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@  Opasido : (27 January 2014 - 04:03 AM) And 2 nights ago against the Grizz, he brings in Bev, who was 1-11 on the night, for the last play. Some of the coaching decisions he does stupefies me
@  Opasido : (27 January 2014 - 04:00 AM) Look at last night. He throws out 3 pgs against the grizz twin towers. Geez are you kidding me
@  Opasido : (27 January 2014 - 03:58 AM) 2008 celtics? 2011 heat? Nobodys calling for a rebuild. I'm saying unless McHale proves that he can making in-game adjustments that lead to a W, he's not enough to get a champsionship
@  RollingWave : (27 January 2014 - 01:39 AM) Teams that end up being really good for the long term tend to be those that stuck together for awhile, but yeah, let's keep blowing thing up and blame someone until it's time for a full rebuild
@  RollingWave : (27 January 2014 - 01:38 AM) news flash, the Clippers are just as unlikely to get past the 1st / 2nd round as we are
@  RollingWave : (27 January 2014 - 01:36 AM) meh, I'd say until the Rockets get Lebron or KD on the team , I'm not confident they beat OKC / Heat / Pacers in a 7 game series anyway
@  Opasido : (27 January 2014 - 01:08 AM) Look at the clippers last year. Im willing to bet that their season was one of the best in franchise history. Now look at all the changes they made 2013 offseason. Your argument is invalid
@  Opasido : (27 January 2014 - 01:06 AM) Who cares about the record? if you think the Rox right now can beat OKC, Pacers, Heat, Clippers, or even the Grizz in a 7 game series you're delusional
@  RollingWave : (27 January 2014 - 01:03 AM) fun fact, Houston is one of the few teams to have won a championship but never had a 60 win + season
@  RollingWave : (27 January 2014 - 01:01 AM) if we win 4 more in the 2nd half than the first like last year, we'll have the 3rd best record in franchise history (2 short of the best) .so yeah, we're doooooooooooooooooooooooooomed
@  RollingWave : (27 January 2014 - 12:58 AM) welp, we're on pace for the 6th best season in team history after losing two strait, so yeah, blow everything up damnit
@  Opasido : (26 January 2014 - 10:43 PM) Bring back JvG haha
@  Buckko : (26 January 2014 - 09:15 PM) George Carl won't be taking us anywhere either.
@  miketheodio : (26 January 2014 - 06:42 AM) 1st round exit
@  Opasido : (26 January 2014 - 02:56 AM) I don't know why the Rockets still haven't nixed that stupid end of quarter play. 10 seconds left in the quarter, beverley dribbles for 7, passes to harden, passes to beverley, invariably misses a heavily contested 3 pointer. I just don't understand. You'd think with all those basketball experts, assistant coaches, head coaches, advanced analytics, that the Rockets would figure out that IT DOES NOT WORK. Daryl if you want to win go hire George Karl, please
@  Opasido : (26 January 2014 - 02:47 AM) In hindsight now that bass, lee, and 1st rounder looks pretty good for a useless cinderblock like asik
@  Opasido : (26 January 2014 - 02:46 AM) You have fans complaining not because of Harden taking over at the end, but because We run stupid iso plays at the end. Parsons or Harden, whatever, iso plays dont win championships.
@  shuga : (25 January 2014 - 11:22 PM) I have no problem with the last play, I loved that he drew a plan for Parsons. What I am trying to say is that he shouldn't have let this game become a one possession game
@  feelingsuper... : (25 January 2014 - 06:29 PM) You get the fans complaining about Harden taking over at the end and last night McHale gives Parsons the nod and you get more complaining, I guess I should expect that.
@  rocketrick : (25 January 2014 - 11:14 AM) If Parsons had gone left, or passed the ball to Lin, D12 likely wide open in the lane. Learning Curve....


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    Posted 24 January 2014 - 05:29 PM

    New post: The Rockets Daily – January 24, 2013
    By: mitchell felker

    Down to the Wire - When the final voting for the NBA All-Star game starters was announced last night, the biggest surprise on the list was that Dwight Howard's spot had been usurped at the last minute by Kevin Love.  Despite trailing Blake Griffin by only 17,000 votes for the final frontcourt spot last week, Love and Griffin both made a late-push to knock Howard off the list in the final days of voting.  The final rosters for both squads look like this:  



    Steph Curry

    Kobe Bryant

    Kevin Durant

    Blake Griffin

    Kevin Love


    Kyrie Irving

    Dwyane Wade

    Paul George

    Carmelo Anthony

    LeBron James

    These types of rosters, at least while the starters are in, are going to lead to exciting basketball for fans.  With no big men on the court (not that much defense gets played in these games, anyway), and the likes of LeBron, Griffin and George all playing, it is going to be an absolute dunk-fest.

    And with Kobe almost certain to miss the All-Star game, I'm curious if the powers-that-be will replace him with James Harden or the currently injured Chris Paul, who led the guard voting for much of the process.

    Speaking of those two, all that's left now is figuring out the final seven spots (eight if you count an injury replacement for Kobe) for each roster.  Kevin Pelton offered his choices for filling out the rest of the Western Conference (Tom Haberstroh picked the East) using his WARP metric (which qualified SEVENTEEN players out of the West to choose from), with James Harden and Dwight Howard both making the cut.


    James Harden | SG | Houston Rockets

    Harden isn't quite the no-brainer selection he was this time a year ago. The arrival of Dwight Howard means Harden is using slightly fewer plays, but he hasn't seen any boost in his efficiency. And with Howard around, it's harder to excuse Harden's defensive no-showing as a product of his heavy offensive load.

    Still, Harden is elite, in large part because the gap between the best and worst offensive players is much larger than the best and worst defensive players. So while RAPM adjusted plus-minus from the Talking Practice blog has Harden as a negative factor on defense, he remains in the top 10 overall thanks to the second-best offensive rating in the league behind LeBron James.

    Dwight Howard | C | Houston Rockets

    Kevin Love justifiably made a late push for a starting spot, but Howard belongs on the West roster as well. He has settled in somewhere between his All-NBA numbers with the Orlando Magic and last season's post-back surgery play with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    This season, Howard has been more efficient as a scorer (in no small part because he's hitting better than 50 percent of his free throws for the first time since 2010-11) while playing a larger role in the Houston offense than he did in L.A. As a result, Howard is back in the NBA's top 10 in WARP.

    If I had my way, the final spots in the West would go to Harden, CP3, Damian Lillard and Tony Parker (as the injury replacement for Kobe) in the backcourt, and Dwight, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dirk Nowitzki and Anthony Davis (barely, over Boogie Cousins) in the frontcourt.

    In the East, I agree with Haberstroh's list completely: John Wall, Kyle Lowry and Arron Afflalo in the backcourt, with Roy Hibbert, Chris Bosh, Joakim Noah (hands down my favorite player in the league) and Paul Millsap making up the frontcourt.

    Straight From the Horses Mouth - Daryl Morey had a few choice words regarding Dwight Howard's exclusion from the starting roster in this year's All-Star game.

    Like I stated previously, I think it will come down to Harden and Chris Paul, but I like Morey's idea better.  The NBA has made it clear they don't care about positions, and Dwight did receive the sixth most votes.  My guess is Harden though.

    Speaking of the Beard: Hey James, how do you feel about being out-voted by a 35 year old that has only played six games this year and is scoring less than 14 ppg?

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