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@  RocketMan : (26 June 2015 - 05:46 PM) I'll take them. No complaints. Dekker can score. Other guy will catch lobs all day.
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 03:23 AM) So Dekker and Harrell were ranked 16 & 17 in Chad Ford's rankings, solid draft
@  txtdo1411 : (26 June 2015 - 03:11 AM) Nevermind. Should have known we were getting another 6-8 PF. I do like his tenacity. Versatility is definitely the theme here.
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 03:08 AM) Called it
@  txtdo1411 : (26 June 2015 - 03:02 AM) Jo young reminds me of an Isaiah Canaan type of player with a tad bit more height. Would it be a reach at 32?
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 02:55 AM) Ok, I'll stop calling out players
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 02:52 AM) Montrezl Harrell and Kevon Looney (who many projected to be a lottery pick) still on the board, I'd say Rockets get one of them if available, specially Looney
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 02:45 AM) Nevermind about RJ :(
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 02:43 AM) They got Larry Nance Jr. he was projected as a late 2nd rounder
@  majik19 : (26 June 2015 - 02:42 AM) let's see who the Lakers get with the Jeremy Lin pick
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 02:41 AM) RJ Hunter*
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 02:41 AM) Some interesting players left, specially Rk
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 02:38 AM) I'm still waiting for Morey to make a trade that will blow our minds
@  majik19 : (26 June 2015 - 02:29 AM) well i guess PG wasn't as big a need as we thought. Big sign that Beverly is going to be resigned?
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 02:24 AM) Oh, he got traded to Minnessota
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 02:13 AM) But I must say Tyus looks like the kind of players the Spurs will grab
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 02:03 AM) Tyus might still be at 32
@  Cooper : (26 June 2015 - 01:51 AM) instantly wrong
@  Cooper : (26 June 2015 - 01:48 AM) Wright might still be there at 32
@  jorgeaam : (26 June 2015 - 01:46 AM) Grant is going to the Knicks for Tim Hardaway, so maybe Tyus


Golden State Warriors 105, Houston Rockets 93 - Running on fumes

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 11 December 2014 - 06:51 AM

    New post: Golden State Warriors 105, Houston Rockets 93 - Running on fumes
    By: Forrest Walker

    The Golden State Warriors are a very good basketball team. I don't mean to alarm anyone, but they may in fact the be the best team right now, and they might, possibly, have the best record, too. It's impressive that they were able to power through and take over a game late despite missing their starting center and key defensive anchor in Andrew Bogut. They've performed very well, and they have a real shot at winning it all. Notes on the Rockets? Oh, of course, the Rockets played in that game, didn't they? For such a back and forth, high-energy game, there's not much of a takeaway for Houston. They're in the same limbo they've been in for weeks now, and things are still basically fine. That's not very exciting, but it's where they stand.


    The game itself was alternatively exciting and frustrating, with a protracted period of frustration to cap it off. Despite the final score, the game was actually close throughout, with the Rockets leading the majority of the time. It took a grand collapse to seal Houston's fate, and it took a lot of factors to cause that collapse. The Rockets made the Warriors work for what could have been a very easy win, and that's a heck of a lot better than rolling over.


    James Harden, in particular, did not roll over. He led the game with 34 points, shot over 50% from the field, grabbed another 8 rebounds (sidebar: this rebounds habit isn't going away and is a striking change that isn't much discussed), dug 4 dimes out of the couch and swiped 4 steals. Harden was doing his damnedest to will the Rockets into a win, but it wasn't to be. Apart from 5 turnovers, there's not much to indict Harden on. Even then, those were turnovers borne of usage, doubling on defense, and the overall cruddiness of the bench.


    Oh, right, the bench was bad. Joey Dorsey, Jason Terry and Nick Johnson were the only non-starters to get minutes before garbage time, and they managed to score 5 points on 2-11 shooting, grab 11 rebounds and rack up a single assist. The bench was awful on offense and not much better on defense. Johnson is still finding his legs, and largely wouldn't be playing normally, but Terry in particular has to perform better if the Rockets are to keep the ball rolling until some players get well. Unfortunately, there's not much to be done about it either way, and optimally none of this will matter much in the near future.


    The starters were good, though, but they played a ton of minutes and petered out at the end. It's not optimal to have four players give 40+ minutes on the first night of a back to back, but there wasn't another good option. The bench might as well have stayed home and the game was very winnable until the last five minutes.


    Trevor Ariza contributed 18 points and shot 4-12 from deep and grabbed 6 boards, which is just about exactly what he needs to do. Perfect. Donatas Motiejunas looked great in the post once again, and the only real snag on the way to 18 points was that the Rockets still can't figure out entry passes for some reason. Patrick Beverley started hot but faded a bit as the game progressed, ending up with 12 points on 15 shots. Tarik Black had a quiet night of 6 points on perfect 3 for 3 shooting, doing exactly the sort of cleanup down low he needs to. All the starters not named Harden picked up 6 rebounds due to some cosmic alignment I'm unaware of.


    There's not a lot to say about this game, even though it was exciting. Injuries thinned the bench, the bench was worse and couldn't take the load, and the starters flagged due to having to pick up the slack. The Warriors had injuries, too, but not nearly the widespread plague of breaks and bruises that the Rockets have suffered. Do the Rockets win if both teams are at full strength? Is there such a thing as full strength? Does it matter? The answer to all of these questions remains a shrug as we spend one more day hoping for recovery.

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    Posted 11 December 2014 - 03:20 PM

    Well, that was a rather glum summary of a game I found quite exciting on both ends of the floor.


    Look, this game came down to two main things.  Let's ignore the bad calls (they went both ways).  Let's ignore the number of bunnies we had rim out (or players just choked and missed)....by my count it was at least 16 points worth.  Let's ignore the low free throw numbers (we only shot 15 free throws for the game and connected on a below average, even for us, 66.7%).


    No, let's get to the heart of it all.  Steve Kerr found a line up, that small ball line-up, which we simply could not match up with.  No Garcia, Papanikoloau, or Jones meant no way to match up.  Kerr exploited it, or stumbled into it due to Bogut's absence, and by the end of the game the second factor came into play--we were spent and they had a little left in the tank.  It showed.


    Despite the above sentiment that there is nothing to take from this game, I think there is plenty.  We can hang with Golden State.  They are good and so are we.  The 0-2 against them is inconsequential outside of pride and vanity.


    I think they gave D-Mo his next lessons in the post.  Catching entry passes when being fronted, shielding the defender when receiving the ball up high, and how to sell fouls when he is getting held down in the post trying to rebound.  The Warriors planted lead boots on him.  I mean, I know D-Mo isn't Dwight when it comes to jumping, but if they are going to do that you have got to do something to get them to stop.  We could have really used a second rebounder down low to keep them honest.  It was 2 on 1 and D-Mo was toast.  Again, good on Kerr for forcing our hands.


    I've seen plenty of people eager to jump all over Terry.  I'm assuming this is residual hatred for Maverick Terry because the guy has been excellent for us this season.  He has one bad game and the hatred starts to flow.  I will agree that he needs to tighten up his passing--other than that he gets a pass from me for having an off night.


    Besides, let's give GS some credit.  They ran us off the 3 pt. line and defended it pretty well.  If our passing had been better things might have been different, but I stopped counting the number of passes to the perimeter that "catch and shooters" had to scoop, leap, bend, stretch, and almost dive for before returning to their shooting motion.  Shots like these rarely go in.  It is as much the passer's fault as it is the shooter and, once again, GS gets some credit for making it tough on us.


    There is plenty to take from this game.  Nick Johnson is going to be an elite defender and I think, eventually, a heady player on offense.  Tarik Black has some moves and composure in the post--which is nice.  D-Mo continues to score despite added defensive intensity.  (there was a moment where it looked like he was starting to regress back to rushing his shot, but it seems he got it under control and was solid from there on out).


    Everything is fine....



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    #3 Cooper


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      Posted 11 December 2014 - 07:04 PM

      Im shocked terry has even played meaningful minutes this year so its hard to bash on him even with significant flaws on d and questionable decision making he's made a huge difference shooting. With a limited roster the bench is going to have bad nights to be in a game with the best team in the league on the road with basically Harden Ariza, Dmo banged up Bev and basically a bunch of dleagers shows quite a lot about the teams character, could have easily sleepwalked through this one but Harden wasn't having it and Bev/ariza are always good for a fight.

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        Posted 11 December 2014 - 08:08 PM

        All in all, I think the main takeaways from this game for the Rockets are just confirmations of what we have been seeing during this whole injury-ridden stretch. Harden is able to lead the team against tough odds with impressive play and effort on both ends (along with the rest of the team). The backups are very hard workers and can come through when necessary. The Rockets have some great chemistry and will keep bringing the fight until they are physically exhausted. And our defense is very impressive, even without Howard.

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          Posted 12 December 2014 - 02:50 AM

          Is Canaan injured? Why didnt he play?

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            Posted 12 December 2014 - 06:48 AM

            I agree with thejohnnygold. Everything is okay. Considering the fact that the Rockets were short handed, rotating only eight players it was a good showing by them. Harden actually outplayed the only player ahead of him in the MVP race in my opinion. I continue to be amazed with the way Harden has upped his game to another level and put the team on his back. He is playing with a great pace. D-Mo struggled, Ariza struggled, Johnson struggled but they are working out the kinks ala Spurs style. No time to panic these growing/injury bug pains will benefit the Rockets later in the season.
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              Posted 12 December 2014 - 03:05 PM

              Canaan sprained his ankle a few weeks back, might be back for Saturday.
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                Posted 12 December 2014 - 04:51 PM

                Oh I assumed he was back. My bad.

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                  Posted 12 December 2014 - 09:58 PM

                  While I would have liked my Houston Rockets to have notched a progression mark against GSW the other night, Kerr's boys are rolling . . . and I say, "have at it, clowns" . . . at this point, they can front-run all they want . . . their reward? Drawing a hell-bent OKC in the first round. Good luck with that.

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