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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The Rox are sprinting to the finish line of the regular season but at 47-22 they just can't seem to make up ground on either Golden State or San Antonio the number 1 and 2 teams in the Western Conference. The Rockets are 2-1 this past week as close out the week later today against Denver. Their loss this week came yesterday against the Pelicans in New Orleans by a score of 128-112. Houston's bread and butter is the 3 ball and they were just 13 of 40 in 3's. The Pelicans had 3 players who scored over 30 points for the game and one of those players was not DeMarcus Cousins who did not play because of a coaches decision. NOLA had 4 scratches on the night and 3 were healthy scratches. Besides Cousins Cheick Diallo and Donatas Montejunas got the night off. Houston had a healthy scratch of their own as Mike D'Antoni decided Nene needed a night off. With 69 games in the books that means there are only 13 games left in the regular season.
    The Rox won't catch San Antonio to nab the 2nd seed in the Western Conference as they currently trail the Spurs by 6 games but they are a solid 3 seed which isn't terrible and barring a total Rockets meltdown the 4th place Utah Jazz won't make up the 4 game deficit.

    On Friday night James Hardin became the all time leader in NBA history in 40+ point triple doubles in a season with 6. He hit 41 points with 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the loss to the Pelicans. Way to go JH!

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The Rockets are still in 3rd place in the Western Conference. I may as well not even post that any more because it will not change with Houston having just 9 games left in the regular season. Houston is 6 games behind 2nd place San Antonio and they are 6.5 games ahead of the 4th place Utah. What is significant is in the 3 games Houston has played in the past week they are 3-0 which speaks to the team building a bit of momentum heading into the playoffs. Today at 3:30 the Rox host the OKC Thunder in a matchup of potential NBA MVP candidates in James Hardin and the red hot Russell Westbrook. On Thursday against Philadelphia Westbrook notched his 35th triple double of the season with the line of 18 pts, 11 rebs, and 14 assists. The unique thing about his night was that he became the first player in NBA history to record a triple double without missing a single shot from the field or a single foul shot for the entire game. Westbrook was 6-6 from the field and 6-6 at the foul line to enter the history books. The game this afternoon should be a doozie!

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    The Rockets had a bad week losing to division rival Golden State twice and Portland once as they went 3-4 for the week. Their lone win was last night against Phoenix by 7 points, 123-116. In a home and home series this week Houston lost at home by 7 and after losing to Portland on the road they lost to the Warriors on the road by 9. From a standings point of view the bad week doesnít matter because Houston will be the 3 seed no matter what as Golden State and San Antonio will be 1 and 2 respectively but losing twice to the division leader with just 8 days left until the postseason you donít want to be swept. At very worst you would want to at least split so you put it in your opponents head you can beat them. Now, itís just in the Rox head that they canít beat them. Not good. You had such hope that Houston would show up better this past week especially since the Rox looked so good beating OKC last Sunday and James Hardin, at very least, tied fellow MVP candidate Russell Westbrook in their head to head matchup.

    Houston might have won the game against Phoenix last night but it cost them in the fact that F Sam Dekker broke bones in his left hand chasing a loose back and colliding with Suns forward Jared Dudley. The prognosis is that he will miss 3-4 weeks which could mean he will be back for the playoffs assuming the Rox donít get bounced early in a first round upset. Houston was already without James Hardin who was sick with the flu and Trevor Ariza was away from the team because of a death in his family. The game was only the 2nd game in 3 seasons Ariza has missed. Itís a tribute to the Rockets that they can beat another NBA team without their top 2 guards coupled with the loss of Dekker. I know that Phoenix is the worst team in the Western Conference but it is still impressive considering who was out they got the win.

    The Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2017 was announced this past week and former Rocket Tracey McGrady was a part of that class. I am ashamed to say that I only recognize 4 names in the eleven members of this induction class. Besides McGrady, I know former Philadelphia 76er George McGinnes who won an NBA championship with the 76ers in the 1970ís with Dr J. I know Rebecca Lobo who led the UConn Huskies their first NCAA womenís basketball championship and who had a good WNBA career and I have heard of Bill Self who coached the Kansas Jayhawks to 12 Big 12 titles and the 2007/8 National Championship. Here is a list of all 11 inductees. Zack Clayton, Nikos Galis, Mannie Jackson, Tom Jernstedt, Jerry Krause, Rebecca Lobo, George McGinnis, Tracy McGrady, Muffet McGraw and Bill Self.

    One of the major snubs in this yearís class has to be former Rockets player and coach, Rudy Tomjanovich. Rudy T played his entire 11 year career with Houston after being drafted second overall coming out of the University of Michigan in 1970. He was a 5 time All Star and it would have been more had it not been for a fateful night in 1977 when the Lakersí Kermit Washington laid Tomjanovich out with a devastating punch in the face that cost Rudy T 5 months to recuperate and a shot to appear in the NBA finals when Houston lost to Dr J and Philadelphia 76ers in 6 games. He was never the same player after that. Tomjanovich became the Rockets head coach in 1992 after spending 11 years as an assistant coach in 1983. Rudy served under Bill Fitch and later Don Chaney which included an appearance in the 1984 NBA Finals. Tomjanovich led the Rockets to back to back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995. Rudy T retired from the NBA after the 2002/3 season when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. It ended a 33 year career with Houston as a player, scout and coach which included 4 trips to the NBA finals, 2 NBA Championships and 5 division titles. He retired as the top head coach in franchise history in winning percentage (.559) and wins (503-397) and those marks still stand. The numbers are there for the voters to see they just havenít been able to see them as yet. Rudy T has probably the signature saying for the franchise when he said following the Rockets 2nd consecutive NBA title in 1995, ďNever underestimate the heart of a champion!Ē He is one of those rare individuals who spent his whole career with one franchise, 33 years in all, as a player, scout, assistant coach and head coach. That is certainly noteworthy in, and of, itself. Tomjanovich recovered from cancer and he was hired as the head coach of the LA Lakers in 2004 but he only lasted 41 games before he again retired citing mental and physical exhaustion and even though he remained with the Lakers as a consultant his career was basically over. Being elected to the HOF would be the crowning jewel for his stellar career and I hope he gets elected soon but, unfortunately, it wonít happen this year.

    There are only 4 games left in the regular season. The first will be Wednesday at home against the Denver Nuggets. The second game will be Friday at home against Detroit and last two are on the road on Sunday and next Monday against Sacramento and the Clippers. As it stands now, Houston will face OKC in the first round of the playoffs.

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    Houston beat Phoenix last Sunday and they had 3 days off before they beat Denver on Wednesday and another day of rest before playing Detroit last night. Is there such a thing as too much rest? Or maybe with just 3 games left in the regular season they are in don't-give-a-crap mode? Either way, the Rockets closed out their home season with a dumb loss to Detroit was 8 games under .500 before beating Houston. Houston seemed to be in control until about a minute and a half left in the game when some laziness on defense and a couple of made shots ambushed the Rox as they blew a lead to end up losing by 5, 114-109. Nothing changed this week in Western Conference standings but we knew it wouldn't right? The NBA is playing out the string to get the season over with and all the playoff bound teams are praying nobody gets hurt at this point. Houston has two more games before playoff time. Both are road games with--but wait. I am wrong! The Rox have 3 games remaining! The schedule I had been looking at did not show a true season finale against Minnesota next Wednesday. That'll teach to Google the Rox schedule because it only gives so many games ahead and now that we are where we are it revealed the last game. I was also wrong about the Pistons being the home finale because that honor goes to the T-Wolves on Wednesday. It still won't change anything standings-wise. Houston will head into the postseason in 3rd place in the conference just where they've been since, oh, October. Let's just get these silly games over with so we can get to the playoffs. These last few games are like pulling teeth, man, it is just brutal.

    James Hardin has a legit shot at being the NBA MVP but it will likely go to OKC's Russell Westbrook who is averaging a triple double for the season. He is the only person other than Oscar Robertson to accomplish that feat. Pretty big deal actually but an interesting stat is that Robertson did what he did and still finished 5th in the voting for MVP. No kidding! Bill Russell of the Celtics won the award followed by Wilt Chamberlin who averaged 50-1 PPG and two others before Robertson was counted. Get this, that was the 1061-2 season so that triple-double record has stood for 55 years. Robertson is still alive and he's happy for Westbrook, who is Robertson's choice for MVP this season and he says James Hardin is a legit contender for the award as well. Robertson is 78 years young and when you look at his career stats you just have to shake your head in awe of the numbers the guy put up in his career.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The Rox ended their regular season in style with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 123-118 win in which James Hardin closed out the season with yet another triple-double. Check out the recap from the Houston Chronicle.

    http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/...e-11069819.php

    James Hardin not an MVP candidate? Check this out, Hardin is the first player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 900 assists and 600 rebounds in a single season. Itís sort of a shame he will probably lose the MVP vote to Russell Westbrook who set the NBA record for triple-doubles in a season and he became only the second player to average a triple-double for the season. The last man to that was HOFíer Oscar Robertson way back in 1961. Ironically enough, Houston will face OKC in the first round of the playoffs beginning this Sunday in Houston.

    Full bracket and playoff schedule from the Bleacher Report;

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...-coverage-info

    Now, the NBA is getting real!!

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    The Rockets were the last team to play in the first round of the 2017 playoffs and it was a decent game -- for a half. Of course the Rox are playing the OKC Thunder in a matchup of MVP candidates, a matchup The Beard won hands down with a game high 37 points with 7 boards and 9 assists and Houston beat the Thunder by 31 points, 118-87. It looked like a game coming out of halftime with Houston up 5, 59-54 but the second half it was all Houston. Going into the series Houston was pretty much a prohibitive favorite as they are clearly just a better team than OKC but you figured the James Harden-Russell Westbrook matchup would make the series interesting but, based on last nightís game, not so much. The Rox held Westbrook to 22 points on just 26.1% shooting with 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Houston had 5 players in double figures while OKC had 3. Based on what I saw last night I think Houston could sweep the series without the Thunder winning a single game but, as you know, first impressions are not always right. When you look at the season series they played 4 times with Houston winning all four. That doesnít tell the whole tale though because in 3 of those games Houston won by 3 points or less. This will be a hotly contested series and it is the playoffs which is to say the intensity is ramped up and I donít see the Thunder being swept. I just donít see it. Game 2 will be in Houston on Wednesday night. If you are a Houston sports fan you can watch the Rox until halftime and switch back and forth between between them and the Astros who begin at 9:10 PM who will be concluding their 3 game series against the LA Angels.

    Hereís the NBA playoff bracket with the little green triangle signifying how the current series stand.

    http://www.nbaplayoffsbracket.com/2017/index.php

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The Rox blew a big chance to take a 3 games to none lead in their Western Conference playoff series last night but James Harden missed a 3 pointer at the buzzer which would have given them the win. Instead OKC, behind yet another triple-double by Russell Westbrook, hung on for a 115-113 win at home to get their foot in the door in the series. Houston leads 2 games to 1. Game 4 will be in OKC Sunday.

    Most of the series in both conferences have 3 games in the books with all but the Cleveland-Indiana series standing at 2 games to 1. The only series not to have played 3 games so far in the Golden State-Portland series and they play late tonight in Portland. Cleveland is leading Indiana 3 games to none as expected and they could close out the series tomorrow afternoon. Don't underestimate this sweep as the extra rest is a big advantage heading into the next round. Especially if their prospective opponent has to go all seven games to advance. That is quite possible because the next opponent of the Cavs will either be the 3 seed Toronto or the 6 seed Minnesota with Minnesota leading 2 games to 1.

    Here is the latest bracket update for the playoffs;

    http://www.nbaplayoffsbracket.com/2017/index.php

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The Rockets are up 3-1 in their opening round series with OKC despite yet another triple-double by Russell Westbrook. OKC played the Rocket really tough at home over the last few days but they only managed one win in the two games in Oklahoma City. They didnít go down without a fight as the Rockets had to battle all the way down to the wire until Westbrook finally missed a 3-ball with just seconds remaining that Houston corralled a rebound and Patrick Beverly ran off the final 6 seconds in the game to give the Rox a 113-109 win. Houston can close out the series when they return to Houston tomorrow night. OKC put pressure on James Hardin and he finished the game with just 16 points. Nene led the Rockets with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. It was Nene that hit a layup in the waning seconds to give the Rox their final 4 point margin of victory. OKC was so successful shutting down Hardin he was actually the 4th leading scorer for Houston yesterday. Besides Neneís 28 Patrick Beverly and Eric Gordon both scored 18. Nice win for Houston as they proved they have a team that can step up if their opponent decides to take Hardin out of the game. Houston needs to close out the series tomorrow because if they let OKC win and the series goes back to Oklahoma City the Thunder could very well upset the Rox. I say this because the games in this series except for Game 1 have all been close and Houston has shown no ability to shut down Russell Westbrook.

    As expected, the Cleveland Cavs swept their series with Indiana beating the Pacers yesterday 106-102 with LeBron leading the way for Cleveland with 33 Pts. The Cavs are the only team to advance so far. Golden State will likely sweep Portland since the series is all Warriors who are up 3 zip on the Trailblazers. The only reason this series isnít over is because, for some reason, it is taking forever to play the games. This isnít the only series dragging its heels as the Washington-Atlanta series has only gone 3 games with Washington up 2-1. Both these series are scheduled to be played tonight. Every other series has gone four games and every other series is tied 2-2. The Celtics have come for 0-2 down to win the last two behind the play of Isaiah Thomas who has obviously gotten past the death of his sister 10 days ago. Okay, he isnít over her death but he has found a way to move on, at least on the basketball court.

    San Antonio has found itself in a fight with Memphis who edged the Spurs in Memphis yesterday by 2 winning 110-108. This is a 2 seed being stretched by a 7 seed which has to be somewhat of a surprise. The Spurs lost despite Kawhi Leonard scoring 43 points yesterday. The Spurs were basically a 2-man offense with Leonard and Tony Parker who scored 22 for the game. This is in contrast to the Grizzlies who had 5 players in double figures led by Mike Conleyís 35 points.

    Gotta love playoff basketball!

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    Houston became the third team to advance to the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs with a 105-99 win in game 4 of their 1st round series matchup. It wasn't like the Thunder rolled over and played dead. Russell Westbrook especially who finished with a game high 47 points, 11 rebounds and he just missed notching his 4th triple-double in as many games by one assist, he finished with nine for the game. 3 other players for OKC scored in double digits but it wasn't enough to overcome a Rockets team that was bound and determined to finish the series off on their home court. James Hardin tossed in 34 points with Patrick Beverly (16 pts) and Nene (14 pts) combining for 30. A bit of a surprise was the offensive output of Lou Williams who shot 50% from the floor (7 of 14) and he made all six of his free throw attempts as he pitched in 22 points for the game.

    Every other series has played 5 games and this gives the Cavs, Warriors and Rockets a little extra rest heading into the next round. Cleveland will play the winner of the Toronto-Minnesota series with Toronto leading 3-2. Game 6 will be in Minnesota tonight. Golden State will play the winner of the Cippers-Jazz series with the Jazz up 3-2. They play Game 6 in Utah tomorrow night at 10:30. Houston will face the winner of the San Antonio-Memphis series. The Spurs are up 3-2 with Game 6 slated to be played in Memphis tonight at 9:30.

    http://www.nbaplayoffsbracket.com/2017/index.php

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    The Rockets took Game 1 of the 2nd round matchup between the Rox and the San Antonio Spurs IN San Antonio by 27 points with the final score of 127-99 and, believe me, it wasnít even that close. It was just a total smack down by the Rockets who went into halftime leading by 30 points. I couldnít believe my eyes when I saw the 69-39 halftime score any more than I could believe the final score was as lopsided as it was. James Hardin wasnít the leading scorer for Houston last night, he only scored 20 points but he dished out 14 assists as he kept his teammates involved in the game. The high scorer for the Rockets was Trevor Ariza who scored a game high 23. The good thing was that Houston had 6 players in double figures scoring and every single player for Houston scored. Kawhi Leonard was the top scorer for San Antonio throwing in 21 points and only 3 Spurs scored in double figures. Houston has taken home court away from the Spurs but itís too early to make a big deal about that. Game 2 will also be in San Antone in the late game on Wednesday night.

    Cleveland played Toronto in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference 2nd round series and the Cavs won by 11, 116-105. Game 2 will be Wednesday in the early game. The other 2nd round series in the Eastern Conference was played Sunday as Boston took Game 1 by 12 winning by the score 123-111. Also on Sunday the other Western Conference 1st round was finally completed when the Utah Jazz beat the LA Clippers 104-91 for the Jazzí first playoff series win since 2010. The Jazz will face off against the Golden State Warriors tonight in Game 1 of the second round in the late game. The early game will feature Boston hosting Washington in Game 2 with the Celtics ahead 1-0 in the series.

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    You knew it would happen, didnít you? You knew that 27 point blowout of the Spurs on Monday night was an anomaly, right? Shame on you if you didnít but anyone in their right mind outside of straight up Rockets homers new good and well the Spurs would come back and win Game 2 last night. Thatís just exactly what happened. In fact, San Antonio beat Houston by 25 in a blowout of their own just to serve notice to the Rox that they werenít going to roll over and play dead after losing Game 1. The Spurs 121-96 win did come at a price though. Veteran point guard Tony Parker is lost for the rest of the playoffs, you might as well season, with a torn quadriceps muscle in his left leg. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter in a non-contact injury that happened when Parker came down awkwardly after jumping for a rebound. The Spurs will be looking for Patty Mills to step and make a big contribution from here on out. The Rox again had 5 players scoring in double figures led by Ryan Andersonís 18 points. The Spurs again were successful shutting down James Hardin allowing him only 13 points and he shot just 17% from the field. Unlike Monday night when he got major help from his teammates scoring points they couldnít reproduce the red hot shooting from earlier in the week last night. On the flip side Kawhi Leonard had another 30+ point night scoring 34 but he got a lot more help from his teammates last night with a total of 5 Spurs scored in double figures. The Spurs as a team shot 53.9% from the field while Houston shot just 44%.
    The series moves to Houston beginning Friday night. They will again be playing the late game while Cleveland gets the early game. Cleveland won again last night beating Toronto 125-103 giving the Cavs a 2-0 lead in their series.

    The other playoff series will continue tonight with Washington hosting the Boston Celtics in a Game 3 matchup. Since the troubled beginning to these playoffs by Boston, mainly because of the untimely death of Isaiah Thomasí sister in a car accident, the Celtics have righted the ship and since falling behind Chicago in the first round of the playoffs 2 games to none Boston has reeled off 6 straight wins. They won 4 straight to beat the Chicago Bulls 4-2 to move on to the 2nd round and so far they have taken a 2 zip lead over the Washington Wizards. Maybe the Wizards will find home cooking a little more to their liking.
    In the other Western Conference playoff series the Golden State Warriors will host Game 2 in San Francisco when the Utah Jazz look to even their series to 1 game apiece. The Warriors won a closer than expected 12 point win over the Jazz, 106-94, in the opening game of their 2nd round series.

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    Houston and San Antonio played Game 3 of their semi final Western Conference series back in the friendly confines of the Toyota Center but it wasn't as friendly as Rockets fans would have hoped. San Antonio came away with a 103-92 win with Kawhi Leonard and LeMarcus Aldridge both leading the way with 26 points. Three other Spurs also scored in double figures. What the Spurs are also doing is playing good defense on the Rockets. In Game 2 they concentrated on James Hardin holding him to a mere 13 points and 17% shooting from the field. On Friday night they seemed to have the strategy of allowing Hardin to do what he wanted but putting the hammer down on his teammates. Hardin scored a game high 43 points but only two other Rockets scored in double figures. Clint Capela (12 pts) and Trevor Ariza (17 pts) were the only other Rockets in double figures. Game 4 is today in Houston and, of course, they play the late game. Here's hoping that Houston finds a way to defeat the Spurs defense while finding a way to play effective defense against the Spurs.

    There are also 2 other series that will be playing their Game 4. The Washington-Boston series continues in Washington while the Cleveland Cavs looked to complete their series sweep against the Toronto Raptors. Cleveland went up 3 zip on Toronto on Friday night while Washington took their Game 3 to get off the schneid after Boston went up 2-0 to begin the series in Boston. Washington will be trying to even the series at two each this afternoon in the 2nd game today beginning this evening.
    Last night Golden State took a 3-0 lead in their series against Utah with a 101-92 win in Utah.

    So far, the stars area all lining up toward the expected rematch of Cleveland and Golden State in the finals. LeBron James would be making his 7th consecutive NBA finals which would be the first time since the Boston Celtics in the 60's that anyone has had that kind of success in the NBA.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The Rockets came back in Game 4 last night and evened the series at 2 games apiece with a 125-104. Every game in this series has been won by double digits and two of the games were won by over 20 points. Both of those games were won by the Rockets. In my last post I said Houston needed to find a way to cope with San Antonioís defense and they needed to play some better defense themselves. That is what happened last night. The Rox didnít allow any Spur to score as much as 20 points in the game. In particular, the held Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge to 16 points each. While on the other side of the ball Houston did, in fact, deal with the Spurs defense. James Hardin led the way with a game high 28 points followed by Eric Gordonís 22 but 5 other Rockets scored in double figures on the night. The series continues in San Antonio on Tuesday night and, lo and behold, they are the only game on the schedule and they will play at 7 oíclock!

    There were two other games yesterday including a series clinching win by Cleveland over the Toronto Raptors. Clevelandís 7 point win, 109-102 gave the Cavs the series sweep and, like their sweep in the first round, it give the Cavs a few extra days of rest before heading into the Eastern Conference finals against either Washington or Boston. Speaking of which, the Wizards and Celtics played their series Game 4 with the Wizards beating the boys from Boston 121-102 to tie the series at 2 games apiece. Game 5 will be back in Boston on Wednesday night. The other Western Conference semi-final will be played tonight when Golden State will take on the Utah Jazz in Utah. The Warriors are looking to complete the sweep of their series. It would be nice if Utah can push the series to a Game 5 and even a Game 6 but most smart money is on the Warriors putting the Jazz out of their misery tonight.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The Rox lost Game 5 last night San Antonio in overtime by a score of 110-107. James Hardin was lining up a 3 point shot at the end of the OT period but his shot was blocked from behind by the Spurs Manu Ginobili. An interesting fact brought up by Mike and Mike this morning is that when Ginobili was drafted in 1999 James Hardin was 10 years old. This series seems to be one of surviving the attrition that has plagued both teams. So far San Antonio has lost Tony Parker for the rest of the season and last night they lost Kawhi Leonard in the 3rd quarter and he did not return. Leonard appeared to have severely twisted his ankle but just how bad it is or how much time he will miss, if any, is not yet known. The Rockets lost their backup center, Nene, in the first quarter of Houstonís Game 4 win over the Spurs on Sunday. Nene tore a muscle in his left thigh (ouch!). James Hardin had a bit of a Russell Westbrook moment when he scored a triple-double on the night with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Four Rockets scored in double figures but it just wasnít quite enough to get them over the hump. Despite missing a quarter and a half Kawhi Leonard was still the leading scorer for the Spurs but San Antonio had six players in double figures and they spread the ball around enough that Houston had no clue who was going to score next.
    Game 6 sees a return to Houston and it will be a case of do or die for the Rockets. Every game this series goes further is just one more day the Warriors get some much needed rest. Golden State completed the sweep of the Utah Jazz with a 121-95 blowout. After the game Draymond Green told reporters that Cleveland has had it too easy in the playoffs and the Eastern Conference seriesí are boring. He said the Cavs didnít have any competition and the whole series between Cleveland and Toronto was boring. This after Golden State swept Utah winning by 20+ points in every game. He went on to say that the Celtics Kelly Olynyk is a dirty player. Olynyk has had 4 technical fouls in 2016/17 while Green has 45 to go along with his reputation for kicking opposing players in the groin. Itís likely Greenís suspension for one game in last yearís finals against Cleveland for kicking LeBron in the family jewels had a lot to do with the Cavaliers winning the title. As they said on Mike and Mike yesterday, Green likes to hear himself talk and the media is more than happy to get a sound bite from him so they keep sticking a microphone in his face. It doesnít mean that what he says is inherently profound, heís often kind of stupid as in the Kelly Olynyk comments but itís better than the boring gibberish most players spew. You donít have to be right. You donít have to be wise. You just need to be outrageous and thatís the sad state of the media today.

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    Re: Houston Rocket 2016/7 Season

    The Rox got blow out at home by 39 points by the Spurs who won 114-75 to win their Western Conference semi-final series 4 games to 2. The Rox looked like they had already given up by tipoff and they could do nothing against the Spurs. James Hardin didn't even score until about half way into the 2nd quarter. It was an embarrassing loss for the Rockets that was made even more so by the fact that San Antonio didn't even have Tony Parker or Kawhi Leonard. LaMarcus Aldridge was the star of the game for the Spurs. He scored a game high 34 points and he led a pretty much no-name Spurs team to the series clinching win.
    James Hardin stunk in the game scoring only 10 points on the night and then he got bashed by everyone for being seen at a gentleman's club later than night and, according to Mike and Mike, he was making it rain at the club. I don't even know what that means but I assume he was throwing around a lot of cash. I don't have a problem with what Hardin did postgame. The season is over so you're disappointed, you were largely to blame for the poor showing who you're pissed and you just need to blow off some steam. What is Hardin supposed to do, go home and cry about it? Of course the media is going to blow it out of proportion and all the moralists are going to say that it's not a good look for him to be partying after his team is eliminated from the playoffs. Really? Who gives a crap what he does after a game. It doesn't mean he isn't sad his team is out of the playoffs. I doesn't mean he has no remorse for a bad game. It just means he wants to go and forget that sadness or disappointment. I don't think less of Hardin because he went out after the game and neither should anyone else. It's too bad Houston lost but they had an uphill battle against the Spurs and they were the higher seed in the tournament.
    Wanna bitch about something? Get on the Rox GM for not having more A+ players to go along with Hardin. Much like Russell Westbrook in OKC, Hardin is left alone to carry the load for the Rockets and you can do that during the regular season but a team will need more talent as it head through the NBA playoffs.

    Last night the Washington Wizards beat the Celtic in their Game 6 in a close game that came down to the wire. The Wizards prevailed by a score of 92-91 to sent the series back to Boston on Monday night for Game 7 and all the while the Cleveland Cavaliers are sitting back waiting for a winner to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
    The Western Conference series is beginning tomorrow in San Francisco.

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