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@  YaoMan : (23 October 2015 - 04:49 PM) Zach Lowe seems to think the Rox are the biggest threat to GSW: http://grantland.com...-16-nba-season/
@  cointurtlemoose : (23 October 2015 - 04:36 PM) Hey if yall want a good podcast to listen to, find the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast on Itunes, Rahat just did a Rockets preview with the host.
@  majik19 : (13 October 2015 - 09:09 PM) Apparently we claimed Arsalan Kazemi off waivers from the Hawks today... yet another undersized (6'7") power forward for Morey's cupboard.
@  Mario Peña : (10 October 2015 - 01:12 PM) If your part if the Red94 Fantasy Basketball League check the thread to vote for the date and time for the draft event. Thanks y'all!
@  jorgeaam : (07 October 2015 - 08:47 PM) Guys we need 1 more owner for the Red94 fantasy league, if interested please comment on the post in the fantasy basketball thread
@  slick shoes : (07 October 2015 - 06:50 PM) Kobe ranked one spot higher than Ariza? Is this based on legacy or...??
@  slick shoes : (07 October 2015 - 04:13 PM) It was hard to keep up with both the Astros and Rockets at the same time. Should be interesting on Thursday with the Texans and Astros on simultaneously.
@  Mario Peña : (07 October 2015 - 04:09 PM) It was fun to have the Rockets on last night! Right now I'm watching the Celtics versus Milan and Alessandro Gentile is impressive.
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 07:47 PM) Well, thinking twice about it, I'd rather have him score less and have the team as a whole do better. Lawson should take a lot of his load off
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 07:47 PM) Loving that, hope he hits 30 PPG this year
@  thejohnnygold : (06 October 2015 - 06:15 PM) Someone is feeling confident :) : LINK
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 05:54 PM) 10 Teams done, will need 2 more
@  Mario Peña : (06 October 2015 - 02:35 PM) Alright guys, if anyone is interested in joining the Red94 fantasy basketball league we could use one more player to get us to 10 teams (or three to get us to 12 teams). Just check the thread in the Fantasy Basketball forum. Thanks!
@  thejohnnygold : (05 October 2015 - 06:23 PM) I use leaguepass here in Austin with no problems...
@  skip 2 my lou : (05 October 2015 - 03:14 PM) Hey fellas, I'm a rocket fan but I live in the heart of Dallas. Does anybody know if I buy NBA Leaguepass if it's too close to be subject to blackouts?
@  Losthief : (02 October 2015 - 02:24 AM) tks jg
@  thejohnnygold : (29 September 2015 - 05:16 AM) FYI, it was media day today. Interviews are up at NBA.com
@  slick shoes : (23 September 2015 - 06:37 PM) kind of late in the day but NBATV is broadcasting classis Rockets games all day today.
@  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.
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Houston Rockets 115, Oklahoma City Thunder 112: The duel


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#1 Red94

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    Posted 05 April 2015 - 08:57 PM

    New post: Houston Rockets 115, Oklahoma City Thunder 112: The duel
    By: Forrest Walker

    James Harden and Russell Westbrook met at high noon to settle it once and for all. Two men, two teams, two playoff hunts stared each other down in Oklahoma and took their shot at each other. When the sun set on their showdown, both men had given it all, but only one would take away a win. James Harden's Rockets carried the day, even while Westbrook notched yet another triple double. There was no crushing victory for either man or either team, as the Thunder stayed close all game and very nearly snatched a victory while James Harden sat, fouled out. There was only a knock-down, drag-out fight that the Rockets wearily weathered. And we still don't know which man is the hero of this western.

     

    Westbrook's line is a nightmare for his opponents: today he racked up 40 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in his 11th triple double of the season. The Thunder are desperate for wins at this point, and Westbrook is keeping the ship afloat almost single-handedly while Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant watch from the sidelines. Thunder GM Sam Presti has done a fantastic job surrounding Westbrook with talent and depth, but that can only go so far. Today, the Houston Rockets pushed the Thunder just past their breaking point, with James Harden as the tip of that spear.

     

    Harden's line wasn't as gaudy as Westbrook's triple double, but was just as valuable. His 41 points came on only 22 shots, as opposed to the 29 Westbrook needed for 40. The main difference in shooting was from three point range, where Harden's 6-9 blew away Westbrook's very respectable 4-11. James only notched 6 rebounds and 6 assists, but his 3 steals and 3 turnovers compared well to Westbrooks 0 steals and 4 turnovers. On balance, Westbrook's box score was probably a little better, and he didn't foul out with 33 seconds left like Harden did, but Harden was just as valuable to his team. It was Harden who threw daggers into the heart of OKC's late-game comeback run, after the thunder had pulled into a 100-point tie on a Westbrook three.

     

    Dwight Howard also put in some work in this game, raiding his minutes cap and raising his production, too. He played 23 minutes, scoring 22 points in that time, mostly on alley-oops and putbacks. Apart from a few ill-conceived post-ups, Howard seems mostly willing to play in the role that many have sought for him: pick and roll master. He's one of the best roll men in the league, and his ability to finish at the rim off a cut is nearly unstoppable. He and Josh Smith showed off their chemistry, and when those two work together to take apart defenses, good things happen.

     

    Both teams got into foul trouble early, and stayed there all game. Steven Adams and James Harden eventually fouled out, with one loss a bit sharper than the other. The whole game was intensely physical, and neither team shot well because of it. The Rockets continued their habit of missing open threes as well, coming in at a dismal 8-28 for 29%. Players other than harden shot a horrifying 2-19 from deep. The Rockets also made their own lives worse by missing 19 of their 50 free throws, many of which came from intentional fouls to put Joey Dorsey or Dwight Howard at the line.

     

    Despite an ugly, free-throw riddled, beat-em-up game, the Rockets were able to hold on to a lead for most of the game. After an 18-0 run in the first quarter to gain a ten point lead, the Rockets never trailed again, and only tied for the briefest of moments in the waning minutes. The Thunder absolutely needed that win and played hard all game, but the Rockets responded and held on. Anthony Morrow in particular was a thorn in Houston's side, shooting 6-8 from deep, but it wasn't him that the Thunder ran a play for when they were down 3 with mere seconds to go. Instead, it was Westbrook who heaved a desperation three when he thought Corey Brewer fouled him. There was no whistle, and the game ended with a scrum for a loose ball.

     

    The showdown at Oklahoma City ended as it began: two teams, locked in a fight to prove who's better once and for all. Nothing was resolved, and the fight only intensified. After the final play, Enes Kanter took exception to Trevor Ariza's rough box-out and got into it with Houston's premier wing defender. The two almost scuffled while Dwight Howard interceded and eventually cooler heads prevailed. There's no love lost between these teams, and they'll have another showdown eventually. But if the Thunder lose any more games, it might not be in the playoffs.


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    #2 Stephen

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      Posted 05 April 2015 - 11:47 PM

      The most impressive part of Rocket's season to date-they have the second most road wins in the League. In a Division where every team has at least 25 home wins.


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        Posted 06 April 2015 - 01:16 AM

        The most important aspect of this game was Howard. I found it interesting that he stayed the heck out of the way  Westbrook's and Waiter's lane drives about four times. I do not know if that is a lack of explosiveness on his part or just trying not to pick up the fouls. But the Rockets defense is certainly much better when Howard is on the court.

         

        The offensive aspect of Howard's game is very promising. He was a P&R monster much of the night, and seemed to score at will on lob passes at the rim. When Howard focuses on those two offensive plays he is one of the most efficient players in the NBA. 22 points in 23 minutes.

         

        The FT problem will be at least partially fixed once D-Mo is playing again and Capela and Dorsey do not see the court. I personally cannot wait. The statistical analysis says that the break even point on intentionally fouling a player is approximately 52% shooting from the line. (1.08 PPP in the NBA on average.) Jones and D-Mo are well above that cut off point and Smith and Howard are slightly above it. Capela at 0% and Dorsey at 26% basically mean they cannot see the floor in the playoffs.

         

        The Rockets last five games look extremely difficult. SA twice, NOP, CHA and Utah. There is one back to back left, with the Hornets on the rear end of it. Two of those games are extremely difficult, two are dangerous and the one gimme is the second half of a back to back. Ouch.


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        #4 Jatman20

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          Posted 06 April 2015 - 02:53 AM

          Harden 12 of 22 FGA vs Westbrook 12 of 29 FGA. The article brings this up; but the national media loves Westbrook and glosses over that aspect of his game.
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            Posted 06 April 2015 - 03:37 AM

            The best part about the win was that Harden fouled out and we didn't blow it. Even with OKC's crazy 3 pt shooting at the end.


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              Posted 06 April 2015 - 04:50 AM

              The most important aspect of this game was Howard. I found it interesting that he stayed the heck out of the way  Westbrook's and Waiter's lane drives about four times. I do not know if that is a lack of explosiveness on his part or just trying not to pick up the fouls. But the Rockets defense is certainly much better when Howard is on the court.

               

              The offensive aspect of Howard's game is very promising. He was a P&R monster much of the night, and seemed to score at will on lob passes at the rim. When Howard focuses on those two offensive plays he is one of the most efficient players in the NBA. 22 points in 23 minutes.

               

              I too was wondering about that; don't know if he's just still kinda "saving himself" and easing back into things, but there were at least like 3 or 4 drives that "playoff" Dwight (or just normal Dwight, I guess) would have smothered and/or swatted. But yeah, his offensive play and results were awesome.

               

              And if I've assessed the standings/rules properly, we probably just need to go 3-2 to finish out, and win at least one of the SA games in order to keep the 2 seed. The Grizz have a tougher schedule than we do (and they're still kinda slumping), so I'm thinking they'll finish 3-2 at best. The Clippers might win their remaining 4 games, but even then, they'll tie us, and we have the tie breaker (since we'll likely then be division winners)...... But, if the Spurs take both games vs us this week (and win their remaining games), at best it would result in a tie atop the division, and then it would actually go to the fifth criteria for playoff tiebreakers (W/L percentage among Western playoff teams), which the Spurs would win. And compounded with that, that would remove our would-have-been trump card vs. the Clippers if we end up tied, and then it is possible we would slide down to 5.

               

              So really, winning at least one of those Spurs games determines a lot for seeding.

               

              (But that was confusing to think through, so please tell me if I'm wrong)


              Edited by cointurtlemoose, 06 April 2015 - 04:51 AM.

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