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  1. donkeypunch

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    Actually don’t bother. It doesn’t matter. :)
     
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    I want to know what those delusional ****tards think.
     
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  4. Game7

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    I am curious but would rather save myself the time/effort. We’ll see... :(
     
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  5. Clips/Roxfan

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    GOLDEN STATE OF MIND

    FANPOSTSSTUBHUBMORE

    Did the Rockets lose the off-season arms race with the Warriors?

    6 NEW, 6

    The Warriors kept their core intact and added a giant Olympian with a chip on his shoulder and a bone to pick with Houston. Meanwhile, the Rockets appear to have lost more than they gained during a very important off-season.

    By Daniel Hardee@OriginalGBK Oct 2, 2018, 12:00pm PDT

    The Golden State Warriors have a singular focus: raising a third straight banner, their fourth in the past five seasons. The Houston Rockets’ “obsession” is to keep that from happening. Honestly, I can see why. Three out of the last four Houston seasons have ended with the thudding sound of the Warriors golden boots connecting on their asses, dropkicking them unceremoniously out of the playoffs.

    What makes the Rockets such a fun punching bag is their bizarre inclination to provoke the greatest team of all time, both overtly and subliminally.

    Every year, more blasphemy pours out of the heart of Houston: Dubs “ain’t that good”, Stephen Curry wasn’t the real MVPin 2015, and my personal favorite, “The Rockets would have overthrown the Warriors if Chris Paul were healthy in the playoffs”.

    Hey, it’s a free country. If they’d rather take their annual postseason eliminations with bitterness as opposed to a quiet dignity, that’s their prerogative. However, regardless of how emotional it makes them, the fact remains: they will take these L’s.

    The Rockets’ bewildering summerHouston watched 3-and-D specialist Trevor Ariza and his backup Luc Mbah a Moute skip town to pursue cash-laden obscurity on other teams. Remember when the Rockets fan base was super high on these guys impact? (read the comments from this cross blogination with “The Dream Shake” if you dare lol). It’s funny, because I don’t remember much “3” from these guys when Houston missed 27 straight threes in Game 7 in Texas. Still, they definitely were irritants defensively, and they were a major part of the Rockets’ versatility all season.Resigned the diminutive, aging, injury-prone, flop artist Chris Paul to a 4 yr/$160 mil contract nearing the back end of his career.Resigned promising young center Clint Capela, the only NBA player delusional enough vocalize the lie that the Rockets are superior to Golden State, to a 5 yr/$90 mil contract.Added Michael Carter-Williams and James Ennis. Yawn.Signed the faded superstar, the Olympic hero, the man with the strongest dad-body in the game, the HOODIED LEGEND, Carmelo Anthony to the veteran minimum, liberating him from OKC. Kevin Durant knows all too well the pain of begging for shots alongside Russell Westbrook, so we should all be celebrating Anthony’s new move.Watched their famed defensive guru, Jeff Bzdelik, retire at the age of 65. Odd timing that this announcement came a few weeks after Melo jumped on board? If you didn’t know, the pair had a supremely contentious relationship back when Bzdelik was head coach of the Denver Nuggets during Melo’s rookie campaign.Traded Ryan Anderson’s Fat Contract for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight. You may remember Anderson as Steph Curry’s personal welcome mat in the Western Conference Finals. Also, if you’re a casual hoops fan, you may not know who Knight is. Here, let me help get you up to speed:

    Wow.

    Anyways, D’Antoni believes in pushing his starters minutes to high levels, which makes for Listerine strip-thin rotations. Those six or seven man rotations are led entirely by a backcourt featuring Paul, and a husky MVP 2-guard with sleepy defense and a reputation for collapsing in big games (James Harden). Except now, they have major defensive holes, and signed the volume-chucking Anthony, who didn’t even make Sports Illustrated’s top 100 player’s list.

    As my buddy @DupartDavid told me, maybe the FIBA basketball legend of “Olympic Melo” could be unleashed if the Rockets petitioned the league to allow Anthony to play in a hoodie, with a red, white, and blue basketball. Outside of that, I’m not sure what he’s going to do against the Warriors.

    UNFINISHED BUSINESS...RUN IT BACKpic.twitter.com/KwWcsp6lx6

    — Chris Paul (@CP3) July 1, 2018

    “Run it back”? The only thing the Rockets are good at running is their mouths. And CP3 better not run anything back too hard unless he wants to become the official “Icy Hot” spokesman. But...I digress.

    The Golden Empire’s Summer of Boogie

    Meanwhile back in Oakland, the Warriors made sure to lock up their 2xFinals MVP, Kevin Durant, to another “1+1” deal that provides flexibility for both KD and the team. In the draft, the team secured a potential future Andre Iguodala successor in Jacob Evans III, a versatile wing with ball handling skills and shooting ability.

    The champs also added a sweet shooting big man with a chip on his shoulder, bouncing back from a major Achilles injury, with a lot to prove. This new hooper has been very vocal about proving the doubters and haters wrong.

    Ladies and gentlemen, introducing, JONAS JEREBKO!!!!!!!

    The “Swedish Larry Bird” ain’t worried about Melo in HoustonPhoto by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

    Oh, and we also added DeMarcus Cousins.

    GSoM has spilled a lot of ink on this Olympic giant, including “How Will DeMarcus Cousins fit into the Warriors puzzle?”, and “How DeMarcus Cousins’ skill set will elevate the Warriors’ offense to even greater heights”. I’m curious as to how this monster will recover from his Achilles’ tear, especially in regards to Houston.

    After all, the last time “Boogie” Cousins was seen hooping, he was dropping a 15 point, 13 rebound, 11 assist triple double on Houston in a win, before suffering his catastrophic freak injury in the finals seconds of the game.

    I’m pretty sure he has Houston red dotted in his scope for his eventual return. Of course, we don’t yet know what version of Boogie we’ll be getting. Many voices in Dub Nation have already nervously wondered if Cousins will get eaten alive by the Rockets on defense, and ruin our switching scheme. This leads me to wonder, why would our coaching staff put Cousins in a vulnerable position?

    This is the same team that went to two Finals with physical behemoth Andrew Bogut playing the “ICE” or “goalie” defense.Bogut would sag back on pick-and-rolls, and anticipate using his size and hands to deter anyone driving into the paint.

    The great Ethan Sherwood Strauss noted for ESPN in 2015 the genesis of this strategy in Oakland:

    (Warriors assistant coach) Darren Ermanfavored the “ice” style of coverage popularized by Tom Thibodeau. In that scheme, a guard gets between the screen and ball handler as the big man drops toward the baseline, thereby forming a pocket of containment around the man with the ball.

    Coach Mark Jackson, who had far from an ideal relationship with Malone, sided with the younger assistant and the newer model for defensive success. It was an approach especially beneficial to Bogut, who isn’t best used as a guy who chases little guys around the 3-point line.

    Of Erman’s tenure, which ended in dismissal, Bogut recalled, “[Erman] was a big advocate on sending guys off pick-and-rolls and, to me, funneling to the basket. He was probably No. 1 pusher of that, as far as assistant coaches went. He saw my value there.”

    Bottom line: The Dubs didn’t have Bogut chasing players around the three point line, and built an elite defense.

    As long as the Rockets’ big money man Capela is in the game, this strategy could work for Cousins. FYI: did you know that last season Cousins’ averaged more deflections per game than Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, or former teammate Anthony Davis? Now I know Cousins’ isn’t known for his defense, but I believe the Warriors can cultivate some good defensive habits with the big fella.

    Now, here’s where an astute hoops watcher may interject, “Hell no! Cousins isn’t a good defender and the Warriors can’t use that ICE crap against the Rockets! CP3 is a mid-range assassin! Did you see what he did to Utah when they tried that strategy with arguably the best defensive center in the game, Rudy Gobert?! CP3 murdered the Jazz! And Cousins isn’t as good a defender as Bogut, let alone the ‘Stifle Tower’ ”!

    Excellent counterpoint, you really are an astute hoops observer. Except, I’m not expecting Boogie to stop Houston. I’m expecting him to force them into a similar terror.

    You see, the difference between the potential of Bogut or Gobert getting lit up by an All-Star guard as opposed to Cousins’ getting scored on is that those other two big lugs’ value is mainly tied to their defensive presence.

    Those dudes are goons; they aren’t feared bucket-getters. If there were 10 seconds on the clock, and Gobert had the ball on the block in a playoff game, and someone put a gun to my head and warned me that I could only live if Gobert managed to create his own shot? Just pull the damn trigger and stop wasting my time.

    On the other hand, Cousins is one of the most offensively skilled big men in the history of basketball. He’ll also be surrounded by a collection of some of the greatest shooters and playmakers in the history of basketball. If his health allows him to attack mismatches in anyway like we’re used to seeing? Dub Nation, BUST OUT THE BBQ SAUCE AND RELAX THOSE FEET!

    Additionally, the champs proved they can beat the Rockets playing small. Now, head coach Steve Kerr can toss in a change up and go huge, forcing D’Antoni to adjust. Now instead of asking David West and Jordan Bell to score during crucial minutes when the Warriors other Olympians rest, Kerr can just dial up Cousins’ number and feed the beast.

    Sorry Houston: We don’t believe

    So, to sum it all up, the back-to-back champs just handed the Rockets another L, this one in the off-season. The Rockets made lateral moves at best, and have regressed at worst. Meanwhile, the Warriors have made the season more interesting at worst, and created a new Olympic team at best.

    By the way Dub Nation, that raging giant doesn’t like Chris Paul either :D
     
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  6. Game7

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    Well I guess we should just wrap it up. Season is over already. Anybody wanna buy my season tickets? :oops:
     
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    Those morons are not even real Warriors' fans. They will hop on another bandwagon team when the Warriors dynasty is done.
     
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    I quit reading about halfway but damn, does melo have anything to do with the retirement of Bzdelik?
     
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    TLDR...Don’t care. Dubs will get theirs this year and this dude will be crying and calling his mom.
     
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    Who cares what Bandwagon Warriors fans say. I ain't even reading the hate
     
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  11. ParaSolid

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    The Rockets are in their heads. They know they got lucky. Can't wait for round 2
     
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    Boy those dudes are really terrified that the NBA is going to have a new winner in West and the league. The Golden State run has been dictated by the NBA supporting their Star power when other teams didnt have the star power to compete or MARKET around the world. Golden State is done and they know it. Look game 7 was mired by the NBA tampering in the game and like I have been saying these kind of things have happened in the past for similiar reasons. 1988 Pistons vs Lakers, 2002 Kings vs Lakers WCF, and ironically 2015 Golden State vs Cleveland a 73-9 team which is up to 3-1 only to go to game 7 at their place and lose making Lebron look like a super hero. Now people everywhere are bored of how Golden state has ushered in this new era of superteams and they want more parity. I cant wait to the ROX put their foot on their neck
     
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    Fan's don't spend that much time writing about teams they aren't worried about. That was one HELL of a long piece...I'm pretty sure we got in their head after game 5 last year. They know how lucky they got that CP3 went down....you can smell the relief from here.
     
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    They jealous without a reason, they have the championships.
     
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    hard to argue with them, they do have the best squad in the league by far.

    The players who play both sides of the floor and step up in the playoffs.
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    Iguodala in his mind "we were not the best team last season, Rockets shoud've won"
     
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    Premise: The mighty Warriors are superior and unbothered by the lowly Rockets.

    Substance: 5,000 words obsessing over the Rockets.
     
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    I can never get too tired of these.

    That article... is shameless. That blogger and its followers have what I consider a Goliath complex. So big and mighty and aren't afraid of taunting their might by trying to pick on lower teams. It's one thing for players to do it because it's sports and competition. But for writers who are supposedly measured and have a bigger picture to tell, it's shameless.

    The problem I have with Golden State and their fanbase is that they witness their team go from piss-poor to one of THE greatest of our lifetime, and thus show no signs of a fanbase that knows the grind of the team's growth and progress. What's competition without the other side believing in themselves. The article's title has all the markings of a measured take but the content is straight up mock material. It goes so far into realms of presumption that not even national media talkheads would laugh at the thought that a healthy CP3 hamstring would have saved us in Game 6 and 7. It makes me proud of our own local Rockets bloggers and podcasts.
     
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