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@  kdo : (24 November 2014 - 01:19 AM) Sigh...Howard's out...
@  Mario Pena (... : (23 November 2014 - 03:58 AM) Talk about surviving on defense and Harden delivering! Rockets beat the Mavs!
@  jorgeaam : (23 November 2014 - 03:44 AM) Yes! Nice win today
@  jorgeaam : (23 November 2014 - 03:37 AM) It's quite satisfactory to see Harden get an And-One against Parsons
@  jorgeaam : (23 November 2014 - 03:13 AM) Most three-point field-goal attempts, game
49-Dallas vs. New Jersey, March 5, 1996

Houston has 44 so far
@  jorgeaam : (23 November 2014 - 03:12 AM) WOW, 75 combined 3PA so far, NBA record for Most three-point field-goal attempts, both teams, game was 69
@  jorgeaam : (23 November 2014 - 01:51 AM) We're on pace to break the 3pm in a game record, 12 already with 6 min remaining in first half
@  jorgeaam : (23 November 2014 - 01:48 AM) Insane 3 point shooting so far
@  Mario Pena (... : (23 November 2014 - 12:22 AM) Big man down, I repeat the big man is down! http://blog.chron.co...nee/#27967101=0
@  jorgeaam : (21 November 2014 - 10:07 PM) My bad, it's good to learn that, thanks for the input :D
@  Mario Pena (... : (21 November 2014 - 05:26 PM) jorgeaam, it's called self deprecation. It doesn't mean he's ok with people making jokes rather it's a sign of having a sense of humour regarding his defense and hthe hoopla surrounding it. On the court he has clearly shown he is not ok with the ridicule.
@  rocketrick : (21 November 2014 - 03:10 PM) Harden OK with people joking about his D?? Hello---did anyone bother to watch the game the otber night? I guess it's kinda like calling the kettle black at this point, WTF......
@  jorgeaam : (21 November 2014 - 01:25 AM)
@  jorgeaam : (21 November 2014 - 01:25 AM) I don't know if you guys have seen this, but it seems Harden is ok with people joking about his D
@  cointurtlemoose : (20 November 2014 - 08:09 AM) But Papa is great. What a dude. I <3 Papa. I need a t-shirt with that on it.
@  cointurtlemoose : (20 November 2014 - 08:03 AM) This was one of those times where our 'late game - small lead' tactics (or lack thereof) makes me want to explode...
@  SadLakerFan : (20 November 2014 - 05:19 AM) Rockets seemed in control for most of the game, but Lakers closed on a 12-1 run. Will wait for the analysis tomorrow.
@  Cooper : (20 November 2014 - 05:13 AM) yeah, well and jones hard to win without starters in a position we aren't particularly deep at in the first place still terrible loss.
@  jorgeaam : (20 November 2014 - 05:09 AM) are we really that dependent on Dwight? 2 out of our 3 losses when he's out
@  Cooper : (20 November 2014 - 05:07 AM) last few possessions have been beyond horrible.


More on chemistry

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 10 November 2014 - 08:30 PM

    New post: More on chemistry
    By: Rahat Huq

    There was a surprising moment at halftime Saturday night as the teams headed to the lockerrooms.  Houston assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff, expressing appreciation of his team, stated something along the lines of, "this is the best group we've ever had" and what I recall as "they listen to what we say."  A reader clarified that he had said "they have bought in to what we want to do."  I wish I had been recording at the time, but unfortunately I was not.

    In any event, the statement perhaps was not so surprising in light of what we've seen so far this year, but certainly eye-opening with regards to what we thought we knew of the team last season.  Recall that previously, conventional wisdom considered Chandler Parsons the team's "glue guy."  I, myself, had written consistently that while I did not think Parsons was worth $10million, in a vacuum, he was worth that pricetag to the team in what he brought (I thought) in leadership and chemistry.  I guess there was more going on behind the scenes than we knew about.

    This all makes sense incentively.  In a unit, if all men have been adequately compensated, there is no reason for jealousy or discord. But when two guys are making north of double-digit millions, another two are making $5million each, and another thinks he is as important as any of them, you can see how there would be problems, especially when the latter feels the only way to get paid is to play outside the unit's interests.

    Everyone on the current team is content, with Harden, Howard, and Ariza all having obtained the highest dollar figure they could each command.  And the only guys still playing without security--guys like Beverley, Black, and Motiejunas--can only obtain that security by playing harder on defense.  Chandler had to score to get the big bucks, and he got them.

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    #2 DoubleClutchCityTwoston



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    Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:52 PM

    Amen!Hindsight being ever 20-20, it's easy for us to see it now,but this squad is immeasurably better off with its current composition, rather than last year's at times seemingly random collection of parts, which was still a defensive rotation and a timeout away from the semis.How far can this we go this year?
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      Posted 10 November 2014 - 11:14 PM

      It's looking more and more like Lin and Asik were addition by subtraction. Of course, I think Rockets fans knew this would be the case, but the truth is becoming clearer. I would guess that there were few players across the league who were as upset with their roles as Asik and Lin (not that Lin seemed that upset, but when you've got a legion of followers saying you're being wronged, I'm sure it's hard not to start believing it).


      There has got to be an idiom for this situation. Morey is accused by the media of not caring about chemistry and focusing too much on stats. Then, Morey makes some moves that the media disparages, saying that the stats of the players show that Morey failed. In the end, however, it turns out that Morey cared about chemistry all along and just made a huge power move to improve it vastly overnight.

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      #4 RudyT1995


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        Posted 12 November 2014 - 12:19 AM

        Getting rid of two guys who wanted or needed the ball and replacing them with guys that are primarily catch and shoot players probably helped a ton.  


        There were times last season when you could tell that Harden was unhappy with the way Parsons tried to take over on some possessions.  Parsons could be effective as a catch and shoot guy, but it seemed like he always wanted to do more.  That tension seemed to effect chemistry at times.


        As for Lin, I think he tried to be a catch and shoot guy as much as he could be, especially early in the season when he shot it well.  But it was obvious that he wasn't entirely comfortable in the role.  And once his shooting percentages came back down to normal, he appeared to be a bit lost as to what to do and became tentative.  His tentativeness also seemed to effect on-court chemistry.  


        It's been a completely different story so far in this young season.  There's no longer a question of who the offense is going to flow through possession-to-possession, everyone seems to be comfortable in their roles, and the on-court chemistry has been amazing.

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