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Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by raskol, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. raskol

    raskol Contributing Member

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    "The Golden State Warriors were riding a four-game winning streak, fueled by the tangible presence of the fabled Andrew Bogut. The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, were amidst a mini renaissance, wining five of seven after a seven-game losing streak, averaging 111 points per game over that stretch.

    This was set up to be an awesome game! Just awesome!!

    And then... this happened:

    First quarter: The Rockets went 7-10 from the three point line. Score: 38-37. Ok! Not bad, hanging in there, shooting 58%, tallying nine assists in the quarter. The Rockets aren't going to keep hitting at that rate from the arc.

    Second quarter: The Rockets go 7-8 from the three point line. Score: 77-62. Ooooh-k. Not as good.

    Third quarter: The Rockets go 4-9 from the three point line. Score: 104-86. We're not getting back into this game, are we?

    Fourth quarter: Who the hell knows.

    That first quarter was actually one hell of a quarter of basketball. The Warriors were moving the ball, finding easy buckets down low, led by the stellar bench play of Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry. Each of them had eight points in the quarter, in minutes 3:30 and 5:10, respectively. That second unit killed the Rockets' second unit to almost even the score, after an early 10-point deficit.

    Unfortunately, Houston's bench dropped a quick seven on the boys in blue early in the second. And the Rockets starters didn't all head to Hooters after the first 12 minutes — they reentered the game mid-quarter and recommenced the onslaught. This was just back-breaking fire-and-brimstone stuff, guys: drive and kick, drive and kick, drive and dish, pull up three, get to the line. Their offense flowed like whiskey from the bottle in my hand. Open shooter after open shooter took their turns launching mortar bombs from afar, and it just never let up. And in the rare event that a shot was missed, the Rockets cleaned up on the boards, taking the quarter 11-6.

    In a way, it looked like they played into Mark Jackson's hand: in the half court, the Warriors' defense was collapsing hard on drives from the top, protecting the paint from easy buckets by James Harden and Jeremy Lin. Harden only had two makes in the first — both threes, of course. The Rockets missed a lot more shots close-in and mid-range than they made, as the defense clamped down on the easy stuff. They sacrificed three-ball defense.

    And hey, this isn't exactly new. The Warriors are 28th in three point attempts allowed. But they're third in opponents' 3FG%, allowing just 33% from the arc on the season. So this has worked for Jackson and crew, and it didn't look like they were going to stray from what got them to 30 wins.

    But the ball. Just. Kept. Going. In. Here are some figures. Lin: 5-8. Harden: 4-5. Parsons: 4-8. Morris: 3-6. Patrick Patterson!: 1-2. Toney Douglas and James Anderson? 2-4 each. Look, these guys lead the NBA in three-point attempts, so the quantity shouldn't have been a surprise. Clearly their game plan is to push the tempo, spread the floor, use the excellent slashing abilities of Harden and Lin to collapse the defense, and kick out to whoever's standing there waiting to fire. So maybe Jackson played into McHale's hand. But damn: I don't know if any team can win against that fire.

    So, do you just tip your cap, and hope the basketball gods shut off the juice? Or do you change what you're doing defensively? Eh. Houston did a great job of playing off their long-range success. If a Warrior defender closed out hard, pump fakes were sending them into the stands, and Rocket shooters would probe, make the defense react, move the ball back out, then back in, then out again, until some guy was just wide open for a shot somewhere.

    And while the Warriors' own offense wasn't slouching, eventually they ran out of patience and just gave in to the inevitable. In the third quarter, guys started taking early gotta-get-back-in-this shots that just ended up fueling the fast break. The ball stopped moving around like it was early on. They just looked exhausted from chasing shooters all over the court on the other end. They looked defeated. We haven't seen that too often with this Warriors team.

    Then again, we also haven't seen a team go 18-27 from the three point line through three quarters. And we haven't often seen our own team go 3-10 — for the entire game — from that same line. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were run off the line. The Warriors worked the ball inside and weren't having a problem scoring the ball, but when you score two points for every three from your opponent, the scale tips with great haste and violence.

    In the end, maybe you do just tip your cap, hike up your big boy pants, and take it out on the next team you come across. That'd be the Oklahoma City Thunder, tomorrow night. Oy."

    Respect!!!

    http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2013/2/5/3957646/warriors-vs-rockets-final-2013
     
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  2. smoove shoez

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    Hike up your big boy pants.
     
  3. TdashDUB

    TdashDUB Contributing Member

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    Judging from the comments there and other GSW fans, it seems like us and the players themselves are the only ones that are seeing/hinting that these two teams could be in a 'rivalry' light
     
  4. cazyapma

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    Wasn't bay area people supposed to be smug according to Southpark?
     
  5. tehG l i d e

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    if by smug you mean smell their own farts..

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    rivalry=more TV coverage,more money for the owners and players..
     
  7. hubeijames

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    I like how the author and the comments are flabbergasted that our PFs were shooting lights out as well. Pretty sure none of the GSW fans knew anything about the Rockets and assumed their marginally better team record would translate into an easy win.
     
  8. TheLastPope

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    Best Forums

    GSW- never met a Smug GSW fan , very cool fans

    Raptors- In all of sports I've never seen a more funny fan base

    POR- cools fan even though they have such a terrible injury history

    Bottom 3 Forums

    Clutch Fans- You Know Why

    Lakers- Smug from the day they are born in Laker Land

    WORST FORUM GOES TO............

    Any Knick Forum - they hate everyone and hate each other , even when the Knicks win
     
  9. J Sizzle

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    But really though...that's also what makes Clutchfans so hilarious/great
     
  10. hooroo

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    Those guys on the Warriors forum are way too passionate. They still strongly hate and react to posts about Lin because of the LOFs and it's been a couple of years since he was there now.
     
  11. RocketRaccoon

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    Clutch Fans is the WORLD! So yes, we do attract all kinds of fans. And if you're just focusing on them, yep, bottom three. But you'd be an idiot to not see the bigger picture Clutch paints here.
     
  12. KDJ3

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    No? Do explain
     
  13. DreamShook

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    Dood, you have got to be ****ting me? gtfo with your bull**** analysis. I would like to know why you consider clutchfans a bottom 3 forum... if your ranking has anything to do with the criticism of Jeremy Lin, walk off a bridge bro.
     
  14. KDJ3

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    And please read the sarcasm in my voice :p
     
  15. hltiki

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    We're all on that bridge, and that bridge is burning.
     
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    Oh yeah, well then see you next tuesday, your eminence...
     
  17. TheLastPope

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    On Game forums

    Me(Play better D parsons)
    Rox fans( Quiet LOF)

    Me(Harden needs to play better D, Asik has got to catch the ball better)
    Rox fans(Quiet LOF)

    Me(Lin you have to shoot better)
    Lin Fans(Its Hardens Fault you are a LOH)

    90% of Rox fans from 1999 to 2011 if you are a 12er says you are a LOF and to GTFO

    Game thread has 40 pages of only discussing Lin , win or lose

    LOFs need to discuss Lins stats from last year to make a point for current team

    Current Game thread was great until some guy needed to bring up Lin getting destroyed vs Calderon and the next 15 pages debating Lins D vs Caladron, WTF

    I'm a NYC guy , I'm not overly sensitive and i understand the luv of B-Ball, but some of you are as bad as my fellow Knick fans

    worse statement i heard
    "Hardens hurt know its Lin time to shine without that ballhog"

    But their are about 15-20 great posters here with great advance stats and insight(toracon,roxx)

    I've been to about 20 different NBA team forums and this is a bottom 5 forum because of some posters,
     
  18. BigBenito

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    Good broadcast crew as well.
     
  19. JuanValdez

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    It's hard to smug when your team has sucked for the last 5,000 years. I'm happy for Warrior fans, who have been long-suffering; they finally have a team that won't make them ashamed. It'll take a couple more years of that sort of luxury, though, to nourish the smugness.
     
  20. Roxnostalgia

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    So...later?
     
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