Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Rockets vs Lakers Game #35 Post Game Thread

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  1. Lin's turnovers would be cut down if he does not do the following:

    1) Pass to Asik
    2) Pass the lob pass to Marcus Morris
    3) Pass the long lob pass on a fast break
    4) Give up his dribble
    5) Get caught in mid air driving and having no outlet pass

    But that is all part of Lin's game. You have to take the good with the bad. The Rockets are an uptempo team and they are always pushing the ball for a faster pace. You can see that they got into their rhythm the 2nd half when they were playing faster and got the Lakers to play a fast pace game. In the end, the young guns outlasted the Lakers. Nobody can really keep up with them unless the other team runs the same pace as them.

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    1. In my opinion the passes to Asik are like long term investments. It's building trust with Asik and encouraging him to keep trying despite failure. I think that's Lin's style.

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    3. Two of those TO were to Morris. Both time the ball hit Morris' hands without being deflected by defense. The 1st one, Morris wasn't able to hold off Metta (I think), got pushed and lead to TO. The 2nd one, JLin pulled up jumper at the key but decided to pass to Morris under the bucket. The pass was so good it fooled everyone including Morris, ball hits Morris on the hand and bounds out of bounds.

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    4. It's funny -- Jeremy didn't make a single TO on the Hail Mary Lob Pass for months.

      And then he makes FOUR in the past two games. He's so darn good at forcing passes with minimal daylight, he's gotten overconfident.

      BUT ENOUGH ABOUT TURNOVERS.

      How about 19 POINTS, 6 REBOUNDS, 5 ASSISTS and 4 STEALS??? DAMN.

      And most of that was the second half only!

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    5. @8Cdee...996

      #1-3 are "good" turnovers. The plays that lead to them are encouraged by management, who play by their own set of stats so they are not a problem.

      #4 is questionable. He keeps his dribble as long as anyone, so for Lin to pick up the ball, I'm thinking it was probably a good idea.

      #5 Drives me crazy. Not as much as him stepping on the 3 point line, but hopefully as he matures he'll stop doing it.

      SA and OKC can keep up with us. I'm not certain about GS, not sure how real they are, but looking forward to our matchup with them. Like the announcers said, no one will want to face us in the playoffs.

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    6. Good post. Its all Lins game and the good comes with the bad.

      Cant blame it all on Lin. Lin/Asik have worked well on occasion. Remember the night Asik had a new career high? He can do it. If Asik could catch and score better - Lins TO would go down and his assists would go way up. Same goes for other guys who exclusively score by receiving Lins feeds.

      Those long passes are simply what makes a fast break. Yes - his passes werent that good today - bad decision to pass when TD (I think it was him) had two opponents on his back. But - most of the time those are brilliant passes. Sometimes you are hot - sometimes you are not. He has to make those decission in the blink of an eye.

      5.) Yes - he sometimes goes up with no way to pass. But - even the anouncers have mentioned that this is one of Lins assets. He is one of the few who can make those passes. They dont always work and he sometimes loses the ball - not always though.

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    7. I read an article the other day. The author wrote than Lin is a risky player at times. The author also said that he likes Lin -> no risk -> no gain.

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    8. I don't mind the risky passes, imo it takes cahones to dial it in as much as Lin does.

      The pass to TD was a total misread, and what was that pass to Morris about when others were open and Metta was all over Morris, that was such a defer move.

      I bet when he got yelled at during the timeout, McHale probably told him "STOP DEFERRING DAMNIT GO GET SOME!"

      But, for the past 2-3 games he hasn't gotten cherry picked because he was half asleep, which was great :)

      That jump pass to Morris, that was artwork, Morris need to expect passes when he's cutting to the rim. Honestly I was faked out and I was watching the game lmao, all of Lakers was like "wtf where did it go?!" they were staring at the rim!

      And Morris probably is like "OH SHIT!" when the ball magically appeared in his hands LOL!

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    9. See, to me a true risky player is a guy who DOESN'T take risk!

      It's easy to get a mistake free point guard and have him play risk free mistake free WIN FREE basketball in the NBA.

      I think it's far better to take a chance with a guy like Lin who'll risk himself to win than to be "reliable" with a guy who is consistent only in his inability to break games open at the NBA level.

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    10. IMO the ROX and Lin especially needs to keep throwing those half/ 3/4 court passes (because Lin is best at it) until that pass is no longer effective. What I mean by that is even if they turn it over a few times, it keeps the pace of the game up, tires out the opposing teams because they are not used to our pace, which leads to lower FG on opposing team's offense, slower on their defense too.

      Until the opposing team can actually pick off enough of those long bomb passes to hurt the scoring board, the long pass is a really effective play for ROX. By extension, since Lin doesn't get that many chances to shot, he gets to freelance in transition on offense while Harden is on the court.

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    11. Also Lin is absolutely at his best in the open floor when running the break going back to his pre-linsanity days

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    12. @Dave T
      I like your idea of passes to Asik as a longterm investment and I agree. I just hope Lin doesn't force it if Asik's game just isn't there that night. And I wish his teammates would return the favor to Lin more often. Seems like they're finally beginning to come around now.

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    13. @slash29
      Absolutely, ride those full-court passes like Secretariat haha!

      Plus it boggles my mind why such a young team with the fastest pace game doesn't do more alley-oops. Jeremy's been doing it (and doing it really well) regularly for every team he's been on except for the Rox! That should be a staple along with the full-court passes. Somebody made a good point about Harden not being able to cut towards the basket due to being double-teamed but what about everyone else?

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    14. The reason he doesn't do alot of alley-oops is because we do not have any bigs who can play above the rim like a Blake Griffin, Jordan, Lebron, Tyson, etc. All the Rockets bigs are pretty much soft and cannot go up and dunk the ball. Those passes will happen much more if they get a PF who can do that. Also, those passes need to be practiced because it is a timing and precision pass. You need personnel who can do that to practice with and so far I don't see any in Houston.

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    15. @8cdee
      Admittedly, I've never dunked (nor will I ever be able to!) in my life but I always thought that if you're able to do follow-up jams (not tip-ins but actual 2-handed dunks on a rebounding ball) you should be able to do alley-oops. And we've definitely seen follow-up dunks by several Rox players. But I guess the pros just make it look easy! I was thinking like half the Rox would be able to do it, lol. I could've sworn I've seen Harden do it at least a couple times. Oh, and I wouldn't consider Greg Smith to be "soft" either. If anything I'd think he could alley-oop for sure! All the people you mentioned get crazy airtime and have sick dunks, but I don't think you need all that for an effective, no-frills textbook alley-oop.

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    16. 888, that's where you are wrong. It takes certain precision, leaping ability, handle and some athleticism to perform those type of alley oop dunks. A perfect example is Wayne and Lebron. It also helps that both the person passing the alley oop pass and the person dunking the ball are on the same page. It takes timing and some practice to get it down. I believe that Greg Smith can do it, but he is still raw. The other players like Asik, Morris, Paterson, Parsons and Harden I don't believe can. I remembered that Harden attempted to do an alley oop to Lin and it failed. Timing and also knowing the person you are doing the alley oop to helps.

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    17. Good find, but the first Harden video against the Hornets is not an alley oop. Noticed the trend though, you don't see alot of Patterson, Asik or Morris. Also, most of those alley oops are on the fast break where you have a 2 on 1 situation. It seems like this year the Rockets aren't playing like that.

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    18. It is actually easier to dunk via the alley oop if no one is guarding you than it is to dunk yourself. However, on the PnR in lots of traffic, it is not easy at all. There you need to be a big guy with athleticism like Tyson or Dwight or amare back in the day. You're not going to see Westbrook do many dunks on the PnR.

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  2. A great game. I do agree with the commentator that kept saying Lin needs to find a way to attack the basket without taking so many hits. Not sure how though... maybe he should learn some moves where he jumps off both feet.

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    1. He should imitate Harden, just like he did against the Cavs.

      You hold the ball low with your arms outstretched and when defenders reach in, you flail your arms up to create contact and draw the whistle.

      Jeremy did it once last night, but it's new for him. So I expect to see it more and more as the weeks/months/years drag on. Harden can teach him in practice! And Jeremy can teach Harden some non-PnR playmaking.

      In fact, Harden imitated Jeremy with his fake-jumper-for-a-pass tonight!

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    2. You notice the fake jumper too? That was soooo funny.

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    3. Awesome via! Its good to see JLin getting sassy out there :)

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  3. Hardwood Paroxysm ‏@HPbasketball
    Video: Jeremy Lin and-one over Sacre.
    http://youtu.be/fcr8aP5JwW8
    Robert is not having a fun night.
    7:16 PM - 8 Jan 13

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    1. First Laker Game Highlights from footwearfoot:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNYOPlotE4Q

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    2. Due to technical difficulties, Joy Dunk Club episode one can be seen here:

      The Joy Dunk Club [Episode 1]

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    3. Thx @888, I keep mixing up my links haha.

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    4. Haha, my pleasure via. Given the high volume of links you graciously post for us, your turnover ratio is really good! Plus now I know you're not a bot. :)

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    5. Jeremy is Molly Ringwald! Ahahaha. Loved the John Hughes analogy. James Harden= true love. These guys are funny. I enjoyed the 1st episode. Looking forward to the next one. Good show.

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  5. Curious, the Laker's coach Dantoni knows JLin well, how did he run Lakers against JLin? Experts here can you talk about it?
    Watching the second half is like watch the old Linsanity games.

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    1. I don't remember seeing JLin hugging Woodson when he played vs Knicks, right? Dantoni would not feel bad losing to JLin I guess.

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    2. They did good first half getting back in transition and forcing Lin to pass a lot. How much you wanna bet this was D'Antoni's idea?

      However I think they allowed themselves to play at Rockets pace 2nd half, which was a huge mistake. McHale did great resting Lin 1st half so he came out strong often beating Lakers on transition, and going small really helped imo.

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    3. Harden on JLin strong 2nd half: "He opened the floor for everybody...As long as he's aggressive, we have a better chance of winning."

      D'Antoni on the Lakers' crappy D: "We have to keep people from just going by us. I don't know how many pts they got in the paint."

      Steve Nash on reaching 10,000 career assists: "It's really hard to enjoy it right now. ... It's the farthest thing from my mind."

      Kobe Bryant on the Rockets' offense: "Dribble-penetration hurt us quite a bit ... They really spread us out and break us down and go by us."

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    4. Nice!

      I like the fact that even Harden tells Lin to play aggressive, and acknowledges the fact that when Lin is aggressive it just becomes an easier game for everyone!

      Awesome, methinks they are REALLY starting to gel very well!

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    5. mutual respect from this two (jeremy and d antoni) and notice the new pre-grame ninja bow or something among lin, harden, and chandler LOL
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beak5jKTtGQ

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    6. Kobe on JLin's 19-pt, 6-reb, 5-ast, 4-stl night: "He seems to play extremely well against us. I don't know what that's about."

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    7. Haha love it...But I wanna see more of their kung-fu shake!

      Teamwork is teh win!

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    8. How about Kung-Fu Rockets?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY58tf8EmXM&feature=player_embedded

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    9. "The Rockets relentlessly attacked the rim, exploiting the short-handed Lakers' inability to consistently clog the paint. Harden, Lin and Parsons penetrated at will in guiding the Rockets to a scorching 55.2 percent shooting effort from the field and their fourth game this season with at least 60 points in the paint." Lakers had 44 points in the paint.

      "The Rockets improved to 9-1 this season when Carlos Delfino (19 points) nets at least 11 points. ... Delfino has shot 61.3 percent (19-for-31) from 3-point range over his last five games. ... Houston is now 10-2 when Harden scores at least 30 points and 15-3 when he connects on at least 45.0 percent of his field-goal attempts."

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    10. Tas Melas ‏@TasMelas
      Carlos Delfino making some great faces on his three balls tonight. #Rockets #Lakers pic.twitter.com/LyxZR5WV
      7:08 PM - 8 Jan 13

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    11. @LinFanOnly
      Mr. D'Antoni is a classy guy. Woodson didn't even stand up when Jeremy went over to shake his hand. I hope things work out well for Mr. D'Antoni in LA although it must feel like deja-vu for him with all those injuries piling up.

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    12. "it must feel like deja-vu for him with all those injuries piling up."
      - Time for [Lin]Sacresanity?
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      Lakers hired D'Antoni instead of Phil Jackson bcos of Nash.

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  6. JLin Highlights vs Lakers Jan 8, 2013

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucy88I2dWns

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  7. Quick summary and some thoughts:

    - I had thought Rox was in trouble with Kobe only scoring 8 all game in 3rd, it meant Nash was in charge and distributing the ball well...Ahh how wrong I was...Kobe tries to take over 4th and well shot as well as expected when he is cold, good for Rox :) Kobe looked all kinds of pissed off...
    - Lakers picks are just too good, JLin had all kinds of problems defending Nash through PnRs. I wished Rox had someone who can set picks like Lakers can
    - Asik ineffective again...2 bad games in a row, can't feel good warming the bench.
    - Morris need to look for passes when he's cutting to the rim, that one pass landed in his hands yet he knocked it out, what a great pass on Lin's part
    - OMG can you step on the line some more JLin? Enough with the long 2s, you would have been 3/5 from the 3!
    - But he is starting to dial in the jumpers more and more
    - Good call on McHale going small 2nd half
    - JLin is just fast on the rebound and even faster in transition to the point that Lakers defense were seldom set and results in easy points, he needs to exploit that some more
    - Lin seems to travel more this year, although I don't really care about the TO in garbage time, he was doing so good juking the Lakers bench and then...Travel :/
    - Linsanity 2.0 is warming up, loved that and 1 and yell from the floor! With that scream he signaled Lakers defeat, notice they didn't do well at all afterwards
    - Another hot night for Delfino, nuff said
    - Parsons did ok, still forcing shots, but some great dishes
    - Some crazy dimes from Harden, catching Lakers with their pants down 2nd half
    - Really liked how Patterson boxed out and opened the lane for Parsons, exact same move he used for Lin couple games ago. Don't understand why they don't do more
    - I liked the setup when Lin was out in 3rd...Delfino and Patterson really spaced the floor for Harden, allowed him to beat his man and cut to the rim for a quick dish from Parsons for an easy layup
    - Harden still can't d, or won't d, refuses to take a charge, Kobe gets by him at will, but he was doing great helping on PnRs though
    - Lin leaving Meeks open is not good...Did he put away all 3 treys on Lin?
    - Really good call on McHale's part to go small 2nd half, 18-2 run pretty much ended Lakers, with Lin and Harden BOTH scoring 11 points each in 3rd q
    - I REALLY REALLY wanna know what McHale says to them in the lockers during half time...Boy they sure played different coming back, quite a few games recently where they come back BIG in 3rd...Which is a lot better than beginning of the season where 3rd quarter they used to give up major points while they played very well in 1st-2nd quarters.

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  8. Awesome win, 5 in a row, hope lin and his team mates rest well for tomorrow against New Orleans

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  9. I think JLin is like me, when only the deadline getting so close, then comes the urgency and energy! That is why he alwyas produce 80% in the second half!

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  10. [Fellowship of Christian Athletes]
    Rocket Man

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  11. wow! 'just came in and so glad to know we won and that our boy JLin had a pretty good game. :)

    so, he turned it on again in the 2nd half after being a non factor in the first half? that's what i got after reading the posts here...

    Let the streak roll... Let's go JLin! Let's go Rockets!

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    1. We were about to break out the rope in 1st half. Lin was playing like he was lost.

      McHale deserves the credit here, I think he did a good job rotating Lin, allowed him to reset and Lin came back out strong 3rd half.

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    2. I really like McHale's substitution patterns. If both Jeremy and Hardens are on, he allows them to play separately in the first 3 quarters and rotate TD with the two to maximize off/def efficiency. If either one goes cold or tired from a b2b game, the man would get a longer time on the bench to refocus and rejuvenate.

      In the end of the game, McHale would throw all TD, Harden and Jeremy on the court and start out-running the opponents, and due to the proper rotations, they would have the O AND the D for the final burst. There IS a reason that the Rox are so good in the final minutes.

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    3. Yep! Totally agree Hans!

      McHale is dialing in the rotations, just as Jeremy is dialing in his jumpers...

      Going to be good when the rest of the team catches up, and chemistry to get even better.

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    4. haha.. @ kenoshi , That seem to be the mood in the early goings of the game. Some posters were all but ready to jump on our boy again. It must have been frustrating... lol

      But , JLin must really have a knack at letting it all loose in the 2nd half. :)

      And 'glad that coach is dialing the right signals now. He seems to get it going for the team now. 'hope the streak continues...

      Let's go JLin! Let's go Red Nation!

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    5. Hans - not sure if JH, TD, and JL will work for all teams... but I really liked TD as on-ball defender with JL coming over from to help with his quick hands or playing passing lanes. Nash wasn't nearly as effective in 2nd half IMO

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    6. McHale did make good substitutions in the game. He is sending a clear message to his starters that he will pull them if they aren't up to the challenge. I believed that in McHale's mind everybody can be benched except Harden. You never see him bench Harden even when he has a bad game because Harden is always in attack mode even if he has a bad shooting night. It's something that Jeremy needs to learn from Harden. Jeremy always has a history this year of starting slow and deferring to his teammates. I believe that is what he believes in and will continue to do. He wants to get everybody going first before he gets going, but his thinking is wrong. If he is aggressive early then it will definitely open up some lanes and easy makes for his teammates.

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  12. Calvin Murphy's Suit ‏@WhatMurphWears
    Retweet this to Demand @CSNHouston THIS CAN GO NO LONGER
    7:34 PM - 8 Jan 13

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    1. ClutchFans.net ‏@clutchfans
      The M-V-P chants have started in the Toyota Center with James Harden at the line. He's got 31 points, 9 assists & 6 boards.
      7:19 PM - 8 Jan 13

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    2. Thanks via. Lin on the floor screaming is definitely a reminiscence of the good old Linsanity days.

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    3. :) JLin has at least 1 steal in 14 games straight, his longest streak, incl 4 steals tonight vs. Lakers.

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  13. This Rockets team~

    Lakers' inactive salary matches the Houston's $51M payroll if you include Mike Brown.

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    1. Alok Pattani ‏@AlokPattaniESPN
      With final missed FGA Tuesday, @kobebryant passed John Havlicek for most missed FGA in NBA history, combining regular + postseason (15,296).
      8:30 AM - 9 Jan 13

      [Note: Not exactly his 1st year playing...]

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  14. highlight by footwearfoot:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNYOPlotE4Q

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  15. Oh btw.

    HOUSTON IS .600!

    I didn't think Rox can do this beginning of the season TBH, was hoping them to struggle at .500.

    Yes I know its only 34 games but we're a few games away from half way point. Go Lin go Rockets!

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  16. In other news, Portland is 1.5 games behind :/

    Grrrr shooo shooo go away Portland!

    Looking forward to the re-re-match tho :P

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    1. Portland Trailblazers are a good team in the West. If there's any team that deserves to overtake the Rockets in the standings, it's the Blazers. The only way to stop that is to keep on winning.

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    2. @Kenoshi
      BUT, Houston is only 2 games behind Warriors and 3.5 games behind Memphis. If Houston keeps the streak going this stretch, they might make it to 4th in the WC! Now whether they can maintain that position, that's another thing. :)

      If Delfino keeps up his hot 3-pt shooting and Lin's jumpshots continue to improve, Rox can avoid Portland's shot-blocking big men and kill them with perimeter shooting. Parsons, Harden, Patterson, Morris and Douglas all decent-ish from downtown (~36%, 40% for Toney). Am I crazy? Sorry, I still have a lot to learn from you guys!

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    3. Knicks defeated by Rockets twice, who was defeated by Portland twice (should be once but due to bad coaching, happened twice), who defeated Knicks last week...

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  17. Just read Jeremy's first TIME magazine interview in 2009 -- and now I understand what he means when he said (Steiner interview last year) that he plays well when his mom is in the audience LOL

    "By the time Jeremy was 5, Gie-Ming was taking him to the local YMCA in Palo Alto, Calif., to play ball in a kids' league. For Jeremy, it wasn't exactly love at first sight. "He stood at half-court sucking his thumb for the entirety of about half his games that season," says Jeremy's older brother Josh, 24. "It came to the point where my mom stopped going to watch his games." Then Jeremy asked his mother Shirley to start coming to the Y again. Before Shirley would commit, however, she wanted to know if he'd actually try. "He responded with something along the lines of 'I'm going to play, and I'm going to score,' " Josh says. She showed up, and Jeremy scored the maximum number of points one player could amass under the kiddy-league rules. "From that game on, he just took off and never looked back," says Josh.

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1953708,00.html#ixzz2HSHAZA7b

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    1. Yes Jeremy Lin, knowing praising your coaches often and without being prompted will carry you long and far LOL!

      http://www.nba.com/rockets/video/post-game-01082013-jeremy-lin

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    1. God I love that fake jumper-pass to Morris...Lol seriously I was looking at the basket and so was rest of Lakers, and Morris was like what the heck where did this come from.

      BTW this highlight was very indicative of the night JLin was having, notice almost 80% of the highlight was in 2nd half ;)

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    2. And Beardy - just seconds later - tried that new trick of Lins :) COPY CAT!!!

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    4. Wow - Beard-Sanity is official :)

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    5. Rox backcourt duo production vs Lakers: 50-14-12.

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  20. I missed the 4th quarter. I read somewhere that the team did really well after McHale decided to go small.

    Tongue and cheek but here's another way to put it. Rockets started to take off after McHale benched Asik.

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    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

      Isn't he going to Taiwan with Lin in the summer?

      Landry is somewhere, crying inside...

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    3. Hilarious... One you go LIN you never go back?

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    4. LOL thx via that was awesome, Landry so sad :D

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    5. Come on people! That isnt "bromance". Thats simply "guy love" - as explained here:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxbROMQTjKg

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    6. lol, it's just two metrosexual guys getting real close to each other...no need for Fields to be jealous about :>

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    7. @wil - But you said it's just guy love..!

      [clever, smh]

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    8. :)

      I linked to the video to calm people down. Some people dont get the joke. Some over-do it. There is a bromance thread on clutchfans. Someone referred to Lin as SLUT :) Thats over the top :)

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    9. hahaha, you guys are really funny!

      I'm happy that we manage to snatch a win. I guess JL need to learn to maintain his aggressiveness thru out the quarters rather than later in the quarters.

      I dont have problem McH sitting JL, he is good in strategizing games. He might (guessing here) have thought, since DAntoni know how JL plays and moves the floor, he might have planned well, on shutting JL down. SO with McHale taking JL off the floor, Lakers plan would be void. who knows...maybe that was the plan. as long JL plays his minutes, I'm happy.
      ANd welcome to those who came on board recently. cheers

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    11. @wil

      [clever, smh] -> "You mean a tulip?"

      Sorry I was unclear.

      And you're as quick-witted as always. :)

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  23. ?

    Pxxx Kxxxxxxxxx ‏@PxxxKxxxxxxxx
    Just had a convo with Jeremy Lin in the elevator. Didn't seem so enthusiastic about playing the Hornets tonight.
    12:19 AM - 9 Jan 13

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    1. Random guy.

      Apparently they had a plane scare...

      Anthony Nila ‏@AnthonyNila
      @bull50 @MuellerGreg definitely @JLin7 was one….i’m just saying…..it was like if Deke was back saying “land this bird”!
      10:14 PM - 8 Jan 13

      Greg Mueller ‏@MuellerGreg
      @AnthonyNila @bull50...oh man, @jlin7 was screaming?? Comedy!
      10:16 PM - 8 Jan 13

      Greg Mueller ‏@MuellerGreg
      @AnthonyNila @bull50 @jlin7 But with Deke you could never understand what he was saying. #cookieMonster
      10:16 PM - 8 Jan 13

      xxx ‏@hxxxxxx
      @AnthonyNila @bull50 @MuellerGreg @JLin7 Glad you're all safe!
      12:09 AM - 9 Jan 13

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    2. probably just being tired thus , the unenthusiasm...

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    3. true. That later revelation [explanation] gives it context. Nothing like facing your own mortality to tamp down your eagerness to shoot a ball into a hoop.

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  25. Daryl Morey ‏@dmorey
    What an effort by the team.70-41 transition pts edge! @JHarden13 @ChandlerParsons @JLin7 @pdpatt @cabezadelfino all balling tonight #BeatLA
    10:57 PM - 8 Jan 13

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  26. Ric Bucher ‏@RicBucher
    Leading the NBA in scoring was for showboats, not championship-caliber teams, but looking at who is leading the http://sulia.com/my_thoughts/...
    1:05 AM - 9 Jan 13

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  27. teams are adjusting knowing that lin loves to lob it on the break, even into the post. he needs to adjust and quit throwing them when they're anticipating them.

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  28. Here is what McHale said about Lin and TD in his post game comments:

    (On Jeremy Lin's play) “Jeremy did a much better job just being more aggressive. Jeremy, at times, can get caught being in no man's land and that's kind of a little bit in between. He's much better when he's passing early or thrusting to the basket and he did a better job of that. He handles the ball quite a bit, James (Harden) handles the ball quite a bit, so they're going to have some turnovers. Seven starts to get a little excessive. We found a way to work our way around that and score enough points. Our league has evolved into a lot of defensive pressure. That was really the thing for a lot of years. We put a lot of offensive pressure on you to score because we keep on scoring. That's what they were doing to us. They stared off that first half and I was like “guys, we gotta get our defense down, we gotta keep running, we gotta keep being active. It was a high scoring deal.”

    (On Toney Douglas' play off the bench) “Toney has been fantastic for us. Toney just brings great energy. Toney hasn't been in the league a ton of times but he's a pro. He just goes about his business. He's scrappy, he gets up, he's defensive for us, he changes the tempo a lot. He just has been great.”

    Again, I think McHale believes in Lin, but if he sees Lin doing something he doesn't like then he is not hesitant to pull the trigger and insert TD. I don't believe he will bench Lin for a whole quarter and in the 4th. He understands that in order for the team to be successful than Lin has to be aggressive and successful. I believe he is pushing Lin and wants Lin to own up and show glimpse of Linsanity in spurts throughout the game.

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    1. I've got mixed feelings about this.

      On one hand, I want Jeremy Lin to come out firing and DESTROY teams in the first half.

      But Lin knows himself best, and he does his damage by setting guys up in the first half to get them going. Then in the 2nd half, he goes "Linsane" when opponents are getting tired.

      All I can say is this: It's working, so don't change anything.

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  29. Kobe on Jeremy Lin’s 19-pt, 6-reb, 5-ast, 4-stl night:
    “He seems to play extremely well against us. I don’t know what that’s about."

    my theory - it's GREAT,SWEET payback time for this:
    "Lin could’ve been a Laker long before that. In fact, when the Lakers were drafting 58th overall in the 2010 draft, Lin’s family was given reason to believe he would be their guy. Instead, the Lakers used that pick to draft power forward Derrick Caracter, whom they gave up on Tuesday – waiving Caracter right in the midst of Lin-sanity.

    The Lakers remained in the running to sign Lin as an undrafted triangle offense under Phil Jackson, but he wound up getting a free agent, even though he didn’t seem a natural fit for the partially guaranteed contract from the Golden State Warriors after showing impressive tenacity in a stunning head-to-head battle with top overall pick John Wall in the Las Vegas summer league." a lot of Lakers fans were high about him. Kupchak was high on him. even Phil Jackson was high on him...and kaboom! as a many fans said, Jeremy was "another Phil Jackson casualty sacrificed on the altar of the Triangle."

    its payback time for those teams who overlooked him lol

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    1. Hmm, interesting to see your take on incorporating the many threads in young Jeremy's career.

      I like to think that Jeremy is a big game hunter. He knows the media market and the business of the NBA. That is to say, national interest has a cacophonous effect around the LA and New York market. By performing well under these circumstances, he can turn the noise to a more euphonious effect to advance both his professional and spiritual aspirations.

      And Kobe talks in double speak--he understands Jeremy's big games against the Lakers. Kobe going against Jeremy in practice everyday would be great for Jeremy's development--hone Jeremy's aggressiveness.

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    2. Before the season started, I wrote that the Lakers signing Nash without Grant Hill would mean that the Lakers would be "greyhounded".

      When Nash was on the Suns, either Shawn Marion or Grant Hill would guard the dangerous perimeter point guard scorer. Nash would switch to the small forward on defense, or Nash would stick with his man and receive fleet footed rangy help from Marion or Hill.

      On the Lakers, they have no fleet footed rangy athletic defender to cover Lin. Thus Steve Nash is left out there "alone" to try to stay with a bigger, faster, younger, and springier opponent in Lin.

      Lakers owner Jim Buss (son of Jerry) gambled that trading out Bynum for Dwight Howard would erase Nash's defensive inabilities. That would be the case if Dwight Howard had typical Dwight Howard footspeed. Of course, we know that Dwight Howard has been injured all season and didn't even play in yesterday's game. Dwight Howard is one of those fleet footed max contract shotblockers who ordinarily would be deterring Lin from penetrating at will. But even foul trouble from picking up perimeter guard penetration can knock Dwight Howard or any other center out of the game.

      Any team with an aggressive scoring point guard like Lin is a horrible matchup for the Lakers, even with a healthy Dwight Howard.

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  30. Jeremy learning from the BEST:

    http://i-chelle.tumblr.com/post/40092570133/hubby-learning-from-the-best-steve-you-see

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  31. The Rockets will have a tough task tonight to win against the Hornets after playing another back to back game. They had a tough time last time and was able to squeeze out a win against the Hornets. Gordon is back and Ron Jeremy Lin has the tough task of guarding Vasquez again. Last time he shut down Vasquez for the first half and I am sure Vasquez will make some adjustment against Ron Jeremy Lin. Hope it will be a good game tonight and hopefully Rockets aren't playing on fumes.

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    1. Hornet beat the Spurs few days ago, so the confidence thing is still there. I wouldn't take Vasquez lightly. James should play tight D and don't let Gordon blow by him.

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    2. Oh, LET General Greivis shoot at Lin all he wants.

      As long as Lin doesn't get into foul trouble, General Greivis shooting means that his teammates aren't shooting. Since General Greivis is the point guard, let him fire as long as Asik doesn't overhelp and leave Robin Lopez to crash the boards.

      I'm all for General Greivis doing scenes with Ron Jeremy.

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  32. anyone of you guys caught Clutch the bear smashing a cake on a spectator dressed in Kobe jersey? obviously a stunt, but I didn't find it TOO funny. is Clutch losing creativity on how to entertain Rockets fans?

    Sorry Clutch, but Rumble is the bad-ass NBA mascot now...

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    1. Nobody can beat my Phoenix Suns GORILLA.

      The Gorilla is more entertaining than the Suns themselves this season.

      I haven't even followed the Suns, they're so bad.

      What enrages me is that they could've had Jeremy Lin. He'd have turned that Suns team around, unlike Goran Dragic who the players are sniping at in the presses.

      As a Phoenix Sun, Jeremy Lin would've been starting alongside sharpshooter Jared Dudley, potential 20 ppg scorer Michael Beasley, solid offensive power forward Luis Scola, and proven center Marcin Gortat. Markieff Morris (Marcus's twin who actually has more game than Marcus) would be a bruising inside power forward. Wes Johnson would've been the scoring swingman off the bench. Sebastian Telfair would have backed up Lin.

      The Suns have WAY MORE TALENT than Lin's puny Rockets. Had the Rockets kept Dragic and the Suns gotten Lin, the Suns Rockets records would be REVERSED.

      Lin not in my hometown of Phoenix....grrrrr.....

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    2. what's going on with dragic, khuang? who's been sniping at him, and what are they saying? inquiring minds want to know!

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    3. Gortat has been openly complaining about Dragic not getting him shots, and usually when one guy complains like that there are other guys complaining behind the scenes.

      Things have gotten so bad that the Suns are openly shopping Marcin Gortat. He was supposed to be the Suns franchise center, but that is no longer the case.

      On boxscore stats alone, Goran Dragic looks like he's having a comparable season to Jeremy Lin. But Dragic's more expensive Phoenix team is FLOUNDERING while Lin's minimum wage Rockets are FLOURISHING.

      To see the dramatic difference between Jeremy Lin and Goran Dragic's respective abilities to elevate teammates, look at the play of Marcus Morris this season vs the last two seasons.

      A few months ago with Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic as his highly acclaimed point guards, Marcus Morris was a DNP on his way out of the NBA altogether as a guy that just could not play.

      Now Marcus Morris is an INDISPENSABLE winning contributor as the starting power forward for Lin's Rockets. That's because Jeremy Lin constantly finds Marcus Morris open early in games and tries to get him going offensively. Also, Lin's help defense allows Morris to hold his own against battleship power forwards like Zach Randolph.

      The personal stats look similar between Goran Dragic and Jeremy Lin, but the WIN LOSS RECORD does not.

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    4. Gortat was the apple of Morey's eye at one point. Like Pau, I think the ship (rocket?) has sailed for their usefulness to our team.

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    5. KHuang,

      As a Phoenix Suns hometown ex-fan, I also resent the Suns owner 's moves to be mediocre and profit-centered by selling multiple draft picks and being cheap. I stopped watching long before they traded Steve Nash.

      The big reason they picked up Dragic was because he was marketed as the next Steve Nash before they gave him up the first time to Houston. I don't think they had any plans to sign "unproven" Jeremy Lin.

      Both Dragic and Lin were once released by the Suns and the Rockets but I think Rockets got the better deal because Lin simply makes his teammates play better and he has more potential as game-changer in his 3rd season than Dragic in his 7th season.

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  33. Hey, everyone.

    I am new to this site, but find it awesome!

    There is a channel on YouTube that is dedicated to being the number 1 fan of Jeremy Lin on YouTube. After each Rockets game, they do an analysis of the game and Jeremy Lin's performance. The channel is called Conservativenewmedia on YouTube. You can go here to see the most recent upload: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHVQh__CDXM&list=UUrrm1J44dQuTrlH0ZvhzTnQ&index=1

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    1. welcome, Tuan Vu!

      You can tell that both CNM brothers are great Lin fans although I couldn't stand listening to the yelling brother. The other brother's analysis has been progressively better and balanced in Jeremy's performance every game with the good and the bad.

      Loved the insights on Jeremy Revenge Tour against those who tried to punk him in the early season when he's not healthy. I believe only Westbrook, Parker are left on that list. Most PGs (i.e. Irving, Grievis, etc.) now know it's not easy to score 1-on-1 against Jeremy and they had to get their numbers using screens or against Douglas to look somewhat "good" in the boxscore for casual fans.

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    2. Welcome , Tuan Vu.

      Enjoy the ride! :>

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    1. ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo
      FROM ELIAS: Hornets host Rockets tonight. Would be 1st team since Lakers in '09 to beat each of the 3 Texas teams in a 3-game span.
      9:21 AM - 9 Jan 13

      JSports Syndicate ‏@SyndicateNTN
      @ESPNStatsInfo Won't happen. #Hornets #Rockets #NBA
      9:26 AM - 9 Jan 13

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    1. Thanks for the post via :)

      I particularly like this line from the article -

      "The Rockets are unique among NBA franchises in recent memory in that they have managed to skip the rebuilding phase and assemble a playoff worthy team composed of inexperienced players in a single offseason. "

      - "unique" for me translates to "miraculous" , if we have to go by JLin's thinking of why things happen the way do in his life.

      I remember they were practically written off by pundits at the start of the season. The author himself admitted - "I for one, thought the Rockets would be a bottom-ten team.."

      But, look where the Rockets are - in the mix with the top ten teams.

      'just saying... :)

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    2. @chan c

      Agreed. Preseason picks had us around 26-28 depending on where you were looking.

      This might be unfair to Sampson (because McHale would have had to have gone through the same period) but if we were to extrapolate McHale's winning percentage for the whole season... home court?

      Even better for us, as good as we are, we all know we could be a lot better. Seriously, who thinks Lin has reached his potential?

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    3. Certainly , Nom.

      The best is yet to come...

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    1. @via

      Thank you so much for this. He was already my favorite "new" kid, but this interview just endeared him that much more to me. I could almost imagine how fast he was talking when he was giving his answers :)

      For those who don't read it because they are more Lin than Rox fans (and there is nothing wrong with that), there were some interesting tidbits that are still relevant. McHale is involved in working out with them (down to using the angles of how your feet are set to get an advantage). Also, GS sees himself as a PnR man. He is 3rd in the NBA in FG% (we already know he's effective given his >20 PER), so while I'm not ready to say he will develop into the PnR complement Lin/Harden need to be devastating, there's potential. And get this - he's *still* growing (as in size).

      Another interesting tidbit that is Lin relevant: the coaches don't tell him anything about his advanced stats. They just tell him what he needs to do. They don't want the players to overthink. Now I been thinking that the only thing holding Lin back was mental; not in a headcase RW way, but in overthinking, worrying about consequences, living up to expectations, etc, that kind of thing. It would be interesting to know if Lin doesn't get the advanced stats, or if he does (Battier, for example, did, not just of the Rox but of the opposing team each night. He doesn't get that in Miami, so not only is our management progressive in this way, they are in tune with the individual player).

      Finally, I like how he talks about his teammates. You can tell there is respect there. We won't have any personnel issues with this guy. I loved seeing him "raise the roof" last night from the bench when the Rox got going... kinda wish he was on the floor, though.

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    2. I love Greg Smith. He has such positive attitude and is a great teammate. He's the kind of player I would root for. Hope he becomes a big star like Jeremy.

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    3. There's good chemistry between those 2 [JLin + Ox-Strong.]

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    4. McHale holding Smith back for the back end of the B2B today. I expect him to play major minutes -- especially if Asik gets off to a slow start.

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    1. @via

      Dang you're just full of good links today. So what the article did mention re: Rox is that we have the highest expected points per shot of any team in the last 13 seasons. No more coach bashing on offense, we're as potent as it gets. What the article *didn't* mention is that our actual points per shot... are even higher than our expected. Despite what our eyes may be telling us, we are overachieving (and if you believe in the math and in reversion to the mean, there may be some ugliness forthcoming).

      So given this, I'm not sure anyone has to take more shots, take less shots, or even "better" shots (although I still hate iso). We just have to make more shots to make the offense better. Even then, I'm not sure we have to do that... I've written about my beef before so apologies for repeating myself, but any major focus by the team has to be on defense. It may very well be that we handcuff ourselves in that department because of the way we play, but that's I guess another discussion.

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    2. Defense <- bears repeating [many would agree.]

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  39. [For anyone interested]

    Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA
    The Maloofs are finalizing an agreement to sell the Sacramento Kings to the Hansen-Ballmer led Seattle group, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.
    10:39 AM - 9 Jan 13

    Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA
    The Seattle group's plans, with support of the NBA, is to play two seasons in Key Arena before moving into a new Seattle arena, sources say.
    10:47 AM - 9 Jan 13

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    1. stevelarge_cbs13 ‏@largesteven
      Source: Seattle groups offer was rejected by Maloofs. Hmmm. Plot thickening by the minute.
      1:02 PM - 9 Jan 13

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  40. Jonathan Givony ‏@DraftExpress
    Patrick Beverley's decision making skills in the pick and roll are like night and day from college. Intensity level is off the charts.
    10:42 AM - 9 Jan 13

    NBA D-League ‏@nbadleague
    Recent assignment by @HoustonRockets, Patrick Beverley has 6pts, 4asts, 3rebs in just over 14mins for @rgvvipers #showcase
    10:53 AM - 9 Jan 13

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    1. Jonathan Givony ‏@DraftExpress
      Patrick Beverley's defense, transition, and p'n'r skills are NBA ready, but it looks like his 3-point shot isn't calibered to NBA range yet.
      10:58 AM - 9 Jan 13

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    2. ?????

      Patrick Beverly is so NOT ready for the NBA.

      He ball watches, he gets beaten off the dribble, he doesn't fight through screens, and he's a shoot first point guard.

      I am NOT SOLD on Patrick Beverley. I want to see more court sense from him. He's only going to be a practice player if he doesn't improve his reaction time.

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    3. Just wait to be proven right, KH. :)

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  41. [Young legs...]

    Tom Haberstroh ‏@tomhaberstroh
    Per Synergy, the Rockets already have more points in transition than the Knicks and Blazers *combined.* Fun team.
    6:09 AM - 9 Jan 13

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  42. What is Lin's career record against the Lakers?

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    1. ^ [No mention of trade destination, just an article.]

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