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@  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.
@  feelingsuper... : (04 May 2013 - 06:28 AM) Whatever comes the next few seasons (barring injuries) it will be hard to match the unadulterated excitement we had watching these young Rockets this past year, it was definitely some kind of roller coaster ride...
@  thenit : (04 May 2013 - 04:36 AM) Irving will be nasty good when LBJ will return to Cleveland as the lost son
@  thenit : (04 May 2013 - 04:36 AM) good night everyone, have a great summer and I won't be posting until july 1st. Still a proud rocket
@  LMAOwais : (04 May 2013 - 04:35 AM) i really do hate the prospect of mulling over every little piece of FA news this summer, but life of  fan I guess.
@  2016Champions : (04 May 2013 - 04:35 AM) Watch out for Irving though, that kid is shockingly good for someone who just turned 21. I wonder who will be the better player in 2 years.
@  thenit : (04 May 2013 - 04:34 AM) so small margins
@  thenit : (04 May 2013 - 04:34 AM) Overall a good season though didn't expect to get this far, but its always hard when you get your hopes up, imagine if that ball KD shot in game 3 didn't fall
@  2016Champions : (04 May 2013 - 04:33 AM) Yeah in 2 years Harden is top 10 for sure, hopefully top 5.
@  thenit : (04 May 2013 - 04:33 AM) I wish we could fastforward to july 2nd and know what happened during Free agency
@  thenit : (04 May 2013 - 04:32 AM) those 10 I named I take over Harden TODAY, but in 2 Years, LBJ and KD are the only 2 I would pick over, maybe Westbrook and George


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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