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@  Dan G : (17 April 2014 - 10:17 PM) That is some interesting news. We gotta get past Portland first, but I like that stat for the next round.
@  feelingsuper... : (17 April 2014 - 12:45 PM) So yesterday during Truehoop TV Amin said the teams that win any season series 4 to 0 go on in the post season with a 51 and 4 record versus the losing team. Hmmmmmm...
@  Buckko : (15 April 2014 - 05:22 AM) Hope we can get him back in the offseason, he was just signed for the rest of the offseason.
@  jorgeaam : (15 April 2014 - 04:16 AM) Bulls release Tornike Shengelia and sign Greg Smith, well, that didn't take long
@  Cooper : (15 April 2014 - 02:39 AM) nice win. Dwight looks like he's ready go. Bev's still a little rusty but he should be fine.
@  Sir Thursday : (14 April 2014 - 10:24 PM) Thanks huang, that's useful knowledge :).
@  08huangj : (14 April 2014 - 01:15 AM) I've watched a lot of his games
@  08huangj : (14 April 2014 - 01:15 AM) Guys, I live in Guangzhou. Just in case you didn't notice, Powell was in Guangzhou playing with the tigers before he came to the Rockets. No midrange shot. Good rebounder. Bad defender. Good at attacking the rim. This is my summary for his time at Guangzhou.
@  Cooper : (13 April 2014 - 11:16 PM) hes 6-9 so id guess more of a pf but it doesn't really matter either way I guess.
@  Buckko : (13 April 2014 - 11:02 PM) Not really, you seen his season averages? Not pretty.
@  Sir Thursday : (13 April 2014 - 10:18 PM) He's more of a PF, I thought. You could always make the specious "RINGZZZ!" argument, since he won two with the Lakers...
@  Buckko : (13 April 2014 - 09:04 PM) Waived Pittman, signed Josh Powell. I don't really get why they signed a scrub SF.
@  Drew in Abilene : (13 April 2014 - 02:41 AM) In the postgame interview, Bev said he was alright, but it looked iffy...
@  08huangj : (13 April 2014 - 02:40 AM) Not watching the game. Just looking at the play-by-plays.
@  08huangj : (13 April 2014 - 02:39 AM) Rockets win!
@  Drew in Abilene : (13 April 2014 - 02:39 AM) Oh gosh, I hope Beverley isn't hurt again... He was taken out in the last few seconds limping after falling and looking like he hurt his right knee...
@  08huangj : (13 April 2014 - 02:39 AM) yep
@  Drew in Abilene : (13 April 2014 - 02:35 AM) Harden, Lin, and Beverley all coming up big in these last few clutch minutes.
@  08huangj : (13 April 2014 - 02:01 AM) And why is Parsons missing?
@  08huangj : (13 April 2014 - 02:00 AM) If Rockets don't get better soon, they are not going to be the fourth seed in the western conference.


Has Houston found its missing piece?

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 21 December 2013 - 10:48 PM

    New post: Has Houston found its missing piece?
    By: rahat huq

    My latest at ESPN hit the press yesterday:


    One of the more entertaining spectacles from each Rockets game involves Jones corralling the rebound and leading the break on his own. In these moments, Houston’s guards stroll the other way, confident Jones will finish the play. And with a surprisingly accurate shooting stroke, Jones can spread the floor and give Houston’s stars the space they need to operate inside. He is always moving, either in transition or in the half court, finishing the passes off cuts to the rim that Asik couldn't handle.

    Jones' numbers have come down to earth a bit, in recent games, as was to be expected.  But make no mistake, his replacement of Omer Asik in the starting lineup has been the catalyst to the Rockets' offensive surge.

    Right now, I think the 21-year-old still has a very long way to go.  In fact, it scares me heading into the postseason with Jones as our second best big man.  I don't know if he's shown anything to prove that he can rotate consistently and defend the paint.  And even in the new era, you can't expect to win in the second season without strong interior defense.

    Still, the emergence of Jones has had its effects.  Had he not shown he could fill the role for the time being, Daryl Morey might have been more desperate to get a deal done, opting to include a draft pick to acquire the '4' of his choice.  Instead, Morey stood firm by his stance and some of that has to be attributed to Jones - the sophomore's play has allowed him to buy some more time.

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    Posted 21 December 2013 - 11:57 PM

    I'm not sure if Morey not pulling the trigger on bad deals is as much a testament to his faith in Jones so much as it is just Morey simply refusing to bend over and take it prison style. Asik's RAPM was in the top 30, and when you factor in how rare of a commodity centers with elite defense are, it's insane that teams weren't willing to give up a 1st.

    With that being said, Morey said in a podcast yesterday that he accepted the deal with the Celtics which included a restricted 1st, but when Ainge presented the deal to the owner it got rejected. So it wasn't Morey who said no but the Celtics owner who said no, thus contradicting the theory that Morey's faith in Terrence Jones is the reason a trade failed to get done.

    “We were definitely trying to move (Asik),” said Morey. “It was trending towards something happening, but sometimes when you get to those last approvals and the owner, I think as Houston fans know from past deals that didn’t come off that looked like they were done, they don’t happen.”


    Edited by 2016Champions, 22 December 2013 - 12:04 AM.

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      Posted 22 December 2013 - 03:56 AM

      <br /><br /><p>Jones has now become part of other teams scouting report....not left wide open and not allowed to sit pretty in his favorite spots to shoot the ball. His shot has been effected as a result; sometimes rushing his shot. A must is the blocking out and getting physical with opponents. If LM Aldridge (Prt) only gets 15 rebounds instead of 25 rebounds in our past contest.....Rockets probably win that game. We can't count on Beverley to hold Lillard to 8 points; while pulling down 11 rebounds himself. Opponents second chance points along with our turnovers have killed the Rockets all year long.</p>
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