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I can’t remember the last time I watched the Rockets play GS and thought: “Wow, HOU can’t win.”

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by LorneMalvo, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. LorneMalvo

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    Draymond Green is OUT of his athletic prime. Done, finished. The guy who terrorized WC offenses is long gone. His foot speed has regressed, he can’t guard elite talent on the perimeter anymore.

    Athletically he’s still a damn good rim protector, but no longer Gobert-level.


    They don’t have shooting outside KD/Klay/Curry.

    Iguodala is annoyingly pretty much still who he was even 3 yrs ago however. I don’t know why he won’t just drop off already.

    Looney has developed into a good player who unserstands positioning on both ends.

    Boogie is an offensive blackhole and is exploitable in a lot of ways defensively. On top of that he’s lost some bounce. He still is nimble for his size though.

    I think Draymonds regression alone makes them worse than last year but roughly the same team.

    This Rockets team traded smarts for athleticism. House is better than Ariza though I’m still not sure how his man defense will hold up.

    He’s definitely not horrific like Green. But he’s also not super quick laterally like Rivers. And he seems to lack strength a tad.
     
  2. ItsMyFault

    ItsMyFault Contributing Member

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    I like the optimism but I disagree with pretty much everything you said.
     
  3. topfive

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    Nah, he's pretty much right on everything.

    It's only hard to see if you're blinded by the media's image of THE GREATEST BASKETBALL DYNASTY OF ALL TIME!

    Some of us have our shades on.
     
  4. Harrisment

    Harrisment i had suffice

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    How about we worry about Golden State when we're actually playing them.
     
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    And I genuinely disagree with all of this.

    I’m never optimistic.

    You haven’t watched as much of the league as I have the past two years, realistically.

    Boogie is still inefficient and their offense tanks with him on the floor. New Orleans had the same Boogie problem last year and was FAR better after he went down. Went from playing .500 ball to comfortably making the postseason, dominating Portland, and taking a game off GS. All without him.

    Boogie’s been overrated for years now. More than that, he absolutely is exploitable due to his ridiculous foul habit and slow feet.

    Draymond is a lot worse than ever athletically. I’m not even gonna go through that.

    House has every advantage over Ariza offensively. Far better ball handler and passer, and finisher, and shooter. Shooter off the dribble as well. And he’s much fresher. Ariza always tailed off offensively when his minutes got high. Defensively, the gap isn’t isn’t clear to me yet. Interested in how others see their defense. But offensively there’s no question at all.
     
  6. whathappened

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    League is rigged and the warriors are the biggest cash cow in the playoffs especially with lebron sitting at home.
     
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    Harden will have to be great to push through the corruption. I think he can do it to be honest he just can't rely on the refs in winning time..
     
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    ItsMyFault Contributing Member

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    Nope, I have. I still disagree.

    This isn’t a who’s right or wrong conversation here. It’s a your opinion is yours and mine is mine. Everything you’ve posted is all opinion based and for the most part I disagree.

    That’s that.
     
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    hmm, I have. G7 last year when we kept bricking 3s and refs not giving us calls. I already knew we were going to lose beginning of the 4th.
     
  10. daywalker02

    daywalker02 Easter Egg Hunter - Tell me why? نحن عائلة
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    GSW wouldn't be GSW if they at least did not try to make it more interesting.

    I think in KD's first season they looked unbeatable and in the regular season before that.

    How many ships did they have now - 3 or 4? Stopped counting and be interested in.

    Ah, only 3.
     
  11. ryano2009

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    I agree with the OP but house isnt better than ariza. Ariza was vital part of our run last year. I know he was bricking most of the playoffs last year but he was the x-factor in our switch defense and big part why it worked. House has the athleticism to be a good defender but he isnt quite there yet.
     
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    F the Worriers
     
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    We were a better team last year, because the sum of our parts were greater. Not so much this year.

    House better than Ariza? No need to go there since it’s wrong and House hasn’t proven ****.

    We’ll have a chance sure, but I wouldn’t underestimate the impact Boogie and DG can have. Watch them get rebound after rebound, punishing our small lineups and then see if you still feel the same way.
     
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    House is like the ZYX factor, not much data on him in the playoffs.
     
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    We should not have too much optimism after the choking job playing against OKC.
     
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    Don't know why we wouldn't have as good as shot this year as last year. Ariza's defensive presence will be missed, but I actually think the rest of the team is stronger when you consider Mbah a Moute was done by the Golden State series last-year.
     
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    For some reason I can’t help but feel like the Rockets will lose in 5. Harden needs to go nuclear.
     
  18. daywalker02

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    One year older - mostly PJ, CP, Ego. Nene.
     
  19. Le$$

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    knowing are luck we creep buy gsw in 7 in some miracle, and be so tired for game 1 and 2 of the western confernce finals and take 0-2 back to nuggets at denver, and lose out that series 4-3.

    Then next years theme will be "Run it Back Again At the Golden Nugget, James Harden Strippers half price
    !"
     
  20. whiskeyred

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    I’d start by beating the Jazz
     
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