Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Rockets @ Wolves Game #28 Pre-Game Thread

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  1. Let's go Lin! Too bad Rubio minutes be limited we won't be able to see the Lin vs Rubio matchup.
    Hopefully Parsons will be playing this game, we need him.

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  2. The Wolves will be ready, let's hope the Rockets come Guns A Blazing tonight because this can be lost no doubt...

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    1. Yesterday, Houston was the underdog by -4.5 against the Bulls, they won by 23.

      Today, Houston still the underdog by -5.5. It will be interesting game to watch. Shooting team against Rebounding team. Lets hope there is not much rebound for the Wolves when Houston is shooting their 3s. As long as the Rocket is hot shooting 3s, they will win this game.

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  3. Lin and the Rockets are too fast for this MN team.

    Ricky Rubio might be able to slow Lin, the way Tony Allen was supposed to slow James Harden.

    How the Rockets play Kevin Love will be interesting to me. Will Lin be able to help out easier on Love who's a moving target on the perimeter, or will Love's motion make it hard for the Rockets to trap him? We'll see.

    The Rockets can win this game.

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  4. I believe this game will be competitive. I respect Minn. They are no scrubs and like Houston, don't get their due being small market. Both teams are light years better than Chicago, yet Chicago gets way more love than both teams combined.

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    1. I think Bulls get love just because hey're Bulls.

      Everytime I mention Bulls somehow MJ comes into the picture.

      So yes Bulls get much more love than Rockets/Minnie combined :)

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  5. Lin looks close to 100% physically. As we said, it would take over a month to get it back. Also, great to see him play with no knee braces. I can't remember ever seeing him play without them.

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  6. My prediction for Jlin vs the wolves. 28/9 Rockets win 118 to 106.

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  7. Go Lin go Rockets!

    CRUSH THE TIMBERWOLVES AT THEIR HOME COURT!!!

    I want Rox to blow them out like they did Griz by 20+ points, need a big game from the bench, and whoever they put in for Parsons need to STEP UP BIG TIME.

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  8. I have been follow this site for quite some time but never got a chance to post. I love reading everyone wonderful comments (at least from the fan). If you are not a fan, why bother coming here and waste your time. Even beter yet create your own hater site and attracts like-minded people over to your site. Anyway, nice to meet everyone. Let's hope for a great game tonight. I'm from chicago, but last night win was sweet, very happy for Omer.

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  9. Hope Jlin keeps this momentum going and he keeps silencing the haters. On a separate note, I've been too busy with the holidays to bag on the Knicks.

    As I said before in an earlier post, the Knicks will probably win 50-55 games this year and make it to the 2nd round of the playoffs (maybe 3rd if they are lucky). Here are the reasons why the Knicks suck:
    (1) Woodson is a mediocre coach at best. Memo to Woodson: teams like it when Melo scores a lot and you let the others beat you. Iso-Melo doesn't work. Basketball is a TEAM sport
    (2) Felton..why are you taking 20 shots when your wrists hurt? Pass the ball. Woodson, Felton is not the next Chris Paul or Jeremy Lin.
    (3) Horrible ownership- Dolan got pissed and Jlin go instead of doing the right thing. They could have used Jlin as an asset and traded him at worst
    (4) This team is at its peak now and built to win either this year or next year which won't happen. This team will be blown up soon.

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    1. Had to get this one off my chest :). Tired of hearing how much better it would have been if Jlin were with the Knicks. Championship caliber teams have great ownership- Spurs, Lakers, Rockets (in the 90s), Mavs, Heat, etc. Dolan is a terrible owner, and thus the Knicks will NEVER win a championship as long as he's the owner.

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    2. I think there was more to letting Lin go than what we think on the surface level. Dolan must have believed he stood to make much more $$$$ at the end of the day letting Lin go and teaming up with CAA on a much larger scale that likely goes well beyond just basketball. It's the only play that makes logical sense.

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    3. No, the Knicks don't make "logical" decisions.

      The Knicks make EMOTIONAL decisions, and that's why they always have problems.

      From an emotional standpoint, letting Lin go made perfect sense for Dolan. He would satisfy his CAA players and thus not have to constantly explain himself to sharks like World Wide Wes who artfully use their fake popularity to make a weakling like Dolan go "Yessuh, yessuh."

      Rockets owner Les Alexander is the anti Dolan. He's got no patience for mind games and ejects out anybody who isn't in step with the franchise direction.

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    4. ouch to this but unfortunately i agree. Knicks got a horrible owner and continuously disappoints loyal fans. Annoying really.

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  10. Definitely looking forward to this! Last nights blowout was amazing. I wouldn't be surprised whatsoever if they continued their blowout streak against the wolves. Go Lin!

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  11. I hope the reason for all the ice yesterday isn't still there today. In some ways, it's actually good that Tony Douglas has been playing well and filling in for some of Lin's minutes; we do want Lin to be able to play the full season, and for that, you need some decent minutes sharing.

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  12. where in the world is nikola pekovic.

    http://screen.yahoo.com/where-in-the-world-is-nikola-pekovic-28309921.html

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  13. notice jlin's biggest fan, billy chung, disppeared. lulz.

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    1. probably busy creating a hater site ;)

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    2. Oh, we've had much meaner haters than billy chung.

      The biggest haters to me are the ones that claim they're Lin fans but flame Lin and everybody here whenever he takes a false dribble.

      Obviously, those haters have pretty much disappeared since Lin came and broke all of their hateful predictions.

      I challenge those guys to come back out here and take us on some more.

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    3. I think the meanest and most devious folks here are the ones who turned on Lin when he was playing "bad".

      Like the ones who claimed Lin deserved to get benched - acting like they were mad at Lin or disappointed because Lin didnt perform well.

      Some said that Lin had no balls or was to scared to shoot or whatever. They said Lin should fire his shooting coach and that he had to shoot more (like that would change it all). They bashed Lin and proved they didnt understand Lins game and the situation he was in.

      Those haters and doubters were basicly supporting the folks who were trying to turn Lin into someone he wasnt. This is why he didnt play well - since he didnt play well he didnt shoot well - since he didnt shoot well he got benched - he got benched so his game got even worse - so he got benched even more. Where I come from this is refered to as "devils circle". Dunno if there is an english term for that.

      It is still my opinion that someone on the team either didnt understand Lin (best case) or was trying to get rid of him (worst case).

      The backstabbing fans gave up on Lin when it was tough - the real fans didnt. Im glad Lin was strong (or stubborn) enough to assert himself. Linsanity is back now and Houston has become an exciting team. People are talking about the HardLin combo and Rockets is now a team worth watching.

      Im proud to be a Lin fan and Im proud of all the fellow Lin fans who stuck with Lin even when Lin didnt do well.



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    4. Yeah, I was one of those people who called on Lin to fire his shooting coach!

      Fortunately, Lin's recent meeting with Doc seems to have restored his jumper. And is it me or does Lin's jumper look like it has a higher arc than ever?

      We can support Lin while disagreeing with him.

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    5. \o/ <-- @willydilly, this is me raising up both of the arms, saying "GO! Rockets & Lin" to our boy, and "YES!!!" to what you said.

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  14. Wow! what a turn around in the last 6 games. From expected bottom 5 worst team to 6th in Western conference ranking. Rockets must be pinching themselves, however Knicks and Grizzlies were tired from back-to-backs, Chicago missed Derrick Rose and nearly all recent teams played the slow, grinding out game or using Isolation star players, which suited Rockets' fast running style.

    It's going to be a lot harder from now on because Rockets won't be so fortunate, opposing coaches will find counter tactics and opposing teams will contain younger, faster players and have better 'Pace' rankings as per ESPN.

    Will the Wolves break the trend, do they have the firepower to stop the up tempo style of the Rockets or will they be easy targets for the flashy Rockets led by Lin and Harden?

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    1. No, Lin is here to stay.

      In his short NBA career, he has faced every kind of swarming defense from the moment he broke out in February 2012 against the Nets.

      Lin is heavily scouted, and everybody in the NBA knows that he can stopped by swarming double and triple teams. But what's made Lin dangerous is that the young Rockets are cherrypicking off the bailout passes, which I thought was going to take a lot longer if was to happen at all.

      A typical Jeremy Lin has all these scrubs playing hero ball in the yawning gaps created by Lin's penetration and scoring. That's where the Rockets are at and where the Rockets will stay for the remainder of the season.

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  15. I don't know why people are so surprised at what JLin can do. True JLin's fans, especially fans who post in this forum, knew it all along. We're all just waiting for JLin to play his game, and He's been doing that for the last 6 games or so. Be it the coaches made some adjustments or Les, himself, forced the coaches to make adjustments, it's all good as long as JLin gets to be the floor general on every game going forward. The game becomes so much exciting to watch when JLin has the freedom to command the troop. Go Rox, Go JLin!!!

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    1. Because most American people cannot comprehend the notion that an Asian guy like Lin can be better at sports than any other guy of any other color.

      To perceive how much more athletic Lin is than all but 2 or 3 point guards in the entire NBA, try watching teams other than the Rockets play. Unless you are watching OKC with Westbrook or SA with Parker, the teams appear stuck in mud. That includes teams with young athletic point guards that are actually slower than Lin and thus flit around pointlessly at the 3 point line.

      Lin is bigger, stronger, faster, and more cerebral than the vast majority of NBA starting point guards. If he were any color other than Asian, people would be hailing him as the next great guard in the NBA. It would be "Kyrie WHO???"

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  16. I'm glad to see the Rockets are adjusting to a style of offense which capitalizes on their youth and energy. Older and slower teams just can't keep up, i.e. Knicks. It seems like opposing teams foul Harden just so they can catch their breath. I'm also glad that they are going away from posting up Asik with his back to the basket and are only passing to him when he is moving towards the basket or has established position near the basket. Win or lose, Rockets play an exciting brand of basketball.

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  17. JJ Barea > Jeremy

    Barea was the reason why the Mavericks won the Championship a few years ago and he will show Jeremy how it's done. Move on everyone..Nothing to watch tonight. Do something else that is more useful for your life.

    Nemo

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    1. Anyone who is dismissing the Timberwolves as an easy win will regret it tonight. They have some really talented players who can really beat any team on any given night if they put it together. Besides Barea... Here's a few players that can really defeat the Rockets tonight.

      Kevin Love - Can score on will inside and outside and highly skilled Rebounder.

      Andrei Kirelenko - His nickname is AK-47. Enough said. You've sen him dominate in the past with the Jazz.

      Chase Budinger - Remember him? Yes, he was dominant for the ROCKETS last season. There was a stretch where he was simply unstoppable because he has an all around game with the ability to score all around the perimeter.

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    2. Just found out Budinger is injured. And I just found out Ricky Rubio is playing limited minutes now recovering from his surgery.

      As we know, Rubio is super skilled in passing... Hope Lin is ready for his bounce passes at every angle...

      MUHAHAHAHAHAH

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    3. I have a suggestion.. YOU GET THE FUDGE OUTTA HERE Nemo. we don't need a cockroach like you.(I like calling haters cockroach because no matter how hard you try to keep them away, they're still there)

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  18. Lin seems to be not getting discouraged even when he misses wide open 3s and trying to find ways to score by shooting easier shots. As stable as I have seen him play for a stretch of games.

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    1. True. Remember the first Linsanity game? He missed almost all his jumpers and still scored 25. That is who Lin really is. The fact that he got nervous when he missed the shots - the fact that he was forced to stand in the corners all the time to play spot up shooter - the fact that he got benched for missing shots - says alot about what was going on "behind the scenes". Thank god its over. Lin is free :) And because he is free - hes playing like a champ

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    2. Lin now doesn't have to press so he doesn't have to settle. He's getting more shot attempts so he can be choosy now that he gets the ball in his hands more often. He can choose not to jack up 3's now unless he's hot or completely open with no other options.

      He wasn't getting touches in the first 20 games either for shots he wanted and/or just touches to control the ball in general. I saw him press after everyone but him in the starting 5 were scoring points in several games. For whatever reason, he was the odd man out and Mchale and Sampson seemed to be just fine with it, even though the team stunk.

      In Chicago, Lin passed up many long jumpers because he doesn't have to rely on those meager opportunities to score anymore or not at times when he is shooting 80% in the paint. When he's got 15-17 points already, he doesn't feel the pressure of having to jack up 3's on the minimal touches he was getting before just 1 month ago. It also helps his FG% and his team's efficiency.

      The idiotic coaching staff loved Parsons so much that they wanted Parsons to be a playmaker stud when Parsons is not that level of player. And they were just so happy and eager to do it at Jlin's expense. Luckily for Jlin, he was able to put up 38 on the Spurs. That game had to make the Rox owner get pissed off at the coaching staff and Morey.

      Unlike Bulls game #1 when Lin was benched, little Nate still got almost 30pts this game on Xmas, but Lin got the last laugh this time because he got to play his game. Lin will always get torched by such players like Nate at least in the boxscore, but his stupid coaches finally are understanding that Lin will produce in his own way while his team wins by double digits because Lin can't be stopped by the other team either and Lin's more efficient in the way he goes about it.

      Rather "Lin gets torched by Nate again" it's "garbage time Nate" this time around.

      Thank goodness Les A. wants Lin to shine and get a fair shake at it, otherwise Lin already would be benched by the coaching staff..





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