today's game is at 10:30pm ET (9:30 Houston time).by the time the game is over, it will be around 1am ET, then they have to fly to Denver for a back-to-back.which genius in NBA came up with such schedule?I'm sure NBA earns tons of money out of fans, ads, merchandise sales, etc., why can't they invest some money in using computer/technology to come up with a more humane schedule, no team should have any back-to-back like this.
Certainly the schedule has a lot of space for improvement. Keep in mind though that many of the venues are scheduled for other events like music concerts, so there are certain 'givens' that the NBA schedule has to work around. MSG for example is known to run a very tight schedule in fitting in as many events as possible. Any scheduling limitations of even a single venue will impact the schedule of teams in the entire league.Still, the schedule seems ridiculous.
That's life on the road and the NBA owners demand that visiting teams travel that way so they're tired and likely to lose. It makes the home crowd happy to see wins.It's only 2.5 hours from Portland to Denver. There are a lot worse back to backs.
I read it's just one guy and a spreadsheet/program. Must be a very bad one!
@psalm234, yeah I saw that article too, I forget where it was. Isn't it amazing?Fatigue really diminishes the quality of the product the NBA puts out. I'm surprised the league doesn't have a smarter way of doing it.
It isn't expensive to invest in a decent scheduling software...NBA so cheapskate?
Ah, I think complaining about the NBA schedule for the Rockets at this point is kind of stupid!!! LIVE WITH IT!'n
Lin needs to work on that floater..
Yup, totally agree. He floated it too soon making it too tough of a floater. He could have dribbled one more step and then released it.
Lin with the first miss off a short floater which he shot too hard, but was able to get the rebound and pass inside to G. Smith who got fouled and his at the foul line. G. Smith makes both shots.
So far Asik and G. Smith is letting Aldridge getting the rebound over them and he is able to score on both possession.
Lma always kills the rox
Aldrige is hot so far. He scored 90% of Portland's score right now.
I thought I wouldn't be seeing Rox' Point Forward tonight as Parsons out, but Garcia stepped up and picked up the slack. So the "Everyone's a PG except for the PG" musical chair continues.
Wow, where's the defense.
McFail isn't happy with all the rebounding Portland is able to get and called a quick time out to rip into Jeremy Lin for allowing it to happen. If he yells at Asik then Asik will curse at him in Turkish.
Garcia -> 3/3
What happens to Parson?He's not starting
So annoying hearing the commentators cream over Harden. He doesn't make his teammates that much better.
Garcia is phenomenal!!
Lin with a bad home run pass to Garcia which got intercepted by a lengthy Portland player.
I'm fine with giving the pick and pop to LMA. Just go at him to get him in foul trouble. Harden already made him pick up one.
Harden playing well. Lin.....
Wow, first time Lin has split the defenders in a long while1
Lin with a nice feed to Asik off of a Greg Smith PnR and driving into the lane.
How many times will these announcer will talk about Lin getting cut on Xmas...
This game doesn't look so easy.
Lin needs to move off the ball more to cut to the basket.Otherwise, he would look 'ineffective' with the eye test.He hasn't had a chance to be the playmaker much. Harden plays very well so far.
Wow can the announcers be any more retarded? Lin benefits from Harden doing all the playmaking because he's a great spot shooter? Christ.
I hate the announcers who know nothing about Jeremy's game. Great spot up shooter?
Seriously how do these clowns even have jobs....
yeah the announcers dont have a clue
Ha its crazy
It's typical announcing: they describe what they JUST saw in the most recent plays, and then extrapolate that for the whole season.
I bet he watched one game when Lin made those 3PTs with 'his feet set'SMH
Seriously do some research before the game.
Dystopia,It's simply racial profiling, but at this stage,after Linsanity, it's comical...I will always remember CWebb say "I knew he could shoot but.." about Lin. It is what it is!
beautiful assist by Lin to Asik!
If Lin doesn't get time to play into rhythm, were gonna lose.
We'll see if McHale let's him get into his rhythm.
Lin with an assist to Harden who was trailing and stopped at the 3 point line during the fast break.
Lin shooting is really off tonight... That one shot off the pick was ugly.
dumbest announcers ever
Jeremy's assist to Harden not counted?
Usual scorer BS. They cheat him every chance they get. Harden didn't even dribble it once. He just pump faked.Rondo gets assists on every three dribble or less basket.
Dumb scorers too.
looks like it wasn't counted. robbed again.
Morey tweeted that McHale should be COY due to getting the Rockets to a playoff berth with inexperienced young players.
I think Morey needs shock therapy often. He might know how to pick players, but have no clue on coaches.
Harden is a scoring machine!!! Over/under 40pts??
Greg Smith looked pissed at Harden as he came out of the game. Lin seemed to try and mediate. I wonder what that was about
Harden probably was pissed he got a turnover when there was miscommunication between him and Smith.
Did grey smith just argue with harden before Lillard do his freeflow？
looked like an argument to me.
Today the beard is running the show.
Which means Lin will have little action in the 4th qtr.
Lin got the assist to Harden and he gets pulled for Beverly out of the time out. WTF McBail?!!!
His usual time is up. Happens in every game. Did u really expect something different?
So Nike hooked bev up with some new kicks...
Harden flopped Matthews LOL.
If Hardens playing well, it could give Mchale a bigger reason to give Bev more mins for his hustle and defense over Lin.
lin has 1 p,3 assist 1 turnoverhope mchell doesnt yank him for the rest of the game...lol at the Blazers announcers talking shit about harden and lin
correction, 2 assists. They didn't give him the assist on the pass to Harden at the 3 point line. Why, I have no clue.
Been happening all season, Lin always gets screwed on stats.
It's amazing the NBA operates like this. The scorer just decided to ignore the rules and take away a positive stat from Jeremy -- "No Asian should upstage Lilliard!" They won't allow it.Jeremy has to battle refs, scorers and coaches in addition to opposing teams. No other young PG could be cheated like this and succeed.
On the other hand guys like Rondo get inflated assists and stats that aren't even deserved.
Harden has a revenge game against Wes Matthews since he got his number the last time.
How did that Harden 3 not get credited as an assist for Lin? Seems he always gets screwed.
Beverly got on doo doo shoes.
This is interesting. Anderson subbed in for Lin so Harden is really the PG now.It's official!
Oh did I see Bev out there now?
Never mind.For a while, Garcia (not Bev) was in with Anderson
golden state trails PHX by 9
Harden is hitting most of his 3 point shots today. 17 points. He is competing with Aldridge for high score today.
Garcia was hot 3/3 too. He should shoot more.
LMA has a beautiful game...
He has a sweet J and has long wing span.
That's a player Rox could use.
Yup, I always like LMA game. I was saying that the Rockets would have been better if they can acquire him instead of Milsap.
lol if lin had hardens green light to do whatever he wants he would have 20+ points average too...i just dont like harden, he wants all the spotlight for himself
He's got the hot hands so he kept shooting.The danger is he forgets to involve his teammates like his last 3PT miss. That was a bad shot selection but he got a gimme or two.
Going under the screen for Lillard is a no-no.
Lin looks like hurt on his hands
Lin did a good job defending Lillard but watch he's heating up now.
Lin did a really good job of getting BETWEEN Lillard and the screen set for Lillard.
true, and Lin tried to funnel him to his right. It might be from watching film sessions.
Smith picked up his 2nd. Take him out before the 3rd
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That is wrong on so many levels...
dont get me wrong, i like beverley... more than harden at least.
@hans you are an absolute idiot
U don't call a black person ape..
Hans, that's just wrong. Delete your comment man. Be better than HOU fans.
beverly is a nice hardworking young player, show the boy some love please.
I'm glad the quarter is over.Smith is great but he tends to pick up too many fouls.
So where is t jones?!
He was in there for G-Smith after the time out. Lin was talking to him and G Smith.
Lin make them look like stars. Harden makes them look like scrubs.
Stupid fouls, stupid players. I'm talking in a general sense, not just this game.
I just hate McHale's substitution pattern. Just when Lin looks like he is about to get into a rhythm, he comes out. So many times during this season.
When Harden takes over the entire offence you can see the rest of the team getting disengaged. They just keep feeding him the ball and every one is out of the rhythm of the game. Not as fun to watch as team ball
What da hell is this?!
Lin in there with Beverly and got an assist on the give and go to Beverly.
That was beautiful. Defense is fluid too.
Beautiful Lin's pass back to Bev knowing there is clear path to the basket!
Lillard schooled Beverley on that drive, Beverley was behind him by 10 ft.
Look. At. This. Lineup!
7-0 to start 2Q!Linsanity team ball w/ no Harden, baby!
Harden high fiving everyone coming off the court but teammates reluctantly high gives back.
LIn scored on a fade away jumper on Lillard. Lillard complained to Ref that Lin pushed off.
Ball started moving!
The guys are playing with more intensity with Harden on the bench.
the thing i hate about mchell/harden is, that after the last 3 games, where lin ran the point real real good, he is backto spot up shooter/harden doing everything mode...yes harden is hot right now but cmon give lin a chance at least. whatever i´m gonna stop complaining now, just get this win, hopefully the dumb warriors are gonna lose tonight
I like this line up... Did not see that coming..
It's nice to see McHale stagger Lin and Harden's playtime. Finally.
Perhaps the article that McFail is having more confidence in Lin is true.
beverly and lin have pretty good chemistry
Give credit to McHale benching Harden.
He actually tried to reward Harden by giving some rest but he'll be floored watching the Linsanity team ball here.
All of a sudden the game is fun to watch!Thank you McHell for this 5 minutes of fun!
Nice lin to bev pass, the defense looks good
Jeremy Lin with one of his DOMINANT stretches. Got a stop, got an assist, got another stop, got a score. It can seem like Lin lulls people to sleep, but that guy just KILLS opponents. No wonder Houston wins so much when Lin does everything.
not a PB fan but Lin and PB on the same time looks pretty darn good.
Did you see Bev block Lillard? Lol.
Love the ball movement an defense but besides Lillard, were playin their bench
that means Lin team-ball will be slightly more dominating :)
Starting to look like a blow out!Houston should be over 70% winning percentage if not for McHell!
Lin should have 4 assists right now not 3. Is it true the league will review and correct stats if you file a complaint or send in evidence? I've heard it from somewhere but not sure.
We're running a small line up.
This game proves that McHale looks at Lin behind Parsons. He definitely values Parsons more than Lin, if Parsons was in this game there is no way that Lin would start the 2nd quarter along with Beverley.
What happened to Garcia? He was shooting lights out in the 1st quarter.
Lin needs to take over now while beard man is on the bench
LOL, McHale with his random rotation experiments! If you keep trying random things, eventually one of them will work. The question is if he'll be smart enough to recognize which one to keep.
Maybe on the 76th try is the charm :)
it's amazing.7 unanswered points.EVeryone contribute.
Lin's killing the 2nd team :)
He got the sleeve on!
Lin with beautyful pass to DMO!
Makes it look so easy
Is McHale coming to his senses and resting harden it is it because parsons is out.
Beautiful defense by Lin -- denying Lillard the ball, then when he finally got it, shutting down the dribble drive.
Wow, Lin with another beautiful pass to D-Mo. D-Mo almost fumbled the pass, but nevertheless he scored and Portland called another time out.
Sampson just gave Lin a huge high five :O miracle
Lol Sampsons is the biggest LOF on the team.
He's gonna do the Novak grind dance soon :)
Did u se sampson padding lin saying good job good job to lin
sampson pushin lin lol
did you see kelvin sampson give lin mad props for his aggressive D going into that time out
T jones ignoring Lin. That stupid rookie..
PB getting two easy lay ups this quarter after receiving passes from Lin.
Lin is finding all the holes and just found one for himself, lay up and 1!
Hey Etane - seen Parsons? He looks more like Timberlake - not like Bieber.
@willy - BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!I'm bringing sexy back?
Did he stop using paul mitchell hair product?
please bench Harden LONGER!
he just whispered to coach he wanted to play...
They have two big men and The Rox are small.I don't have to understand it.Lin the magician
Damn Harden back in.
Lin's killing them...with Houston's 3rd team.He's schooling Lilliard on what a REAL PG does.Again, people laugh when we suggest Lin is as good or better than Irving, Lilliard, Rubio...and then he DESTROYS THEM EVERY TIME he's allowed to handle the ball.
Ach! Jeremy was too aggressive on LMA -- almost caused a steal but reached in.Gotta watch foul trouble.
He got hurt on the foul?
UTTER GREYHOUNDING of the Blazers by Beverley and especially Lin. Lin is just deadly on defense. He just scored and ... just forced another turnover. Lin is absolutely unbelievable this game. He's not even killing himself and he's utterly dominating. Scary good.
Lets see how harden meshes..
Harden back in after Lin picked up his 2nd foul.
Wow, Harden subbed in for Lin.Now they're splitting Harden and Lin time as the main PG!
He has two fouls. Arm hurting
Foul trouble for Jeremy -- mismatch on LMA and Jeremy is so good on D, he tried to bully LMA and got whistled for a foul (barely...almost a steal).
DMO is trying to be like McHale with those spinning post moves..
why is jeremy lin wearing the wrap and icing his right arm now
D-Mo looks like he is dancing in the lane with his back and forth fakes. TV shows Lin has ice wrapped around his right elbow.
Lin with ice on his right elbow?
Is he hurt？ omg
Don't worry. If it were anything remotely serious, he'd be in the locker room.
Announcer said McHell said: if we don't have any turn overs, we have a chance to create something offensively. No DUH!!
Yeah it's like saying if they score more point, they will win this game.
Harden's 3PT is a bad shot selection.No passes at all in that possession!
Damn, game slowed down considerably with Harden back in the game.
Foul trouble on both sides.
Harden getting ATTACKED on defense.
T Jones 0 for 2. You're right. T Jones is exposed!
awww... hope the ice is to relieve his elbow from pressure...
Difference from Lin playmaking vs Harden playmaking. Lin's playmaking benefit everyone while Harden's mainly benefit himself. But I guess that's the difference between a PG and a SG trying to play PG.
Harden defend your man!
His arm better fucking be okay! He's the only reason I watch HOU.
Same here... Got league pass the last two years for him. Wasted money when he got hurt last year.
I hope people can see now what happens to the 'ball movement' when Lin is out of the game.
I counted only 0-3 passes/possesion with Harden in!
I think somebody mentioned that Lin hurt his hand way before. I believe it was after the play where G Smith was yelling at Harden.
Boxscore on nba.com/rockets says Garcia made 3/3 FGM-A 3/3 3PM-A =9 pts How is that possible?
FGM is inclusive of 3PM, right?
He made all of his 3 pointers.
Harden fails to box out Matthews, who gets an easy offensive rebound and layup.