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@  2016Champions : (04 December 2013 - 07:42 PM) Pop has the luxury of having Tim Duncan who makes Pop's job a lot easier, and he also has a longer leash with decision making because he has won championships.
@  feelingsuper... : (04 December 2013 - 01:20 PM) It's way too early for that kind of stuff. Way way too early.
@  rocketrick : (04 December 2013 - 05:20 AM) I don't ever remember Pop or Phil benching star players at the end of a close game
@  timetodienow... : (04 December 2013 - 01:23 AM) That's what Pop does. I think he's going to have to find ways to push their buttons like Pop and Phil do in order to win a chip.
@  rocketrick : (04 December 2013 - 12:45 AM) So Coach McHale should discipline Harden, D12 or both when they fail to follow the plan? Take them out of the game?
@  timetodienow... : (03 December 2013 - 11:09 PM) Who is that on? Mchale for not forcing the PnR or Dwight for refusing to do it? With Mchale's refusals to combat Harden's ISOs, I'd have to go with Mchale's lack of discipline.
@  2016Champions : (03 December 2013 - 10:19 PM) The reason his percentages are down are because he's posting up more now, where as he was mainly a pick and roll guy in Orlando.
@  2016Champions : (03 December 2013 - 10:18 PM) Dwight's numbers per 36 are actually about the same as his per 36 in Orlando, so his numbers aren't down as much as it looks on the surface.
@  Sir Thursday : (03 December 2013 - 11:39 AM) I think there is definitely something to the notion that Howard doesn't look like he has the same devastating explosiveness around the rim anymore. Probably still too early to come to any hard conclusions about whether he can still be an elite finisher there though.
@  jorgeaam : (03 December 2013 - 07:32 AM) Well, I think Dwight won't be posting 20-10 every night, but he should be able to finish more, I've seen him missing a lot of shots that he would have made in Orlando, I think it is more of a confidence issue with him, because in the Hakeem training videos he looked smooth.
@  RollingWave : (03 December 2013 - 06:11 AM) I do wonder if his finishing decline is a thing or a fluke
@  RollingWave : (03 December 2013 - 06:11 AM) he is getting a smaller % of touches, especially in terms of plays strickly ran for him, than he did in Oralndo
@  RollingWave : (03 December 2013 - 06:10 AM) FWIW, it is very unlikely for Dwight to really put up 20 per game points wise with our offensive system
@  RollingWave : (03 December 2013 - 06:09 AM) Meh, there's a good deal of things that points in the right direction for Dwight and some that aren't, let's see how it evens out towards later in the season
@  HazeWinkle : (03 December 2013 - 05:02 AM) espically if this team has a chance at being a top 4 team and make at least 60% from the free throw line.
@  HazeWinkle : (03 December 2013 - 05:01 AM) when you get paid what dwight gets paid Dwight needs to get 20-10 every game.
@  2016Champions : (03 December 2013 - 04:54 AM) I'm perfectly happy with a 90% Dwight, we just need to run the PnR more
@  2016Champions : (03 December 2013 - 04:52 AM) How far is Dwight from his old self? Because some of those alley oops he caught were pretty impressive
@  HazeWinkle : (03 December 2013 - 04:17 AM) Dwight Howard where is your old self because lately you have shown the city of houston why alot of people think you are overrated and overpayed
@  jorgeaam : (03 December 2013 - 04:10 AM) Oh God, where's the D?


The Rockets Daily - December 3, 2013

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 03 December 2013 - 05:31 AM

    New post: The Rockets Daily - December 3, 2013
    By: John Eby

    All That Power - The Rockets climbed to number 6 in Marc Stein's ESPN Power Rankings, leapfrogging the Clippers and the Warriors. Stein writes:


    The three-game break imposed on James Harden couldn't have gone much better. Houston swept all three without him and then welcomed back a fresher and more team-oriented Harden. Seeing his teammates succeed while he rested that persistently sore left foot clearly had an impact.

    While the Stein-love is appreciated, it wasn't quite as hot as the Schuhmann-love found in NBA.com's rankings. John Schuhmann has the Rockets at no. 5:


    The Rockets have won eight of their last nine games, a run capped by Saturday's win in San Antonio, their second fourth-quarter comeback on the road in the last week. The injuries are piling up (Jeremy Lin is out at least two weeks and Chandler Parsons is dealing with back spasms), but their defense has been better, having held each of their last four opponents under a point per possession.

    Expect those rankings to dip next week, because that's what happens when you lose to the Jazz.

    Entertainment Value - If you're anything like me, then you'll find nothing more enjoyable than hearing The Starters discuss the McHale Inbounds Incident, even though it happened several days ago.

    Contributor Needed - I’m still taking applications for someone to replace me as news editor, which mostly involves writing the Daily. I’ll be writing less starting around Christmas. Email me at [email protected] if you’re interested.

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      Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:05 PM

      I just love Coach McHale's gamesmanship on that out of bounds play that ticked off Popovich just before the half the other night! I've been to several Rockets games this season and it seems clear to me that Coach McHale is upping his game on the sidelines and is clearly showing signs of more passion this season.
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