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ClutchFans Game Thread: Timberwolves @ Rockets 4/15/2018 (Playoffs Round 1, Game 1)

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by Clutch, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. daywalker02

    daywalker02 Easter Egg Hunter - Tell me why? نحن عائلة

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    Dayum that was a close one but we came out winning it.
     
  2. ashleyem

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    I think KAT was caught off guard by our constant double teams but I expect them to adjust and the Rockets defense will get exploited.
     
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    lol at cp3 for doing his best 'playoff harden' impersonation :D
     
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    you just always find a reason to not be happy..its what you do, nothing to do with how rockets play
     
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    Too close for my liking and glad I didn't watch it live, but this is better than if it had been a blowout. It could've lead to complacency, which some of our guys already started with. The only guys who put up a fight were Tucker, Harden, Green & Capela. CP3 seemed way too nervous. Ariza even missing FTs, just too many jitters it seems. Gordon was just launching, again, from way too far out. Not attacking the basket like he normally does. I give credit to the Wolves defense, but if we had made just a few more threes it would've been a blowout. We missed so many wide open looks. I wonder how crazy our offense would be if we had reliable 3pt shooters like the Sixers and Warriors do.

    This was far from a team win, this was Harden going berserk and took Capela along as his running mate to bring this home. I've never seen Harden this focused, playing defense, energised and just taking shots and making them wherever he found himself on the court. I didn't like our late game execution, too much iso, milking the clock and overall we need to play faster. Fast break opportunities are there, but we've become too accustomed to the slower pace. I think we need to play faster if we want to dominate in some of these games.

    The arena atmosphere seemed fine over the TV broadcast, how was it live? Webber and Marv were sometimes barely hearable and crowds went crazy over plenty of plays.
     
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    I'm not really feeling the all black t-shirts given in the crowd. Didn't even looked like half the people had them on. The sea of red t-shirts in the crowd is much more intimidating and pops more. Last year in the playoffs against OKC in the games I attended, it was red everywhere. The black alts look cool but we could've done the all red theme at home and just wore the black alts on the road or something.
     
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    jimmy is the man
     
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    Chuck had a point earlier on this year. Essentially claimed we couldn't win because we're too reliant on Harden's individual brilliance. Needing 44 from Harden just to beat an 8th seed isn't a good sign when someone like Durant can have a mediocre game against San Antonio yet Golden State still blow them out.

    Are (soon to be) 33 year old Chris Paul & Eric Gordon really Championship caliber 2nd & 3rd options? Do we really have the consistent shooters for a 3 point heavy offense? Tonight's poor shooting was eerily reminiscent of last year's Playoffs, we can just defend now.
     
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    Houstunna The Most Unbiased Fan
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    My post had nothing to do with Harden specifically.

    @SamFisher is desperately clinging to conversations from four years ago.

    Thirty-four years ago, he wasn't cheering for PHI SLAMA. He is NOT a HOUSTON fan.
     
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  11. vlaurelio

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    well you drool over trip dubs over the rockets winning right
     
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    Only in your mind... a Sammy type of mind.

    Warriors seemingly flipped the switch, while the Rockets underperformed. Still a long way to go, but neither Game 1 instilled more confidence going forward.
     
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    this
     
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    This game was too close. I don't expect us to have a horrible shooting game like this twice in a row. Should sweep the series
     
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    Ian Holloway sums up last nights game.
     
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    daywalker02 Easter Egg Hunter - Tell me why? نحن عائلة

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    There are two Jimmies in this series.
     
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    LOL is there even a doubt which Jimmy he's talking about
     
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    daywalker02 Easter Egg Hunter - Tell me why? نحن عائلة

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    [​IMG]
     
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    1. Harden played 41 minutes in game one (4 more minutes than usual). He looked exceptionally strong, but I wonder how this goes long term... Last year, a forty minute game would take two games for him to recover.

    2. We missed a surprising number of open looks, and CP3 (3-11 on uncontested shots) has to find his groove. While this might have been CP3's worst game as a Rocket, he was contributing on D. He led the team with five deflections and five loose ball recoveries.

    3. I loved the game plan of attacking the rim on the break. The key here is keeping the Wolves off balance: running to the rim, rushing to the 3-point line for a transition shot, and the half-speed break to get the right mismatch.

    4. I'm not sure what the Wolves were doing with KAT in game one, but Clint stood tall in that matchup (51 possessions, KAT 1-3 shooting against Clint). Seems to me that Butler, Teague, Crawford, and Wiggins are all slashers who don't fit well with Towns. I also think if the Wolves posted up Towns as much as the announcer were calling for the ball down low, KAT would have had even more turnovers.
     
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  20. PeterKingX

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    I know you are happy like little girl that we won the Wolves 3pts with Harden playing like God.

    I wont be happy until Rockets win Championship this playoffs.
    We are best team. We deserve that.
     

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