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@  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.
@  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...

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Game 2: Houston Rockets @ OKC Thunder, Wednesday 6 CST


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#1 Rahat Huq

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    Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:22 AM

    Discuss.



    #2 Jason

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      Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:31 PM

      Well, I sure hope it is nothing like game 1. I just want us to show some fight and not get blown out. I also want to see us actually make some shots and maybe play a little defense too.

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        Posted 23 April 2013 - 01:35 PM

        This guy will be at the game. Headed to Oklahoma for business right now.

        Hope we can at least make it a competition this time. Id like to see less Smith and more Jones.
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        #4 Steven

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          Posted 23 April 2013 - 02:01 PM

          Jones goes 35 minutes and gets a double double with more blocks then Ibaka.

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          Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:14 PM

          wow awesome, blake!  should be fun! be safe.

           

          i hope the rockets show a little more fight and dont look so damn scared/lost on offense.  they all need more of beverleys fearlessness and hustle.



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          Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:34 PM

          Bold Prediction: Ref's blow the whistle often in favor of the Rockets due to extra aggressiveness and we steal a game from the Thunder. 



          #7 2016Champions

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          Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:26 PM

          Bold prediction: Delfino starts at PF and makes 7 three's en-route to 30 points which is overshadowed by James Harden's career high 50 points and Rockets win.


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          Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:42 PM

          OKC did to use what they used to the entire 2012 playoffs: take off during 3rd quarter (although that actually started at the end of the 2nd). The only chance to upset OKC is what Miami pulled off last year: get Durant in foul trouble! (having LeBron helps, but we'll have to settle with the foul trouble). And that's gonna be a tough one on the road.



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          Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:02 PM

          Sort of bold prediction: The Rockets and coaching staff figure out a few things in game 2 that helps them win game 3.

          Have a good time at that game Blake!

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          Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:33 PM

          I'm still expecting OKC to win this one, but I think it will be closer. The Rockets will spend the whole game down by 5-10 points before a late run in the 4th quarter blows the game open and the Thunder end up winning by 15. Improved play from Smith (it's not possible to play as badly as he did in that first one again, I'm chalking that one down to nerves) and some hot shooting from Parsons prevent the Thunder from racing away.

           

           

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            Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:35 PM

            I will just be happy if we are withing striking distance at the start of the 4th Q



            #12 bboley24

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              Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:37 PM

              BOLD PREDICTION:  Lineups and misuse of the PF position leads to another blow out and KM is benched for game 3.



              #13 Jason

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                Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:48 PM

                BOLD PREDICTION: Lineups and misuse of the PF position leads to another blow out and KM is benched for game 3.


                We don't have any Real power forwards. That's the problems. We have a bunch of prospects who have no business starting or even playing for a playoff team at this stage in their careers.

                #14 bboley24

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                  Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:34 PM

                  Touche' my friend... hence del3no and the ratchet 



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                    Posted 24 April 2013 - 11:40 PM

                    Beautiful 1st quarter, though we're still down 1....lol.  But in any event, much better.  



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                      Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:16 AM

                      i wrote to keep in lin, this morning, with the thinking we'd get blown out.  but he's been ATROCIOUS and its a close game.  at this point, i have to go with aaron brooks.  lin is KILLING the rockets right now with his inability to do anything.  



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                      Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:29 AM

                      I wouldn't go so far as to say he's killing them. In the first quarter I actually thought he played pretty well. There were a couple of good drive-and-kick actions (I think there were a times when people missed open threes off his action, he knocked in a three ball of his own and there were some easy finishes in delayed transition as well.

                       

                      Second quarter was not so good by him, but because the Rockets were playing with Beverley and Harden on the court they had three ball handlers so it didn't matter so much.

                       

                      I thought Smith had a much better time of it tonight - he was able to be a force on the offensive glass without giving up anything too noticeable on the defensive end. In fact in general I think the defensive scheme is holding up pretty well - just have to prevent Westbrook from getting up a head of steam and the Thunder have looked remarkably quiet.

                       

                      Also, Patrick Beverley vs Russell Westbrook is a great duel! Hoping they can keep it up for the rest of the series.

                       

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                      Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:09 AM

                      Really smart play by the Rockets at the end of the third quarter. With Westbrook pounding the ball at the top of the key, they put Garcia on him and had Beverley guard Durant because they knew that Durant was going to screen for Westbrook. When he did, the Rockets just switched on the pick and roll and left the Thunder with nothing. As a result they didn't get a shot off before time expired. Great anticipation/reading the Thunder's play calls, although if they weren't thinking about holding for the last shot I suspect OKC would have made more of an effort to get it to Durant on the mismatch.

                       

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                      #19 Cooper

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                        Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:12 AM

                        Asik just can't finish at all.

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                          Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:48 AM

                          For those that say the Rockets don't need Dwight Howard, again, I have to laugh at that sentiment and I point to this game as Exhibit Z.  As usual, Asik was stellar defending the rim....but missed countless shots at the rim.  Howard gives you that same defense but with finishing.  






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