Friday, March 22, 2013

Rockets vs Cavs Game #69 Post Game Thread

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  1. Lin get 20 mins only. Interesting....

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    1. He was not hot tonight. Just one of his off games and props for Livingston for using his size and length well

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  2. Jeremy celebrated too much last night after the Harvard win. He seemed sluggish tonight.

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  3. NBA is Basketbal American in the United States and all are statistics,
    why Harden played 30 minutes to make his 20 points
    Mcfail continues trying to show that Lin is not a good player
    A team of blind person win the Cavs Today
    Lin did not like being bench today
    If Mcfail would like Lin, leave it on the court to have more trust and statistics that are important to the end of this season

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  4. the good, Lin gets lots of rest for a very tough week to come against 4 good teams.

    Lin definately plays up to his opponents challenge. This helps him to be able to play his best when he is totally engaged.

    the bad, Lin has to learn that he is a professional athlete and that fans pay to see him play. He has to learn to accept this part of the job and accept that no matter how boring it is to play against a lower tier team, he has to keep his fans happy by showing up whenever he is on the court.

    in a blowout game like tonight, Lin needed to play hard for the 20 minutes he is on the court and be totally engaged, that is part of the deal in being a paid athlete.

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    1. Jeremy has to respect all his opponents, scrubs or stars. Professionally, Jeremy needs to recognize that any player on any given day can play like a superstar. He is no longer playing college basketball where he can afford to show up against elite teams but disappear from games against weak teams.

      Also, if it's true that Jeremy didn't have the discipline in adhering to his bed time as he got carried away by Harvard historic win last night, that really reflects badly on his professionalism and work ethics. I hope his performance tonight was not at all affected by his alma mater's win.

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    2. I seriously doubt that Jeremy Lin slacked off for this game.

      Rather, the Cavs were so bad that Lin was not needed.

      At least to my eyes, it seems that Houston's coaches play Lin only when the outcome of the game is undecided. In blowouts, he doesn't play much.

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    3. Respectfully Khuang, I agree with you that Lin didn't slack off. He played as hard as always. I've talked a lot about how important the inner game is in sports because this is what makes or breaks an athlete of equal abilities. At the level of play Lin is at, the margin of separation between greatness and average is like a photo finish of a 100 meter dash. A PG's mind is even more important. Lin needs to bring it mentally for each game.

      One of my favorite quotes from coach Wooden is " don't mistake activity with achievement ".

      Against the Suns, he played a perfect game against a lower tier team for 23 minutes. Scoring 13 pts and dishing 8 assists. By the time he sat down the game was pretty much decided. What I really liked was how he involved everyone in the scoring.

      The thing that makes Lin special is how he brings it when it counts. That is part of the package with an athlete with that type of switched on focus, they also will lose interest when they are bored. It's much easier to coach someone like Lin because he brings it when it counts. The same can be said about how the Rox have been guilty of starting slow in games. Young teams tend to play well in the beginning of the game and choke at the end. It is far harder to coach young teams to finish games.

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  5. I think only Refs can really stop Lin from performing, those calls really puzzle me....

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    1. @Brent - cool, your tweet was read on national tv

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    2. right. there was a play where parsons passed to lin, and they called it a backcourt violation. the replay showed that lin was clearly passed the midcourt line. on top of that, the official scorekeeper gave the turnover to lin. parsons was the one who passed the ball. he should had been given the turnover instead. whenever lin throws a perfect pass to asik, and asik fumbles it away, the turnover is always given to lin for passing the ball. totally inconsistent on the calls and official scoring.

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    4. @IsabeliJane :P LOL just a local station...

      @Reebok What can we say, Rox won anyway sigh....

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    5. NBA refs try to keep the game from descending into a total blowout of the home team.

      Too many bad losses for weak home teams would hurt financial revenues for all NBA franchises.

      Hence certain players like Lin get targeted by the refs.

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    6. but the game was played at the Toyota Center, KHuang.

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    7. Yeah, I've noticed the official scorekeeper at Toyota never has Lin's back. Lin actually gets less turnovers when on the road. Lin should probably be at 2.5 turnover average.

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    8. NBA refs don't care with certain guys.

      Lin just gets hammered whether he's away or at home. But the Rockets, like all teams, gwt different calls on the toad than at home.

      A fairly officiated Lin would be a far more effective player, and a fairly officited NBA would be unrecognizable for those fans accustomed to its present form.

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    9. @Reebok

      That was a backcourt violation. Lin needed to establish position in the front court with both feet to be considered in the offensive end of the court. He only stepped with one foot into the offensive end and thus was deemed to be still in the backcourt. Don't know why the turnover was credited to him though.

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    10. all the call against Lin so badly ,just tale a nite off is OK , Do not look at that so seriously , for what Lin been through , I dare no one in NBA this season could compare to his special treatment .So far , He is doing very good and getting better at all part of the game each week , I guess that is the bottom line and I know he is mature enough to understand . For the game situation like last nite ,if you concern too much for the stat ,I feel make people weaken their mental confident . For those people complain about him watch home school game , that is fXXXing blow shit , are you looking at yourself a second class citizen , in USA everyone should have a normal life and every NBA player doing this . And there is no diff that person making a dollar or a billion dollars a year . Nobody even dare to complained Tracy Mcgrady refuse to play back to back game even with his huge contract , remember that ..........

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    11. When is this biased officiating that ruins Jeremy's performance going to end? We've already witnessed dubious officiating in 2 out of 6 recent games...smh

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    12. He is not alone ,welcome to the real world . But basketball is only part of his life , thanks GOD!

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    13. Any future ABC NBA player will benefited from Jacky Robinson of Rockets some degree.

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  6. Lin should've drove in from the left wing go hard to his right. Both times he drove in today they had help defense on the right side when he was driving in from the right side going to his right. He could've gone left like did last game.

    Why don't the run he simple 1 play where harden goes down to set a pick for Lin on the baseline. Lin would roll up to the top of the key to get the ball. If defense switches, you have a mismatch wit harden posting the smaller guy or Lin beating his man off the dribble or taking a in rhythm jump shot.

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  7. I haven't been following Houston for the last month as work has been a crunch, but I'll note that Houston won/loss record is significantly below where it should be given their point differential. That fact points to poor coaching.

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    1. so true. rockets will lose the close games, and get more blow-out victories compared to warriors and lakers. one reason is mchale likes to go small in crunch time, and the rockets get burn on boards as a result. the loss to the bucks was an example where the rockets failed to get a defensive rebound in the last possession, giving the bucks 4 chances, leading to monta's winning shot at the buzzer. in tonights game, smith and robinson were on the floor together and they dominated the boards. and beverly was also effective penetrating to the rim with both smith and robinson on the floor. this shows they don't need their PF to shoot the 3 or create space by standing in the far corner. i think the rockets need to play smith and robinson more at the 4, rather than d-mo, delfino, or parsons.

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    2. If you're going to look at point diff it should be in the context of all the positive point diff teams and how they fair among each other. This is how they currently rank.

      1. OKC +9.1
      2. SAS +8.0
      3. MIA +7.6
      4. LAC +6.6
      5. IND +4.9
      6. DEN +4.9
      7. MEM +4.1
      8. HOU +3.7
      9. NYK +2.9
      10. BKN +1.4
      11. LAL +1.0
      12. ATL +0.5
      13. CHI +0.3
      14. BOS +0.2
      15. GSW +0.2

      Every team above Hou has a 46+ win record with better point diff. All of those teams, except DEN, have star players, but all of them have played together longer. What Denver has done this year or almost every year since Melo left and with the lack of star players is that they are still competitive and it can be attributed to what a great coach George Karl is.

      Every team from Hou down have between 41 and 36 wins. NYK has 41, BKN 40, and down to BOS/CHI with 36. These teams have gone through some changes to key players and they're still probably trying to figure things out. As great of a coach Rivers, Thibodeau, and D'Antoni are their team still struggles throughout the season with problems of chemistry and injuries. Does it mean that adding Nash and Dwight will all of sudden make Lakers the best team in the league? Evidently not.

      If you compare where Hou sits in terms of win/loss and the +3.7 point differential, fans should be happy that being a completely revamped team Hou is rocking and the coaches should be given credit for the success.

      From Hou on up. All teams, except IND, are high offensive efficiency teams and that's why their positive point diff is where they are. IND is a low offensive efficiency team but they have the highest defensive efficiency in the league. Even if they don't score they can hold their opponents from scoring and probably the reason why they're point diff is also up there. So having a positive point diff merely speaks on the teams offensive output. Hou's coaching can be better and their game plans can attribute to win/loss, but so can young teams that lack experience let alone a brand new team.

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  8. John Wall is amazing today! #beatthelakers!

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  9. Jeremy is inspiring...

    http://www.foxsportsarizona.com/story/Lin-20-Fab-frosh-Chambers-Harvards-leade?blockID=882931&feedID=3702

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    1. Inspiring Harvard's freshman point guard. He says great things about Lin and how Coach Amaker still talks about Lin.

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    2. No Coach Killah for Tommy Amaker.

      Lin was instrumental in getting him the Harvard job, and Amaker was smart enough to not just play Lin but talk about him to his still skeptical colleagues.

      Jeremy Lin, Coach MAKER.

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  10. Boring game for Lin. He was still looking for hit shot often though when he was in there.

    Refs blew it on Lin. McHale must get annoyed that Lin gets the worst calls from the refs every time (but then again he probably sees Lin as making bad plays because he is no better than the refs).

    Looking for a big Lin game against SA on Sunday.

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    2. Lin just need to see more diff defensive setting special design for him , that is nothing to learn but something to adjust .

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    3. @Dan Dan,
      Who is supposed to make the adjustment? Coaches or Jeremy himself? Isn't Cav not a good team and it lost its last 5 games?

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    4. It was a matter of match up and team play ,.During the game , coach play a bigger role . For the fulture game , player need to be smart.

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    5. Coach is the one decide the min for each player and the combination of the 5

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  12. Some of the " credit" for lin's obvious lack of being mentally engaged has to go to coaching. Young players can be easily unfocused. If you compare it to teaching, it's a bit like having a very bright student. A good teacher must find ways to activate the mind of a high iq student or they get bored. Mchale may never have been one who needed special Ed classes because he was too bright so he may not appreciate that. He has however played the game for a long time and probably knows a thing or 2 about how to create self motivation for a long season of games.

    Ultimately, the responsibility comes down on Lin. "discipline yourself, and no one else will ever have to do it for you", John Wooden.

    For those of you who are basketball fans and Christians, you should read some books by coach John Wooden.

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    1. Mchale was a stupid coach , he did not focus on the game , he only focus on single play . He need to study and learn to coach ,to me , he just a power forward , that is all . Without L Bird , he got no chance to got a single ring .

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    2. Those coaches know too little for the game , a good PG can make the team play well . A great PG will push the team to another level and that is what Lin was doing all the time . Coach felt bad when they are outcoached by their PG , so that is what Lin got punished for his minor mistake (actually that is part of the game ) .That is a reflection of the coach do not have enough confident for themselves .

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