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@  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
@  BenQueens : (12 June 2013 - 03:19 AM) I know, I couldn't believe it, either!
@  BenQueens : (12 June 2013 - 03:19 AM) Remember that time Gary Neal and Danny Green combined for 50+ in the finals?
@  2016Champions : (11 June 2013 - 07:51 PM) David Weiner ‏@BimaThug 21h
.@JasonCFriedman is a great writer with impeccable integrity. If the Rockets' fine was based on his work, the league should be ashamed.
@  Ostrow : (11 June 2013 - 05:59 PM) My guess? Dallas
@  2016Champions : (11 June 2013 - 12:43 PM) Houston Rockets got fined for tampering. Hawks and some other team got fined too. Stern is stepping up the fines before he's out of office, extra vacation money.
@  RollingWave : (11 June 2013 - 01:36 AM) But it's not a vacuum, their cost is different, age is different, health is different, and one guy is already on the team
@  RollingWave : (11 June 2013 - 01:33 AM) Dwight -> CP3 -> Harden in order of preference.
@  RollingWave : (11 June 2013 - 01:33 AM) Cp3 also has some knee concern, but if we don't consider health and only in a vacuum I'd go with


The Rockets Daily - April 22, 2013

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    Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:45 PM

    New post: The Rockets Daily - April 22, 2013
    By: John Eby

    Feel That In The Morning - The Rockets got beat so hard last night that anyone even slightly associated with the team woke up a little sore today. Marc Stein wrote a fine post-mortem for Daily Dime complete with follicular wordplay in the headline. Also, James Harden explains what happened:


    "Kinda shell-shocked," Harden said, summing up the Houston mood and adding that "there were definitely nerves" afflicting multiple Rockets.

    Said Rockets coach Kevin McHale: "James, on this team, has to shoulder a ton of responsibility for us. ... He'll play better. We ask him to do an awful lot for us."

    What no one wants to say publicly is that neither side wanted this so soon in what represents a pretty monumental postseason for both franchises. Sources from both camps confess that this was a Round 1 matchup they were dreading, albeit for different reasons.
    Tweet That - Daryl Morey: official spokesman of Rockets fans everywhere.

    [blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/dmorey/status/326186763552968705"]

    After the break: Box Score Breakdown.

    Box Score Breakdown - The eye test confirm's last night's game as a complete and unequivocal drubbing. However, there are a few notes from the numbers that stand out:

    1. Variance - The single factor that could have worked in Houston's favor went completely against them. The Rockets wisely shot 36 threes, but made only 8 of them. By contrast, OKC went 10-24 from behind the arc. OKC came out ahead in virtually every other category (rebounds, assists, turnovers), but the three ball made the difference between a solid win and a blowout.

    2. Greg Smith - As Rahat has pointed out , Greg Smith was a -34. Even more alarming is that he managed that in only 17 minutes. Let that sink in. Part of this is due to the excellence of Omer Asik and the huge loss whenever he comes off the floor. Part of this is because Smith just wasn't ready to play.

    3. At the Rim - Amazingly, OKC only outscored Houston by four in both points in the paint and fast break points. See point no. 1.

    Chess - From Daily Thunder, as McHale tries to adjust for Game 2, Scott Brooks is already adjusting to the adjustments:


    So knowing the Rockets intend to move a few things around and tinker, how that impact the Thunder’s preparations?

    “That’s part of the game. You have to think ahead and what they do,” Scott Brooks said. “But most teams, you have a way that you play and you pretty much stay within those area but you make a tweak here and there. But we know they can play better.”

    The Thunder have been through this before and while the dominance displayed over 48 minutes was impressive, you don’t get two wins for it. It only counts as one, and the good from Game 1 can be completely wiped clean with a poor showing in Game 2.
    Days of Future Past- A couple trivia notes: Aaron Brooks is the only Rocket from last night to be in Houston's last playoff game in 2009, and Derek Fisher is the only opponent to play in their last playoff game in 2009. Weird. Also, the Dream Shake points out how this year's team can learn from the gritty 2009 squad.

    Got any sweet links or suggestions? Email them to [email protected] or message me on Twitter @EbyNews.

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