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@  Cooper : (29 December 2014 - 02:30 AM) tough game for harden and bev
@  bboley24 : (29 December 2014 - 01:55 AM) This team is ridiculously talented
@  bboley24 : (29 December 2014 - 01:55 AM) In Morey We Trust.
@  jorgeaam : (29 December 2014 - 01:05 AM) Corey Brewer beasting tonight
@  jorgeaam : (28 December 2014 - 10:56 PM) And Josh Smith starting tonight
@  jorgeaam : (28 December 2014 - 10:56 PM) The Lakers claiming Tarik of waivers
@  BenQueens : (27 December 2014 - 04:14 AM) Some nice moves to the basket as well. It seemed like he was more comfortable passing as the game went on; hope that keeps up. Lot of potential with this roster.
@  cointurtlemoose : (27 December 2014 - 04:11 AM) He definitely helped us in winning that game. Those two offensive rebounds and at the end of OT were massive. Some really great passes as well.
@  BenQueens : (27 December 2014 - 04:05 AM) No, not the only one. But we saw a lot of what Smith brings to the table, too.
@  jorgeaam : (27 December 2014 - 01:37 AM) Am I the only one who cringed while watching Smith pulling up for a last-second 3 Pointer?
@  Cooper : (27 December 2014 - 01:31 AM) Smith getting good looks at the rim.
@  Cooper : (27 December 2014 - 01:06 AM) took the clips to 7 in the playoffs last year without him. I think they will adjust but they clearly have taken a step back.
@  Mario Peña : (26 December 2014 - 11:44 PM) I am just finishing up the GS Clips game and the Warriors look pretty weak without Bogut. It's just one game but I'm not impressed by their attempt to circle the wagons.
@  SadLakerFan : (25 December 2014 - 07:37 PM) OK. That's the move. Rockets are all in this season with Smith. Good risk.
@  08huangj : (25 December 2014 - 01:04 PM) Another christmas present for us fans: Jones can do running and jumping drills now.
@  jorgeaam : (24 December 2014 - 11:42 PM) Merry Christmas guys!
@  RudyT1995 : (24 December 2014 - 11:21 PM) Another lefty! Merry Christmas!
@  jorgeaam : (24 December 2014 - 06:14 PM) It seems he was assured he would become the starter
@  jorgeaam : (24 December 2014 - 06:11 PM) Josh Smith has committed to signing with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. He clears waivers at 5 PM today.
@  jorgeaam : (24 December 2014 - 06:10 PM) How about this for a christmas surprise? From Wojnarowski:

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Donatas Motiejunas is currently the 7th best rim protector in the league


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#1 Red94

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    Posted 10 December 2014 - 02:33 AM

    New post: Donatas Motiejunas is currently the 7th best rim protector in the league
    By: Rahat Huq

    Using NBA.com's player tracking tool, I wanted to find how Donatas Motiejunas was faring defensively in holding down the center position in Dwight Howard's absence.  The Rockets, miraculously, have maintained their defensive efficiency, even without the former defensive player of the year.  To eliminate noise and guards who engage in few conflicts at the rim, I set the filters on the tool for a minimum of 25 minutes per game, and a minimum of five field goal shot attempts against per game.  The results show opponents are shooting 43.9% at the rim against Motiejunas, tied for #7 in the league with defensive phenom Serge Ibaka.  The top six are, in the following order: Andrew Bogut, Dwight Howard, Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan, Omer Asik, and DeMarcus Cousins.  Impressive company.

     

    I've been writing for some time now that Motiejunas' defensive abilities have largely gone unnoticed for the past season by the basketball commentariat.  He's strong against the post, and most importantly, makes quick and smart defensive rotations.  But even I hadn't realized how valuable he's been at protecting the rim.  It makes sense given the team's overall success.  Upon Dwight Howard's return, Houston will legitimately have four very good to elite defenders in its starting lineup.


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    #2 thejohnnygold

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    Posted 10 December 2014 - 03:05 AM

    So, when does D-Mo get recognized as a legit two-way player?


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    #3 NorEastern

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      Posted 10 December 2014 - 03:47 AM

      I do need to do an article sometime on using SportsVU data. I have been looking at it since it first appeared in the media. It can be imprecise in the most unexpected ways. It has strange anomalies such as it does not view Ariza as a good defender. There are a variety of issues here. It does not account for team usage such as Ariza always having the toughest wing cover. There are ways of deciphering these issues. One of the main ones is defensive opportunities in its specified zones on the floor. "The seventh best rim protector in the NBA" has issues due to the Rockets defensive priorities. It actually accentuates Rockets bigs effectiveness. What can I say, it is a tool.


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