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The team decided to play defense for 1 quarter and won the game. Just a demoralizing loss for the Mavs. Heat did the Rockets a favor by beating the Nuggets, and OKC is currently beating the Jazz. #3 spot still in play.

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No matter who wins the title this year, it will be the most disrespected ring in the history of the NBA. Someone is bound to miss playoff, maybe Finals time due to a positive test. It's gonna be a weird playoffs, but whatever, at least we have something to watch!

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Great game tonight for the Rockets, defense down the stretch in the 4Q again winning the game. 16-4 closing run in the final 3 minutes.

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Giannis goes at James Harden in the clutch and turns it over. I wonder if he still wants his team to get it to whoever Harden is guarding. Giannis beclowned himself down the stretch tonight. 

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I like the Bucks, I like The Greek Freak, I of course like the Rockets more, the Bucks can be out roughed. No wonder the Raptors took care of them last year. 

Russ, House, and PJ are dogs. The Bucks really don’t have those type of guys. 

I wish the Rockets hadn’t slumped right before the shut down, but I love what I’m seeing from the team right now. 

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50 minutes ago, Planet Houston said:

That was a helluva win. 

Especially considering the Rockets had nearly 30 fewer rebounds.

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1 hour ago, UDontKnow said:

Especially considering the Rockets had nearly 30 fewer rebounds.

Rockets missed a lot of open looks. Tucker going 3-12 from the corner helped them a lot. Forced 22 TOs, and and 15 steals. Rocketball at it's best.

Just 1 game behind the Nuggets now, tied the season series 2-2, and they have a 4 game lead over conference losses. They have a tougher schedule though. Games against OKC, Portland, Utah, Lakers, Clippers, and Toronto.

We get a game against Sacramento. We also have to play 2 more East teams.

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Another nice win. The rockets score from all angles. If the long ball isn't raining in, then start slashing. I thought the Rockets would get out fast. The small line up works well with these players. Rockets could take any of the playoff teams in a seven-game series.

Top 4 in the West is tough. For Houston or Denver, it means beating the Clips and the Lakers to get to the Finals, if the chips fall as expected.

And the first round will be no slouch.

The West is tough (and that is without a healthy Golden State).  Houston and OKC look good early and they have the talent to win a 7 game series against one of the LA teams. Hell, Portland has moments of basketball brilliance (I would not want to face them in the first round). Gonna be a fun playoff run. 

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4 hours ago, washparkhorn said:

Hell, Portland has moments of basketball brilliance (I would not want to face them in the first round). Gonna be a fun playoff run. 

That’s good since they probably aren’t even making the playoffs. 

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Maybe this has been covered but I don’t necessarily want to search. Portland is the home team tonight so why am I seeing graphic overlays on the court for Toyota and Memorial Hermann? Shouldn’t it be Portland specific? I noticed it last week but the Rockets were the designated home that night.

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That bullshit call on Green which would have been a AND 1, totally changed the final 3 minutes of the game.

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Didn't watch the game, but outrebounded by 25?  Maybe we should use Chandler or someone over 6'8 for a few minutes here and there?

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This game didn't matter. But this was one of Russ's more frustrating games to watch. Back to poor free throw shooting and poor decision making on the court. Other players could not convert enough when Harden got doubled and a lot of that was due to Portland's 3 7 footers making life difficult around the basket.

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First two games were fun but last night was a perfect example of what worries me in the playoffs. Last two games PJ has been 5/18 on 3's. And I'm still not sold on Harden/Westbrook when it matters. Once the playoffs start the pressure will only get worse.

If they are going to stay committed to this system, then Morey needs a more consistent offensive threat that can rebound/play d like PJ. I know it's difficult, but that's the system they chose.

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7 hours ago, ChickenSandwich said:

Why does Tyson collect a check when he can’t get 5 mins against 2 7 footers. 

and why was Luc signed if he won't be playing? He's a veteran and knows D'Antoni's system.

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29 minutes ago, Planet Houston said:

Did their job against the LBJ-less Lakers. Great game from Harden. 🤘

You forgot to mention that the Rockets were without Westbrook and Gordon. 

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I’ll take that trade all day every day. They did their job. 

Edit - I really don’t mean to diminish the win. It was a great performance without Westbrook. House has been so much better in this role since the restart that I’m not sure we miss Gordon too much. Sure as shit if he’s shooting like he was pre-shutdown. 

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7 minutes ago, elfenix said:

At least the Rockets won. 4th or 5th seems like a good spot.

Based on schedule, I think they have a chance to get to 3. Denver has Utah, both LA teams and Toronto left. Rockets have the Kings, Spurs,  Pacers and Philly. 

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Memphis did the Rockets a solid today, taking down OKC.

If the Rockets can win out with games against Sacramento, San Antonio, Indiana, and Philadelphia, we'd only need the Nuggets to lose 2 out of Utah, Lakers, Clippers, Toronto to get the #3 seed.

 

 

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1 hour ago, HtownHorn said:

Memphis did the Rockets a solid today, taking down OKC.

If the Rockets can win out with games against Sacramento, San Antonio, Indiana, and Philadelphia, we'd only need the Nuggets to lose 2 out of Utah, Lakers, Clippers, Toronto to get the #3 seed.

Who does Houston match best against in the first/second rounds - Utah/LAL or OKC/LAC? 

There is no home court advantage this year, so seeding is all about the best matchups in the 1st and 2nd rounds. 

Good place to go for the seeding puzzle: https://stats.nba.com/playoffpicture/

 

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I think most would agree that Utah and Lakers would be the ideal matchups.

Clippers can play small better than the Rockets. OKC has the Rockets numbers for some reason and CP3 will make it personal.

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Hopefully Harden doesn't play a second of this 4th quarter. Also, Ben McLemore should get all of Gordon's minutes. I really hope Morey has a plan to jettison that contract, because McLemore is the better now and is 5 years younger.

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Morey doesn't have a plan because he has already traded away the next decade of picks getting rid of all the other heinous contracts he signs.

Fuck that guy at this point.

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In college sports you want to negotiate with the Aggies because they will give you the most absurd contract in history because they are stupid fucks.

In the NBA that mantle belongs to Morey. All the stats in the world and you are a god damn gomer sheep slammer.

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1 hour ago, ChickenSandwich said:

Harden sits. Guess we are staring to worry about Denver dropping to the the four. 

Yeah, you know D'Antoni didn't care about this game. Harden sits and he played 11 players, only Green got 30 minutes.

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2 hours ago, ChickenSandwich said:

Harden sits. Guess we are staring to worry about Denver dropping to the the four. 

Why would they care about that?  Do you really think they’d prefer to be on the Lakers side of the  bracket?

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After last night, the Lakers look less daunting than the Clippers. But, Portland is a dangerous 8 seed if they make it.  It has been an interesting seeding tournament. 

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I think it's pretty obvious that the Lakers are the easier second round matchup instead of the Clippers.  It's not like homecourt matters, pick any number you want, 4th or 5th, it doesn't matter. 

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10 hours ago, washparkhorn said:

 

Surrounding James with 4 guys that theoretically can shoot the 3 is a good idea. The big problem the only guy on the team that appears to be on fire right now is McLemore. Sit James against Philly, and let Gordon shoot the ball 40 times. Hell I would sit Tucker and Covington, too. You have a deep team of NBA caliber players. Let them play. This game is meaningless.

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I'm not sure i know how we will do. feels like the finals could end up being two teams that in normal circumstances wouldn't make it.

 

Where Big Orange been? 

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