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@  feelingsuper... : (27 February 2014 - 05:14 PM) Right after that he made it a point to mention it wasn't in a blowout game either, he said his 54 point game was in a competitive game.
@  feelingsuper... : (27 February 2014 - 05:13 PM) Curry was asked about his 54 point game last year and he first mentioned that he only scored 4 in the first and 50 in the last 3 quarters.
@  feelingsuper... : (27 February 2014 - 05:12 PM) Curry was just on with Colin Cowherd and I believe he took a couple shots at Harden.
@  miketheodio : (27 February 2014 - 06:45 AM) lots of shots missed at the rim =/
@  feelingsuper... : (27 February 2014 - 06:17 AM) I think the Rockets looked good but just ran out of gas and then struggled to stay focused. Parsons needs to figure out when he needs to stop shooting some nights.
@  MrLobble : (27 February 2014 - 06:13 AM) I actually hope we go on a super winning streak or lose a couple... i don't want to see LAC in the 1st rd
@  MrLobble : (27 February 2014 - 06:13 AM) or no Power Forward
@  Cooper : (27 February 2014 - 06:12 AM) not going to beat playoff teams with Parsons no showing and cold harden/lin.
@  MrLobble : (27 February 2014 - 06:09 AM) when can we promote Canaan into lins spot?
@  YaoMan : (27 February 2014 - 04:40 AM) I like this kid Hamilton!
@  YaoMan : (27 February 2014 - 04:39 AM) Too many turnovers again - unforced turnovers. What is Bev trying to dribble around Paul for? And that Howard pass to no one...
@  YaoMan : (27 February 2014 - 04:15 AM) I thought we were going to see another game like the one in early November...
@  Cooper : (27 February 2014 - 04:13 AM) can't beleive Turkoglu still plays professional basketball.
@  SadLakerFan : (26 February 2014 - 05:51 AM) That's true; it was a bit of a weird tangent - but I think I was just following up the previous comment. Perfect game from the Rockets. Looking forward to tomorrow.
@  miketheodio : (26 February 2014 - 05:37 AM) hamilton had a nice looking shot. canaan still looks a little hesitant/nervous.
@  feelingsuper... : (26 February 2014 - 05:35 AM) You lost me SadLaker, of all the things to talk about and that is the tangent you go on, okaaaayyyyy.
@  SadLakerFan : (26 February 2014 - 05:26 AM) If the lead drops to 10-15 points, that is.
@  SadLakerFan : (26 February 2014 - 05:17 AM) Absolutely; question is whether he can bring himself to do it. It's not that easy as a coach.
@  feelingsuper... : (26 February 2014 - 05:11 AM) That is a strange thing to say, McHale is on record recently saying he wants to rest Harden and Parsons. miketheodio you were right, we are getting a look at some 2nd unit combinations. Hamilton looks good and should provide competition.
@  SadLakerFan : (26 February 2014 - 05:00 AM) Test of McHale's fortitude - does he have the discipline to rest Parsons and Harden in anticipation of the LAC game?


Q@A with Kyle Weidie of Truth About IT

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#1 Mitchell Felker

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    Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:37 PM

    Here is the conversation that they will be running on TruthAboutIt.net.  His questions are in bold, my answers in text. 


    1) The Rockets are on their second-longest winning streak of the last five seasons (six games) -- they won seven in a row in January 2012. What has gone most right during the current run?

    A:  If you asked Chandler Parsons, the answer would be that the offense has been more fluid (or "poppin" as Coach McHale would say), with better ball-movement and making the extra pass.  James Harden missed the first two games of the run against the Spurs and Mavs, and the other players had to rely on each other in his absence.  And the offense has looked a little smother since his return.  But mostly its been because Dwight Howard has looked like his prime-self, averaging 24.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal per game, while shooting 59% from the field and a whopping (for Dwight) 71% from the free throw stripe over that span.  His free throws are a roller coaster game-to-game, but this is the Dwight Howard Rockets fans were hoping for.  
    2) Which Rocket does the NBA sleep on most? (Chandler Parson, like Harden and Howard, is obviously exempt from being an answer. Most are wide awake on him.)
    A:  Honestly, I think the answer is Jeremy Lin.  A lot of fans would disagree (there are multiple "trade Jeremy Lin" posts in our forum alone).  But he is putting up numbers comparative to the Linsanity days, and he has been much more efficient this season than at any time in his career.  His role has changed week-to-week this year due to all the injuries the team has sustained.  But if the Rockets can continue this role they are on and Lin can finally get comfortable in his role as microwave offense off the bench, I think he could make a real run at the Sixth-Man.  Terrence Jones is also a name you should familiarize yourself with.  His move into the starting lineup mid-December coincided with the Rockets winning eight of their next ten games.  He's been a godsend.  
    3) Have you at least seen James Harden try to play better defense over the course of his time in Houston? And how confident are you that he's developed the offensive discipline to lead the Rockets to the NBA Finals (or just the Western Conference Finals)?
    A:  With Harden it's more about his effort and attention to detail than defensive talent.  For a player that has such a high basketball IQ on the offensive end, it's strange how lost he can get when his team doesn't have the ball.  He ball watches constantly, and while he has excellent hand speed and can pick the pockets of anyone he guards, he gets caught relying on that instead of using fundamentals and proper technique.  The hope is that as the games become more important, he'll zero-in his focus on that end. 
    On offense, there is a constant struggle for Harden on when to assert himself as the superstar and when to just be the shooting guard on a very good offense.  The Rockets' roster is full of players that excel in one-on-one and pick and roll situations as the ball handler, so like the early days of the Miami LeBrons, sometimes the offense devolves into my turn, your turn with little off-the-ball movement.  Also, none of the Rockets' players had ever played with a superstar big man prior to Dwight Howard's arrival on Houston and the team really struggled to integrate him into their fast paced offense.  Things are smoothing out and like I said before, Dwight is beasting folks lately.  So I guess my answer is that the offense we see today won't be the one we see come playoff-time.  No one needed the regular season to iron out all the details more than the Rockets did, and every game down the stretch will bring more chances at learning each other and building chemistry.  But even with all that, they are still sixth overall in offensive efficiency, according to Hollinger's metric.
    True or False: As goes the stigma about the last game before the All-Star break, this totally a trap game for Houston. 

    100% true.  The Rockets have a nasty habit of playing down to their competition anyway (no offense Wizards fans), and with the long break coming up, I'm sure Dwight and the boys are already looking forward to New Orleans.  Not to mention, the last substantial streak the Rockets had (the aforementioned Terrence Jones run) was upended by the lowly Utah Jazz. 
    True or False: Daryl Morey is neither Elvis, nor a dork.

    False.  You sir, must have never heard of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.  Morey is king among all those brainiacs.  He was one of the founding members of the conference and is easily its most popular contributor.  There was never a more suitable nickname.
    True or False: The Rockets will trade Asik before the deadline.

    True.  No, false.  True?  Daryl Morey will not trade him in a salary dump.  He has a set worth for Asik and he won't dip below that just to pacify him.  Plus, in the few games that Asik has played since becoming one of the most overqualified backups in the Association, the Rockets have been elite.  That kind of 48-minute rim protection is unheard of in today's NBA and with both his and Jeremy Lin's 8.6 million dollar cap figures coming off the books in the summer of 2015, the Rockets have no problem going into that high-profile free agency with near max space.  But if someone steps up to the plate and offers Morey what he is looking for, I think both sides (Asik and the Rockets) would prefer to move him. 

    True or False: You really can't even argue that Royce White was the worst first round pick in NBA history and it's not something you should take pride in even if he were true.

    False.  Morey has made his name as a man who is not afraid to take risks, such as trading a useful player now for an asset later, and at the time White represented the ultimate risk.  He used the 16th pick on a player most pundits said was a top-5 talent were it not for all his personal issues.  It was a total all-or-nothing move and it obviously came up nothing, but if he had to do it all again I think Morey would still swing for the fences.  Plus, he's got an excellent sense of humor (the man's nickname is Dork Elvis for crying out loud), so he doesn't mind ribbing himself about burning a mid-round pick in the same 18-month span that he managed to acquire two of the top 10-12 players in the league.  And lets not forget that the 5th pick in that draft (Thomas Robinson, who Morey later traded for) is now on his third team in three years, so it could have been worse.  As always, the NBA draft is a crapshoot.

    This was fun Kyle, we'll have to do it again next year.  By the way, I hope the Wizards lose tonight.  Go Rockets.

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    #2 Mitchell Felker

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      Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:39 PM

      I made a mistake posting our end of the conversation, so it will not show up in the forum, but be sure to check it out here

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      Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:31 PM

      I liked this.  Great idea.

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      #4 Sir Thursday

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      Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:13 PM

      Getting more information about our opponents is always appreciated. It's very easy to get too much of a one-sided view of things if you just get Rockets news. I hope we do more of this stuff!



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      #5 Mitchell Felker

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        Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:21 PM

        It's my hope that we can do this before every game, but I've been told participation might be hard to come by with some of the other sites.  We shall see. 

        Today has been kind of an update-as-we-go sort of thing as I figured out how this was going to work, so I hope you guys check out the new piece we put out (that didnt make it into the forum) and the piece our friends at Truth About it ran today

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        #6 Drew in Abilene

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        Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:23 PM

        High quality stuff. Maybe your positive and yet also true analysis regarding Jeremy Lin will be noticed by some of the fans who have been claiming you hate him...

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        #7 Mitchell Felker

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          Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:35 PM

          Yea I don't understand that one. Lin's my guy.
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            Posted 13 February 2014 - 08:37 AM

            Awesome post! The only thing I don't agree with is that Harden has good offensive I.Q. Sure he has good offensive ability, but he plays too much hero ball and doesn't include his teammates that much. His defense is a big problem, too.

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