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@  Dayak : (29 November 2014 - 01:29 AM) Canaan's ballin'. Canaanball!!! Woohoo
@  rocketrick : (28 November 2014 - 03:46 PM) As a NBA fan, looking forward to seeing the Clips battle the Rockets. Not the same situation now as later, but an indication in my view. Just happy to see a quality game over the Thanksgiving weekend 2014
@  SadLakerFan : (27 November 2014 - 05:00 AM) Another brutal game from CP. Mavs somehow win despite going 4-31 from three-pt range.
@  jorgeaam : (27 November 2014 - 02:48 AM) So hack-a-Dorsey because Howard is not playing?
@  jorgeaam : (27 November 2014 - 01:30 AM) Hahaha, let's hope they don't
@  Dayak : (27 November 2014 - 01:20 AM) They have to find a way to stop Harden either
@  jorgeaam : (26 November 2014 - 08:24 PM) No Howard or Bev tonight, let's hope we find a way to stop Boogie
@  cointurtlemoose : (25 November 2014 - 03:13 AM) Harden is beasting
@  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......


Houston Rockets 69, Oklahoma City Thunder 65 - The opposite of fun

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 17 November 2014 - 03:25 AM

    New post: Houston Rockets 69, Oklahoma City Thunder 65 - The opposite of fun
    By: Forrest Walker

    If the Houston Rockets are in a challenge with themselves to manufacture the least enjoyable game of basketball in history, they're doing an amazing job. They've only been at it for about a week, and they've successfully transitioned from a hot-shooting, layup swishing, alley-ooping offense into a an abandoned warehouse. In bringing back the sort of miserable, mean, foul-heavy and nigh unwatchable offense from the 1990's, the Rockets are indeed outdoing themselves. Ever since they stepped foot into Mexico, it's been an amazing show of discipline and perseverance to make a random game in November into a heart-stopping grind-fest.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder, by the way, do not like the Rockets. This game was dragged into the mud, kicked in the head and then dumped into the woods by this grueling, unpleasant rivalry. This was the second-worst shooting game in the last thirty years, which is impressive in its horror. The Thunder, undermanned as they were, fought tooth and nail for this win on a night when the Rockets just wanted to blow a team out and get ready for the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow. Steven Adams is a brilliant defender in exactly the same way Patrick Beverley is and combined with Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins to put a cap on the basket. The Rockets got down in the mud with the Thunder and won a game that it's good to know they can win, but that we can only hope they never play again.

    The secret to beating the Rockets, it turns out, is by playing as physically as possible inside. If you take away the drive and the post, which the Thunder definitely did, Houston has to hope the threes are falling, and has to shoot through a defense that isn't collapsing. When hacks and beat downs are par for the course inside, that's seldom going to favor the Rockets, who have a less physical and more skill-based offense. All of this is only exacerbated by the Rockets being terminally unable to hit a free throw or three pointer, both of which would have helped break the cycle of suffering that game was thrust into.

    Don't even look at the box score. Nobody had a good night on either team, except for Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka picking up 6 and 5 blocks respectively. Nobody on the Rockets had more than 9 rebounds, and Harden was the only player on the team to score more than 12 points. His 19 were the highest score of the game, a truly dismal stat in a sea of puke.

    On that note, the game eventually devolved into a series of increasingly hard fouls, reviews, and technicals. At one point, Patrick Beverley got into a ref's face for some reason (I'm still not clear whether it was for intimidation or to try to put his ear close enough to hear, or some combination thereof) and Thunder head coach Scotty Brooks zoomed in to object to this behavior. Neither he nor Beverley were assessed a technical foul. Sebastian Telfair wasn't so lucky. Later, Steven Adams returned after taking a scary hit to the head and worked his magic. He tangled up Trevor Ariza while going for a rebound, goading Ariza into a stupid push and a tech. Like Beverley, Adams is a great player to have on your team, but an easy player to hate when he goes against you. Put them in one game, and you get this, a swimming pool full of thumbtacks.

    If you take only one thing away from this game, take this: it's not going to get any worse. The Rockets are 9-1 despite playing like cartoon aliens stole their power for the last week. We're in the "stand them at their worst" part of the aphorism, after the honeymoon of seeing them at their best for the first two weeks. Both teams had more field goals than shots.  There's not much more down to go, and tomorrow will test the theory that it's all uphill from here.

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    #2 Steven


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      Posted 17 November 2014 - 04:56 AM

      We should just dub these two games "Moctezuma's revenge".
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