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@  SadLakerFan : (16 September 2015 - 04:37 AM) Man, as a Laker fan, I'm learning how little you care about the off season when your team sucks. Anyway, a quick moment to remember Moses. Still remember watching the 81 team as a kid - losing record, NBA Finals. I would have cried w/joy if they could have beaten the Celtics.
@  jorgeaam : (15 September 2015 - 08:30 PM) http://bleacherrepor...ist-after-crash
@  jorgeaam : (15 September 2015 - 08:30 PM) So to celebrate his new contract, Montrezl Harrell saved someone's life on monday
@  thejohnnygold : (14 September 2015 - 04:36 PM) A good article from Blinebury talking about when Hakeem and Moses used to play in the park. LINK
@  rockets best... : (14 September 2015 - 02:29 AM) I agree totally. I got to watch his Rocket days and the man was a hell of a player. BIG MO R.I.P.
@  Mario Peña : (13 September 2015 - 05:24 PM) Sad to see Moses pass. I don't remember watching him as a Rocket but I do remember his Philly and Hawks teams. He was the perfect man to mentor Dream. It's a very sad day for his family and friends and there are many.
@  majik19 : (12 September 2015 - 09:01 PM) i just saw a post wishing Yao Ming a happy 35th birthday... am I the only one whose mind is blown that he's only 35?
@  cointurtlemoose : (08 September 2015 - 01:17 AM) aaaah, thanks jorge
@  jorgeaam : (08 September 2015 - 12:21 AM) Love it how Hinkie and Morey always target the same players, but hoping he isn't another Covington
@  thejohnnygold : (08 September 2015 - 12:03 AM) Christian Wood has signed with Philly
@  jorgeaam : (07 September 2015 - 10:32 PM) If I'm not wrong, he hasn't been waived yet, they have until october 4th to do that
@  cointurtlemoose : (07 September 2015 - 05:39 PM) Anyone else surprised that Kostas hasn't gotten picked up by anyone yet? I wanna see that guy play somewhere
@  redfaithful : (05 September 2015 - 10:48 PM) Llull line from today loss to Serbia: 30MIN 1-10PG, 0-5 3PG, 4-4FT 6AST, 1TO, 4REB, +/- -11
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:27 AM) this dude's gun fired and all he got a misdemeanor at bush lol: http://abc13.com/new...ush-iah/815795/
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:26 AM) theres more articles all over, but the jist is houston (and texas) doesn't really arrest for it, they just recommend you leave it in your car when they catch it. So seems dwight got lucky he was in texas and not cali or the NE.
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:22 AM) honestly we should just be glad they caught it...
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:21 AM) response: http://nymag.com/dai...n_airplane.html
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 01:42 AM) one bullet left in the chamber is diff than fully loaded and ready to go. Still stupid...but not like he was prepared for a shooting spree.
@  jorgeaam : (02 September 2015 - 09:33 PM) http://www.tmz.com/2...t-get-arrested/
@  jorgeaam : (02 September 2015 - 09:33 PM) So according to TMZ (I know, I know) Dwight Howard had an incident last month in which he took a loaded gun into an airport, but he was allowed to give it to a friend to take it back and wasn't arrested.


Another passing play from the Houston Rockets' big men

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 13 January 2015 - 01:53 PM

    New post: Another passing play from the Houston Rockets' big men
    By: Rahat Huq

    After Donatas Motiejunas began to emerge early this season, many wondered how he and Dwight Howard would fit together manning the Houston frontline.  Would the same spacing issues that plagued the Asik-Howard duo manifest themselves yet again?  I began examining the impact the players had upon defenses when playing together, concluding that each man's unique abilities could create interesting opportunities for the Houston offense.  Then Josh Smith happened, Motiejunas went to the bench, and Houston plummeted.  D-Mo has since been reinserted into the lineup, and Houston is thriving, causing me to wonder this weekend if Smith would again be given the starting role.  Subsequently, sources close to the team informed me that, contrary to an initial report, upon which I had based my premise, no starting job promise was made to Smith in the team's negotiations with the forward.  With the team playing well again, one can probably rest assured knowing that this current lineup will likely stay intact.


    Last night, there was an interesting exchange that seemed promising, but gave rise to some concerns.  Let's take a look.




    Harden drives off the Motiejunas pick, Motiejunas catches and lobs to Howard who is unable to handle the pass.  Ariza eventually scores off the layup, but in most instances, that's probably a Howard slam.  Let's look closer.




    After Harden comes around the pick, he has occupied the attention of two defenders.  Motiejunas is free to roll into open space.  If this were Asik, last year, instead of Motiejunas, because the former is incapable of the one-bounce dribble drive, the options would be far more limited.




    After D-Mo takes one dribble, his man cuts him off.  Plumlee also seeps over to cut off the lane as an extra line of defense.  Motiejunas throws the errant pass, causing Howard to reach back.  The Rockets eventually score, but not as an intended consequence of that play.


    You can look at this sequence one of two ways.  On the one hand, Howard probably catches that pass if he's healthy.  On the other hand, you could say Plumlee played that possession about as perfectly as possible.  He's leaked over enough to deter Motiejunas, but not so much to where Howard is left alone completely undeterred.  What happens if that's Serge Ibaka?


    How the two Rockets big men interact will most likely determine this season.  Harden will be Harden, and Ariza and Beverley will be constants with limited variance.  But Houston must learn to play off of and take advantage of its two big men to go far, and its two big men must learn to play off of each other.  Asik and Howard, despite their defensive dominance, never figured things out, and that's why Asik is gone and why the Rockets went home early last summer.  But Motiejunas is far more talented than his Turkish predecessor, and should do better taking advantage of the attention Dwight Howard draws on a constant basis.


    I'm going to be watching the Thunder game closely, as should you if you care about this team.  How will Serge Ibaka react when Dwight Howard has the ball?  Last season, Ibaka was able to sag off of Terrence Jones, disrupting Howard in the post.  Will he be able to give that much attention this time around?  In the alternate, if Motiejunas is the playmaker, can Adams handle Howard alone on the weakside?

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