Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rockets @ Heat Game #51 Pre Game Thread

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  1. As great of a game as it was last nite, I think the Heat game is gonna be an ugly one. The Roxs can't get to a slow start as they did in their previous meeting. Asik camped in the paint, which is fine because the Roxs can't allow Lebron and company to hit the block, but he allowed Bosh to hit shots from the elbow to jump start the Heat early. We may see the Roxs take Asik out early on and go small by putting 2Pat or Morris on the 5 to stretch the D and contend with Bosh. The Heat hard traps/doubles on virtually every PNR, flustering both Harden and JLin and hindering ball movement and forcing bad passes that lead to TOs. Both JLin and Harden need to be cognizant and pass quickly out of traps, or before getting trapped. If it's a PNR, the roller must roll quicker to the basket to negate the trap on the passer. The heat is a team that plays the 2-3 zone very well. They have players that are virtually the same size at every position and athletic enough to switch w/out compromising on defense. As cliche as it sounds, the Roxs just need to play their style and spread the floor, move the ball, play with pace and don't get bogged down to the Heat's defensive traps and full court pressure. Most importantly, don't turn the ball over. The Roxs did a great job of it last nite so keep it up. The Roxs have improved a lot since they last played the Heat, so I expect a better performance and hopefully the Roxs don't get hoodwinked by the Heat's defense this time around.

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    1. SUPERB analysis, Racha.

      I don't have much to add or ask, but I do have one question for you:

      What impact do you think Shane Battier will have in this game?

      Honestly, Battier TERRIFIES me. He's like a Jeremy Lin type player who may not beat you with individual stats but has a way of disrupting defenses and enhancing his team's offence. I am not hyperbolizing when I openly state that Battier scares me even more than the Heat's Big Three do.

      So Racha, what do you think Battier's impact will be? I can't say I have any idea.

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    3. As you know, Battier is a defensive specialist and scrappy. With every team he has been on, he's utilized to defend top tier scoring guards, such as Kobe and the like. He's also a solid shooter in corner 3s. The Heat overall, and individually, are great defenders. So in this game, we may see Battier on Harden but he may also required to guard the 4 when they go small. Battier is a multifaceted defender, smart, and provides an overall effect on defense. On any other team than the Heat, Battier would have a greater impact.

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    4. Agreed on Rox continuing what they did last night.

      Battier Effect - Impact will be ShaneCredible. If he has a good shooting night, Rox will be in trouble as teams sometimes forget about him and leave him open. He will also disrupt Rox offense as he TOO is a good HELP DEFENSE player. Look for the Shanity and Linsanity battle it out tonight!

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    6. KHuang, I don't know if I added anymore to what you already said, but thanks.

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    7. Thank you so much, Racha.

      I'll rely on your scouting report, as it seems to match up with what my experience of watching Battier has been over the years.

      My rating system for players is a bit funky. Certainly Shane Battier is right up there on my short list of truly great players.

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    9. LOL, I don't know if my scouting report is reliable. I see some of the things you see, and you know just as much if not more. Just sharing info and perspectives--no right or wrong really. It's all good.

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    10. I have my eyes on Chalmers.

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    11. Good analysis, Racha. Heat's quickness will definitely try to hinder Rox's ball movement and got quick points off TOs like the last time.

      It will be interesting to see if the Rox will quickly give up on the PnR and resort to Harden's ISOs. I'd like to see them take midrange jumpers to create more spacing for Harden and Lin to penetrate.

      LeBron scored 38 on them the last time. Who's going to step up to try to limit him to 25pts? I expect to see Lin helping to double-team him to give up the ball.

      Bosh and LeBron had their ways in the last game. Hopefully Asik can win the rebounding battle against Bosh.

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    12. We all know the Heat is going to expose the lack of Front Court talent that the Rockets have.

      Jlin/Harden will have to exert tremendous amount of energy to get this win. If they stick to their game plan and plan around Jlin to distribute they have a change to win.

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    13. Like Khuang would say, just take a look at the Salary of both teams. That should give you a good idea of who has the advantage of tonight's game.

      Only through Jlin's unselfish team ball do they have a change to win this game. But that might not be enough to get them over the top of the Salary Mount Everest of the Miami Heat.

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    1. Relived Linsanity last night for sure.

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    2. I don't wanna relive the Knicks vs Heat game 2012.

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  3. Warriors' announcers were saying that JL really did not have much a jump shot during his rookie season. His shots were bad even during shooting practices. So it seems JL improved dramatically during the first off season with all the training and drills. And the Knicks staffs really help him too when JL was their starting PG.

    What a great life lesson! Practice, training, hard work, and humble attitude. Godspeed Jeremy!

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    1. I dunno.

      I regularly rewatch those Warriors and Harvard clips. Lin looks just as dominant to me in those clips as he is now.

      A lot of Lin's shooting and turnover struggles come because teammates are initially unfamiliar with his game. It's obvious from watching Lin games that Lin's teammates simply aren't used to being created for like that, and that does affect Lin's spacing and movement.

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    2. I don't know about the warriors but when Lin was in NYK he did stuggle with his shooting. He did hit important 3s but like in the first 3-4 games he was 3-17 from the 3 point line. I think he has improved and will continue to improve.

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    3. When I heard that, I was factoring in that these announcers have to salve the fans' wounds and support ownership. So, I tend to agree with ... there was no reason for him to sit the bench and get waived etc given his explosive and ongoing performance when the game is played optimally for team ball and objective team capabilities. That would be like saying (on his next team) that he struggled at HOU and had an inconsistent year and we all know about just even the awful reward/punish cycles he's gone through by watching whole games. Stats will support the later excuses for HOU coaching, but anyway, Lin will be fine if he isn't injured so take care.

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    4. Just watch GSW v. Houston at Houston where Lin schooled Kmart offensively his rookie year. The GSW commentators were trying to diss Lin the entire game WHILE Lin was scoring the ball and being effective.

      On one play, the idiotic GSW homer announcer said something like "Oh look at Lin struggle so hard trying to run the offense. He's trying so hard to run the coaches' plays ineptly, ha, he just missed an open big man. Oh uh...somehow...uh...Lin just scored 2 points on a drive. Uh yeah...but MAN is Lin struggling!"

      Lin's GSW teammates didn't believe in him when the season started and Lin, reasonably so, was a bit rattled and green to boot. His play WAS affected by the way his coaches and teammates treated him. And he had to deal with playing in the NBA as an unpolished rookie on top of that. Montae thought Lin was a scrub joke. Smart thought Lin was a scrub joke. So the rest of the team naturally took that on too. How do you think that would affect ANY player, white black or red? I think except for Lacob, the team thought Lin was a joke.

      Lin could shoot, no worse than John Wall. If Wall can start and score with his horrible shot, Lin could have excelled. Lin just wasn't put in a position to succeed nor did anyone on the GSW think he was capable of succeeding.

      Lin has gotten better shooting, but it's not like he was Shaq shooting jump shots out there.

      BTW I believe Lacob secretly always thought Lin could be a starting PG when he signed Lin or had it in him to do it. However Lacob was the only one and he didn't have the guts to say it out loud in interviews for fear of being ridiculed as a clueless owner trying to evaluate talent. I'm sure his GSW FO was thinking Lacob was a meddling idiot who couldn't evaluate talent. In fact, when Lacob compared Lin with his own son and called them the best PG's in high school in the Bay area at that time, it did sound almost ridiculous. But turns out he was right.

      That's why GM Riley had to fall on his sword in public and say all that "egg on my face" crap and "Joe had it right" during Linsanity.

      I'm sure Lacob would have loved to have Jlin back even at 25 million, but the overall circumstances weren't right for GSW to do so on many levels. And could you imagine poor Jlin playing for Mark Jackson?

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    5. To celebrate Linsanity I revisited some highlights and stats. JL's shooting % was inconsistent also during the time, but the trust from the coach that allowed Jeremy to play to the end, and the trust really payed dividend in Ws.

      Like we all know in this forum, JL is clutch in the 4th Q, so any coach who sit him in the 4th Q really need to do their homework.

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  4. Chris Broussard ‏@Chris_Broussard
    We know Rockets will go after D12 n summer but word is they'll pursue A Bynum if D12 unavailable. assuming AB plays well n return this yr.
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    1. I say don't go for either one of them. Both are liability players.

      D12 - can't shoot free throws, hence, HACK a Dwight. Lack's post play fundamentals. Biggest baby of them all...

      Bynum - we all know his GLASS Knee. Besides that I love his fundamental post game skills. If healthy one of the top or not the top Center in the league. Also a BIG cry baby and immature...

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    3. Ety, true. The Rox shouldn't go after either one for the reasons you mentioned. Furthermore, I just don't think D12 can be the player he was in the heydays anymore.

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    4. I wouldn't go for Dwight Howard, but for different reasons this year than last summer.

      The Rockets have Omer Asik, Greg Smith, and Donatas Motiejeunas who form a solid 3 center tandem. I am perfectly satisfied with Asik's performance and feel that he's become a very solid NBA two way center. I don't necessarily feel that Dwight Howard would be an improvement over Asik as far as winning games go. A healthy Dwight Howard would completely bottle up the free flowing Houston offense and damage the team's record.

      What I would like to see is the Rockets acquire a battleship power forward with bulk and picksetting abilities. Tyler Hansbrough is my #1 choice because he's super athletic and is a BRUTE, but Kris Humphries is right there too as the modern day Charles Oakley. I'm not sold on Josh Smith, who I feel gets abused by battleship power forwards because of his lack of size.

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    5. @Khuang

      I definitely agree on your assessment. T. Hansbrough is a Restricted Free Agent this year with a base salary of 4.2mil. Does that mean they can definitely acquire him? I hope they do, it's a sure bet he'll have a hugh impact on helping the team become a title contender.

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    6. I agree that the 5 can be improved with the current cast and the void is obviously with the 4. Like in tonight's game, if the Roxs had a solid PF with a low post presence, it would neutralize some of the things the Heat can do to the Roxs.

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    7. But as of today, the Roxs PFs are doing much better, so we'll see if they can really fill the void.

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    8. I'd recommend two more battleship players.

      Darko Milicic is available. I've stated that Lin could turn Darko's career around, as would Kevin McHale. Darko has great skills and great court sense, but no coach other than the clueless Kurt Rambis in MN has ever utilized Darko properly. Sign him to a $2 million one season nonguaranteed contract.

      The other guy I want os Omar Samhan. He's the greatest post player in the world, better than anybody in the NBA. Sign him to a $2 million contract with his first year guaranteed and his second year nonguaranteed. Stash Samhan in the D League and don't call him up until he gets in shape and averages 20 points and 10 rebounds. Throw him in during garbage time and slowly work him into the rotation.

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    9. I always thought T Hansborough was a joke. I thought to myself "Pyscho T my ass" when he was at Carolina. I thought he was another Mark Madsen, an overhyped white savior created by the NBA.

      But then I watched Hansborough play. And man, that guy is the white version of Manimal Faried. I usually watch players and say to myself "man I would LOVE to play with that guy" (LBJ,Lin,Ray Allen, Tyler etc) or "man it would suck to play with that guy" (Kobe, Carmelo, Westbrook).

      Tyler has that crazy motor and plays PHYSICAL. Too bad he is a bit short at PF. If he were 2 inches taller he'd be owning Kevin Love's recognition. I'm surprised Tyler couldnt' keep his starting spot and I think Frank Vogel likes him, so that leads me to think Hansborough is just sadly too undersized to be a starting PF effectively against all 30 teams in the NBA.

      They can get away with Manimal in Denver with Gallinari being so tall to exploit mismatches....I don't know that Hansborough and Parsons would work since neither is over 6 foot 9 (I bet Tyler is shorter than Parsons side by side no matter how they are listed)

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    10. I meant created by the media...not NBA

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    11. [Broussard's article behind the tweet]

      "Of the Lakers' three free-agent competitors, Houston appears to be the most favorable for Howard."

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    12. Swinglinezigzag, take a closer look at Tyler Hansbrough.

      He is a legitimate 6'9" and 250 lbs, though he jumps and scores like he's 7'2". This is one true power forward who would KILL a wimpy little forward like Kenneth Faried. Tyler Hansbrough as a starter has dunked over Amare Stoudemire and gotten 20 ppg and 10 rpg, and that was without a real point guard like Lin feeding him.

      Tyler Hansbrough is exactly the same height as Chandler Parsons. Actually, Tyler looks bigger to me because he's got a classic NBA power forward frame. Tyler Hansbrough is a total bruiser, a guy who people hate playing against because his "motor" is actually is OVERWHELMING ATHLETICISM.

      It sounds crazy for me to say this, but I think Tyler Hansbrough could become the next Karl Malone. They're about the same size, have the same athleticism (motor), and same on court impact. Tyler Hansbrough was actually a better college player than Karl Malone, and they were both drafted in the middle of the first round.

      If I were Tyler Hansbrough's coach, I'd use him both in the post and from the outside. I'd deploy him exactly the same way Utah used to deploy Malone, only Tyler has perimeter skills that Malone never had. Malone is the superior player (of course) due to having John Stockton passing to him and also because of more minutes, but Jeremy Lin could be Stockton to Psycho T's Malone.

      Tyler Hansbrough is one of the most gifted basketball players I have ever seen. I'd rather have him than Anthony Davis or LaMarcus Aldridge or Kevin Love or any other power forward All Star bigan. I feel just as strongly about Psycho T's potential success as a NBA starter as I do about Jeremy Lin's rapid ascent to NBA stardom. There is no power forward in the game I'd rather put beside Lin than Psycho T!

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    13. Omar Samhan will be playing for the Tropang Talk and Texters team in the Filipino basketball league.

      The first game he was there, Samhan posted 20 points and 10 rebounds. But coach Chot Reyes cut him because he thought Samhan wasn't getting back on defense fast enough. I thought that was complete BS, as I saw Samhan challenging shots and Tropang won the game.

      Samhan suffered an ACL injury, but he appears to have fought back because he's scheduled to play. He'll go for 20 and 10 again, like he always does.

      I'll bet that when Samhan was beating down Jordan Hill, Javale McGee, and DeMarcus Cousins in summer league while setting those flawless picks for Jeremy Lin, Samhan would've gone for 20 points against any of those three NBA big men. Unfortunately, Rodrigue Beaubois bricked Lin's summer league team into loss after loss.

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  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=0FoM9V_quiw

    Something I mention on the previous thread that I wanted to cover:

    Looking at this highlight I noticed the following things:

    @1:10 - Jlin ignores P. Patterson's gesture to Lin to pass the ball to harden for a ball rotation. But Harden wasn't looking to get the ball as his body language showed that he didn't want the ball. Which makes me believe that P. Patterson's gesture was a decoy for the defenders to think that Jlin will make a pass to Harden to the top of the perimeter, but instead it allowed Jlin to go ISO on S. Curry and break him down for an easy penetration and pass to O. Asik.

    @1:32 to 1:33 - Jlin looks more vocal and in charge as the GENERAL as he calls his teammates for a huddle to provide instructions. However, I'm not sure if Harden's facial expression conveys disinterest or if his face is always like that during games. If you take a good look at his facial expression after Jlin provides instructions to him he doesn't looked engaged in the conversation. Even P. Patterson doesn't fully commit to the Jlin huddle and stands a few feet away. Does this suggest or reveal anything that P. Patterson and J. Harden are not yet buying in to Jlin's brand of Basketball?

    @1:54 to 1:56 - after Jlin makes the 3 point shot, none of his teammates, not even his bromance C. Parsons gives him a high five or gives him props. But Jlin always gives his teammates a slap on the ass, a high five, or pointing finger gesture to acknowledge their good play. I didn't see the game live so I'm just basing this on the highlight, maybe they gave him props when they got back on the other end.

    @5:04 to 5:08 - excellent Lin off ball movement from top of the perimeter down to the middle baseline and slide towards the bottom corner for an open 3 pointer. Not ONE GSW defender noticed him as they were focued on J. Harden.

    @5:18 - lincredible cross-over move to a no look pass to C. Parsons.

    @6:54 - great left hand layup

    @8:56 - Lin calls for a set play to set-up P. Patterson for a shot, while using J. Harden as an off-ball decoy

    @9:24 to 9:42 - Jlin shot/layup in game highlight. As KHUANG said Jlin needs to revert back to his non-girly shot and by looking at his shooting stroke he's back to his old form that his father taught him and he's making his treys. Also in the end the announcer said, not sure which announcer said it, but he said that "...if Jlin starts making those 3 pointers, he's basically un-guardable..."

    @10:49 - great help defense by Jlin and a lincredible deflection of the ball, but ruinted by a TERRIBLE break-away transition pass by O. Asik.

    @12:46 - this was actually a scary moment, which could have easily gotten Jlin injured. Lots of body contact and good thing that it was J. Jack that flew to the ground and not Jlin. That's upper body strength for you BABY!

    Overall Assessment:

    * Improved Ball movement
    * Less Harden ISO Ball
    * Better Ball-Rotation
    * Multiple players penetrating and dishing out for open 3 point shooters
    * Increased off-ball player activity and movement
    * Better team chemistry

    Individual Assessment:

    Jlin - increased PG utilization, more aggressive, efficient 3pt FG%

    JHarden - less ISO ball, better ball movement

    O. Asik - needs to improve 1 on 1 & 1 on 2 post play, good rebounding night

    Everyone else - played their role and had a more efficient night

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    1. Asik always goes to his weird side step scoop shot when posting up and he always misses.

      However, Asik didn't butter finger it and finished scoring like a monster center ought to last night. So, he's improving.

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    2. I'm not a big Asik fan. I don't think his upside is very high. It might take him a long time to develop. He'll definitely suffice & would be more effective with a solid PF next to him.

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    3. good observation, Ety.

      I also see that everything started with Asik's effectiveness on the offense plus Lin/Harden's penetration.

      If you watched GSW's defense from 1:10 to 1:30, they covered the potential Lin's passes to the 3PT shooters quite well but as Lin found ways to lob the ball to Asik (1:12 great deception by Lin looking at Parsons) and Asik can finish off Parsons pass, GSW defenders started to pack the paint to prevent Asik to score and Lin/Harden penetration. This gave so much spacing for the 3PT shooters (1:51 Lin's 3PT) as all 5 defenders were drawn to stop Harden's penetration.

      It's great to see Asik dominated Bogut and noone can stop Lin/Harden penetration. I can guarantee that GSW will be a lot more physical with Asik and Lin/Harden to stop them roaming in the paint so freely.

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      Great GSW breakdown analysis. Yes you're right, due to the offensive effective of Asik it kept GSW honest in the paint, thus providing open 3 point shot opportunities.

      I think that if GSW tries to be more physical in their rematch against the Rockets, it will be their doom. As well all know Jlin/Harden game is getting to the free throw line by their ability to dribble drive penetrate to the rim and get fouls. However, I think Asik will have trouble against physical play due to his lack of fundamental 1 on 1 post moves.

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    6. True, Ety. Asik hasn't shown that he can finish strong consistently to dunk the ball when being hacked over and over again. He's getting better in dunking the ball rather than using his Turkey ballet layup moves.

      How about that DMo? Did you see his post-move of spin-left and spin-right again? The announcer thought that's McHale signature move :D Hopefully he gets some backup minutes.

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    7. Ety,

      @1:10 - There's was a mismatch (Bogut on 2Pat) and it appears to me that 2Pat was pointing to Asik and not Harden. In this play, JLin recognized the mismatch and drove to the basket to collapse the defenders so he can pass/lob it to Asik for a easy deuce.

      @1:32 - I think that's just the way Harden is. When McHale talks to him he doesn't look him in the eyes either, so I try not to make too much out of it. Just me.

      @1:54 - It's hard to tell from that segment/angle whether he was given a high, low, or no five at all.

      @5:04 - In this possession, GS was playing 1-2-2 zone to stop Roxs outside shooting. JLin moved towards the basket and cuts to the corner for a corner 3pt shot. At this point, Asik was moving into position for a PNR. But instead of running the PNR, Harden recognized that JLin was open, Steph was blocked off, and passed it to him for a high percentage shot. Also, notice in this play, Steph didn't stay with JLin. If he had followed JLin, the play would have developed differently. This was a nice play.

      I gotta run for now. Will check out the rest later.

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    8. It's easy to over analyze and look at book score than to just analyze and take the game for what it is. I believe McHale was generally happy at his team moving the ball and hitting the shots. He was probably more upset at Mark Jackson for being a whiner and taking cheap shots at his players.

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    9. @psalm234

      I like DMo, he's got some good fundamentals, but I think he's soft like Gasoft LOL...

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    10. @Racha

      Nice assessment at pointing out the mismatch that Jlin saw and capitlized on it. I do hope that J. Harden non-expressive look is just his normal facial expression.

      S. Curry looked a tad bit slower than usual no the defensive end. Is it me or is he not a good defender?

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    11. Fun to hear how the announcers reacted to Lin's 5 threes:

      1. "Jeremy Lin fills it up for three!" 19-12
      2. "Jeremy will fire it up .. and IN! Jeremy's feeling it tonight!" 45-37
      3. "Jeremy Lin puts it UP … 13 3PT-ers in this game for Houston!" 64-53
      4. "Jeremy is open and he HITS! It's all in, baby! He has 18 pts on 4-5 behind the 3PT line along with 6 assists." 85-64
      5. "From the corner …. How about Jeremy Lin!!! Right on cue" 112-90

      Ety, yup .. DMoist needs to gain 20lbs :D but he's a good finisher and 3PT shooter.

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    12. ety, in certain plays where Lin burned Curry, Curry looked almost Harden-esque (just gave up). I think Curry is still hung over from the alkie. And, Curry just seems too short to guard against Lin at the perimeter.

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    13. Ety, I don't think Curry was necessarily slow. Curry was just playing zone and didn't play man D on JLin. The Roxs movements during that play--JLin to the corner and Asik/Harden PNR--caused GS to shift on defense and Harden found the open guy which was JLin at the corner. If anything, GS didn't rotate quick enough as their zone D broke down.

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    14. @ pslam234

      yeah reminded of Linsanity days when the Knicks announcers were going crazy.

      If Dmo can keep his versatility while gainng 20lbs then I'm sold =)

      @Etane

      LOL...smart move by Jlin by getting his friend Curry drunk the night before.

      So Curry has Harden-esque perimeter defense?

      I think Curry is a good defender if he had healthier ankles, but then again he has to give effort as well. But Jlin's quick first step is unguardable one on one.

      @Racha

      Was he playing zone the whole night or did they switch to zone? I think there was a couple of times in the highlight where it was man to man, 1 on 1 Curry vs. Lin where Jlin drove past Curry easily.

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    16. Ety - yeah, GS was playing a mixture of man and zone.

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    17. @Ety: LOL...smart move by Jlin by getting his friend Curry drunk the night before.

      "Hey guys, let's go out for some beers and I'll introduce you to Harden."

      Next week:

      "Jeremy, let's go out and party up!"

      "Uh, I gotta go to my parents' house for dinner."

      Thanks for the breakdowns, folks.

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    18. Stephen Curry just could not stay with Lin's jab step direction change. But that's OK, NO player in the NBA can.

      Lin's jab step is a thing of beauty. The last guy I saw who had a jab step that good was Cuttino Mobley who wasn't much of a player but could get by any defender with that jab step.

      I also see signs that Lin is developing a change of pace dribble as well as a budding stop and pop jumper. Once Lin gets those two techniques going, he will become utterly unstoppable.

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    19. Did you see that he did at least 2 catch and shoots that required wild reaches to get the ball? Something (good) is happening with his catch n shoots, too.

      The jab step and change of pace dribble I love, because of the separation and acceleration after ... it's exhilarating! Change of pace with fake time-out ... priceless.

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  6. I think Jeremy plays outstanding when he is confident and fearless. I think that is why he does so well against all his former teams. He knows his former teammates and knows he can play as well as them. I just hope that McHale builds up Jeremy's confidence. It's hard to play fearless when you are constantly thinking too much about what the coach is gong to do if you make a mistake. In the NBA, you have to play without a split second hesitation.

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  7. Huge game today with the Heat. Miami is extremely physical and athletic, but if Houston can play team ball and pass like they did last night, I think they have a chance. Can't expect the 3 point shooting to be hot, but a few treys early can open up Miami's defense and stretch it out to allow drives to the basket. Also, Houston will have to shut dow at least one of Miami's big three.

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  8. Hopefully Rockets will be able to defeat the Heat this time. Last time they only lost to the Heat by 3 points and that was because Lin missed a crucial 3 point shot which he airballed. Hopefully he is able to move past that and defeat the one team who has been plaguing him since the end of Linsanity. Hopefully he can get the monkey off his back and play a control and productive game tonight. It's February, the month of the birth of Linsanity. Like Lin said in his post interview, he has been working on his shots for awhile and it looks like he is finally feeling comfortable and shooting with confidence. Once he starts to hit the 3 pointers and the open looks then he is pretty much unguardable.

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  9. Is Jeremy Lin bringing back old school ways of TEAM BASKETBALL?

    He definitely makes me feel that way. He makes me enjoy watching basketball again. I know Spurs play team ball all the time, but Jlin makes team ball more exciting. He has that gift. I believe by the end of his long NBA career, he will change the face of the NBA back to what made people love the game. This will only help the agenda of the league to balance out teams and remove the BIG 3 concept. It will be the TEAM concept, where each players contribution in a team will be appreciated and highly valued.

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  10. I HOPE DELFINO STAYS INJURED. MORE SHOTS FOR JEREMY

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  11. Back to back against Miami is not the best scenario you want to have when you are facing them. HOWEVER, I'm expecting Lin to have a good game. Miami was the one that "killed" Linsanity last year, and it's time for them to get some. I'm going to be very optimistic on this one. But Rockets take it. Rockets win, it won't be easy but I think they def can.

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    1. Back to back games can be a double edge sword. On one hand the team's not rested, on the other hand the team might keep its hot hands (or the opponents losing it after some rest.)

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  12. Who am I most afraid of that will stop Lin against Miami? Lebron? Calmers? Battier? Wade? No. It's McHell and Sampson. If both of them miss the team bus to Miami, the Rox will have game.

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    1. Eureka! That's how Royce White can contribute to the team. By demanding that McHale and Sampson have to ride with him to show support! #BeWell rocks!

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    2. "The Houston Rockets run their Jeremy Lin Offense to perfection. No one associated with the Rockets would ever call it that of course, but that's as good a name for it as any. For when everyone is moving the ball as eagerly as Lin does, when it's not about dribbling in place, these Rockets are the most entertaining team in the NBA."

      Jeremy Lin Offense

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    3. Yes John that's a good idea. Get on the bus!

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    4. He mad man, he mad! Mark Jackson is pissed because he could've had Lin runnig offense for Golden State. It's all Keith Genius' fault! Consolation prize: Acie Law anyone?

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    5. John Lee, you my brother from another mother?

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  13. I posted this previously, but I'll post it again. I'd really like to watch the game on t.v.

    Everyone go and vote for Rockets vs. Warriors for NBA fan night:

    click here

    Right now, in the lead is Heat vs. Trailblazers, but Rockets vs. Warriors is my preference.

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    1. Thanks wilc for teaching me how to do this! and it's gone from 34% last night to 36% right now.

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    2. Andrew, just wondering. You can also connect your LP stream to TV from your computer with HDMI connection, right? That's how I watch it from TV.

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    3. There's a question of resolution too. Those streams don't look that great on TV.

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    4. 37%!!! Slowly but surely! I'd also like to watch it legally. (I'm actually not sure about the legal status of those streams. All else being equal, I prefer the legal way.)

      I actually don't have a t.v., but I go to my local buffalo wild wings to watch it.

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  14. http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2013/02/06/in-defense-of-sore-losing-warriors-109-rockets-140/

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  15. Check out whose pictures dominated the NBA Plus Minus from last night's game.

    Asik and Lin with Top 2 Combination of +40!

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  16. Miami HEAT ‏@MiamiHEAT
    Chris Bosh (cold) is a game time decision for tonight.
    7:56 AM - 6 Feb 13

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    1. The Heat then can put C. Andersen at center and Asik wont need to worry about him on the perimeter.

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    2. Brian Windhorst ‏@WindhorstESPN
      Chris Bosh (sick) will not play for Heat vs. Rockets tonight.
      2:49 PM - 6 Feb 13

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  17. Tom Haberstroh ‏@tomhaberstroh
    Dwyane Wade endorsed Mark Jackson's decision to foul late last night: "It was a good job."
    8:06 AM - 6 Feb 13

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    1. Coming from a guy who groin kicks, just kidding. I don't have problem with the fouls either, just wished the Roxs could have broken the record.

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  18. Tom Haberstroh ‏@tomhaberstroh
    Spoelstra on Houston's pace and 3-point shooting: "They're the modern day Phoenix Suns."
    8:00 AM - 6 Feb 13

    Miami HEAT ‏@MiamiHEAT
    Spo on the Rockets: They have the fastest tempo in the league. We'll have to get out of our comfort zone to get them out of theirs.
    8:02 AM - 6 Feb 13

    Miami HEAT ‏@MiamiHEAT
    .@KingJames on the Rockets: We have to get a lot of pressure on them and contest those shots.
    8:15 AM - 6 Feb 13

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    1. I remember the Phoenix team; they were fun to watch. Pushing the Heat players out of comfort zones is coach Spo's philosophy. Spo doesn't like the idea of settling into the same routine, believing change pushes players to become better. Actually, before the season started coach Spo wanted his team to play faster and with more pace.

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    2. Tonight is the 10th game that a "rested" Heat team hosts a team on 2nd night of back to back. [8-1 in those games]

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  19. Just came across an article from Houston Chronicle with heading "Lin: Beverley's Dunk wasn't Classy" which implied that he publicly called out his teammate for his stare at the gsw bench after the dunk, at the post game interview. if i am not mistaken, he meant to apologize on behalf of the team about their celebration after the dunk? He also uses the words "we" and "not classy on our behalf". So why would the houston/rocket's press "flame" (lol sorry i am borrowing word from KHuang) their own guy when he is trying to do some damage control? Shows no love...of course ppl who did not watch the game or the inerview would be mislead by the title. Sigh.

    anyways. hope JLin will have a good game tonight!

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  20. @KHuang on your 'get in the face of Bogut and take the ejection, play up fairness' storyline form last thread, I thought it was really creative and maybe I can take a lesson. In business, one has to be a little more gentle and indirect, but I'll try to find a way to use that in a playbook. Any ideas?

    The Kidd incident was pretty flagrant and he got away with it. For a guy being forced into that 'nice team player' stereotype, it's hard to find the right way to object in-game. I once tried a slow motion punch against a dirty player in soccer, and it worked in that the refs didn't call me and the guy cleaned up (the refs were on notice too). Ironically, my team had a talk with me after about my bad temper, for stepping out of my stereotype really, and I left the team in disgust. Anyway, a slow motion punch is pretty funny and everyone has time to feel it while they wait in fear that you might speed it up. I was scared too, that the guy might punch me first in real time :-) So, no, it didn't work in the end, and that's to say how hard it is to find a way to be assertive when the group doesn't grant you that as a right. Fun stuff, really, to test stuff out in a game.

    Yes sir-ee, Lin needs to do something assertive soon to stave off the bad calls and start getting the protection he's going to need for a safer career.

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    1. PS - The Heat can get physical on the Rockets. Does anyone have a thought on how the Heat would scout last night's game. Judging by the post-games, one way to stop the 3s is to be decisive on perimeter defense vs paint, but I don't know if that will give us better penetration. I read the above comments on match ups, but I'd be interested in your thoughts on how the Heat might scout last night's game.

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    2. JoeTeam

      I know this Manager where I work and he's asian too. He's great at getting in people's faces and making sure they don't talk shit again while behaving in the constraint of the business world.

      He's basically verbally upfront without the foul language. For example, he'll tell someone like "hey if you have a probable with me lets go take it outside and handle right now"

      I think being direct is the best way to handle any racist or discrimination in the workplace. It makes people back off right away.

      I do the same, I tell them directly if they have a problem or an issue. Also tell them if they do to make sure to tell it to my face instead of trying to do it behind my back.

      Sometimes you have to put these type of people in check. The more gentle or indirect you are the more power you give them and the more they think you're weak. I told my superior before, like my Director that I didn't appreciate how she talked down to me and that I thought it was disrespectful. She immediately apologized and never did it again.

      Of course each situation is different, but it definitely gives you self empowerment when you take things in your own hands and take control of the situation.

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    3. Sometimes you just have to punk these type of people because deep inside of them they're completely insecure and unhappy with their life so they take it out on others.

      Once you punk them, they'll act like your their bestest friend ever LOL

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    4. Since I started posting here, I've been writing that Lin can be much more of a BULLY in a very legal way.

      For example, there was that one play last game where Lin went up for the layup on the left against two Warriors intent on hurting Lin. I don't exactly know what Lin did, but he undercut the two bounty hunters and knocked them both to the floor.

      When any NBA player retaliates against violence, it sends a clear message to the rest of the league that the player cannot be punked out of his game. I'd like to see Lin pull more dirty stunts in order to protect himself from the really bad damage of the sort that knocked him out last season.

      In college, I was the smallest guy in my football dorm. One year my roommate drew a racist chinese face on a pumpkin and put it in the room. I took that pumpkin, smashed it, threw it out, and glared at my roommate like I was gonna kill him. He never pulled that stunt again, especially after I scored on him repeatedly and blocked his shot a few times on the court despite me being 8 inches shorter than him.

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    5. Etymology, you are right as usual.

      So many times I've bashed around with people, and then they ended up as my friends.

      In 8th grade, I nearly came to blows with a very tough Puerto Rican kid and a black kid. In 9th grade, they joined me for lunchtime basketball since my locker was near the court and I always had a ball in it. I brutalized them, they brutalized me, and we were FRIENDS. I never talked about the incident with the black kid in 4 years of high school friendship, and the Puerto Rican mentioned it once while we were sitting together at a Spanish restaurant for our Spanish club!

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    6. @Khuang

      HAHAHA...that's funnyman. It's crazy how it works, but you gain their respect in that way.

      I give you props on what you did to your roommate. I swear some people have such low esteem that they need to take it out on other to make them feel better.

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    7. ok, thanks for engaging ...

      @KH, I do remember the left drive and 2 guys on the floor, with Warriors commentators commending Lin for getting out of that standing. Yes, it's easy to make sure the guys coming after you fall while you stand, but what was amazing on that was he made the basket. That's hard, to submarine attackers while making the goal.

      @Ety and KH ... I'll have to think about the straight-on in business thing. I think it works for where there are rules of engagement. Like Ety's example of 'let's sort it out privately'. But, in higher stakes where you can be pocket-vetoed, where people can be polite and withdraw, there's a finer game to transform them onto a path of fairness, to convince them you are one of them too. I'll try to factor in KH's strength for strength thing. There's nothing like respect and "I want that guy's skill now". Back to Lin, seems lately, he's been on call when the lead is falling. That's what we want.

      Thanks, men!

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    10. "@KH, I do remember the left drive and 2 guys on the floor, with Warriors commentators commending Lin for getting out of that standing. Yes, it's easy to make sure the guys coming after you fall while you stand, but what was amazing on that was he made the basket. That's hard, to submarine attackers while making the goal."

      Sorry, maybe he only got the foul called. Can't remember.

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  21. Rox vs GSW - 2/12/13 [Asian Heritage Night]

    BID NOW for two premium court side seats and a chance to sit next to AsianWeek.com columnist Fiona Ma. Receive a VIP valet parking pass, two special commemorative Warriors Asian Heritage Night t-shirts and enjoy an exclusive post game Q&A with the Houston Rockets’ Jeremy Lin!

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    1. Court side? Q&A w/JLin? Nice!

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    2. I would ask him about his shot, what's causing his inconsistencies, and what steps he's taking to rectify it. Probably questions about the coaches that a lot of posters here have. I don't expect a straight answer though because JLin is too diplomatic.

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    3. I would ask him what his favorite alcoholic beverage LOL...followed by...what does he think of the bromance he has with C. Parsons. Then ask him if he's brave enough to do a prank and shave J. Harden's Beard off in a strip club.

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    4. Yeah, I was thinking about the bromance too, LOL.

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    5. Is this the same Fiona Ma?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiona_Ma

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    6. @Racha

      I would think he has more of an obvious bromance with Parsons...but it would be funny to ask him to compare the different bromance experience he had between the two LOL...

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    7. Ety, I don't know about that, LOL. Fields pecked JLin on the cheeks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXzHrv3BX8k

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    8. @ Racha

      OMG!?!?!?! I never knew about this...WDF was that...that's super bromance right there LOL...

      Ok now I see your point...I guess we'll have to ask Jlin which bromance is better from a scale of 1-10. 10 being super hot! LOL...

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  22. Kickstarter Linsanity Movie is now up to $138K exceeding $117K goal with 9 days to go!

    And a new Blu-Ray DVD is available with $65 pledge (additional $15). I just upgraded my pledge.

    Help us get to 2000 backers and every reward receiving backer gets a special edition THANK YOU button w/ Jeremy's signature printed. Tell your friends! Even as little as $1 per backer can help us get there.

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    1. All of us in this forum should contribute under one group and pledge 10k and ask them to setup a Jeremylin.net forum fans meet up with Jeremy Lin at an indoor gym or park and have like a all day camp with him that involves a couple of hours of JLIN bball drills, then a full court scrimmage with JLIN, then a Q/A question with Jlin, then end it with an autograph session.

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    2. LOL. That's a good idea. I'd contribute $500. 19 to go!

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    3. LOL...I'll dish out $250.

      @Jlinfan#1 - maybe you can get this setup for all of us so we can all meet Jeremy Lin?

      I'm serious btw...LOL

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    5. I'm not as rich as @MT and @Ety. I can only dish $100.

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    1. That's random. Holy smokes, that guy is fast.

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  24. One reason corner 3s are so effective, besides the fact they're closer: Almost none of them are off the dribble.

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    1. The reason McHale makes JLin go to the corner.

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    2. Reason why Jlin struggled.

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    4. Actually, out of all the 3s JLin takes, the corner 3s are the highest made in terms of percentage.

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    5. Did you dig up a chart somewhere? The one I found is hard to read.

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/plus/shooting.cgi?player_id=linje01&year_id=2013&shot_distance=3P

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    6. I read it a couple of weeks ago. I didn't bookmark the page, sorry dude.

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  25. NBA.com/Stats ‏@nbastats
    Leaders Stls/Gm (qualif. only): 1) @CP3 (2.56) 2) Conley (2.33) 3) @JLin7 (2.02) 4)@russwest44 (1.917) 5) Kemba (1.915)
    1:45 PM - 6 Feb 13

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  26. Daryl MoreyVerified account ‏@dmorey
    .@Jxxxxxxxxx we shoot most 3s in NBA. It is our offense. No one on our team was shooting for the record. Crowd wanted it but we cant control
    11:03 PM - 5 Feb 13

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  27. Miami HEAT ‏@MiamiHEAT
    .@KingJames on the Rockets: We have to get a lot of pressure on them and contest those shots.

    Spo on the Rockets: They have the fastest tempo in the league. We'll have to get out of our comfort zone to get them out of theirs.

    Chris Bosh (cold) is a game time decision for tonight.

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    1. hey isabeli, your sista via just posted everything you just posted. Let the rivalry begin!

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    2. Don't say that...She's SCARY.

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    3. @via - do I look or sound scary? lol!

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    4. Segueing to Beverley [lol]~
      Jackson was clear to reporters that Beverley’s dunk had “nothing to do with” what happened at Toyota Center.

      "Every Rockets starter scored in double figures, and three reserves reached double digits. One of those was Beverley, who was called for a taunting technical after dunking with 1:04 remaining and then tipped off a bench-to-bench staredown after being flagrantly fouled by Green.
      "Who's that?" Jackson deadpanned when asked about Beverley. "At the end of the day, he made plays. He had 11 points in five minutes and change. What are you going to do? He played well, and they played well.
      "I don't know if he said anything. That's irrelevant. That had nothing to do with it. But if you're going to try to shoot threes, we're going to run you off the line. We're developing something here, and we're awfully proud of it."

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    5. [Oops, Should have refreshed the page.] Now there's no segue haha

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    6. Joke! Just equating you to someone who's stirring up rivalry.

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  28. Howard Chen ‏@ho_chenCSN
    #RedNation: What impressed u most about the Rockets' performance last night? Most insightful tweets get read on TV during the Rockets game!
    2:16 PM - 6 Feb 13

    Space City Scoop ‏@SpaceCityScoop1
    @ho_chenCSN Jeremy Lin transforming back into Linsanity and how the Rockets played unselfish as a team offensively. #RedNation
    2:28 PM - 6 Feb 13

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  29. to John Ly who was asking me on the last thread about the trade. I'm looking for the Rockets-Lakers-Jazz three way trade comment. I hope the mod didn't remove it or it must be buried with tons of topics there. found another comment:

    "Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:41 am Post subject:
    Actually the Rockets GM claims part of the reason he did the CP3/Gasol trade was to get rid of Drag... so he could keep Lin... he claims he knew Lin had potential... but post veto they had Flynn, Drag, and Lowry... so he became expendable.

    I sort of believe him in that."

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  30. So I just found this Jeremy Lin photo from High school... I just love this silly fun loving kid.

    http://beermugsports.com/storage/Jeremy%20Lin%20Geek%20Knicks%20Headbands.jpg

    JLin headband fun pics

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    1. He looks like he was a bully on and off the court LOL...

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    2. LOL, he's so kiddy! No sheetz sherlock.

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    3. Is he doing the duck face?

      Funny that he's playing against players he was parodying.

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    4. for you @wu kong - how Jeremy looked like in college

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    5. Jeremy said he was a bully and a class clown when he was younger

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    6. I've always liked this set because it demonstrates there's more going on in his head than the naive, PR-speak he spits during interviews.

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  31. Hiren Joshi ‏@htown747
    STATS: #Rockets have scored at least 100PTS in each of their last six games, tied for the second longest streak (Denver, eight) in the NBA.
    1:56 PM - 6 Feb 13

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  32. Tom Haberstroh ‏@tomhaberstroh
    Bosh out (sick). Battier likely starting. Chalmers-Wade-LeBron-Battier-Bosh is +29 in 55 minutes this season. Not bad.
    3:06 PM - 6 Feb 13

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    1. Miami HEAT ‏@MiamiHEAT
      #HEATgame: Tonight’s @MiamiHEAT starters: @KingJames, @ShaneBattier, @ThisIsUD, @DwyaneWade, @MChalmers15.
      3:38 PM - 6 Feb 13

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    1. That makes sense. Duncan is getting banged up, so Al Jefferson would the right fit.

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  34. neAAto ‏@neaato
    Which better luck tommorw char gonna play jeremy lin? Sung kang or skinny guy that bulked up for bruce lee in finishing the game
    3:32 PM - 6 Feb 13

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  35. I wanted to repost this post started by psalm234. Maybe JlinFan#1 will take action and get this going:

    Kickstarter Linsanity Movie is now up to $138K exceeding $117K goal with 9 days to go!

    And a new Blu-Ray DVD is available with $65 pledge (additional $15). I just upgraded my pledge.

    Help us get to 2000 backers and every reward receiving backer gets a special edition THANK YOU button w/ Jeremy's signature printed. Tell your friends! Even as little as $1 per backer can help us get there.
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    Racha February 6, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    woohoo!

    Etymology February 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    All of us in this forum should contribute under one group and pledge 10k and ask them to setup a Jeremylin.net forum fans meet up with Jeremy Lin at an indoor gym or park and have like a all day camp with him that involves a couple of hours of JLIN bball drills, then a full court scrimmage with JLIN, then a Q/A question with Jlin, then end it with an autograph session.

    Michael Terry February 6, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    LOL. That's a good idea. I'd contribute $500. 19 to go!

    Etymology February 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    LOL...I'll dish out $250.

    @Jlinfan#1 - maybe you can get this setup for all of us so we can all meet Jeremy Lin?

    I'm serious btw...LOL

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  36. Jason Friedman ‏@JasonCFriedman
    Just about tip time in Miami. Today's fun facts: Jeremy Lin last 6 games: 16.3 pts, 7.7 assists, 2.5 steals, 53 FG%, 47.6% from 3.
    4:29 PM - 6 Feb 13

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