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@  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?
@  Ostrow : (14 June 2013 - 03:57 AM) Has Manu had any good playoff games?
@  RollingWave : (14 June 2013 - 03:50 AM) G4 was very interesting, both teams making big adjustments, but I think at the end of the day Wade's rejuvenation / dead cat bounce versus Manu 's continued suck is the difference
@  RollingWave : (13 June 2013 - 08:49 AM) @rocketrick lol good one. I honestly don't know what happens now, I was expecting Spurs to win G3 but not by THAT much
@  rocketrick : (12 June 2013 - 10:55 AM) I can't wait for Game 5 after the Heat burn the Spurs on Thursday night
@  RollingWave : (12 June 2013 - 06:52 AM) The amazing thing is this 2nd rounder and undrafted guy played like super stars while the best player ever an another sure fired HOF guy played like junk


Oklahoma City Thunder 120, Houston Rockets 91: Hakeem Olajuwon isn't walking through that door

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 22 April 2013 - 04:50 AM

    New post: Oklahoma City Thunder 120, Houston Rockets 91: Hakeem Olajuwon isn't walking through that door
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    That pretty much went as expected.  The Rockets were thoroughly manhandled by the Thunder and after halftime, it wasn't even a game.  The highlight of the night might have been the TNT studio banter regarding the Rockets' age.  Charles Barkley took issue with the statement that the Rockets, and particularly James Harden, were "young", and the rest of the crew, justifiably, roasted him for it.  (The Rockets, of course, are in fact the youngest and least experienced team in the league.)

    Now it's back to the drawing board to try and see what can be done to even make this a series.

    What did we learn?  Probably two main things.

    First, that the Rockets will need a lot more Beverley.  The rookie point guard was probably the sole bright spot for the Rockets in this one, as he keyed a 13-2 run that brought Houston back into a tie score.  Beverley had impact from the minute he set foot on the court, deflecting passes, driving the lane, and providing energy.

    The other thing gleaned was that Greg Smith needs to be pulled from the lineup.  The Rocket forward finished the game a -34, looking completely lost for much of the night.  Houston doesn't have the margin for error to give him another chance.

    After what we saw tonight, I'd give serious consideration to actually starting Beverley--alongside Lin--and moving Parsons to the '4'.  I argued the other day that the team should increase Beverley's minutes, but after tonight, even that was an understatement.  I'd start him and play him 35+.  The Rockets simply cannot compete with Oklahoma City if using a conventional lineup.

    Jeremy Lin, for his part, was particularly atrocious, going 1-7 from the floor with 4 turnovers.  His more glaring flaws were on greater display as he forced crosscourt passes when pressured, was out of control, and discontinued any usage of his left hand.  Still, the team made its run while he was on the floor, and he did put pressure on the Thunder defense.  As bad as Lin played, with as few offensive weapons as this Rockets team has, they have to keep running him out there.

    Houston's biggest problem, as it had been all year, was that they simply cannot survive without Omer Asik.  At the 5:51 mark of the second quarter, the game was tied 38-38.  Asik, in need of a breather, came out, and was replaced by Greg Smith.  From that point on, Ibaka got rolling and the Thunder never looked back.  Smith lost Ibaka on consecutive possessions, causing Kevin McHale to rush Asik back into the game.


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      Posted 22 April 2013 - 04:57 AM

      10 day contract

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        Posted 22 April 2013 - 02:50 PM

        On the plus side, this will force McHale to make some lineup adjustments, and maybe by doing so this will be a learning experience for him. He doesn't seem like type that would do so if he didn't "have to". If for some reason he continues to run out the same lineups that means he needs to get canned.

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        Posted 22 April 2013 - 03:01 PM

        Bev did play well.  He's apparently experienced in playoff games from his time in europe and it shows.  Maybe we play Lin off the bench so he doesn't compete for the ball with Harden and see what Bev can do against the first team.

         “Losing like this was definitely good for us.” - Some crazy guy with no D.

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        Posted 22 April 2013 - 04:15 PM

        <br /><br />I know it's Jeremy Lin's first playoff game but wow was he nervous.

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          Posted 22 April 2013 - 05:14 PM

          Bev was the only bright spot in the game. Lin didn't initate a lot of offense until the 3rd. So we are not using his strenghts. Even when Bev and Lin was together for a short time, bev initated the offense,thats baffles me.

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