Originally Posted by JinKazama
Tough way to go out but this team overachieved.
As I've said...the Rockets have enough players...Mchale isn't the best coach but it's who the Rockets have.
Gotta get healthy and stay that way come playoff time.
All that being equal...it's on Harden. He has to take the next step as a player. He played great in the playoffs but he's gotta be the kind of player who is consistently great every night in the postseason for this team to really challenge for a ring
do respect, but I disagree on a few fronts. 1. Our roster after we acquired Brewer/Josh took away the whole concept of over-achieving. Yes DMO/Bev got hurt, but we were/are still very deep. These guys have competed well enough to win a ring multiple times. It's an easy out to say McHale just doesnt have the talent/players but I think that's more or less ludicrous to believe. You got more value on this team that you'd possibly be able to pay for in the long run. He has more than enough talent and a bunch of versatility. Better coaches adjust and coach to their players strengths.
Also, you can't blame a series loss on a guy who's putting up near triple doubles with 34+ points a night in wins. James put up astronomical playoff numbers in 3/5 games and we still lost 2 of them:
59/55/90 percentages averaging 7+ assists
Meanwhile, the Warriors had games where either Curry or Klay were laying duds, if not both of them for heavy stretches.
Meanwhile you also have Lebron giving you 43/18/76 percentages in the playoffs, shooting high volume.
I think its unfair to particularly compare him to Lebron because he's not as good, but I think it's unfair not to heavily consider the systems they're playing in and their team playing styles. Can't deny the critical moment thing will be a sticking point for him to get better, but he's not really doing much more than Lebron has done. Lebron has relied on magic from his teammates multiple times when shooting poorly.
I could go on, but I think Harden doing what he does at 25 has been more than enough to be a playoff option 1 and lead our team, but we really need to get a new system...even if that means getting a new coach. (I think it does)Edited by bonafide hustla - 5/28/15 at 7:03pm