Sunday, November 18, 2012

Rockets @ Lakers Game #10 Thread

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  1. Some great matchups tonight.

    Asik vs Howard - battle of the defensive centers!
    Harden vs Metta - will there be a concussion tonight?
    Parsons vs Kobe - can he continue the excellent coverage from last year?
    Lin vs sub par PG's - c'mon man, now's your chance!

    Game on!

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  2. great tempo so far! this will be a good game

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  3. The first time I watch the game myself, I know what you guys are saying, Harden is the fucking PG now =.=

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  4. I'm TIRED of this prejudiced Rockets staff. Since the start of the game Jeremy Lin doesn't even bring the ball up, the in-bounds pass goes to Harden. Harden then goes ISO or gives to Parsons. Jeremy Lin camps out on the corner 3-pt line every single play, 5-6 in a row so far. He is not playing aggressive like he was last game (when he played great).

    This has to be Jeremy playing the crappy Rockets scheme which has him in the corner by design. Jeremy should be up top near Harden, put Parsons in the corner not Lin. Even better, PUT THE BALL back in Lin's hands since Lin is the point guard, not Harden.

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    1. First I didnt know what was going in McHales mind. Now I dont know what going on in Sampsons mind. I dont know how JLins feels about it but if it was me - I would be pissed. When Im pissed - I play like crap...

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    2. Even Parsons was trying to bring the ball up.

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  5. Rockets front court not playing ANY defense at all. Parsons getting burned by Kobe everytime.

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  6. yea i don't get it all. Jeremy's not a spot up shooter, i have no idea what he's doing in the corner.

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  7. Why is Harden taking sooooo many three's and missing them??

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    1. its more like the whole rocket teams are taking a lot of threes and missing them.

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  8. CP looks awkward in his D position vs Kobe. He looks like he's in slow-mo guarding Kobe. Kobe just did a little shake and he's gone. It's going to be a long night.

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  9. Oh - what happened to JLin? He got hit?

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  10. "Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni Reunion And His Secret Plan"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtEe1ZrDPek

    Here is Jeremy Lin's secret plan to destroy the souls of the innocent who bought into the "Christian" Linsanity story in an attempt to turn them into the dark side in exchange for fortune and fame. Jeremy is purposely playing bad and missing his shots by the commands of Satan in order to weaken your soul and allow demons to infiltrate your mind. I am here to warn you all. Those who don't take this warning seriously will ultimately be punished by the Devil.

    Any questions, comments, or concerns are welcome as I am here to help.

    -Nemo

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    1. Oh look - the devil himself talks about the devil.

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    2. Why hasn't this Nemo troll been banned ? Is there a mod on this site?

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  11. wow... horrible end to the quarter. Rockets need to concentrate

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  12. Looks like another loss for the Rockets... The Lakers got too much size and talent.

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  13. 40pts in 1st, maybe coach will play Douglas all 2nd quarter, lol.

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    1. Yeah, Coach will blame Jeremy Lin for ALL of the team's bad defense, including Parsons fouling Kobe on a 3 pointer and Greg Smith losing Gasol on the full court pass. Bring in Douglas and his "superior" defense powers.

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  14. Rockets give up 40 point 1st quarter. Talk about coming in unprepared ... Getting run out of the building by a much older team.

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  15. Rockets got sloppy in the end of Q1 to give up 7 points. Looks like they had a hard time to stop Lakers big men.

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    1. We have seen this many times already. Asik is a good rebounder but overrated as a defender. Lin needs to go help defense every single time. And then whenever opponents kick out for a lower % 3, instead of blaming his own big men's inability to guard 1-on-1, the Houston coach blames Lin for getting burnt.

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    2. unfortunately, Lin can't overhelp the defense because he will look bad. Besides, it'll be costly to give up 3PTs.

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  16. Very uninspired ball.

    I like how they just gave 2 pts to Gasol at the end, so nice of them.

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    1. Why wasn't anybody waving their arms in front of Meta to contest the full court long pass?

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  17. Bench carrying the game again. We're within 7 now.

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  18. Dantoni should leave a note for Sampson "You are doint it wrong dude"

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  19. Lol they can't stop neither Kobe nor D12. Think lakers will get 120pts?

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  20. Jeremy Lin looking for his shot. He must learn the Chauncy Billups, Steve Nash drive-not-there-turnback shoot the 13-15 footer. He is quoted as Coach D empowered him; it's time he empower himself. His knees are fine; his confident is lame.

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    1. I take it that you are JLins physician?

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    2. I deduce by his lateral quickness, drives, spurts to get rebounds. He has plenty of explosion. You don't need to explode for a shot. He needs to practice creating shots for himself. He did that very well against duhon. Very nice move. He penetrated the time before or after and he was wide open at 15 feet. Right there you have to call your number.... why? because that is a GREAT % shot. He is a great passer in the making, but he must learn to call his own number when the % is there. His knees are fine. Even his shooting coach says that....he misses some and then he gets all down on him....

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  21. Lin is on the bench a little too long...

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  22. Is Jeremy done for the night? If it were up to Sampson, Lin wouldn't play at all. It would be Douglas for 40 minutes a night.

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    1. Yeah, how dare Lin couldn't guard Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant, it's all his fault!

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  23. Terrence Jones can definitely replace Patterson as a starter.

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  24. damn Lin sat more than half the 2nd qt

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  25. Aldridge misses Jeremy for an open 3

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  26. Why is Harden initiating the offense???

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  27. Rockets have NO answer for Dwight Howard. Terrence Jones was doing good .... but Sampson takes him out of the game for Patterson ???

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  28. FK THIS HARDEN JEREMY WAS WIDE OPEN THAT POS...Sigh sorry just hate this lame ballhog.

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  29. Rockets zone keeps leaving Morris open for 3

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    1. Lin's just following the team orders to double team Dwight. But somehow I know everyone including the coach who asked Lin to double would blame this on Lin. Lin's supposed to guard both Dwight and the PG at one time.

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    2. His double teams aren't effective to stop Gasol and Dwight, if he's going to score he'll score, don't let the Lakers 3-point shooters get hot. Media is going to say Darius Morris outplayed Lin too SMH.

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    3. If even the Lakers PGs are looking good, there is going to be a problem.

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    4. That's why I always said Lin's too unselfish even as a defender, he always goes to help defense because he understands a Howard layup/Gasol jumper are higher % shots than a wide open Morris 3 every single time. He should be a bit selfish and let Howard/Gasol burn his teammates but this is not who he is.

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    5. I think it is not about being selfish or unselfish, but about being smart or dumb as a defender, and I think there is no reason to praise dumb defence. It might well be that Jeremy is simply following the coach's orders, in which case it is on the coach. But if it is Jeremy then he needs to knock it off. Everyone expects to get burned by the Lakers big men, especially with Asik out for long stretches, but they can't play 48 minutes and you don't want their terrible PGs to get hot as well.

      Seeing Morris get more than 10 pts on easy shots is going to make any fan annoyed

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  30. it's the rockets zone, but Jeremy does gamble to get a steal. it would work on other centers but Howard is a good passer. he's got to watch it, that's been 2 trey morris has hit already

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    1. Didn't Duhon score 2 treys as well?

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    2. they just replayed the Howard pass to Morris and Jeremy is clearly gambling unless the plan is to triple team Howard. Jeremy was on the weak side.

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  31. when you come up and jack up a shot even if you are open, you don't make the defense works and you really piss the other teammates on offense. They think...ball hog....most important.....Jeremy Lin...short.....again. lame. I say get a real shooting coach.

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  32. Hey I can be critical of Jeremy too.

    Or should I say Eremy? Come on, J-Lin, find your jumper.

    Six assists and ZERO TOs, though. The man is learning. He just needs to hit an occasional J!!!

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  33. JLin gotta hit those open 3's. It's the only way to show haters who got game.

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  34. JAMAL CRAWFORD.. shoots so bad prior to this year, but coach's love him because he can create his own offense and has most confidence in himself. Jamal Crawford is the anti-Lin. I'm not saying this to knock Lin...I'm saying this wake up Lin. Don't wait for a big game, don't wait for someone to call racial slur or say you got no game (happens less in the NBA now)....wake yourself up.

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  35. does anyone tell lin to stick his man instead of helping all the time?

    lillard single handedly won the first portland game by being open when lin was overhelping. now duhon and morris are torching the rockets again because lin keeps overhelping. give up the 2 instead of the wide open 3.

    someone send him a message.

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    1. There's nothing wrong with helping, but you have to be the right man helping, and you really shouldn't be the one helping if your man is one just one easy pass away for the open three. Let the guy on the weakside help instead.

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    2. i wonder too....they go over this during pregame on who to help and who to not help. Steve Nash isn't there and the bigs of Lakers are WAY too much to handle so yes, I would deduce that the Rockets have to ask the guards to help out. Parsons good but he is a tweener...he does not have the body for inside defense. He needs to bulk up. I truly don't know if he is a SF or PF on defense. On offense is def a SF.

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    3. i agree. coaching issue or lin issue? irritating to see 3 straight 3s because of improper rotations with lin over helping.

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    4. I mean, if I were the coach, I'd be telling Lin I would be much happier with a contested Pau midrange shot than a wide open three by anyone.

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    5. Duhon's 3 didn't happen when Lin was in, but yeah, he overhelped to leave Morris open twice.

      It's okay to do it once -- Pau and Dwight were KILLING the Rockets. But once Morris showed he can hit that shot? You have to stop doing it.

      Anyway, the fact that Jeremy did it twice and Sampson didn't bench him or chew him out (as far as I saw) makes me think he was ordered to help out.

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    6. Howard was like 8/8 on his "contested" layup/dunk in the 1st quarter. Either way is a gamble and a fail. After Lin went to help D, Howard only got 1-2 more shots.

      Wiffle, it's easy for you to say this after Morris made those 3s. Considering their history, everyone would rather live with a minimum guy shooting instead of those max salary big men.

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    7. my mistake about the duhon 3. i'm rarely critical of lin, as there isn't much to be critical about, but he needs to be chewed out if these are his decisions.

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    8. By your logic, Jeremy's help defence was doing nothing to stop Howard or Pau - but he could have prevented the open 3s in any case

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  36. Lakers shooting nearly 70%.

    But someone all I read on Twitter is how the Rockets should keep Lowry/Dragic instead of Lin.

    Are Lowry/Dragic supermen that they could guard the whole Lakers team?

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    1. Are Lowry/Dragic supermen that they could guard the whole Lakers team?
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      No, but they'd probably guard their own man. There's no way Darius Morris should have 12 points on 5/5 shooting.

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    2. If LoWry n Dragic were that good then how come they didn't help bring the rockets to the playoff then!

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    3. TVN, yeah Lowry/Dragic wouldn't leave Morris. But Dwight Howard would score 30 in half time.

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    4. @Carra,

      Oh well, that's Asik's problem.

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  37. Darius Morris is 5 for 5 from the field 2 for 2 from 3-point land. Jeremy stop helping on inside D ... you're not helping anyone.

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    1. unfortunately these are the numbers Sampson will hold him to at the end of games.

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  38. From the comments above, it seems like Lin almost "prides" himself as a help defender. Only the coaching staff can comment on whether or not they go through this in practice or pre-game planning. One would assume that is done.

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  39. Jeremy Lin's left hand dribble....very competent. His passing improved so much from NY. 8.5 assists in his future...his points...don't know. Maybe a poor man's Jason Kidd?

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  40. Sorry - I also meant to add that Jeremy has did the help defense thing throughout his NBA career. I noticed it when he played with the Warriors. I think Jeremy focused on his defense with the Warriors because he was with a ton of guards (Curry, Ellis, etc). He figured that the only way to get PT was to play a little defense. Some of those habits may have carried over to his time now.

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    1. Time to send you to the mental asylum.

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    2. Asik is too slow. He cannot guard Dwight. Playing a Greg Smith-Patrick Patterson-Terrence Jones front court is the most effective use of the team.

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  42. That was a nice one by Lin on Metta haha

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  43. Dam if it's Harden he probaly got a concussion. Get it? Lol

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  44. even with Lins poor stat line he still plays infinitely better then Toney Douglas

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    1. but he needs to start hitting open jumpers

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    2. He's not attacking the rim, he's always driving and kicking out, instead of driving and drawing the foul.

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    3. Don't know why he keeps doing that...Kicking out that is...There were some times where he outmanouvers D12 but still kicks it out, don't know why.

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    4. He's either afraid of getting hurt going for a layup, or he's trying too hard to "Play like Jesus" on the basketball court.

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  45. Can Harden just stop handling the ball?

    Harden- 4 turnovers
    Lin- 0 turnover

    Yeah, Harden is a better ballhandler!

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    1. Harden seems a lot less effective bringing the ball up the court. It also seems to inspire him to do stupid things, like attempt a three pointer when double teamed. Ugh.

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  46. MWP going off, also Lin's fault?

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  47. Haha Lakers are shooting 66% as a team, unstoppable Mike D'Antoni offense!

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    1. Mike D'Antoni isn't even coaching them yet.

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  48. Last season Lin was fearless, he wasn't afraid to get inside and draw the foul ... this season he looks like he's afraid of contact ... jumps in the air and tries to pass every time. WTF?

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  49. Nice spin move layup by Jeremy on Derek Fisher. That was awesome!

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  50. James Harden averages almost 5 turnovers a game, terrible. He has no business being point guard if Jeremy Lin is on the floor at the same time.

    On the other hand, Jeremy needs to change 2 things: stop playing help defense so much, and take more inside shots.

    1. Jeremy is playing way too much help defense in the paint. He should let Asik and Patterson get exposed and cover his guards who sit there for open 3's. Only if the guard is a poor perimeter shooter should he play help defense in the paint.

    2. Last year Jeremy shot 46% from the field. This is because when he was within 10 feet of the basket he was ATTACKING, going for easy layups or high percentage shots. This year a dramatic percentage of his shots are from 15+ feet and out, often with time running out. Jeremy is passing way too much from within 10 feet. He should be thinking SCORE when he's close. He's been easily blowing past his defender (I think his explosiveness is there, knee is not an issue). He's trying way too hard to distribute when it would actually help his team win more if he was more aggressive to SCORE close to the basket.

    edit - I just saw a play where Jeremy blew by his guy, was within 3 feet of the hoop, but instead of shooting he jumped and tried to pass to nobody (his first turnover).

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    1. Lol yeah was like huh what is he doing?!

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    2. Lin is trying too much to be a Steve Nash. He's totally changed his game and would rather score in single digits when he can dish 10 assist .... But Steve Nash never passed up a wide open layup!!

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    3. Last year he was criticized for "being out of control" too much - when he was attacking - losing the ball and turning it over. This year he is being criticized for passing too well from inside :) Now - Im not saying you are wrong - Im just saying its not all JLins fault.

      If JLin was allowed to play PG more, initiating offense, he would have more opportunities to attack the basket and he would score more. Whether is his fault, Hardens fault or the coaches fault - I really dont know...

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    4. Yes..but no body will criticize harden's too much turnover rate. Enough said!

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  51. Harden is one of the worst defenders I have ever seen. Even Metta schooled him. He also had zero help defense instinct (totally opposite to Lin). He should be the one to help out on the big guys when he's guarding Metta damn!

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    1. He also won't dare to guard Kobe lol.

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    2. Metta is a realy really good offensive player, Cara.

      Did you forget the years he was in Houston and Sacramento and the Pacers? He was averaging over 18 points and was the go to guy for much of those years.

      When he came to the Lakers, it seemed like hes taken on the role of a goon/troublemaker because Kobe is the go-to guy.

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    3. Not anymore

      He's a bit slower than his former self

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  52. Why do Rockets always suck so bad in 3rd?

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    1. When the Coach rides Harden and Asik so hard for the first 24 minutes, then they go to the locker room for 30 minutes ... they don't come out with the same energy in the 3rd quarter.

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  53. Lol @ calling Lin "Eremy" because he has no "J". this is very unfortunate but t appears th@ Lin has lose all of his confidence. I had hope that him seeing D'Antoni would trigger Linsanity in him again...but maybe later. Raymond Felton is playing really well putting up better stats then Lin. He's making New Yorkers seem to not miss Lin as much. Anyway...Lin is going to explode 2nd half...hopefully.

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  54. 38 points tonight! He even scored more than Kobe! JUST LINCREDIBLE!

    Did anyone see that "Yellow Mamba" sign? LMAO!

    This is Linsane!!!

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  55. I loved the hit from Ron Artest (no I will not call him world peace..lol) if it was intentional (doubt it) and he wouldn't hit Lin...he was loving Linsanity last year. He was genuinely sorry to hit Lin. Loved Lin saying "WTH!!" look.

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  56. Airball! Airball! Lol crowd having a blast.

    BTW Morris was WIDE open Harden...

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    1. That airball 3 by Harden really summed up the Rockets tonight.

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  57. They called JLin an international player..?

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    1. international star they said. i think they just meant that he was a global star

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    2. probably as-in that he appeals to fans internationally. I wouldnt look that deep into their meaning via.

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  58. Lol at the racists coming out in full force.

    The game hasn't even ended yet. Who knows who got the last laugh!

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  59. Jeremy playing with better energy now

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  60. JLin just showed how good he can be to impact the game by getting 1 assist, got a steal and almost made a desperation 3-PTer.
    Hopefully it opened up some blind eyes out there.

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  61. Lin looking tired in the 4th quarter, throwing some bad passes, and seems really out of it.

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    1. He's not looking tired at all. He's just making bad decisions. Right now, he's not a threat to score, which limits his ability as a passer.

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  62. uh oh.. i think this game is over

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  63. Lin not looking good. Pressing too much.

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  64. These coaches are stupid. You let Cole guard Dwight Howard 1-on-1, brilliant idea.

    Lin is not doing much on offense either.

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  65. The game isn't even watchable anymore. Lakers running away with it up 19 in the 4th quarter. They are making the Rockets big men look like schoolgirls.
    GM Morey did a good job stacking this team with 6'-9" softies.

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    1. It appears that the Rockets forwards are completely unfamiliar with the concept of "boxing out"

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    2. That's because they are 3 pt shooters only. They don't box out and cut to the basket.

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    3. Lakers having a good time, Rockets can't stop them, coaching staff at a loss of what to do, its so sad is making me laugh.

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  66. It is all about confidence. A player will play better, and play to his potential, if he has confidence. D'Antoni gives his players freedom to play and give them confidence. It is clear why Jeremy plays well for D'Antoni. Jeremy is not playing with confidence now. Sampson has no confidence in Jeremy as all Sampson's action demonstrate his lack of confidence in Jeremy.

    However, if Jeremy wants to survive and do well in this league, he has to find a way to gain his confidence without the coach or his teammate's help. During Linsanity Jeremy said his confidence came from God. I hope Jeremy is praying a lot. Godspeed Jeremy!

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  67. Jeremy is going to hit 30% shooting fairly soon. I am a Lin fan, but this will say that his shooting is due to knees. that is a bunch of B.S. I see him board as a guard, penetrate. you have to a spurts of strength to race to a ball and board as good as him. bunch of b.s. I say get a real shooting coach.

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    1. His form is terrible, it was obvious everytime either right b4 or right after he launches you know its a miss.

      But hey he makes the teardrops just fine tho...And didn't he do a pull up jumper to start the game?

      He really should stick to what he's good at...

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  68. The game vs Knicks will be a bloodbath, they are going to destroy Rockets, for sure.

    Look at it this way, Sampson is probably on his way out after this game, I don't think Morey/Les will let this continue...If they do oh well I hope they trade Lin soon.

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  69. WTF...i know im the one that said the game might be over but im not on the team. Subs in down 15 with 5 minutes left?!

    Shouldn't you wait until the leading team buts in their bench..

    Rockets coaching staff is pathetic..

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  70. Jeremy is going back to the DLeague pretty soon

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  71. Kelvin's given up already. Second string playing against 1st string lakers.

    Kelvin, Please go back to coaching college. You suck at this.

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  72. Jeremy needs to start scoring the ball. He's having too many poor shooting games to make anyone feel confident in him. Some are starting to wonder if this is the real JLIn and last year was the anomaly . I hope not

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  73. I said Lin's shooting was not good even before preseason and that I saw his max per game average score 12 per game, and then was called a hater. IMO it's incredibly hard to fix one's shooting. It's like service motion in tennis, and some players never become good server.

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    1. It's even more difficult when your shot is flawed to begin with. This "slump" may well be a very long one unless he makes some changes.

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    2. I am no expert so I don't know what works for Lin, but I can see from the motion and the misses that his body, arm, wrist and release are not working together.

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  74. Lin needs a lot of work. I am a fan and have been streaming every game this season to see Lin's progress and it seems like he is regressed a lot since last season with his jumper and ability to attack the rim. I am not a fan of Harden playing the hero ball, but anyone who knows basketball knows this offence without harden is worse than a JV college team.

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  75. I am happy with Jeremy's shot today. He is trying different things. He is making good moving toward the basket and step back for a mid range jump shot. He has a floater over Howard today.

    I think Jeremy is loosening up. Another game on Monday. Go Jeremy!

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  77. JLin, family members, or close friends, please tell JLin to fire his shooting coach and revert back to his old style of shooting. Why change something that worked so well before? To be honest his jump shot looks girly and uncomfortable. It's like an automatic miss when he shoot. It's frustrating to see JLin 's shooting diminish so much this year. Wth is going pn?

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    1. Yeah, I hope he's not paying Doc Scheppler a lot of money, because if I was a player, I wouldn't hire him even if it was for free.
      Jeremy Lin needs professional NBA trainers. I know that Taiwanese parents are too cheap, but he's making $8 Million a year now ... Poverty is no longer an excuse.

      Hire some professional help. Doc Sheppler and Sparta fitness is not doing it for him.

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    2. It's frustrating for me because if Lin simply watched Larry Bird teach shooting, he's revert back to his kiddie form and Linsanity would roar back within one game!!!

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  78. Lin is too tentative in scoring. He tries too hard to be a pure point guard. He needs to start attacking the basket instead of driving and kicking out.

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  79. I thought Lin's floater was beautiful. Such a rare sighting; I think I'll just enjoy it for what it's worth.

    G'night folks.

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  80. Cant watch Jeremy Lin games anymore, its too embarrassing to watch. He keep missing and missing. Sorry, dont blame it on the knees anymore. Missed shots are misses shots. JLIN shooting percentage is terrible. He gives up after he misses a couple and his confidence is gone, he goes into passing mode. This is terrible.

    Rockets coaches are terrible. Why do you put Jeremy in the corner and have Harden running as a PG? This is a terrible play. Jeremy is NOT a 3point shooter. He should do what he does best. A PG and pass the ball to the open man. All harden does is run to the basket to draw the foul.

    Rockets will be 30-52 this season.

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  81. I'm actually not that worried about Jeremy Lin. He NEEDS to start hitting the open jumpers at some point but the rest of his game is great.

    Compared to other PG's he's:
    2nd in rebounds
    11th in Assits
    4th in steals
    1st in blocks

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    1. I agree Lin's good or decent in all areas except scoring. But it's like saying a boxer does everything well except punch.

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    2. I agree Lin's good or decent in all areas except scoring. But it's like saying a boxer does everything well except punch.

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    3. To be fair, if boxing was like basketball, you'd be able to have someone else do the punching for you.

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  82. My view of the game is that there isn't really much Jeremy Lin could have done, not when Howard, Gasol and Kobe were playing like they were.

    But there were a few obvious things he could have done better. The first is that Lin's jumpshot is officially wrecked. I feel like there have been a sufficient number of games to say that. Lin is going to have a hell of a time going forward if he doesn't develop some kind of shot. He wasn't hitting anything from any range and he didn't seem to have the confidence to hit layups. The latter is on Lin - no coach in the world tells players to pass up open layups.

    What is positive is that Lin has become a lot more reliable as a ball controller, except for those two horrible TOs in the 4th quarter. He was making good passes. This was helped by Harden to some extent.

    As for defence, I feel Lin is still overhelping inside. But then, nobody played well in defence for the Rox tonight, as far as I can tell.

    In the end, it was a young team against superstars on the ascendancy. They performed decently enough overall.

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    1. I have the same thoughts. Lin needs to work hard to make himself a scoring threat but there's nothing Rockets can do when Lakers stars were clicking.

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  84. Wow i'm surprised not much backlash on here over the Ron artest elbow to lins face. It was a pretty hard hit directly to lins face and very blatant, throws arm out way after lin gently ties him up. Lin was like wtf and Artest like, what that was nothing and would have gotten into it with lin but lin very victim like instead of angry. Kinda reminds me of kobe's famous reflex action elbow thrust after his jumpshot on a number of defenders like ginobili. Dwight dirty elbow coming down on asik too. Kobe also knocked over lin on a loose ball and stares him down while standing over him, absolutely classless team.

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    1. What is classless about Kobe trying to get the ball and just happened to knock down Lin?

      This is a physical sport

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    2. stared down at him like he was a scrub or maybe next rape victim.

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    3. I am a JLin fan but I am also a fan of Kobe and I thought that stare was classic Kobe badassery. :)

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    4. This is not the time be nice to everybody. This is a COMPETITIVE sport. You treat your opponents as ENEMIES.

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    5. i guess this is why khuang doesn't like you lol

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    6. Human cant compete in jungle

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  85. The coach has no confidence in Lin = Lin has no confidence in himself = the coach has less confidence in Lin.

    It's a bad cycle. Lin's a very proud person and is not so self confident like those other nba players. He needs 100% backing like D'Antoni gave him. Too bad these coaches don't know how to instill confidence in players. His play right now reminds of his days in GSW, again under a coach who had no confidence in him but it's not totally the coach's fault. The coaches and Lin's personality flaw are both to blame.

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  86. Lin had nothing to lose when he was about to be cut by ny.

    He has every thing to lose if he reinjures his knee.

    Therefore his reluctance to go all out.

    Basic human nature.

    He got paid already. No incentive to put it all out there.

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    1. ouch. From his expression, MWP looked like he swung his arm instinctively like a boxer but then he regretted doing that to Lin. He actually loved Lin during Linsanity period.

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    2. stu lantz is blind or senile? the play by play guy was even like oh shi..but held back.

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  88. today Jeremy shot 22% and it for the season he's now at 30%. regardless of his ranking with other stats he's got at least be closer to 40%. he will be compared to his contract and other guys getting his money are shooting way above 30%.

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  89. Lakers big men and Kobe simply outclassed Houston Rockets tonight. Lin played great defense on Kobe, overhelped too much a few times to allow 3PT shooter to make it. With inside and outside game (9-20 at 45%) working for the Lakers, Rockets didn't have any personnel to match up with them. Kobe had a triple-double, Howard had 28pts 13 rebs.

    They did the right thing to rest the starters for tomorrow's game with Utah.

    Lin got some midrange and a good floater going but chose to set up his teammates more. He should be aggressive to make those floaters to be a threat to score so it will give more open space to the shooters. 10 assists is not bad. but he could have more than 5 pts. Still had a shooting slump.

    No shame to lose to the better team in Lakers tonight.

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  90. Although it is a difficult matchup today, I see lots of positive for Jeremy today and I hope he continues.
    1. Many time he starts and runs offense sets that lead to open shots. He did not just defer to Harden.
    2. Jeremy tries to drive to the basket and either pass the ball out to his teammates for open shots and if he does not have a shot he is under controlled. The floater is great. He also has a jumper that he missed where he freezes Howard first and has a step back jumper.
    3. Jeremy has more mid range jumpers today too.

    These are things I did not see in the previous games, so I hope he keeps it up.
    Godspeed Jeremy!

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  91. though can't totally blame on the coach, but a good coach really matters!A good coach knows how to get the best out of his players, a good coach knows his player's strength and weakness and thus try his best to use his players to the most efficient!

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    1. I like that STARE. Maybe it will WAKE LIN up. This is survival of the fittest. There are no FRIENDS when you step into the court.

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    2. neph has split personalities

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  93. . At this rate, he will finish at 33% and will revamp after this season. Even though he can play and rack up numbers on other parts, he will eventually be a solid back up pg because you cannot be a starter and shoot 33%. Please name one point guard who can sustain their starting position shooting like that. I think Jason Kidd comes close some years, but he averaged like 9-10 assists and 7 rebounds and collecting triple doubles like crazy. I trust Jeremy will get out of this shooting funk, but he needs to get a third / fourth opinion about his shooting technique. Please Jeremy....please stop being loyal to your old coach. Please.

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    1. agree. or simply stop shooting outside and only take shots in the paint attacking the basket.

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  94. Well Jeremy is a third year guard being payed 5 million this year (which is relevant in relation to his stock in the event of a trade). His inability to score is glaring since it's the most obvious stat line but the rest of his game is just fine.

    He's under achieving the hype but not necessarily his salary (for right now).

    He reminds me of a Rajon Rondo when he first came in to the league, great all around game especially high assists and good court vision but trouble scoring.

    Lets hope Jeremy can improve.

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    1. its only 5 because of the way its structured with the last year being 15 million.

      he's really at around 8 million / year.

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  95. J lin scored 25 million contract plus millions in endorsements. Good enough for lifetimes

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