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@  RollingWave : (19 June 2013 - 05:12 AM) so the head band is like a final power seal for Lebron, only open in absolute need
@  BenQueens : (19 June 2013 - 03:51 AM) Ray Allen, why not. This is going to be 5.2 intense seconds of ball.
@  BenQueens : (19 June 2013 - 03:39 AM) Holy crap, that Parker 3.
@  BenQueens : (19 June 2013 - 03:38 AM) Please let there be a game 7, and let this be the margin in the 4Q of 7. Awesome.
@  RollingWave : (19 June 2013 - 03:18 AM) oh my, this is an epic game .. one more run by Duncan should....
@  2016Champions : (17 June 2013 - 05:26 AM) I had a feeling Ginobili would regress to the mean.
@  Dan G : (17 June 2013 - 04:33 AM) Now I had no idea Ginobli was gonna pull a Wade and turn back the clock. I give Pop the majority of the credit for that.
@  Dan G : (17 June 2013 - 04:32 AM) I don't think it was too ballsy on San Antonio's part. With the way Splitter has been playing and since Miami has started Miller the last two games, I thought it was inevitable that Ginobli would start.
@  RollingWave : (17 June 2013 - 02:57 AM) I must say that both team had some serious ballsy lineup changes this series, Ginobilli start? and dominate?
@  2016Champions : (16 June 2013 - 09:26 PM) According to Dr. Klapper, treatment for Parker's hamstring will only last one half. Lateral movement and jumping will be a problem.
@  2016Champions : (16 June 2013 - 04:56 AM) Parker said Pop was very angry with him for the constant nagging insisting he can play, Pop really didn't want Parker to play. Just goes to show Pop knows best.
@  RollingWave : (16 June 2013 - 04:28 AM) Parker says his hamstring is almost shot , that would probably doom the Spurs if he can't play at least 80%
@  2016Champions : (15 June 2013 - 12:38 AM) Miami is 6-0 in playoffs following losses (outscoring opponents by 20.7 PPG in those games). They've won 12 straight games following losses.
@  2016Champions : (14 June 2013 - 04:50 PM) The Heat are notoriously slow starters. Once they get going it's like a snowball effect, they get more dangerous as they go along.
@  2016Champions : (14 June 2013 - 04:49 PM) My heart says SA, but my mind says MIA
@  rocketrick : (14 June 2013 - 11:06 AM) Anybody else going to San Antone for Game 5??
@  RollingWave : (14 June 2013 - 10:15 AM) The Heat is doomed / the Spurs is doom , repeat until game 7
@  2016Champions : (14 June 2013 - 06:28 AM) Now that Wade's knee doesn't seem to be bothering him anymore, Spurs are in trouble.
@  rocketrick : (14 June 2013 - 06:26 AM) Mark Twain once was quoted--Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. Not sure that motivates the Heat but food for thought for whatever that is worth!
@  2016Champions : (14 June 2013 - 04:43 AM) What happened to Parker that second half? Hamstring caught up to him?


The Rockets Daily - April 17, 2013

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:24 AM

    New post: The Rockets Daily - April 17, 2013
    By: John Eby

    Started From The Bottom - If you thought at the beginning of the season that James Harden would be in the top-five of the MVP discussion along with LeBron, Durant, Chris Paul and Carmelo, then you were a starry-eyed homer. If you think it now, then you're Zach Lowe over at Grantland:


    The Rockets likewise could not exist as a turbocharged spread pick-and-roll team, launching 3s at a record pace, without Harden filling every key role within that system: off-the-bounce creator, foul-drawing machine, ace passer (LeBron might be the only guy better at skipping the ball to open shooters in the weakside corner), and occasional screener in the late-game Jeremy Lin–Harden pick-and-roll. Harden has been awful on defense, but among candidates below him on the list, only Duncan and Gasol could cite their own defense as a reason they deserve this no. 5 slot over Harden. And as with Anthony, Harden can plausibly argue his own team has almost enabled his lazy defense by signing Omer Asik to do all the heavy lifting on that end.

    Speaking of the Big O, he was also listed as Zach's third choice for DPOY, behind Marc Gasol and Joakim Noah:


    Asik is always in the right spot, takes care of rebounding almost on his own, and allows Houston's perimeter defenders to gamble all over the floor. He snags the no. 3 spot here over a host of worthy candidates, including Roy Hibbert and Paul George in Indiana, and the position-less LeBron.

    If Houston could translate having a top-5 offensive guy and a top-3 defensive guy into a top-10 offense and defense, then a championship might be in the cards.

    Who? - Tracy McGrady is not only back in the NBA, he's playing for the Spurs. If I'm the Rockets, I'm going to intentionally lose to the Lakers tonight to try to face San Antonio. With T-Mac in uniform, the Spurs are guaranteed not to advance past the first round.

    The Haberstrophy - For Best Driver in the Game (High Volume Edition) goes to the Beard:


    SportVU cameras picked up on only 90 of James' drives because the Heat don't subscribe to the stat-tracking service (only 15 teams do). But if we expand our scope and look at players with at least 100 drives, we find that James' Olympic teammate James Harden was the top driver, averaging 1.48 points on his 337 drives to the rim. In fact, 29.9 percent of Harden's drives ended in a foul, which was the second-highest rate in the league according to SportVU's sample (Paul Pierce was at 30.4 percent). Crafty.

    The Final Countdown - The Rockets may hold the Lakers playoff fate in their young and trembling hands tonight. Mike D'Antoni noted:


    "We thought a lot of times during the year, or during the bad times, that it might come down that we had to beat Houston at home to get into the playoffs and that's what it's come to and now it's just up for us to do it."

    Come on, Rockets. Crush them like a soda can.

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    #2 Rahat Huq

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      Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:28 AM

      I think we will lose tonight.  They'll come up amped and feed Pau and Dwight down low and get out to a big lead.  We'll throw out the white flag and lose.  And then face San Antonio.

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      Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:33 AM

      With that horrible back court defense of theirs, I actually like our chances. Just keep attacking and get their bigs in foul trouble.

      Don't be too quick to assume you're right and the experts are wrong. 


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        Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:04 PM

        If the Rockets loss they will be the eight seed and play OKC round one. Win and they are guaranteed the 7th spot. Win and a GS loss and the Rockets move to 6th.

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          Posted 17 April 2013 - 02:30 PM

          If the Rockets loss they will be the eight seed and play OKC round one. Win and they are guaranteed the 7th spot. Win and a GS loss and the Rockets move to 6th.

          Boiling it down, win and we are 7th lose and we are 8th.  I seriously doubt GS loses to the Trailblazers who are on a 12 game losing streak...

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          Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:46 PM

          It sounds like the Lakers have had this game circled on their calendar for a while - suspect they might have done a bit more preparation than usual. We're going to have to be on top form to pull this out, especially since I'd imagine the scouting/analytics guys will have been spending most of their time concentrating on playoff opposition rather than LAL.



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