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@  Willk : (11 February 2016 - 06:02 AM) JBB is the worst coach in the league. Morey get out of the office and coach the team since you are really the coach of this team
@  thejohnnygold : (11 February 2016 - 05:10 AM) Sorry guys, I clearly jinxed us :(
@  thejohnnygold : (11 February 2016 - 04:17 AM) Really like what JB has cooked up for our offense through first quarter and a half. Maybe there is hope :)
@  slick shoes : (10 February 2016 - 01:54 PM) At least we didn't get embarrassed again?
@  Mario Peña : (10 February 2016 - 04:19 AM) The invisible defense is in full effect.
@  majik19 : (09 February 2016 - 09:23 PM) with the bizarro Rockets, we'll probably somehow win tonight
@  slick shoes : (09 February 2016 - 03:15 PM) GS will enjoy a nice 30 point cushion for the majority of the game and after clearing both benches, our 2nd unit will make things "respectable" again.
@  Sir Thursday : (07 February 2016 - 05:16 PM) Still a depressing loss though :(.
@  Sir Thursday : (07 February 2016 - 05:16 PM) I thought the defence looked a lot better once we put a proper big man in rather than playing Ariza at the 4. Ariza was consistently late on the rotation against the pick-and-roll, but genuine big men tend to have better instincts about snuffing that sort of thing out. I think Harrell and Capela did a good job when put in that role.
@  DenverRocket : (05 February 2016 - 02:38 AM) I thought we'd seen the worst of it this season, but that Q1 ranks up there with it!
@  slick shoes : (04 February 2016 - 06:54 PM) DMo is back from the D-League. Might see some big minutes from him tonight.
@  Sir Thursday : (03 February 2016 - 11:51 PM) TJ was in a car accident on the way to the airport according to Feigen. Hope it wasn't anything too serious...
@  Cooper : (03 February 2016 - 09:49 PM) Crowder would be great
@  slick shoes : (03 February 2016 - 07:33 PM) I read that too but can't imagine what they could offer in return other than draft picks (which we have none of for this years draft).
@  majik19 : (03 February 2016 - 06:50 PM) Calvin Watkins said something about a potential Dwight Howard to Boston trade... but haven't seen any other details on that.
@  slick shoes : (02 February 2016 - 03:38 PM) the point: it seems you have missed it lol
@  thenit : (02 February 2016 - 06:23 AM) well its not really a snub when you aren't deserving
@  thejohnnygold : (02 February 2016 - 12:13 AM) Hopefully he is more concerned about our W's and L's right now than another All-Star game. His body could use the rest and I'm guessing he will be glad to kick back and enjoy watching from home.
@  slick shoes : (01 February 2016 - 09:45 PM) I wasn't really asking if YOU thought he was a snub. I was wondering how Dwight feels about it.
@  thenit : (30 January 2016 - 03:45 AM) Honestly D12 is like the 8th best big man in the west.


Ball is Life: A look at the Houston Rockets’s NBA playoff chances

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 12 February 2016 - 01:59 PM

    New post: Ball is Life: A look at the Houston Rockets’s NBA playoff chances
    By: Paul McGuire

    The Houston Rockets are in 9th place.


    I still can’t believe I just typed that sentence out. As terrible as this season has been, I doubt there was a single Rockets fans who thought this team would struggle to make the NBA playoffs. And there is certainly a valid train of thought that this team should just tank for the rest of the season, if not tear this team down completely.


    Morey may be thinking about that, given yesterday's news that Houston may be looking to trade Dwight Howard. But let us assume for now that the teams stays as it is. Under those circumstances, what do Houston’s chances of making the playoffs look like? Even after yesterday’s loss to the Blazers, ESPN’s BPI Playoff odds gives the Rockets a 2 in 3 chance of making the playoffs. Could that possibly be too optimistic?




    The first thing to do is to understand who Houston’s competitors are for the honor of getting blown out four times against the Spurs and Warriors.


    While the Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings are not that far above and below the Rockets, Houston should focus on the Portland Trail Blazers and the Utah Jazz. Both teams are sitting at .500, half a game ahead of the Rockets. The Trail Blazers, as we have seen twice, are a cohesive team which relies on the duo attack of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. They have managed to survive the loss of Aldridge and have won eight of their last nine games, with the one loss being to the Toronto Raptors.


    But while Portland is a fun and great story, the Utah Jazz are the better team. They’ve been slowed down by injuries to Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert, who have each missed around 20 games. But they are both healthy now and the Jazz had won seven straight games before dropping one to the Pelicans on Wednesday night.


    Schedule comparison


    So, how do those two teams’ upcoming schedules compare to Houston’s?


    The Rockets have 27 games left in this season. They have played two games of a five game roadtrip which will end on February 27.


    Seven of those games are against teams with a record of .600 or better – the Spurs, the Cavaliers, the Clippers, and two games against the Raptors and the Thunder. Then Houston has eight more games against teams with a better than .500 record – the Celtics, Hawks, Hornets, Grizzlies, Pacers, Mavericks, and two games against the Bulls.
    Perhaps most important of all, Houston has three games total against the Jazz and Trail Blazers, both whom are sitting at .500.


    Portland has 28 games left. They also have seven games against team with a .600+ record, with three of those games against the Warriors juggernaut. They then have eight more games against teams with a .500+ record.


    Utah has 30 games left in this season. The Jazz have eight games against teams with a .600+ record and then six more games against teams with a .500+ record.


    So from a team opponent perspective, all three are about the same. I think Houston does have the easiest schedule out of the three teams, and they do have just six back to backs compared to seven for the Jazz and Blazers. But it will not make a huge difference.


    Time to worry?


    And here is the problem. If the Rockets cannot look to an easier schedule and hope things will turn around, then they have to look inside themselves.


    The Jazz and the Blazers have played through plenty of adversity this season. Utah has been dealing with constant injuries to their most important players. The Blazers lost an All-Star caliber player in the offseason and were expected to finish at the bottom of the Western Conference during the preseason


    Both teams had their excuses to suck, and yet they have found a way to get to where they are. And since both the Jazz and Blazers are young teams with rising stars, even a four game blowout will serve as an opportunity for Favors or Lillard or Gobert to grow and develop.


    Houston has nothing like that. The Rockets have no bench, and no young future All-Stars. The team is what it is at this point, barring some progression from Montrezl Harrell or maybe K.J. McDaniels or Motiejunas.


    I still think that even after everything which has happened, the Rockets are a more talented team than those two. But perhaps if there’s anything which Rockets fans should take away from this season, it’s the importance of both chemistry and coaching. While Terry Stotts and Quinn Snyder are no Popovich or Carlisle, they are still two of the better coaches in the league.


    No one would say that about Bickerstaff.


    So, can the Rockets make the playoffs? It’s certainly possible. But as things continue to look worse and worse for this team, it’s hard to say that it is probable.

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