Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thoughts from a Biased Rockets Fan

My thoughts are somewhat scatter brained right now, So I apologise greatly for that. The next few paragraphs are some general thoughts and venting on my behalf and for other fans of Houston (like RV) they might not ring true entirely.

Am I suprised that they lost to the Celtics the other day? No. Am I upset? Yeh, a little. They were 3-0 and it was on their home floor.
Still, its very, very early in the season and Rondo got his pretty much the whole time in the 1st half. That can be adjusted.
The rockets were dominated on the boards early on (Boston had 6 offensive boards... in the 1st quarter!) and nobody could get anything going except Yao (who then preceeded to pick up 2 fouls in the 1st quarter and struggled mightily after that).
In the 4th, the Rockets made a strong run and actually played proper basketball for almost the entire quarter. Only problem was that Ray Allen was on fire, drilling jumpers from all over the place and keeping Houston at bay for long enough to drag out a gritty win.

Against Dallas, it was like the Rockets only wanted to play half-court defense, allowing Kidd to run rampant on the break and getting Josh Howard and Brandon Bass easy stuff out of secondary fast-breaks, pinch hitters and Dirk was just being Dirk the whole game (35 through 3)Dude only had 1 point in the 4th thanks to some great defense by Chuck Hayes.

Its interesting to note that, despite the Rockets inability to shoot straight from the field, they are almost unstoppable when they get to the line. Now just get there more often fellas.

It would have been great to get that win against Boston because a hellish road-trip is coming up. They've got Portland next up (@ Portland).
If the Rockets can stay around 50-60% W/L for the next 10-15 games then that is very good in my eyes.
They need to defensively get back in sync too, guys aren't rotating properly out to shooters and aren' getting back to cover the middle when guys go flying out to 3pt shooters. People may say that 'oh, the opposition is still only scoring 90ppg' but thats mostly because teams are missing the 3 pointer and can't convert because Yao is still standing around in the middle.

I wouldnt say that overall I am frustrated at the way the team is playing, because I know there is a long way to improve especially defensively with Battier to come back into the fold. That means guys like Ray Allen dont get to light up a hobbled Tmac in the 4th- Tmac can focus on offense and Artest can lighten his load a little bit too.

Portland? It should be an easy win for the Rockets on paper and Artest should be able to pindown Brandon Roy just enough to get a 10-12 point lead through the third quarter. But, the Blazers are improving. I do hope that Yao gets his touch back, I have this unfortunate feeling that he may force shots and try to shoot himself into the game at the expense of the other players. The thing with Yao though, is that he is TOO unselfish sometimes, so finding a middl line is important. Still, he had a 20+ point game just the other day, so we'll see what happens.

Anyways, sorry for the stream of conciousness type writing, but I wanted to get all these thoughts down on 'paper'.

So, have a good one ladies and jellybeans.
Peace, Hursty.


Moose said...

That was a great game the other day against my Celtics. You guys see how my man Kendrick Perkins SHUT DOWN Yao Ming? Just great.

Peter Robert Casey said...

Glad to see another Rocket's fan out there. We may have a chance this year.

Hursty said...

Perk did a great job on Yao. He got into his head early and frustrated him the rest of the night.
@Peter- Everyone knows I'm a Rockets fan. And a damn vocal one at that.

Hursty said...

You shoulda seen me and RV go at it with the Utah supporters in the playoffs coverage that slamonline was giving.
The stuff of legends.

Ryne Nelson said...

I'll never concede that Kendrick Perkins does anything right. This, I guess, means I must concede that Yao Ming has sucked thus far...Hmmm, I don't like my situation.

RV said...

Hursty, i'm beginning to question Adelman's coaching lately...not putting in a 3 point threat on the same side of the court as Yao is a big no-no....Yao not getting more jumpshots (which he'll make like 70% of) is also not good, especially when he's struggling in the post....there also seems to a lack of communication on the defensive end, as shown by Ron failing to switch on Roy last night, JVG himself would have made sure the players knew whether to switch or not so there wouldn't be any confusion. He also hasn't increased Scola's socring opportunities and he's been at 50% so far and looks great. Wafer is the only guy, other than Tmac and Aaron, who can get inside and finish or draw a foul, which we desperately need, and he hasn't had any PT. We also need some passion and meanness that Dorsey has, and he too hasn't played. I'm not saying they deserve a lot of minutes, but a chance is all some guys need, they may aurprise.

RV said...

Peter, how did you run into this blog? What's your story, I see you're in NY (from NY?), not many rockets' fans out there.

Moose said...

Ryne, I think you'll just have to give in to the fact that Perk is a beast.

Moose said...

RV, he ran into it because of my advertising genious. I saw him advertising for his site on The Cats Meow, so I asked him to check Hibachi 2.0. Thanks for dropping by, PRC.

Moose said...

I am a spelling "genious" as well. *genius

Hursty said...

Normally Battier would be the outside threat on the corner kick-out for Yao RV (from the limited games I saw last season).
Ron is shooting WAAAY too many perimeter jumpers.
Tmac is playing great though. His aggresiveness is really encouraging.

Roy said...

Yao Ming is getting soft in the post lately. It's good to see T-Mac healthy again. I just hope he stays healthy. I would have to agree with RV's comments on Rick Adelman's coaching. Yao's shots in the post looked kinda forced.... that's just my thoughts on it... :D

Hursty said...

Like I said Roy, Yao can be too unselfish sometimes but he needs to 'shoot' himself into the game for confidence occasionally.
Problem is... finding that elusive middle ground which allows him the confidence to be aggressive and shoot the ball when he should and at the same time, avoid being a detriment to the team by forcing shots and wrecking the offense. Now, I dont think that will happen (the latter) but its a possibility.

Roy said...

good point Hursty. Yao needs to be aggressive especially when taking shots. Perhaps he should make some ample re-adjustments when he gets the ball in his hands down low. And what you said on the latter can be possible. Just my opinion. :D

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