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@  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.
@  jorgeaam : (15 September 2015 - 08:30 PM) http://bleacherrepor...ist-after-crash
@  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
@  rockets best... : (14 September 2015 - 02:29 AM) I agree totally. I got to watch his Rocket days and the man was a hell of a player. BIG MO R.I.P.


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hack-a-shaq is not our doom but our savior

11 May 2015 - 09:20 PM

First let's note:

-  when DeAndre Jordan is on the court we can do no right, but we are actually winning when he's off the court.  


With Jordan on, we're losing by a staggering 118-89 per hundred possessions; otherwise, we're up 109-103

- our transition D is getting murdered by their transition O

- ditto our perimeter D

- overall on paper, in a fair fight we will lose to them, hence asymmetric tactics are needed


Given this, here's how we can employ hack-a-shaq to tip the odds:

- Priority #1 is to get Jordan in foul trouble.  Attack, attack, keep attacking. It all starts with this on offense.  It's almost like our players are too afraid to get facialed on national TV or something.  Who cares?  It's the playoffs...way better than looking like a pansy on national tv, at least you've shown the courage to go in there.  Morey should give a $100 bonus for each shot you get blocked inside ( half-kidding ) 


Assuming Jordan's in foul trouble, now Hack-a-shaq provides some huge benefits.  

- transition/perimeter defense is not an issue; while hack-a-shaqing we can fill the lineup with our best set offense.  When he's off the court, then we can revert back to a second lineup that factors in defense over their second unit to maximize point gain.

- when he's in the game, they will produce at about ~85 eff; we may produce slightly less against their set d, but that's ok. 

- when he's not in the game, we should be at +6 eff, hopefully more with optimal lineup selection

- If he's in foul trouble, hack-a-shaq increases the % of possessions that he's not in the game by increasing the # of total possessions, which is good because when he's off the court we are actually the better team.


So basically: When he's off the court, keep up the intensity and pace ( and substitutions ) to maximize the # of possessions and point gain; when he's on the court, attack him at all costs and hack,  try to fight to a draw.  On paper this would turn a sure loss into a slight advantage for us. 


Now of course they could do the same to us but at this point I would take that. Also in game 4 some would say we tried this and failed, largely because our offense got so stagnant.  But 1) we didn't get him into foul trouble 2) we didn't attack when we had the ball ( ever really ).  And as for the psychological factors causing us to feel stagnant, we need to get over it.  Go in with the new mindset + the players' buy-in beforehand that this is part of a collective strategy, and it could jumpstart us...

who's the better matchup: Spurs or Clips?

27 April 2015 - 06:19 AM

Obviously this series is not done yet but who are you rooting for in the Spurs/Clips series?  I'm personally more scared of the Clips' starting 5 matching up with us ( size + no way to slow Chris Paul ) and don't think, with their youth + athleticism, that they are near being tired out in only the second round....thus, I'm rooting for Spurs by a little bit.    Plus how satisfying would a Texas sweep be?