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@  BenQueens : (15 May 2013 - 03:38 AM) Is SAS-GS Game 5 an object lesson in the danger of relying on jumpshots?
@  bboley24 : (10 May 2013 - 02:18 PM) MDK
@  RollingWave : (09 May 2013 - 10:01 AM) The west is such a brutal conference though, I mean if the Heat was in the West, it's probably at least a 30% chance they don't make it to the finals either. almost everything is good enough that if enough things lineup right for a brief stretch your done.
@  2016Champions : (09 May 2013 - 04:35 AM) I've been saying ppl need to stop sleeping on the Spurs, but if they lose this series I'm going into deep slumber on them. Like Demolition Man cryonically frozen slumber.
@  blakecouey : (09 May 2013 - 03:31 AM) Well Hack-A-Bogut is going to get the Spurs back into this game.  They should've been put away, big shots falling again tonight.
@  blakecouey : (09 May 2013 - 02:55 AM) I don't know if he realizes it, but they're the same age whether they win or lose.
@  blakecouey : (09 May 2013 - 02:55 AM) "If/when these guys win tonight we cant no longer call these guys young" - Shaq on The Warriors.
@  pharmag : (07 May 2013 - 10:17 PM) @2016, that is too true!  Of course it helps that South Beach, LA, and NYC teams have their cap room tied up for forseeable future (barring a D12 or CP3 bailing)
@  2016Champions : (07 May 2013 - 02:59 PM) I feel like we're becoming one of the most desired destinations now too, our organization is moving on up!
@  feelingsuper... : (07 May 2013 - 01:09 PM) That is a good sign when other organizations cherry pick your staff. I think the culture and system that the Rockets have put in place and begun to develop in the end will be far more important than any coach.
@  blakecouey : (07 May 2013 - 03:10 AM) Going to miss Sampson.  Everything Ive heard/read/seen say hes a great coach.
@  RollingWave : (07 May 2013 - 02:54 AM) Our D, at least in half court, was very sound, the transition part though... eeek.
@  2016Champions : (07 May 2013 - 02:50 AM) Sampson was the mastermind behind our underrated defense.
@  Richards : (07 May 2013 - 02:30 AM) We all knew Morey put together the team and McHale/Sampson coached the players. Sampson was a mastermind behind coaching.
@  feelingsuper... : (07 May 2013 - 02:08 AM) You got a right to your opinion but seems like Morey is the brains to me, thought that was obvious with the offensive scheme and all that. Rockets coaching is about leadership at this point which McHale possesses in spades.
@  Richards : (07 May 2013 - 02:04 AM) Well, by reading what players said throughout the season, Sampson seems to be the brain behind Rockets basketball.
@  feelingsuper... : (07 May 2013 - 01:52 AM) Of course he stays, what do you mean by that question? It is a strange question since what assistants do would never effect a head coach that way.
@  Richards : (07 May 2013 - 12:51 AM) Will McHale stay if Sampson got coaching job at another team?
@  RollingWave : (05 May 2013 - 09:37 AM) Irving still need to work on a few things (most notably defense), his performance considering his age is great.
@  Dan G : (04 May 2013 - 06:50 AM) Damn..who knew tonight was gonna be close out the series night? Four Games 6s and four closeouts.


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
    By: rahat huq

    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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