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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.


Rocket player goals for 2015-2016

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#1 JY86er



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Posted 03 June 2015 - 11:48 AM

Just some thoughts on improvements a few current players could make based on notes I took during the season. Your thoughts?

Dwight Howard
I think Dwight is who he is. He has the Kelvin Kato Syndrome. Ideally I'd settle for his double doubles and his rim defense, but I'd love for Clint Capela to push him for his playing time. Maybe that will consistently motivate him to really start being the champion he says he is. Other goals:

-demand the ball quicker and in motion to the post.
-defensive transition. Sprint back upcourt on defense. Stop the ball.
-free throw coaching. Shoot 60% FT or 60% FG.
-consistent killer instinct late in games (the regular season is not practice. Harden needs help)

Donatas Motiejunas
He has the brightest potential for improvement on the team. His growth next season should be exciting to watch.

-find the two spots on the court where the left handed and right handed hook are most natural. Ask for the ball there.
-develop 15 to 18 ft jump shot on curl catch and shoot. Top of key and baseline.
-defend the post better (just a tiny bit better would be awesome)
-learn to play faster (missing the playoffs hurt this development)
-watch a Kevin Mchale post scoring video

Josh Smith
He won't change and I'd love to see his data set Mr. Morey has from December to May but here are goals for him for next season anyway:

-Improve hand strength to grip the ball moving toward the basket
-free throw coaching (although in warm up I'd see him make bucket after bucket)
-focus in defensive transition
-decrease turnovers by better decision making on passes from the paint
-develop a "go to" post move
-more right hand

Patrick Beverely
Whoever he is with here are goals for next season:

-Offensive facilitation. This team needs a veteran PG. Be one.
-Handle the ball enough to help Harden move without it.
-less turnovers
-watch film and steal at least ONE great thing Chris Paul does.

Trevor Ariza
The Rockets ironman for the season certainly, but still here are my goals for him next season:

-Finishing at the rim with strength
-pocket passes
-decision making when fatigue is setting in

Nick Johnson

Clint Capela
-weak side shot blocking
-more screen and roll with Harden

Terrance Jones
His breakout season was cut short by the nerve injury I think. Here are goals for him next season:

-learn how to limit Western Conf PF's (or else)
-screen and roll homework with Harden
-use a consistent shot outside the paint 15ft

About the free throw shooting:

With Harden getting to the FT line so often and putting teams in the penalty early everyone on the team must shoot at least 60% from the line OR 60% from the field. This team liability could be a team strength with just a little work. An opportunity for free points demands attention. Not just the shooting, but the strategy of getting to the foul line and the pressure it puts on the depth of an opponent.
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