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@  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
@  2016Champions : (10 June 2013 - 06:24 PM) Very rarely do you see pgs getting overpaid.
@  2016Champions : (10 June 2013 - 06:23 PM) I think I would lean towards Harden over Cp3 because the pg position is the easiest to fill.
@  2016Champions : (10 June 2013 - 06:21 PM) D12 is definately 1 because of how hard it is to find high quality centers.
@  Richards : (10 June 2013 - 06:20 PM) Which players will you choose if you afford only two: CP3, D12, Harden?
@  2016Champions : (10 June 2013 - 05:42 PM) Plus it has already been discussed here.
@  2016Champions : (10 June 2013 - 05:41 PM) No you can post it. To me it's not really news, it should be obvious we would pursue both Dwight and Chris Paul.
@  Alituro : (10 June 2013 - 01:33 PM) @2016Champions, I think this article deserves a post and some discussion. You found it, I don't want to steal your fire.
@  2016Champions : (10 June 2013 - 03:34 AM) Rockets fans are getting dissed on twitter for the comments made on this Feigan article: http://blog.chron.co...oward-and-paul/
@  Ostrow : (09 June 2013 - 11:54 PM) The most ridiculous thing about that game is Parker had 0 turnovers. Ridiculous.  If you want to beat the Heat you have to keep them out of transition and make them run a half court offense. That means no TOs


The Rockets Daily - April 24, 2013

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 24 April 2013 - 04:29 AM

    New post: The Rockets Daily - April 24, 2013
    By: John Eby

    Chill Pill - Via the team's official site, McHale is making adjustments, he thinks the problems that led to the 29-point game 1 blowout are correctable, and he has faith in Jeremy Lin:


    “After spending the year with (Jeremy Lin), I feel his best attribute is his toughness. He’s going to bounce back and play hard tomorrow. I’m not worried about that at all. It’s the first game, a lot of stuff happened. He’ll play better and we’ll all play better.

    “He’s a tough kid who’s bounced back many times this year. Everybody has bad games. He’ll bounce back and play better.”

    I was a little shocked to see how relaxed  McHale seemed during his post-practice interview. I don't know if that's because the Rockets have nothing to lose but pride by being demolished by the no. 1 seed, or because--as he points out--in his playing days the Celtics destroyed teams which then came back to beat them the very next day.

    Also, Terrence Jones addressed media after practice, while Greg Smith did not. Read into that what you will. Hopefully Smith was too busy practicing closeouts on corner threes.

    Always A Bridesmaid - As the Houston Chronicle reports, Asik, Harden and Parsons were all in the top 10 in voting for the Most Improved Player Award, which ultimately went to a well-deserving Paul George.

    On Leadership - Sports Illustrated will be running a much-ballyhooed profile on Kevin Durant in a coming issue, which Ben Golliver previewed at The Point Forward. Of some significance to Rockets fans, as I'll explain in a moment, are Durant's comments on leadership:


    Previously, if power forward Serge Ibaka blew a box-out, Durant would tell him, “It’s O.K. You’re going to get it next time.” But the stakes had risen. “You want to get to the Finals again, and you think everything should be perfect, and it’s not,” Durant says. “So I’d scream at him and pump my fist.”

    Durant goes on to talk about "positive energy," but the point is clear: it's not just a game anymore. I can't help of thinking about James Harden's visible frustration with Omer Asik's stone-handed inability to catch passes when reading that quote. It's hard not to think that much of what Harden thinks about being a franchise player was learned from Durant. But the difference between the Harden-Asik relationship and the Durant-Ibaka relationship seems significant. Durant can bark at teammates with whom he has established trust and friendship over several years.

    For the Rockets, that relationship is still taking root. The pressure of playoff series like this one has the potential to strengthen those bonds, or create cracks that become fissures as the team grows. As Phil Jackson said, "There's more to basketball than basketball."

    Losers - That's how Zach Lowe at Grantland categorizes Houston's defense. He breaks down their breakdowns from Sunday's game, then adds this disclaimer:


    Houston isn't ready for this, and that's fine; this is Year 1 of a long-term project, and the Rockets are ahead of schedule.

    It sounds like Lowe and McHale are drinking the same Drank about Houston's struggles.

    Hypothetical Genius - Ballerball has some fun with Daryl Morey's CBA wizardry:


    Morey plans to sign the stars to five “Quarter-Length” contracts. This means that, for five quarters in the series, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will play for the Houston Rockets.

    “There is nothing in the CBA that says we can’t,” says Morey.

    Morey plans to front load the first two quarters so it does not affect the cap.

    “I love the city of Houston, The Dream, and Phi Slamma Jamma. I just want to help this team win a couple of quarters,” Durant was quoted as saying.

    “Houston, we have a Westbrook!” Westbrook tweeted early Monday Morning.

    In the immortal words of Steven Tyler, "dream on."

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      Posted 24 April 2013 - 05:11 AM

      McHale should be relaxed. The Rockets are at least one year ahead of schedule, maybe two.  This series has to be about experience, and it would be great for them to get a win so they know what that's like.

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      Posted 24 April 2013 - 05:30 AM

      I completely agree Ostrow.

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        Posted 24 April 2013 - 11:35 AM

        i think the difference between durant-ibaka and harden-asik is the nature of the error committed. ironically i actually was thinking about this last night without even having read this or having read that quote. i don't find a problem with getting on someone about blowing a defensive assignment because that's a lack of focus. i have a problem with getting on someone for a physical inability - asik just can't catch. not only that, but a lot of those passes are really bad.

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