or is, the very worst postup player in the league.  I've been screaming for two years now that the Rockets need to abandon the notion of feeding Dwight in the post.  He's incapable and far too prone to turning it over.  Strangely, many of you have failed to recognize that despite the glaring evidence.  As we saw, Dwight, when focused on rebounding, defense, and rolling to the rim, is a dominant, dominant force of nature.  But it remains to be seen how committed he is, full-time, to that role.  This is where self-awareness becomes key.  The best thing Dwight can do this summer is take the time to let his body heal and...just that.  Please, no more private sessions with Hakeem.  This sort of enabling is damaging.  Instead of being fed misplaced encouragement on how he has the potential to dominate the post, in a manner suited for a different era, I wish someone in Dwight's life would bestow some #realtalk.  There's no shame in being Tyson Chandler.  Was anyone besmirching Dwight's good name when he was tallying 20 rebounds and helping his team advance?  No.
    • With that said, Dwight will be turning 30 and concerns over his future are in no way overblown.  It took sitting out half the season to even have enough in the tank for what we saw in the playoffs.  If placed on a similar maintenance plan, can he provide a repeat performance?  One thing is clear, the days of Dwight Howard playing 35+ minutes a night in the regular season are a thing of the past.  This is where Houston should be counting its blessings that Daryl Morey appears to have struck gold again in the form of Clint Capela.  A good shot-blocker, and an able finisher at the rim, Capela will allow the Rockets to run the same schemes they employ with Howard on the court.  The Rockets now, going forward, need to take an approach with Dwight similar to San Antonio's handling of Tim Duncan.  If the team platoons both players at around 24 minutes per game, they can preserve and prolong Howard, and fast-track Capela's development.
    • The Chandler Parsons/Trevor Ariza exchange is probably the best example in recent Rockets history of the impact of defense on a team's overall output.  Ariza was everything for Houston this year, helping them finally establish a defensive identity.  Offensive stars are very alluring and Houston will again be tempted this summer.  After the Rockets' run through the postseason, one can easily see both Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge having interest in joining the team.  The Rockets certainly have a hole to fill at power forward.  But at what cost?  In Aldridge's case, there probably isn't a drop-off, but with Love, can a team win big with an interior defender who is that bad?  More importantly, if it takes Ariza to clear the cap space to make such a deal, you're basically back at square one.  Are you hoping you can fill the void just sliding in K.J. McDaniels?  Maybe you can, but what about all the chemistry you built this season?  Shipping out Ariza destroys that continuity.  Does it even matter?
    • Having said that, the prospect of pairing Love with Harden, 26 and 25 respectively, with neither reliant upon athleticism, for the next half decade, is so, so tempting.  They'd be unguardable in the pick&roll, and in sets with Dwight as the roll man, Love would provide all of the spacing from the corners.  You could also feed Love in the post when Harden sits.  But again, is it worth it to lose Ariza?
    • One thing has become clear and that is that Terrence Jones just can't be relied upon.  Many of you will find this unfair, but understand that I'm not saying Donatas Motiejunas is necessarily the answer either - we just don't know.  With Jones, we now have two straight postseasons where he basically crapped the bed.  I'm not saying Jones is irredeemable or won't get better - please calm down.  At his age, he undoubtedly will get better.  I'm saying that I don't want to go into another season having to rely on Jones as the team's starter.  This team, with championship aspirations, needs a more dependable solution at that position.
    • And lastly, Houston must find a way to upgrade its point guard position as they closed the year out playing two 37-year-olds.  A point guard playing next to James Harden would ideally have the ability to shoot, defend, and create off the dribble.  Unfortunately, any player possessing those traits is probably an All-Star and thus, probably out of reach for the Rockets.  If you sacrifice on defense, Ty Lawson would be a great option and would bolster Houston's already potent transition attack.  If you sacrifice on the ability to create, bringing back Pat Beverley and hoping he stays healthy might be your best bet.  I personally think it would be wise to let Beverley walk at this point - despite his reputation, he wasn't stopping anyone this year, and his shooting took a nosedive.  Lawson is enticing, because you already got by with Terry at that position. But then you have to make sure you are rock solid up front, defensively, to cover up for him and Harden.  If you can acquire Lawson for Jones and the Pelicans pick, slide Motiejunas back into the starting role, and bring back Josh Smith, while of course retaining Ariza, I think you might be better overall than you would be with a Love/Aldridge acquisition.  But again, the latter scenarios are so, so tempting.
    • Ultimately, despite how it ended, the Rockets are headed in the right direction.  They finished as the #2 seed and a conference finalist in one of the most brutal conferences in league history, all without two of their starters.  No one can take that from them.

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    Posted 01 June 2015 - 02:02 AM

    You are correct in saying that Trevor Ariza was a pretty decent 3 & D guy. He has championship pedigree & is a glue/chemistry guy. I would absolutely trade T. Jones for Ty Lawson, can he & Harden set aside their differences with that Dumb picture Lawson put of Harden on Social media by being Dallas Cowboys Defensive coordinator? My guess is yes. Love is horrendous on Defense & Dwight Howard needs strong weak side defensive help. LaMarcus Aldridge would be the next best thing. He can Rebound & his Mid/Post Game is deadly if he is on. I would like to bring back J Smoove & Corey Brewer cause those two bring a lot of energy & veteran leadership. Daryl has to upgrade the PG & PF spots. #Rockets #Pursuit
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    Posted 01 June 2015 - 02:24 AM

    Am I the only one afraid of what is going to happen with Josh Smith this off season? It seemed there was a lot of lobbying by Howard to bring him here, so consider this scenario: We are not able to get a Marque free agent this summer and we have cap room and another team offers Smith 4yr/32 Million. Both Metrics and common sense would say let Smith go in that situation but if Howard raises enough hell with Morey we might be forced to watch Smith take 15 shots a game for the rest of Hardens prime.


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    Posted 01 June 2015 - 02:44 AM

    I too feel Love is going to be a disaster for the Rockets, if there is one thing that we learned about Love is he cant defend, we went from horrible defense to an elite defensive team by replacing Parsons with Ariza. So I am afraid to consider what would happen if we have 2 bad defenders in Love and Harden. Any Rockets opponent is going to run a lot of PNR's with who ever Harden and Love are defending, Also many teams seem to think making Harden play defense is the way to slow him down offensively. (JJ Redick this playoffs did just that with moderate success, and to a Wes Mathews last year would post up against Harden first few plays of the game last playoffs). Imagine Redick and Griffin PNR against Harden and Love, Rockets don't even have a chance against that and if I was Doc I would just run that to death. Oh and also Love in Cleveland also proved he cant play small ball with him at the 5, if we are going to have any chance against GS next year we need to learn to play small ball.

     

     

    But if we do get Love I would rather Morey trade Howard rather than Ariza. Here is my case why:

    1) Harden and Love would be a nice combo to build for the next 5-7 years at least, plus if we get Love on a 4 year contract its going to be a steal when the cap balloons next year. I would rather have that cap space to add players around those 2 rather than being locked up with Harden, Love and Howard trio for the next 2 years because when Howard leaves/play suffers after 2 years we are back to square 1 trying to build around Harden and Love.

    2) Morey would have enough cap space in 2016 for either Durant or Westbrook if things blew up in OKC. 

    3)With Love at 4 I feel much of what Howard does on offense is not as effective, don't need another 20 million dollar guy to run PNRs offensively when we already have Love.

     

    But on the other hand:

    1) I have no idea who would want Howard considering how many good centers are free agents this off season, plus his injuries this season will be a factor.

    2)Trading away Howard is going to hurt with signing of future free agents as its going to make Morey look more like a heartless nerd that doesn't care about players.

    3) NBA salary dump rules are going to be a bitch as well, Im not sure but I think it is we have to take back 50% of salary traded or trade away our mid level (anyone let me know how that would even work)

     

    On the rest of the team

    DeMo I feel is going to be our future 4 and I think he pairs well with Howard defensively. Offensively he has shown to be a reliable post player and that is gong to a give some diversity to our offense. I really think  we would have a much better WCF with DeMo, looks like McHale's strategy was to slow down the game and pound the ball inside when the Warriors start makeing runs. Throwing the ball to DeMo a few times would have worked out much better than Dwight's postups.

     

    We need a point guard, too bad Dragic didn't want to come back to Houston. I think we would have won the championship if he did. H&H with the first unit and Dragic and Josh Smith with the second unit. Even if he said he wont stay, I really dont know if he would have walked away from a team that made a deep playoff run to where?  But no use in thinking about what could have been.

     

    Lawson would be great for all the things that Rahat said but it would also limit Josh Smiths touches, there were way too many times when I felt "Smith is getting nothing this game but we have no other choice". I love it when he gets going but when he is not it would be nice to have another option available. 

     

    Its time to let Cuban overpay Baverly and let the Mavs stink next year. If Nick Johnson can shoot 3's then he might be the next Baverly.

     

    Jones is a typical role player, he will feast on bad teams but match up against Blake Griffin or any good 4 and he is a disaster. I feel that has value for a lot of teams, including the Rockets. Coming off the bench with Brewer would be good but what ever he does can be replaced with out giving up much, so I have no problem trading him for Lawson but I think the Nuggets think the same way and they would want more for Lawson.

     

    Anyone know what is up with Lowrey during the postseason, Injury? If Raptors don't want him I would take him in a heart beat espically if we can get him without giving up DeMo but even if we had to give up DeMo I might actually think about because Lowery's salary is real cap friendly.


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    Posted 01 June 2015 - 02:54 AM

    Would Denver take KJ McDaniels + Pelicans pick for Lawson? I would take that. Keep Jones on the bench. But I dont think Morey will be able to move him for much after next season.


    Edited by kidnextdoor, 01 June 2015 - 02:55 AM.

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      Posted 01 June 2015 - 08:43 AM

      Lawson is a borderline allstar. Who would take an unproven rookie and a 18th pick for a borderline all star?


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        Posted 01 June 2015 - 01:39 PM

        Congrats on your marriage Rahat!

         

        Nice post, especially as hobbled as we have been, I would say this season was a gleaming success. I do believe we have the proper foundation for a championship. I do also believe that Morey has his work laid out for him this summer. Whereas in the past few seasons we were crippled by lack of stardom and had a solid supporting cast, now we have a solid star foundation and a hodgepodge collection of semi/mis-fits. The pegs not exactly fitting in their holes being:

        • Pablo: Too old to be a major part of any dynastic ambitions, athletically outmatched by every PG in the league
        • Terry: See Pablo, plus is best in a 2 guard role, not PG like we used him
        • Jones: Too wildly inconsistent, zero floor spacing capabilities, can't post up, eaten alive by bigger PFs
        • Smith: Like Jones but older
        • Brewer: Inconsistent, gambles too much, useless in 1/2 court sets
        • Beverley: Not a shot creator nor playmaker

        All of these guys, IMO are totally expendable in pursuit of better fitting pegs. Other than Terry, who I believe will be happy in an inexpensive, greatly diminished role on a contender. Johnson and McDaniels are also as expendable but not included in the list because they didn't really see enough play time to determine their fit. Any combination of these guys should be used to bolster our PF and PG spots.

         

        The guys other than H and H I would like to see stick around no matter what:

        • Ariza: can't find a better 3 and D wing for the price, without whom we definitely would have seen a 2nd and possibly 1st round exit.
        • D-Mo: emerged as one of the better post up players in the league, can spread the floor and is solid on D. Without who we would have never achieved the win total we did. Not nearly.
        • Capela: Perfect answer for relieving Howard for 24 minutes per night.. Agreed.

        Either way, In Morey We Trust and I know we'll be right back there next season.

         

        GO ROCKETS!


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          Posted 01 June 2015 - 02:51 PM

          Congrats on your marriage Rahat!

           

          Nice post, especially as hobbled as we have been, I would say this season was a gleaming success. I do believe we have the proper foundation for a championship. I do also believe that Morey has his work laid out for him this summer. Whereas in the past few seasons we were crippled by lack of stardom and had a solid supporting cast, now we have a solid star foundation and a hodgepodge collection of semi/mis-fits. The pegs not exactly fitting in their holes being:

          • Pablo: Too old to be a major part of any dynastic ambitions, athletically outmatched by every PG in the league
          • Terry: See Pablo, plus is best in a 2 guard role, not PG like we used him
          • Jones: Too wildly inconsistent, zero floor spacing capabilities, can't post up, eaten alive by bigger PFs
          • Smith: Like Jones but older
          • Brewer: Inconsistent, gambles too much, useless in 1/2 court sets
          • Beverley: Not a shot creator nor playmaker

          All of these guys, IMO are totally expendable in pursuit of better fitting pegs. Other than Terry, who I believe will be happy in an inexpensive, greatly diminished role on a contender. Johnson and McDaniels are also as expendable but not included in the list because they didn't really see enough play time to determine their fit. Any combination of these guys should be used to bolster our PF and PG spots.

           

          The guys other than H and H I would like to see stick around no matter what:

          • Ariza: can't find a better 3 and D wing for the price, without whom we definitely would have seen a 2nd and possibly 1st round exit.
          • D-Mo: emerged as one of the better post up players in the league, can spread the floor and is solid on D. Without who we would have never achieved the win total we did. Not nearly.
          • Capela: Perfect answer for relieving Howard for 24 minutes per night.. Agreed.

          Either way, In Morey We Trust and I know we'll be right back there next season.

           

          GO ROCKETS!

           

          I completely agree with this. We really need to keep D-Mo and Ariza. And we need Capela because I don't want to have to go back to Dorsey. :unsure:

           

          Everyone else is expendable. We need to get some shooters!


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          Posted 01 June 2015 - 03:16 PM

          congrats on the marriage and thanks for finally posting!  i always enjoy reading what you have to say.


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          Posted 01 June 2015 - 04:12 PM

          Dwight is a champion. I wish he would help his teammates become champions as well.
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          Why so Serious? :D


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            Posted 01 June 2015 - 04:16 PM

            We can't let Ariza go, IMO, even if it is to create room for one of those big names. Without him we literally have no good perimeter defenders (assuming Bev walks and/or does not return to the Bev we remember from 2-3 years ago).

             

            I'd take Aldridge over Love everyday, but competition is stiff for all those guys, and if I had to bet, I would say they're all staying put.

             

            Don't know how I feel about Lawson... but at that price, I would rather go for bringing back Kyle Lowry. Better on D than Lawson, and a more dynamic creator on offense as well.


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              Posted 01 June 2015 - 05:06 PM

              What about Jrue Holiday? By no means has anyone said he's available, but the Pelicans are transitioning coaches and have 3 guards that want to start (Evans, Holiday, Gordon [player option]) plus Norris Cole (restricted). What if Gentry decides that Holiday isn't a good scheme fit? Or what if he wants Dragic to run his offense? Holiday may become available, and I think he'd be a good fit.

               

              He'll only be 25, he's a decent shooter who needs to be more efficient (e.g. shoot less long 2s, more 3s) and he's a great defender at the PG spot. And, he should come cheaper than Lawson (plus his contract his cheaper). However, they traded some high picks for him (including Nerlens Noel), so they probably value him highly. Just another PG option that would fit the Rockets nicely. 

               

              Again, with D-mo at the 4, I think our biggest weakness is PG. I'm okay with Jones as a backup at the 4, but I'm also fine with trading him... especially if we do keep Smith. If Pap develops some over the summer, then maybe he would be adequate as a backup, small-ball type 4. 

               

              I did see another blurb about us making another run at Llull. I think he would be a nice fit next to Harden as a combo guard, but I don't know enough about him to see how he'd translate. 

               

              Of course, we could just bring the group back. A lot of the Warriors' improvement this year was just due to better chemistry, internal improvement, and good health. I don't think we have an outburst lurking like what happened with Klay Thompson or Draymond Green this year, but maybe another year would serve us well. 


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                Posted 01 June 2015 - 08:30 PM

                Thanks for the post, Rahat, and congratulations!

                 

                A few observations that generally fits with the consensus on the board:

                 

                1.  I'm a huge Terrance Jones fan, but I agree he was a big weakness for us in the playoffs.  I really didn't have a problem with his defense--you give something up when you go to a quicker, slightly undersized 4--but his lack of three-point shooting really killed us. He shot only 16 percent (!!!) from tthree in the playoffs.  He's somewhat better than that during the regular season, but as I see his form, I worry he'll never develop a consistent and dependable three-point shot.  I'll add that next year the Rox will have to resign D-Mo, TJ, and probably Howard.  Even though the cap is going way up, I'm not sure we'll be able to afford all three.

                 

                2.  Our major goal in the off-season should be devoted finding personnel that can match up against Golden State's small lineup where they put D. Green at center and surround him with four great shooting and great passing guards.  That lineup really exposed our lack of athleticism at point guard.  With that in mind, it makes sense for the Rox to trade for a guy like Lawson AND keep Beverly at the same time.  A small lineup of Lawson, Beverly, Harden, Ariza,and D-Mo gives us several ball handlers and passable three-point shooting at all positions. 

                 

                3.  Some folks have called into question Lawson's shooting and defense.  Lawson shot 40 percent on threes in first couple of years in the league as a spot up shooter.  This past year he was forced to take more threes off the dribble (the price of playing on a bad team), which necessarily lowered his shooting percentage.  He'll be in better position with the Rox.  And even though he's short, he has the quickness and low center of gravity to stop dribble-penetration and help on double teams.  He's never played in an environment that has stressed defense, but he has the talent to be strong defender--certainly a major upgrade over Terry.


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                  Posted 01 June 2015 - 09:35 PM

                  Holiday has only played 74 games the past two years combined, you gotta like a lot of what he brings to the table but thats a serious red flag.


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                    Posted 02 June 2015 - 03:18 AM

                    Dwight is a champion. I wish he would help his teammates become champions as well.

                    Haha! How true. Congrats rahat!
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                      Posted 03 June 2015 - 12:32 AM

                      Bringing in a Love or LMA would seriously damage the structure of this team. Bev and Brewer would have to be renounced. Ariza would definitely have to go. The first round pick would probably have to be traded for future considerations.

                       

                      Bringing back Bev and Brewer is a no brainer. They are get over the cap restriction players since the Rockets have their full Bird rights.

                       

                      Jones again fails to make much progress. At this point it is highly doubtful (though not impossible) that he will ever be able to spread the floor. And he just is not that strong for a big man. He is continually pushed around the paint by the starting power forward on almost every competitive team. I honestly can see Jones traded this summer because of the insane amount of money available in the summer of 2016.

                       

                      Don't expect the Rockets to be able to obtain a quality starting point guard, especially the ones as capable as Lawson and Lowry. Teams do not give that type of player away in the off season. Especially not ones with reasonable $12M/year contracts.

                       

                      The maximum the Rockets can offer Smith this off season is $2.4M. While Detroit is paying Smith $5.6M/year, Smith only makes 50% (well it is a little more complicated than that) of his contract dollar amount. The other half goes to Detroit. A 3 year/$24M contract only nets Smith $4M/year. But Smith will do what is best for Smith.


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                      Posted 04 June 2015 - 11:45 PM

                      • Dwight Howard is still a beast; Dwight Howard is a complete train-wreck in the post.  As Tom Haberstroh so succinctly put it in that clip, and as our own Richard Li has been reporting all year, Dwight Howard is among, or is, the very worst postup player in the league.  I've been screaming for two years now that the Rockets need to abandon the notion of feeding Dwight in the post.  He's incapable and far too prone to turning it over.  Strangely, many of you have failed to recognize that despite the glaring evidence.  As we saw, Dwight, when focused on rebounding, defense, and rolling to the rim, is a dominant, dominant force of nature.  But it remains to be seen how committed he is, full-time, to that role.  This is where self-awareness becomes key.  The best thing Dwight can do this summer is take the time to let his body heal and...just that.  Please, no more private sessions with Hakeem.  This sort of enabling is damaging.  Instead of being fed misplaced encouragement on how he has the potential to dominate the post, in a manner suited for a different era, I wish someone in Dwight's life would bestow some #realtalk.  There's no shame in being Tyson Chandler.  Was anyone besmirching Dwight's good name when he was tallying 20 rebounds and helping his team advance?  No.

                       

                      I cannot agree with you more.  Harden driving the lane and throwing it up for a Dwight slam is a thing of beauty.  D12 backing someone down?  Not so much.  How many times does the coaching staff have to see the ball being swatted away, or it rolling off the rim, before realizing that's not who he is?

                       

                      Funnily enough, I was in Vegas this past weekend, and was talking ball with a couple of Spurs fans.  First thing they said?  Howard's gotta go!  After a bit, we agreed that if Dwight could adjust the ego and play off the ball - defense and PnR - then the Rox could exploit his true talents.  The post is not his friend.

                       

                      I'll run with the idea that DMo is our 4, and that Brewer off the bench is a force.  But we definitely need a PG.  That was glaring in the playoffs.  Running a small SG does not equate a PG - period.  Jet gave it his best, but it took him out of his game.  How far do we go with Bev?  Dunno yet.  I love Bev's game, but we really need a creator with a decent 3%.  A '3 and C', if you will.  I'm just not sure where one is that's available.  Udrih?  Mo?  Gawd forbid - Rondo?

                       

                      As much as I loved Josh, his FTs killed us SO many times.  But - he might come cheap, due to the buyout and Dwight.  And if DMo was healthy, I doubt we care about his FT% in only 15-20 minutes a game.

                       

                      Ah well - 2 cents is easily given.


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                      #18 majik19

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                        Posted 05 June 2015 - 01:49 AM

                        I feel like we only fed Dwight in the post in the playoffs when a) Harden was exhausted or B) Harden wasn't hitting anything. It was like a secondary strategy to get a "good shot." 

                         

                        It's unbelievable how many times he misses from about 3 ft. I feel like inside 2 ft, he usually makes it, but anywhere outside of that, it's definitely a miss. 


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