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    Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    New coach, new defensive coordinator, same old song and dance. The Rockets stormed out of the 2016 gate on Wednesday losing to the simply awful and rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers. Mike D'Antoni said he thought the team lost their legs in the second half. Really? in the first game of the season? Really? Last night the Rockets rebounded to beat the old men of north Texas, the Dallas Mavericks, 106-98 so they are 1-1 on the season and they have yet to play a home game. That is coming when the Mavs and Rocks play the Rocket's half of the home and home tomorrow night. Busy night tomorrow with the Game 5 of the World Series on Fox, the Cowboys-Eagles game on NBC, the Rockets-Mavericks on Fox Sports Southwest and, of course, NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS. Thank goodness I have a DVR.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The Rocks needed 47:59 to finally put the game against the Dallas Mavericks away last night in the Toyota Center as James Hardin sank the 2nd of two free throws to give the Rocks are one point lead with just that one second remaining on the clock. Hardin led Houston with 28 pts to give Houston a sweep of this early season home and home series. Houston improves to 2-1while Dallas falls to 0-3.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    Bill Parcels once said you are what your record says you are. If that's the case then Houston is a .500 team. After losing to the Atlanta Hawks last night Houston sits at 3-3 but you can't rush to judgement after 6 games. The NBA doesn't really start getting interesting until after New Year's Day when the push for the playoff really begin. Here you go. The Rocks new up tempo offense with James Hardin and world's ugliest beard working okay. What I do have a concern over is the team hired a guy to be the defensive coordinator, which in the NBA is kind of rare, and Houston is having trouble holding opponents to under 100 PPG. When they do, they win but it's not like they are shutting anyone down. They allowed 99, 93 and 98 points in their 3 wins while they allowed 120, 120 and 112 in their 3 losses. I'll give you that it's a new system and they are only six games in but they need to do better and do it more consistently. Since November 1st the Rockets are 1-2 with their next game is Monday against the Wizards in Washington.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    It's just an update. Not much to say about the Rox especially since I haven't sat down and watched them play yet. The upside is they are only 12 games into the season so there is such a small sample size to determine anything about what this team is. There are a lot of new players on the roster which means it should take a little while for the team to gel. In what was touted as a big shootout between two of the premier guards in the NBA happened this week as James Hardin and the Rox butted heads with the Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder. It didn't turn out to meet the hype. OKC beat Houston with Westbrook living up to his end as he scored 30 points adding 7 rebounds and 8 assists. The thing about the Rox was all 5 starters scored in double digits with Hardin putting up 13 points with 7 rebounds and 13 assists. Houston was right there til the bitter end finally losing 105 to 103.
    Houston is currently in a tie for 5th in the Western Conference with the Memphis Grizzlies with a 7-5 record just 3-1/2 games behind the 11-2 LA Clippers. Yes, I said the Clippers. Golden State, with their dream team roster, is just 1/2 game back with a 10-2 record. Nothing interesting looks like it will happen until after Christmas.

    And still James Hardin doesn't play defense.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The Rox have climbed a little in the standings as they are now 5th in the Western Conference standings. They boast a 10-6 record on the season and they have won 7 of their last 10. They beat the Sacramento Kings on Friday night 117-104. Their next game is Tuesday night against the Jazz. It's interesting to note that Houston is top 5 in points scored per game and assists so there seems to be something going on with Mike D'Antoni's up tempo offense. Now, if they could just get the Rox, and James Hardin in particular, to play some defense we might have something going in Houston.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    On Friday night it was Round 2 of the season series between Oklahoma City and the Rockets. Despite getting his seven straight triple double Russell Westbrook and the Thunder lost this game to Houston 102-99. Unlike the first game between these two when James Hardin only scored 10 points he tossed in 21 in leading the Rockets to their fifth straight win. The Rox are now 17-7 on the season after beating Dallas last night 109-87. That gave the Rox a 6 game winning streak and has them tied with the Clippers in the W/L column but just behind them in the standings. Houston is in 4th place in the Western Conference behind Golden State, San Antonio and the Clips. It's a good thing to see Houston 10 games over .500 so early in the season. It is early in the season but still the Rox are over 1/4 of they way through the season and it's a damn sight better than they were last year when they got Kevin McHale fired before Thanksgiving. Houston's Texans can beat the Cowboys and the Astros can't seem to beat the infernal Rangers but the Rockets have made the Mavericks their bitch so far in 2017 going 3-0 against them so far this season.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    Houston has climbed into 3rd place in the Western Conference standings sporting a 21-7 record, a .750 winning percentage, after their most recent win over Minnesota last night by a score of 111-109 in Minnesota in OT. They have lost center Clint Capela to a cracked fibula (leg bone). He will be re-evaluated in 4 weeks to see how he's doing. Now the rumor mills have Houston beating the bushes for a big to replace Cepela. For now, the minutes for the 5 will likely go to the man known as Nene with power forward Ryan Anderson to see minutes in the low post as well.

    In an incredibly short time comparatively speaking James Hardin has passed HOF legend Hakeem Olajuwan for most triple doubles in team history.

    Bleacher Report has an article linked below talking about the historic pace for 3 pointers that the Rox are on right now.

    http://www.givemesport.com/943059-ro...-shooting-pace

    Also from Bleacher Report is a report about how important fellow guard Eric Gordon is as a compliment to James Hardin and Rockets success.

    http://www.red94.net/eric-gordon-per...-harden/16524/#

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The Rox have gone 2-2 since December 20st but they remain in 3rd place in the Western Conference standings behind #1 Golden State and #2 San Antonio. Houston lost to San Antonio on the 20th and they lost to Memphis last Friday night. They swept a home and home series with Phoenix played on the 21st and 26th. Right now the Rox are playing their bitches, the Dallas Mavericks and it's Houston up by one 35-34 in the 2nd quarter. It's on both Root Sports if you have DirecTV for the Rox' broadcast or Fox Sports Southwest for the Mavs broadcast. Houston is 4 games behind Golden State and 2.5 game back of the Spurs.

    It looks like the Rox have adapted well to Mike D'Antoni's run and gun offense and they even manage to play a little D sometimes. Maybe there's hope for this team yet.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    Houston ended up beating Dallas last night by a score of 123-107 completing a 4 game season sweep of the Mavs. The game went way beyond the dominance of the Rockets over the Mavs. Last night the Mavs seemed determined to prove they weren't the Rox bitches by playing dirty and talking smack. Now I know that players talk smack but it crosses the line when a Mavs player, Salah Mejri, talked smack about Trevor Ariza's family which is definitely crossing a line. Ariza was so incensed about it he waited for Mejri outside the Mavericks locker room to confront him. Fortunately, there were 3 policemen and 2 Rocket's security guards and eventually some of his teammates blocking his path. They were able to calm him down enough for him to leave but he left pissed. In all there were 8 technical fouls and 2 flagrant fouls called during the game. Here's an account of the game from ESPN.com which you can decide for yourself if there may be some bad blood between these two teams down the road. Given the extreme reaction to the incidents in the game where Patrick Beverly shouted ridicule at Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle as he left as well as Ariza's intent to confront Mejri. During the game Ariza became so incensed he was ejected from the game so whatever Mejri said about Ariza's family must have been pretty heinous.
    James Hardin led the way in the basketball part of the game scoring 34 points with 11 assists which should have been the real story of the game had not all the extra curricular activities in the game.

    http://www.espn.com/blog/houston-roc...unprofessional

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The past week has been a good one for the Rox. Since December 26 they are 4-0 with wins over the Suns, the Mavericks, the Clippers and the Knicks. The Knicks were the latest victims losing on Saturday night by a score of 129-122. The Rox are still in 3rd place in the Western Conference behind the Warriors and the Spurs but their 26-9 record is a bit unexpected and impressive at the same time. Their point totals in order in those 4 games is 131, 123, 140 and 129. Not half bad Houston! Props for your offense. You guys still need to up your defensive game as they have surrendered in those same 4 games in order 115, 107, 116 and 122. They do have an impressive 15.75 average margin of victory in those 4 games so I guess you can give the defense a break. James Hardin is 4th in the NBA in scoring averaging 28.5 PPG but what is disturbing is Houston doesn't have anyone else in the top 40 in scoring. That is a little scary. Hardin also leads the NBA in assists with 12 APG. Clint Cepela is 4th in field goal percentage with a .640. Again, it's a little disturbing that Houston doesn't have anyone in the top 40 in either category but considering the results the Rox are getting we can overlook that for now. Houston isn't as prevalent on the defensive side of the ledger. Again, James Hardin leads the Rox with 8.1 RPG but that is only good for a tie for 24th with Orlando's Bismack Biyombo. Biyombo is a center while Hardin a guard. Clint Cepela is tied at 20th place in the NBA in rebounds with fellow center John Henson of Milwaukee. Trevor Ariza is playing some D, he is the third ranked player in steals in the NBA with a total of 2.14 STPG and his 75 steals is good for 1st overall.
    If you look at all the categories he is either leading or in the top 5 in you can see that Hardin is back to his 2014-15 MVP form. It's still early to be worrying about that but it's nice to see that Mike D'Antoni has got Hardin playing some hoop this season after such a crap season, comparatively speaking, to last season's effort.
    The Rox begin the new year with the Washington Wizards at home in the Toyota Center. Tip off is at 8:00 o'clock.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The last time we checked in with Houston Rockets they were in 3rd place in the Western Conference behind the Warriors and the Spurs. Nothing has changed other than Houston has hit a bit of a bump in the road losing 6 of their last 10 games which has allowed the LA Clippers to edge a little closer to that 3 spot as they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Clips are now 3.5 back of Houston who trails San Antonio by 4.5 and Golden State by 7.5. The Warriors are looking like they are going on to their 2nd consecutive 70 win season which will be an NBA record. As you know, the Warriors set the NBA record for wins in a season last year when they won 73 games eclipsing the previous record of 72 wins held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls featuring Michael Jordan.

    The Rox latest loss was last night to the Indiana Pacers by a score of 120-101. Hopefully the Rox will get back on the winning track as their next 4 games over the next 8 days will all be in Houston at the Toyota Center. Their next game is Tuesday night at 7 PM vs the Sacramento Kings.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    My last post on this thread was just 12 days ago but that's okay because nothing has changed in the standings. The top three in the Western Conference is still Golden State, San Antonio and Houston. Houston has been able to open up a little space on the Clippers, who have fallen out of 4th place into 5th while the Jazz have taken over the 4th spot. Houston has a 4 game lead on Utah while they now have 5.5 games on the Clips. James Hardin is battling neck and neck with OKC guard Russell Westbrook for NBA MVP which is a revelation considering what a dumpster fire Hardin was last season. Maybe Mike D'Antoni is really on to something here. D'Antoni's run and shoot offense really seems to suit Hardin and the rest of the Rox roster. The next thing will be to find a big who can hold down the paint against the big boys and Houston could make a real run at GSW for the Western Conference title.

    Since my Jan 30 post the Rox have played 5 games and gone 4-1 in them to keep pace with and even edging a little closer to the top of the conference. Their last loss was a head scratcher against Atlanta on Feb 2nd but they have run off 3 straight since. The Rox play the Phoenix Suns tonight at 8 in Houston.

    Darn that Kevin Durant. He seems to be fitting in very well at Golden State. Darn the luck.

    What up with the Cavs lately? In their last 9 games the Cavs are 7-2 so I guess nothing is wrong with them. They come up with a clunker of a game every now and then but as long as they keep Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving healthy they'll be okay. It's cool to note that the Rox have a better record than the Cavs. 39-17 for the Rox and 36-16 for the Cavs. So, there's that.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The NBA All Star game was played last night and it was kind of exciting especially if you are a fan of scoring. The game set a record for most points last night as the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 192-182. Yep, that is not a misprint. The best of the best in the NBA put up a whopping 374 points. Not only that but eventual MVP of the ASG Anthony Davis dropped 52 in setting a single game ASG record. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant played nice together and all in all a wonderful time was had by all.

    As for the first half standings, the Rockets remain in a solid 3rd place 4 games behind 2nd place San Antonio and 8 games back of 1st place Golden State. Pretty much the same as it's been for most of the season. The Rox went into the ASG on down note losing to Miami 117-109 in Miami. They have done a good job of late winning 5 of their last 7 games and they look to keep the train rolling as they begin the second half of the season at home against the Pelicans on Feb 23.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The LA Lakers have a new President of Basketball Operations. Team primary owner and head lady in charge of the Lakers, Jeanie Buss, fired her brother Jim, because frankly he was doing a lousy job. She hired one of the most iconic of former Laker players Ervin Magic Johnson to take his place. It’s gotta suck being fired by your sister but Jim Buss has driven the Lakers team into a deep canyon of suckiness and he didn’t appear to be the one to drive the team back up to the high road. But, the Rox didn’t make a deal with the new PBBO or the Lakers for that matter. They made a deal a couple of days ago with the Sacramento Kings to acquire guard Jason Terry. This gives the Rox another scoring threat as Terry is averaging a tad over 18 PPG. They also get 2 second round draft picks from the Kings while they will send guard Scotty Hopson and 1st round trade exception.

    The NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone as of 2 o’clock this afternoon. Prior to the TDL Houston did strike a deal with the new look Lakers. They will send G Tyler Ennis to LA while the Rox get some much needed salary cap space. Houston also made a deal to get G Lou Williams while they send F Corey Brewer to LA-LA land. Houston also dealt G KJ McDaniels to the New Jersey Nets for some more cap space.

    The biggest deals prior to the trade deadline were undoubtedly the Pelicans acquiring DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento and the OKC Thunder maybe getting some much needed help for Russell Westbrook from the Bulls. The Thunder will get forwards Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott and a future 2nd round pick for 3 guards, Anthony Morrow, Joffrey Lauvernge and Cameron Payne. The Houston deal, getting another scoring threat in Jason Terry, might make the Rox a lot more competitive with the Spurs and Warriors in the Western Conference.

    Below is a link to the trade tracker from ESPN.com that covers all the deals made up to and including today’s deadline.

    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/1...7-latest-deals

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The Rox lost a heartbreaker to San Antonio the other night in the wane seconds of the game. For some reason Houston just can’t get over the hump against the Spurs or Golden State. They are a strong 3rd place, as they have been all season, in the Western Conference. Houston has the third best winning percentage, .667, in the West and they are tied for 3rd best winning percent in the whole NBA. It seems they have been 8 games behind the Warriors since day one of this season even though that is impossible, it just seems that way.
    James Hardin is a legit MVP candidate but as it was in 2014/15 he will likely lose to an even hotter hand. Two years ago that was Steph Curry and this year it looks like he will play second fiddle to the triple-double machine from Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook. It seems the marriage between new Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni and Hardin was a good one after all.

    Earlier this week Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki became just the 6th player in NBA history to score 30,000 points in his career. His is one of just 3 of those 6 players to score all of his points with one team. The others are Karl Malone with Utah and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers. Dirk is a great player and deserves all the credit including his eventual trip to the basketball Hall of Fame. Why to go Dirk!

    The Rox are going through a bit of a rough stretch right now as they are 3-3 in their last 5 games. This constitutes a slump for Houston this season and they are 0-2 in their last two games. They are looking to turn recent fortunes around tonight in Chicago as they square off against the Bulls. They need to get on a roll pretty soon because there are only 17 games left in the regular season. After that is when the games really count.

    What do you know, I am finding out that the NBA is fun again.

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