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@  DenverRocket : (11 March 2016 - 08:51 PM) Great interview with DM: http://espn.go.com/e...lay?id=14951528
@  majik19 : (10 March 2016 - 02:20 AM) pathetic how close this game is...
@  thejohnnygold : (06 March 2016 - 12:48 AM) Those are some sweet socks. Have fun!
@  bboley24 : (05 March 2016 - 06:38 PM) Im going to the game tonight in Chicago. Ill be in the bright rockets sweater. Wearing my socks as usual. Then off to the Cleveland game in a few weeks as well! My wife is an amazing woman.
@  thejohnnygold : (05 March 2016 - 05:52 PM) Dekker and Harell looking pretty good down in RGV...especially Harell. LINK
@  majik19 : (03 March 2016 - 04:53 PM) the Rockets are so desperate they signed Michael Beasley to a 1+ year contract...
@  thejohnnygold : (03 March 2016 - 01:59 AM) Gotta admit, I like what I'm seeing so far...4 minutes left in 1st half and the entire team looks good...now if we can just get some of these 3's to fall...
@  slick shoes : (02 March 2016 - 09:10 PM) I wonder what happens to his share of the team now?
@  slick shoes : (02 March 2016 - 09:09 PM) "The Oklahoma City Police Department said he was traveling at a high speed and "pretty much drove straight into the wall.""
@  thejohnnygold : (02 March 2016 - 08:57 PM) Sounds more like suicide...
@  slick shoes : (02 March 2016 - 08:14 PM) So the minority owner of the Thunder died in a one car accident one day after being indicted for antitrust.... Coincidence?
@  slick shoes : (01 March 2016 - 10:56 PM) That's the one, JG. Smooth as eggs.
@  majik19 : (01 March 2016 - 08:49 PM) Milwaukee averages 99.1 pts per game. We gave up 128. What more proof do we need that our defensive scheme is nonexistent?
@  Sir Thursday : (01 March 2016 - 07:50 PM) So, Ty Lawson is gone. Let's see if the team can keep their unbeaten record going when he's not in uniform (currently 7-0!)
@  thejohnnygold : (01 March 2016 - 07:28 PM) You mean this pass? :)
@  slick shoes : (01 March 2016 - 03:17 PM) That behind the back bounce pass to JET though....
@  thenit : (01 March 2016 - 07:16 AM) Thanks JG, if its accurate I like his attitude regarding contracts etc. He looked pretty good tonight despite being off for months.
@  thejohnnygold : (29 February 2016 - 09:29 PM) This is interesting: LINK Some Lithuanian-speaking guy caught this interview D-Mo did with Lithuanian media and translated it. Good and quick read. I assume the translation is legit. D-Mo says the Pistons just changed their mind--failing the physical was just their way of backing out of the deal. Assuming that is true, and that Van Gundy made the original call it makes me wonder if someone higher up made him reverse it.... <_<
@  txtdo1411 : (27 February 2016 - 06:23 PM) I can't reply to Richard Li's article for some reason, but I wanted to make a couple of comments. I would say Lin was better here. His last season here was his most efficient season. Only thing that was slightly down was assists, but that makes sense with 2 other distributors in Harden and Parsons. I also think it is fairly obvious that Josh Smith is best here. He can't even get on the floor with other teams. I'd probably argue Brewer as well. He started rough this year, but his efficiency in the second half of last season, and here as of late is better than he was with the Nuggets and T-wolves. Carlos Delfino had his best season here.I'm fairly certain the 2 seasons Jones started will prove to be his best 2 seasons of his career. Asik averaged a double double while playing here, with very good efficiency. Patrick Patterson's half season of playing with Harden in this system was by far his best in his career. What players have left the Rockets and been significantly better? Parsons? His %'s have risen slightly, but couldn't that just be natural progression on his part? Who else has left this terrible system to go on and be a stud in a good system?
@  txtdo1411 : (27 February 2016 - 12:04 AM) Good riddance Dan! I can not stand that guy. I honestly would not be surprised if Fegan was a part of all the negative and "unnamed sources" articles.


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    Posted 09 March 2016 - 06:17 AM

    I'm watching the Blazers vs Wizards right now on a Tuesday evening. And wow. I'm wondering how we ever beat them this year. Besides one half of basketball, they not only "virtually swept" us but they pretty much blew us out.
    Not because they are 10 times better than us, But because they are disciplined and do so many things well.
    1. They have an amazing floor leader- Lillard
    2. And a solid Batman in McCollum
    3. Their role players play their role. They cut and screen and move and rebound and play defense and are ACTIVE Just play hard. Seemingly every second.
    4. They have an amazing coach. I've read and observed and whole heartedly agree with others that he is a teacher and spends one on one team helping each individual player reach their potential.

    Next ---- do you ever wonder if the Rockets watch other games on their days off??? Do we ever watch other teams and pick up anything positive that they can add to our team?!
    For example, when watching the Warriors or the Spurs (good/bad example), I notice so much ball and player movement on offense.
    In contrast the Rockets give the ball to our very talented scorer Harden and stand still till we launch a step back three.
    Is it easier to key in on one player to stop him or is it harder to guard against constant ball movement and cutting and screens? Can we play smarter not harder?
    Even Steph Curry willingly gives up the ball knowing that he will get it right back in a better position and/or in position that makes the defense more vulnerable.

    One play kills me. The Warriors have scored dozens of 3 pointers on this play. They do it over and over and it still works. Draymond Green takes a mini break and drives hard to the basket. But he isn't going to score, at the last second he whips a pass to the corner where a shooter is waiting to launch a corner 3 pointer. That shooter is ALWAYS there.
    Or he takes the ball in the post and backs in his defender and similarly sends that pass to the corner (either corner) and gets a wide open 3. Can someone stop this simple yet effective play?

    Still watching this game. Gosh! McCollum and Lillard have such good chemistry. I'm jealous.
    The reason why Portland was always 20 points up on us (in the 2 games prior to the ALLSTAR Break) is because they aggressively attack the offense glass and passionately play defense and always seem to get open shots against us (because of our lackadaisical defense).
    Aminu, Leonard, Henderson, Crabbe, Harkless. One could argue that all 5 of them are having the best season of each of their individual careers. And truthfully McCollum is too and maybe even Lillard.
    How many Rockets are having their best season ever?

    The point of this ramble is not to beat down the Rockets. But what can we do to develop our talent?
    How can our coaching staff maximize our players potential?
    What needs to be done to get the kind of defensive effort that only shows in 4th quarters when in the midst of a 20 point comeback, on a more consistent basis?

    Dallas is losing games down the stretch, the Jazz are struggling on their road trip. The Blazers have some tough games coming up too.

    Our March schedule is brutal. BUT ......

    Can you imagine us getting the 6th seed and the Clippers getting the 3rd and we shock the world again by beating them in a hard fought 7 game series?! I can!!

    Let's do this Rockets.
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