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@  RollingWave : (29 January 2014 - 07:39 AM) Portland lost too, Memphis is simply on fire lately.
@  rocketrick : (29 January 2014 - 06:20 AM) Maybe since Mark Jackson previously was part of the media and now coaches the Warriors, that might have a bit to do with it, too
@  Buckko : (29 January 2014 - 06:15 AM) Even though the rockets and GS have been in similar circumstances, we continue to outshine them time and time again. Yet we're always ranked below "NBA's Love Child" as someone from the forum described them. They're from Cali, this is houston, yall know how the media works.
@  feelingsuper... : (29 January 2014 - 06:03 AM) I'm so glad Golden State lost. That team is do overhyped, even guys like Lowe and Rose hype them, hilarious.
@  rocketrick : (29 January 2014 - 05:35 AM) I understand when the Lakers employ Hack a Howard. They suck and can't defend. But the Spurs?
@  feelingsuper... : (29 January 2014 - 05:24 AM) I agree thenit, the remnants of their talent combined with their system still allows them to win against most teams but they cannot compete against elite talent for much longer.
@  rocketrick : (29 January 2014 - 05:24 AM) The Spurs won't be facing the bottom 22 teams in the Playoffs (well, maybe just one in the first round)
@  thenit : (29 January 2014 - 05:22 AM) they are 32-1 against the bottom 22 teams with worst records. And 1-11 against top7 best rec teams
@  thenit : (29 January 2014 - 05:21 AM) I would say so. I think their highest level of play is lower than in the past. But they are a veteran team who executes well within the system therefore they win against less talented team. They are consistent
@  feelingsuper... : (29 January 2014 - 05:20 AM) I think so rocketrick, plus Leonard just didn't make that jump. I think that Finals battle they had with the Heat was the end of an era in San Antonio.
@  rocketrick : (29 January 2014 - 05:15 AM) Spurs are 1-11 vs. Rockets, Thunder, Clippers, Pacers and Heat this season. Is age finally catching up to them?
@  thenit : (29 January 2014 - 05:05 AM) He had no options, look at his bench, he had no offence and had to get stops in whatever way he could in the 2nd half. At least he tries different approaches.
@  rocketrick : (29 January 2014 - 05:01 AM) I lost some respect for Popovich after choosing to go with a gimmick defense against the Rockets
@  feelingsuper... : (29 January 2014 - 04:39 AM) I agree Rudy. They don't compliment each other but when Harden is out Lin can fill in that role to some extent.
@  thenit : (29 January 2014 - 04:00 AM) I agree, just tough spot for Lin because harden is just in another level
@  RudyT1995 : (29 January 2014 - 03:41 AM) They would both be better off being paired with a spot up shooter.
@  RudyT1995 : (29 January 2014 - 03:39 AM) And it really shows in these games when one of them is out.
@  RudyT1995 : (29 January 2014 - 03:38 AM) They have similar strengths, similar weaknesses, and don't compliment each other well.
@  Drew in Abilene : (29 January 2014 - 03:38 AM) Good game. Good win. Dealing with lots of injuries, and still overcoming them to beat the Spurs makes tonight positive in my book.
@  thenit : (29 January 2014 - 03:36 AM) lol I wouldn't go that far. But they are the same type of player just that Lin is a poor mans harden in a sense.


A look at the Houston Rockets' schedule for the week of January 26 through February 2

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    Posted 26 January 2014 - 05:58 PM

    New post: A look at the Houston Rockets' schedule for the week of January 26 through February 2
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    After getting completely manhandled in a back to back against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Houston Rockets now sit at 29-17, fifth in the Western Conference.  Entering the week, especially with Chris Paul's injury, Houston seemed to have a real shot at overtaking the fourth-seeded Clippers and even applying pressure upon the skidding Blazers who seem destined to come back down to earth.  But you didn't really think the Rockets would seize the opportunity, did you?  Come on man, this is the Houston Rockets we're talking about.  Jekyll and Hyde.  They'll trudge along amidst the middle seeds because they're just not ready for prime time.

    The Rockets will get a few days to lick their wounds before coming home to host the Spurs, the one truly elite team (I don't really count the Blazers - they're a paper tiger) who they've handled with relative ease.  Kawhi Leonard is out, so expect James Harden to continue his dominance against these interstate rivals.  (Isn't it just weird how some guys just have some teams' number?)  I don't expect Parker to be so thoroughly kept in check the way he was the last time these two teams got together.  Could Houston beat San Antonio in a seven game series?  They could, but I probably wouldn't bet on it.  I could honestly see the Rockets winning the first two games of the series before Poppovich made some adjustment that completely through the good guys for a loop, causing the series to completely shift.  But on paper, and on the scoreboard so far, this is the single best matchup for the Rockets out of any of the elite teams.  Leonard, for some reason, can't handle Harden, Howard is enough to neutralize Timmy, and Splitter is the one Western Conference power forward who cannot truly capitalize upon the Rockets' inexperience at the power forward.  In fact, if they played the Spurs on a national stage, I could see Terrence Jones have a coming out party the likes of Harrison Barnes' last year.

    The good guys then travel to Dallas the very next night to take on a Mavericks team against whom they've dropped their last two.  Without Asik, it will be a very long night facing Dirk Nowitzki.  And lastly, the home fans will get an up close look at Kyrie Irving when the Rockets come back home to face Cleveland on Saturday the 1st.

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    And there's a look at the standings, as of today.  OKC and San Antonio will continue to run away with the conference, while I expect Portland to drop back down to earth towards the next tier.  Houston, Portland, and Golden State should battle it out for the next seeds as the season progresses.  I expect Phoenix to continue to fall, now 4-6 in their last 10.

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