Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Rockets @ Bulls Game #27 Pre-Game Thread

Christmas Day: Rockets @ Bulls 5:00pm PT on ESPN

I'm looking for a big game out of JLin tonight.

The next four games should show if these young Rockets are legit.

Next three:

12/26 Rockets @ Wolves 5:00pm PT
12/28 Rockets @ Spurs 5:30pm PT
12/29 Rockets vs Thunder 5:00pm PT

40 comments:

  1. Lets close this year with a BANG

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  2. Let's go , JLin! Let's go Rockets! :)

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  3. This is a very winnable game, provided that Lin stays aggressive.

    The only guy on Chicago who's truly fearsome on defense is Luol Deng. His length and athleticism make him a tough defender against any perimeter scorer. He'll be on James Harden some, I'd imagine.

    Despite Joakim Noah, Chicago is not a shotblocking team. Ironically, the Bulls would be scarier in the paint if they still had Omer Asik!

    Chicago doesn't have the athleticism to truly keep up with the Rockets. Outside of Deng, they simply don't have an athletic team. They are a bunch of smart role playing team guys built around the injured Derrick Rose, but the Bulls have nobody that can singlehandedly disrupt Houston on either end of the court.

    I think Lin could easily have a very solid game against the Bulls.

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  4. My Jeremy Lin's fantasy teammates since this is Christmas, based on fit with jlin7:

    PG: JLin
    SG: I. Shumpert (NYK)
    SF: A. Kirilenko (MIN)
    PF: Serge Ibaka (OKC)
    C: Dwight Howard (LAL)

    Bench:

    Super 6th man or starter @ small forward: Batum (POR)

    backup PG: Avery Bradley (BOS)
    backup SG: Thabo Sefolosha (OKC)
    backup SF: Novak (NYK)
    backup PF: Ryan Anderson (NO)
    backup C: Larry Sanders (MIL)

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    1. Not bad, but that lineup would mean that Lin would be trapped all game long due to the lack of ballhandlers.

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  5. Please, Jeremy, my Christmas wish is that you don't go back to your single digit scoring way!

    I hope this is not a jnix. :-p

    Happy holiday to everyone here!

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  6. Ahh, it's that time of the year... When relatives come over with food and then harass you, parents making a big stink about how much you made them spend for the Holidays, parents complaining how much you suck at life while getting drunk off some cheap beer.

    Luckily, jeremylin.net is up and running so we all can hear your buddy, Nemo talk about up to the minute news on Jeremy. and Jeremy is here to rescue us from this horrible situation when they play the Bulls tonight. The game will be televised on ESPN so the good news is at least all the families have something to watch instead of picking on the young ones! LOL

    Nemo

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  7. SIde Note: Look for Mike D'Antoni to revenge the Knicks today as Steve Nash is back on the court...

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  8. Fast paced is still the key. On Offense, make sure if Lin penetrates,heavy defense under the paint, there should be someone
    get passed to. If someone is double or triple, MAKE SURE ONE OF THE TEAMMATE COMES OVER TO GET THE BALL. Defend those outside shots by blocking there faces even not that close. Mess up their offensive rhythm. Big men always follow to finish in case the ball does not fall.

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  9. I don't have access to ESPN on my TV. Anyone know where I could watch the game online?

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  10. JLin has a X'mas present for me: 22pts/11ast/3stl/2to! ;>

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  11. Going to my third JLin game. Hoping for a Rockets win with Lin getting his 1st NBA triple double ;). Happy Holidays!

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  12. Jeremy's last three games have been very strong. He's proven to others that he is, indeed, an above average player and has serious skills. That he commands respect in the NBA. That, yes, if you're a point guard and you're about to go up against Jeremy Lin, prepare for some serious competition on both ends of the floor.

    Now... of course Jeremy is going to have some bad games in the future. Even the best have bad games. That said, I'm really hoping that this game is another strong showing from Jeremy Lin. Four games in a row with strong numbers would be quite impressive. It would be quite awesome. His knee is getting better and better (though I bet it's still not fully healed). His confidence is growing. The coache's are giving him more pt lately. I'm hoping that Jeremy will bring his A game tonight.

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  13. Novak got knocked out by a Ron attest elbow and NOBODY on his team even walked over to him for like 15 seconds.

    The knicks really are devils

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    1. OK - that hurts twice :) Poor Novak. Hes a good guy.

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  14. For the JLin Haters out there: Raymond Felton 5-19 FG today and two ugly one-on-one misses right now.

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    1. Yup..lol...I know what melos thinking....damn I wish lin were here :).

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    2. Knicks fans are trashing Raymond Felton right now. kakaka

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    3. rofl. getting ugly on those knicks boards.

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    4. Nothing against Felton who's a good solid shoot first NBA point guard, but Steve Nash would not have had his way against Jeremy Lin.

      I really look forward to when Nash and Lin match up. My feeling is that Lin will greyhound Nash on both ends, flying up and down the court in a way that only guys like Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker and John Wall can.

      Lin is a tough matchup for Steve Nash, given Lin's size and quickness advantages.

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    5. nash is a great point guard but since he just came out from injury and will have trouble with team chemistry im hoping that Felton will not be schooled. i guess that what separate good from the great. im not liking this trend for the Knicks. Now for the rockets, lakers getting their act together is also not good cause it will mean more competition for that play-off slot. I'm hoping LAL will just roll over and die. Now rockets needs to win this game against chicago. And i realized Dirk is back. Seems like in a week or two once everyone is settled the competition in the WEST is on again. Its probably only the Spurs and OKC positions that are safe at this point. Makes me wish Houston is in the east they might be getting 4th slot in that conference or even higher.

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    6. Actually, Houston doesn't have to be in the East to get a 4th seed or higher.

      They just have to keep playing unselfishly and developing.

      In the NBA, it's imperative to have at least one guy on the team that can break down any defender and score. The Rockets have TWO: James Harden and Jeremy Lin. They are easily the best backcourt in the entire NBA.

      The Rockets have their two superstars in Lin and Harden, but they're unusually unselfish. The whole team is on fire because of that unselfishness.

      I have constantly written that it's not enough to just beat Lin in order to beat his team. You have to beat every guy on the team, and that's what will eventually make the Rockets into contenders.

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    7. lol yeah but you have to admit if houston is playing in the east they could be higher in the seeding right now.

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    8. Houston would probably be #2 in the East, right behind Miami.

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    1. It sure made my day! Then I saw a Blue Jay.

      D'Antoni against Wo_dson.
      Nash against Fe_ton.
      And Kobe outplayed M_lo a teeny bit coz M also had 3 TO.

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  16. A healthy Steve Nash will make the Lakers fun to watch.

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    1. What kind of injury did Nash have? I thought it was some kind of broken bone? At his age, is it possible to heal that quick?

      It took JLin more than half a year to heal a non-bone related injury, and until now some still think he is not 100% yet.

      Could any experts here please educate me? Thanks in advance for the help.

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    2. The knee injury is a different animal.

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    3. Ligaments tears are harder to heal than outright bone breaks.

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  17. I just watched D'Antoni's revenge on 'Melo and watching OKC seeking payback against the Heat. I can't wait for 9AM GMT+8 for Asik to make his return in Chicago and show 'em Bulls what he's got under JLin's command.

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  18. jeremy lin needs to play about 20 min for this game due the grueling schedules, its good for him in the long run.

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  19. Interesting read here http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2012/12/running-to-wins-was-rockets%E2%80%99-plan-all-along/

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    1. I LOVE that article.

      Les Alexander is a very smart guy who knows his basketball better than Daryl Morey does.

      The plan Les had is working. Jeremy Lin is driving that league leading Houston offense, just like Les envisioned.

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    2. Les has had a hand on some of the changes we've seen this past games...

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    3. Les has had a hand on Lin's Houston career from the moment Linsanity broke out!

      It was Les's idea to sign Lin in the first place, and he screamed at Daryl Morey for months to make it happen.

      Les knows he has the NBA's SECRET WEAPON in Jeremy Lin!!!

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  20. looks like they are forcing jlin to spotup shoot again

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