1. Welcome! Please take a few seconds to create your free account to post threads, make some friends, remove a few ads while surfing and much more. ClutchFans has been bringing fans together to talk Houston Sports since 1996. Join us!

This is the first time since 2017-18 that I feel the Rockets should win every game they play.

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by bmd, Feb 25, 2020.

  1. bmd

    bmd Member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2012
    Messages:
    7,565
    Likes Received:
    2,994
    Obviously, no team wins every game they play. But in 2017-18, it felt like they were going to win every time they stepped on the floor, and it was an anomaly if they didn't. But these past two seasons, I never felt confident any time they stepped on the floor. Sure, they would win a decent number of games, but they never felt like a well-oiled machine. Wins weren't exactly coming easy, and losses were higher than expected for a contender. They never seemed all-in on their identity.

    It seems now they know exactly who they are and are confident in what they are doing. Westbrook has figured out exactly how to play on this team. Harden is Harden. The roster is filled with capable role players. They know how they want to play on offense, and they've now committed to an identity on defense. And they have the right personnel to do it. 1 through 13 on the roster are capable NBA veterans.

    I haven't felt this confident in this team's ability to win games every time they step on the floor since the 2017-18 season when they could rattle off 10 wins in a row like nothing. And they still have 25 games to improve even more and really mesh as a team heading into the playoffs.
     
  2. Le$$

    Le$$ Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2016
    Messages:
    2,111
    Likes Received:
    1,470
    Sorry to be a debbie downer. Id like to say hey! right on, but its the NBA, and those shots will sometimes not fall. If the 3pt shot is not falling and the other team finds a way to contain Harden, but lets westbrook do his thing, and it a close game, that so much where the final 2:00 there shots are falling and or houston just cant get back into the game.

    Rockets are going to lose the game if there shots are not falling. doesnt matter what team they are playing.

    - Tonight could be a perfect example, Memphis is surprising teams, and Ja Morant can come out and beat you, along with there other guys.. Just to put in retro spec...

    The Memphis Grizzlies are the second best team in the NBA in turning offense into defense, generating 5.8 points per 100 possessions.

    Rockets need to watch out for this, because it could hurt them. Rockets must not take them lightly or it will bite them. Expect playoff like game.
     
    joeson332 and hakeem94 like this.
  3. rockbox

    rockbox Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2000
    Messages:
    17,057
    Likes Received:
    3,528
    With a healthy Westbrook, I agree with you. Covington is better than Ariza and Westbrook is better than CP3.
     
    rhee, slickricky, sammy and 6 others like this.
  4. YOLO

    YOLO Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2012
    Messages:
    27,994
    Likes Received:
    21,258
    CF's just loves to jinx this team.
     
    Drogba and fckbandwagons like this.
  5. Will

    Will Clutch Crew
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 1999
    Messages:
    4,573
    Likes Received:
    6,518
    I'm partying like we just invented the bow and arrow and we're mowing down enemy infantry in every war. And any day now, somebody's gonna discover gunpowder and we're screwed. So live it up!
     
    LCAhmed, Deuce, Jake Tower and 25 others like this.
  6. hakeem94

    hakeem94 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2016
    Messages:
    13,689
    Likes Received:
    18,817
    AWESOME
     
  7. seclusion

    seclusion Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2003
    Messages:
    7,074
    Likes Received:
    1,068
    I think we already discovered gunpowder and someone else is going to invent drones.
     
    Caprah, D-rock, Drogba and 2 others like this.
  8. seclusion

    seclusion Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2003
    Messages:
    7,074
    Likes Received:
    1,068
    They're playing the Grizzlies tomorrow night.
     
    D-rock, Red Nation RGV and hakeem94 like this.
  9. LosPollosHermanos

    LosPollosHermanos MoRley only Fan
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    24,713
    Likes Received:
    7,747
    Lmao no!
     
    Drogba likes this.
  10. RudyTBag

    RudyTBag Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2006
    Messages:
    24,086
    Likes Received:
    11,204
    Every single team can lose If their shots aren't falling.

    Rockets are actually more capable of winning in this scenario with the way they score in the paint and get to the FT line. We manufacture points out of nothing as well as anyone.
     
  11. TheRealAllpro

    TheRealAllpro Morey only fan
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2012
    Messages:
    5,596
    Likes Received:
    4,606
    If the bench wins us a game I will get on this level ;)
     
  12. TheRealist137

    TheRealist137 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2009
    Messages:
    27,793
    Likes Received:
    8,501
    Westbrook is arguably worse than CP3 right now. You should look at CP3's performance against the Warriors in 2018 before he got hurt. Westbrook needs to prove he has it like this in the Playoffs.

    Covington is better than Ariza, but we had a better PJ Tucker and an actual rim protector in capela that year. Now we don't have anybody at center.

    Also Eric Gordon has clearly declined, he was actually good in 2018.
     
  13. mac_got_this

    mac_got_this Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2007
    Messages:
    4,231
    Likes Received:
    2,261
    Id take prime cp3 over prime Westbrook.


    I think the 2018 team would beat this team but I’m just happy we’re back to being a contender and not a dark horse. Jsut wish our rotation was set.
     
  14. maw7079_2000

    maw7079_2000 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2002
    Messages:
    73
    Likes Received:
    85
    In the playoffs good teams will deny Harden the ball and back off Westbrook forcing him to shoot (and he will with the pride and confidence that brought down Rome). This combined with the forgone conclusion that the refs will indeed swallow their whistles on calls in favor of Harden (like every damn year) against either of the LA teams means the Rockets will be out in the 2nd round... unfortunately
     
  15. eliefor3

    eliefor3 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2019
    Messages:
    679
    Likes Received:
    808
    except they don't plan the grizzlies tonight... he also did say he feels like they have the ability to win every game not that they will win every game. He also said he would feel like an anomaly had to occur that resulted in the loss i.e shots not falling
    let not guy have his win!
     
  16. bmd

    bmd Member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2012
    Messages:
    7,565
    Likes Received:
    2,994
    That's how teams are playing the Rockets now. Hasn't worked. Westbrook with this much space is hard to stop at the rim.
     
    maw7079_2000, jcmoon and hieuytran like this.
  17. heypartner

    heypartner Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 1999
    Messages:
    58,299
    Likes Received:
    44,718
    Or ... we now have access to the secret tunnels of all opposing team locker rooms (not just the Clippers), making our surprise attacks very successful league wide. But as word spreads to guard your backdoors, we will find we still need a smiling Capela to knock on the front door as diversion.
     
  18. Rocket River

    Rocket River Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 1999
    Messages:
    51,993
    Likes Received:
    16,887
    Only the Refs can stop us now!!!
    *SMILE*

    Rocket River
     
    Hakeemtheking likes this.
  19. J Sizzle

    J Sizzle Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2012
    Messages:
    41,186
    Likes Received:
    24,293
    HOW MANY JINX THREADS MUST WE ENDURE @J.R.
     
  20. Rocket River

    Rocket River Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 1999
    Messages:
    51,993
    Likes Received:
    16,887
    I don't expect them to win every game
    but
    1. I don't expect no blowouts
    2. I don't writing "More than likely a Loss" anymore
    3. I feel a little safer with leads . . .a little

    Still an uphill climb

    Rocket River
     
    joeson332 likes this.
Loading...

Share This Page

  • About ClutchFans

    Since 1996, ClutchFans has been loud and proud covering the Houston Rockets, helping set an industry standard for team fan sites. The forums have been a home for Houston sports fans as well as basketball fanatics around the globe.

  • Support ClutchFans!

    If you find that ClutchFans is a valuable resource for you, please consider becoming a Supporting Member. Supporting Members can upload photos and attachments directly to their posts, customize their user title and more. Gold Supporters see zero ads!


    Upgrade Now