Monday, April 1, 2013

Rockets vs Magic Game #74 2nd Half Game Thread

Linsanity back without Harden and Parsons!!!

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  1. Asik returning the favor with long passs to LiN!

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    1. This is great. Asik with two assists to Lin, both home run passes. McBail will not like that.

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    2. LOL Asik as Bill Walton :)

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  2. Alright, if you complain about Mchale this game or that Lin isn't getting credit by commentators this game, you sit in time out.

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  3. It's McHell's fault.
    He let the magic have a chance by benching Lin.

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  4. True Linsanity!!! Assists and scoring!

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  5. Jeremy 18pts/11asts with 3:50 left in 3Q!!!!

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  6. Amazing display of team bball.

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  7. Asik and Lin are dominating the game :)

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  8. After the half, the Rox game league pass unavailable "due to technical difficulty".... ugh.

    You guys too or not?

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    1. thankfully it was only temporary.

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  9. Jeremy is 8-13 WITHOUT A SINGLE WHISTLE.

    What other young PG could do that? Hammered twice...Jeremy doesn't flinch.

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  10. When Lin gets his game going, we're going to see Terence Jones or TRob.

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  11. Let's see ... Bev in to test this combo. Maybe we see Lin rest and then come back for 25/15. Not a bad day, even if he sits now but don't wanna lose this one and it got ugly there for a bit.

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    1. Why Beverly?
      Again.
      I want to see Brooks

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    2. In this game at this point, with the Rox leading nicely, Lin an Beverley shouldn't be both out there (Beverley should in; Lin should take a break). But McHale-Sampson don't want the front office an fans to know that Lin really is better than Beverley, the the backup. You see, when the first time Beverley subbed for Lin (the last 3 minutes of the 1st period to the first 3 min of the 2nd period), the team cut the lead by 5 points.

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    3. Lin left the team at the end of 3r Q with the team leading by 16 points. Now with just 2 minutes left in the 4th Q, the Rockets are leading by JUST 5 POINTS !!!!! All WITH Beverley and NO Lin in the 4th (McHale didn't do it as a punishment for Lin this time though).

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    1. isn't it? Lin and Asik did great. Oh my, Garcia is fun to watch; he also has 3 blocks!

      you know what Harden, Carmelo, McHale, an Morey lovers will say: "it's just the lowly Magic that Lin was playing as a PG against". SMH.

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  13. Who needs Dwight Howard?
    We're having a better center.

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  14. McHale better not mess this one up.

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  15. I am shaking my head, watching this game.

    This season, Jeremy should have at least 20 games like this, if not for the inept coaching staff. Actually, every game could be like this for Jeremy Lin.

    Rox should be beating sub 500 team handily like today with Jeremy at the helm.


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  16. Since when you see Asik scored 22 points 18 rebounds.
    Is it a record?

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  17. Lin's missing shots are actually assists.
    I'm just kidding.

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  18. LOL, Lin pulling the stats shift with Bev in. He just cruises, Bev runs, and Lin gets scoring and assist ops. Nice one!

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  19. The magic has not given up yet.
    They still outscore the Rox this quarter.

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  20. Man the min McHale turned Lin into a SG, the game slow down with Bev running the point. Ah

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    1. Lin is just resting on the court. It's what Harden gets to do normally.

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    2. The Magic would have a comeback if Lin was kept on the bench.
      McHell couldn't wait to let Beverly have his minutes.
      Garcia played so much better than Beverly.

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  21. Yeah, it'd be nice if Jeremy could hit that mid-range jumper -- which he usually does -- but what a great game he's playing today on both ends.

    I'm glad it's not a 30pt blowout -- he needs the extra minutes and stat pads.

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  22. We have already had 4 players in double figure.
    Parson and Harden are out.
    The Rox is having a party.

    Smith must have lost his head getting his 5th

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  23. Lin wished to make off-balance buzzer beater then hung on the rim like a little kid :D

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    1. I noticed that too -- he's feeling it! But he wants more. Probably annoyed at himself for missing jumpers he usually makes (0-4 on that mid-range J off a screen).

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    2. it's been a while since he was allowed to play towards the end of 3Q and free to make plays so he's a little giddy :D

      McHale tried all kind of combination with Lin in this game. Going small with Bev, going with shooters (Delfino, Garcia), so far Lin-Asik connection is the best!

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  24. Question for posters. What is the reason why Jimmer is not playing well in NBA? Is it a lack of playing time, is he just a pure shooter and nothing more or is it a case of an organization not having confidence in him? Moreover, is he a player worth a look by Rockets? The reason I ask is because he could become a good player if given a chance, and I feel sorry for the guy for not being given a chance.

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    1. 'Players not being given a chance' We have many of them.
      Ask McFail what does he get out of it.
      'He is a bad coach.' said Lawry

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    2. I think he's playing fine, but with so limited minutes. I think he's had a few 20 point games but he's not given much pt.

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    3. I haven't watched a lot of Jimmer in the NBA, only in college.

      Perhaps he lacked the athleticism/speed like Jeremy to create his own shots?
      He struck me as a cold blooded shooter like JJ Redick who needed some time to adjust their game in the NBA.

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    4. I've watched Jimmer.

      eb5attorney, I'll try to answer this question in another thread.

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  25. Lin was on pace for 25 and 10 as I predicted. 19 and 11 is not too shabby at all.

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    1. It's great for 30 minutes and only 1 whistle out of 4 inside.

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    2. For 3 quarters? Imagine 4 quarters? easily would have broken the 20 mark in points, possibly 14 assists.

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    3. Still can get it if they give him 4 more minds.

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    4. McHale is not going to let it happen.
      He will stop Lin from producing a record.

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  26. Just one more point for 20. McHale will probably try to screw him over. =)

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    1. He already has a double double, I really don't think going from 19 to 20 is that important. And every minute you're on the court you *could* get injured.

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    2. I wouldn't mind the Magic cutting the lead to ~14 with 5 minutes left.

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    3. I'm sure that's what he had in mind.
      Taking the fun out of the game.

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    4. Yup, well deserve rest. McH should play Brooks right about now.

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  27. The Magic is still in the game.
    We're less than 20 points ahead with almost a whole quarter.
    McHale is McHell by benching Lin again.

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  28. Lin and Asik were awesome tonight! Now Id like to see what Ohlbrecht is capable of.

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  29. Damn please play James Anderson more. He's super explosive!

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  30. McHell can't wait to show his point
    "Our 2nd team is better than the first team"

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    1. You have been ranting and raving all night. Chill out man!

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  31. How about slowing the game down coach and burn some clock.

    Run some set plays (if you have any LOL)

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    1. They can't play that way. This is the only way the Rox knows how to play..

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    2. If they don't convert shots soon and keep shooting bricks and only use up 5 seconds of the 24 sec clock they're giving the opposition opportunity to come back.

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    3. I don't think he's even coaching at all. Just throw in 5 guys and let them go at it. If one makes a mistake not name Harden or Parsons, yank him and insert a new body in. Then repeat...

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  32. DeAleck at CF 8-8 in calling the win/loss. Wonder how far he'll go. Sure, this one was easy, but this adds to the fun.

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  33. We're outrebounding the Matic with Asik and Smith sitting on the bench.
    It's a crazy night.

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  34. Where da hell is chandler.. Diarrhea?

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    1. Harden poisoned his food :)

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    2. Food poisoning. Could mean stomach trouble, brown rain but could also be code for hangover :)

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    3. He probably ate some of Delfino's sausage.

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    4. The next game who'll get the poison.
      Let's guess.

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  35. Too much Energy P. Bev...slow down...so you don't get that lane violation trying to get another rebound LOL...

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  36. Anderson's layup was spectacular. That doesn't suggest he's better than Harden, but that singular layup was pretty amazing.

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    1. It only suggests that Harden has a good back-up who should be given a chance.

      Harden didn't have to play 40+ mins a game.

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  37. The Magic is still fighting back.
    You gotta admire that.

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  38. Damn.. I honestly hate games like this. When Lin plays well, he overdoes it so he ends up sitting out the fourth quarter. Really annoying... And I'm dead serious...

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  39. McHell is in a jam.
    He can't put Lin back at this moment.
    He wish he could.
    He put in Garcia, right!

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  40. That's majority of the starting lineup now.
    McHale is worrying.

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  41. Magic players don't have good 3 point shooters. It will be hard to get back in the game, the paint is clogged up.

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  42. Jeremy & Asik having a good time on the bench.

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  43. MCHell's rotation is amazing.
    He let Garcia in to rest Beverly, then he puts Beverly back in.
    I want to stone him.

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  44. Asik and Lin are laughing it up on the bench :D

    Correction, I think Asik (not Harden) poisoned Parsons to steal his buddy Lin :)

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  45. Damn, the Magic is almost back with Beverly playing.

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  46. Here's the run I was talking about. They don't kill the clock so it gives the opportunity for the opposing team to get back if the Rockets can't convert on the offensive end.

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    1. See what did I tell you guys....

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    2. Seriously, McHale is no freaking coach. He's brain dead out there not knowing what to do.

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  47. If we lose this game, hell will break loose.

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  48. Okay, let Lin and Asik ice it.

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  49. Wth is McHale doing? Call a timeout or something

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    1. what's McHale going to do with a timeout? draw up a play? hahahahahahahaha

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  50. Ten points game with about 3 minutes.
    McHale is an incredible moron.

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    1. The positive thing is announcers recognized it.

      "The ball stopped moving!"

      Making Lin look really good :)

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  51. Bev took a page from Harden to score a great layup :) stopping 9-0 Magic run!

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  52. McHale needs to slow it down now & tell his team to play solid Defense. No 3 pointers, just drive it in and get a foul. 3 pointers run the danger of fast breaks for the opposing team.

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  53. WOW! Lead down... TOs up... Ohlbrecht wont get a chance to play tonight.

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  54. See who gets the last laugh
    McHale will be fired if we lost this game.
    I'm kind of rooting for the Magic.

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  55. Beverley is in the wrong league.

    He's a D League player like Scott Machado, not a true NBA backup PG.

    The guy just cannot hold the lead because he can't defend and can't really create.

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    1. Beverly is challenged offensively. He is not a play maker...I think that is his biggest problem. His D in some ways is arguably better than Lin, but he's not better at anything else.

      When Beverly is in the game,the team passes the ball ineffectively like a hot potato wing to wing but the defense is already locked into it so it's just a ton of useless passing around the perimeter leading to staleness.

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  56. G. Smith sprained an ankle and is playing through it.

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  57. Well, they might lose now. Bad game management again.

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  58. 5 point game. I cant believe it.

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  59. What did I say NO 3 POINTERS LOL...they keep chucking it up

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  60. McHale does his usual thing, play the backups too long, lets the other team back, then he'll put Lin in too late.

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  61. del the vet doing what is important, to burn clock.

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  62. WOW... I HOPE WE DONT LOSE!!!!

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  63. Haha ! Lmao! Scare the shit out of McHale.

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    1. He shitty deserve that.
      If we lost the game, he would be fired for sure.

      He let the game out of control with so much time left and less than 20 points ahead then bench the starters.

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  64. 5 pts lead with 28 seconds left. ORL ball.

    Will the defense show up?

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    1. Great rebound and pass by Greg Smith to Delfino

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  65. This is so unnecessary - All McHale needed to do was to play Asik/Lin for about 4 mins in Q4, and this game would have been iced. This 2nd unit cannot beat any team. Let's see if McHale gets away with yet another blunder. I don't mind if he loses.

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  66. You figure it'll end up with a 5 points game.
    That stubborn idiot in McHale.
    His coaching and rotation stinks.
    Beverly played almost 22 minutes.

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  67. This just goes to show that it was Jeremy and Asik's superb play that created the huge lead -- not the Magic sucking. They're playing hard all night...but Jeremy is the difference.

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    1. Once McHale put in the substitution,
      The Magic was having a party shooting the daylight.
      What's the point of letting the game out of hand.

      Hell!

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  68. The things they didn't do that lead to this comeback.

    1. Didn't do any dribble drive penetration to get easy layup for the bigs
    2. Kept shooting 3 pointers
    3. Didn't kill the clock
    4. Played horrible defense

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    1. Lin and Asik were all sat on the bench.
      Another benching of the starters.

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    2. Yes, but you can't expect them to do any of that -- there's no talent on the court.

      A Houston team without Lin, Asik, Harden or even Parsons is going to be overwhelmed by any NBA team, no matter how bad.

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  69. jlin expression on the bench omg like he want to be in and play some D .....as well as the ball needs to move/set play for O

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  70. I'm speechless. Vegas' influence? Coach can't be this freakin dumb.

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    1. Good point. Good good given 2007 situation with that ref.

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  71. A quick 3 pointer and a steal
    The Magic will be back in the game.
    Damn McHell!

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  72. Any coach would have inserted all their STARTERS in this situation...

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    1. I think most of the starters had ice on their appendages.

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    2. McHell is not a coach material.

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  73. Delfino the veteran out there to the rescue.

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  74. Delfino finally gets his double figure scoring.
    But
    McHale is virtually insulting the Magic and his starters.

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  75. BTW - Harden reminds me of "Miami-Vice"

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  76. Del again ... I like that and this goes to show, 2nd unit is still for 2nd unit.

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  77. This game is the Rockets in a nutshell.

    Lin = hero that nobody appreciates.

    Mchale = goat that always screws things up.

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    1. "Old" CF members (pre Lin era) upset with coach.

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    2. McHale is the troll screwing things up for the Magic.
      What does he have to say in the postgame show.
      Benching Lin and Asik in situation like this is an insult; specially after their great performance.

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    3. CF is always a fun place after Lin does well and McHale makes a dumb rotation decision. Tonight's the night ...

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    4. @JoeTeam:

      Most CF members (and Im talking about the "old" members) are great. Many of them have been supporting and defending Lin since day one. If they criticise Lin they do it in a reasonable and respectfull way.

      There are only a hand full of idiots who spread hatred. They make a lot of noise though. The hateful LOHs and the crazy LOFs make CF unbearable at times.

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    5. I thought Mchale's decision to sit the starters was absolutely legit.

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    6. @willydilly, I agree, and I like going there after a game like this because the nutsos don't have much to say and the conversation is more fun, to enjoy a great game.

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    7. @Bamboo ... sure, it's legit, but he could have rested Asik and Lin for a few mins, run them hard for 3 mins, and left the 2nd unit to mop up. The thing is, the 2nd unit led by Bev has no shape (soccer talk). So, you end up playing garbage too early, and then it's all over. This time, we got lucky. 5 pts with 2 mins left is a close game.

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  78. If the Magic had really good 3 point shooters the 2nd unit of the Rockets would have been in REAL TROUBLE down the stretch.

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    1. Very true...but I'm glad the way things turned out.

      That terrible finish PROVED that it was Lin (and Asik) playing great that caused the huge lead...not the Magic stinking it up. Jeremy looks even better now.

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    2. McHale tried to give the 2nd team a chance to grow up under pressure.
      Good thing Delfino and Greg Smith saved him.

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    3. BTW:

      Delfino 1/10 3pt shooting...

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    4. He keeps on shooting and the coach let him do it.
      Those shooting help the Magic back in the game.
      That's not good basketball.
      Nice inside game tonight. Why the hell you want to take the 3 in the fourth quarter with your poor shooting night?

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  79. LOL
    Lin looked like the BOSS giving a low five to Bev.

    Asik and Lin looked a bit worried towards the end :D

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    1. Not just looking like boss - he was the boss tonight :)

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    2. He only acted like the BOSS when he bossed people around :D haha

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  80. McHale was really happy that Greg Smith showed up to play in the last 3 possessions!

    Greg Smith can now play D, folks :) He passed the baptism by fire!

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  81. Any team in NBA will fire the coach in a situation like this.

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    1. The craziness continues, lol.

      What he did today, basically assuming the game was in hand by the end of the third quarter, is consistent with what he did last time, giving up on a winnable game in the fourth against Indiana.

      McHale has a horrible sense of when a game is really "over," coming to too quick judgments about whether a game is won or lost.

      Also, I think he pulled the starters early, in particularly Lin, because he still thinks Beverly is better/good as Lin, and so thought Beverly could keep the double-digit lead built by Lin, and then he would bring in Brooks for true garbage time.

      Will this game finally get thru McHale's thick head that Beverly is simply nowhere near the point guard that Lin is?

      Maybe, but, won't be holding my breath.

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  82. Just checked the box score and whoa!! Finally, Lin with a great game and Asik a monster game!!!

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    1. Unfortunately, I had to take care of some errands so I just got back now and the game ended right when I tuned in. I'm gonna look for the highlights. Looked like Lin played to a draw with Udrih. Their stats are almost identical.

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    2. nah ... Lin dominated and the game was supposedly over. Maybe Udrih did it on the comeback.

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    3. "Looked like Lin played to a draw with Udrih."

      NO. No no no no no. Udrih did his damage when Lin was OUT in the 2nd and 4th. Boxscore stat-padding against the the 3rd string.

      Jeremy was even better than his stat line. Got hosed on calls under the rim three times. Missed a half-court shot (counted as a FGA). Had a steal taken away as usual.

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    4. Lin dominated Udrih. Check out the score in the first quarter - 27 to 11, Houston. That's not Udrih playing Lin even. That's Lin shredding Udrih and making him look silly.

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  83. omg..this is the worst coach i have ever seem. with the lead down to less than 10 and you still let your 2nd units play. Magic almost turned the game around. what a dumb coach. Love JL, he play so good and let everyone involved in the game. Need a new coach who know the true value of JL.

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  84. Awesome game by Lin - basically with only one legit starter, Asik, he again dominated the game on both offense and defense.

    The silver lining in McHale pulling his starters way too soon (Lin and Asik) is that this game clearly showed the contrast between Lin running the point and Beverly running the point. Beverly doesn't know how to read the defense and run the right offense based on that read.

    Of course, all this awesome team play with Lin running the offense is going to go away when Carmelo - I mean Harden - comes back and McHale goes back to Hardenstickyball offense.


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    1. Rocket's wouldn't have the wins they do without Harden. Let's not forget that the Magic are a poor team. I know Harden doesn't do everything perfectly and sometimes doesn't pass enough, but the truth is that he makes the Rocket's a better team.

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    2. @Roberlin:

      Harden does what he is paid to do. He does it 40 minutes a night.

      If you have to blame someone -> blame the coaches.

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    3. BTW:

      I believe that the HardLin duo can become one of the best combos in the league - provided that they have the right coach.

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    4. Baloney. U obviously don't see that Harden sucks. They are so much better without a selfish ballhog like him. Are u kidding me?

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    5. Bamboo, your comment is fine from a status quo standpoint, but really, Clips are a good team and HOU played them like Lin is capable of organizing. The past is the past, and now, the data is pretty clear - if Lin can drive point, people buy in, the Rox are fun to watch.

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    6. Dude what is your deal? Everytime I read your posts u are always playing devil's advocate. McHale was right benching starters, lets not forget harden when he didn't play at all. I think you are in love with ur voice as the voice if reason.. But really u sound like an annoying prick.

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    7. Really I think u belonging in clutch.. This is a Lin fan site.

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    8. Are you kidding me? I will take a Lin-lead team over a Harden-lead team any day. I strongly believe that a Lin-lead Rox will have more wins. Unless McHale just screws up everything by his stupidity.

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    9. "Let's not forget that the Magic are a poor team."

      Yeah, they're so poor, they DESTROYED THE ROCKETS when Lin and Asik were out.

      A self-hating Lin fan or a CF troll? Either way, that's just a 100% incorrect statement.

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    10. The bad news is the rockets is having a stubborn, lunatic, and sick coach

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    11. Solidz75, Harden is a top shooting guard in the league. I just try to be objective. I'm a Lin fan. A huge Lin fan: But that doesn't mean I'm blind, either.

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  85. This is what Lin's stats would look like if Harden weren't around. Close to 16 and 9 a game.

    Magic respected Lin's dribble penetration; there were really no driving lanes for most of the game. (Spacing is worsened by Smith being in there also.) Lin eventually started shooting from outside because there was nothing else available.

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    1. yeah...they wouldnt let get in the lane and he was forced to shoot jumpers. He is going to be a pretty complete player in the future.

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  86. Well tonight clearly showed that bev is no where close to Lin.

    I love how Orlando announcers recognize that Lin is a very good point guard and that his game suffers when harden is on the court.

    Player of the game went to asik ( I mean stat wise he was a monster) but talk of the game was really Lin.

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    2. I'm not downplaying bev at all. All I'm sick of is when McHale et al almost act like bev should be the starter.

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  87. admit it, you were rooting for the rockets bench to blow the game. i know i was!

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    1. At least I did.
      I was dying to see McFail failing the game all by himself.

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    2. I want to see what McFail excuse was if they loss that game

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  88. I couldn't believe that McFail benched Lin & Asik for the whole quarter.

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  89. Did League Pass show orlando telecast? Mine nly showed rockets side. LP will show the game later in case you missed it.

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    1. On direct tv LP, it was Orlando telecast. On the net, it was Houston.

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  90. Just signed a petition on change.org to fire McFail

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  91. What a great first three quarters of team basketball. First half was a clinic. JLin finding the opponent's weaknesses and exploiting them .... almost looked like it wasn't fair. Good point guard leadership. Also, first half there was great team defense. Great work not only by Lin but also Cisco Kid, Asik, and Smith.

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  92. Reminded me of Linsanity 1.0 and how play of Chandler, Fields, Novak all suddenly were elevated to higher levels.

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