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post #1021 of 1554
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From The Dream Shake:

Word on the street is free agent forward Omri Casspi is healthy, and contenders are interested in acquiring his services for playoff runs.

One of those likely many teams could and should be the Houston Rockets. As luck would have it, the very last game Casspi played in was against the Rockets, the first game after the All-Star break.

In that game Casspi would snap his thumb in half, figuratively speaking, and the New Orleans Pelicans cut him the very next day because they are dumb. Since then, he's been rehabbing trying to get back.

With Casspi healthy, signing the veteran forward is all the rage in the NBA, as it should be.

The need for Casspi isn't overwhelming for the Rockets, but he can be helpful and signing him would keep him away from any other contending teams.

With the Rockets essentially having 14 rosters spots (Troy Williams is the 15th man and on a 10-day contract) and $3 million in cap space to sign a free agent, the potential marriage seems just too good to pass up.

While Mike D'Antoni's track record in the playoffs is for his bench to get even smaller, having Casspi would allow the Rockets to have some much-needed depth.

With Sam Dekker mired in an awful shooting slump, having a forward off the bench who can shoot threes to spell Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza, or fill in in case of injury, could be huge.

Corey Brewer didn't provide much in terms of offense but he has length, in short supply since the trade. Without Brewer, the Rockets have been using a lot more three-guard lineups and have really blitzed teams with threes and speed.

The Rockets are getting away with this because the team's offense is just so hard to prepare for in just one game. But when teams are getting seven games to prepare and scheme, the lack of size, if not addressed, could come back and haunt them.

Casspi is no 6-11 power forward who's going to come in and really change things one way or another. But he is a 6'9 combo forward and a proven three-point shooter which is something Dekker is not (yet).

Dekker, for all purposes, is still a rookie and right now he's going through a pretty rough stretch. Since the All-Star break, he's scoring 4 points per game on 43 percent shooting to go along with 23 percent from deep, cutting his season average nearly in half.

Casspi wouldn't be brought in to replace Dekker, he'd just be another tool in D'Antoni's toolbelt.

We've all seen what Casspi can do for the Rockets. Back in 2013 he played 71 games in Houston. He's not great, but he's not bad. He is a helpful, bigger body and that's something you don't find just growing on trees this time of year.
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post #1022 of 1554
Please make it happen.

Gotta feeling he going to Memphis or Clippers though.
post #1023 of 1554
If they lose this game it's the NBA's fault.

Not mad at anyone who has a bad game today.
post #1024 of 1554
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This is just brutal
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post #1025 of 1554
Just throw in the towel pringles
post #1026 of 1554
The Rockets bus ride from Baton Rouge to New Orleans delayed the start for several things for several players. "Everything had to be pushed back," Ryan Anderson said ."Every warmup was completely different today. I went to chapel today instead of doing a little bit of warmup before chapel, all this stuff. It's an excuse, it's something we should have played a whole lot better tonight, but it was a factor."
post #1027 of 1554

smfh 

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what up fellas

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post #1028 of 1554
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The Rockets bus ride from Baton Rouge to New Orleans delayed the start for several things for several players. "Everything had to be pushed back," Ryan Anderson said ."Every warmup was completely different today. I went to chapel today instead of doing a little bit of warmup before chapel, all this stuff. It's an excuse, it's something we should have played a whole lot better tonight, but it was a factor."

This is despicable laugh.gif seemed like the only person not running on fumes was Harden, and Lou Will sort of
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post #1029 of 1554
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From Chron:

Three takeaways from the Rockets' 128-112 loss to the Pelicans

1. The Rockets did not blame the bus. They didn't love it. But they resisted any urge to say they started so badly because they had spent nearly two hours on I-10 coming in from Baton Rouge because they could not get enough satisfactory hotel rooms in New Orleans. It was a lousy way to approach the game. NBA players are remarkably devoted to their pregame routines, stretching, shooting and even praying in the same schedule in every pregame. Making a mess of that should not have been no more than a nuisance and not too much to overcome. The Rockets knew that. But the Pelicans opened the game shooting 3s far better than they normally do and playing with the aggressiveness of a team that clearly remembered the rout a few weeks earlier. A team that much more aggressive and determined will usually win. The Pelicans won by so much because in addition to that huge disparity in effort and intensity they shot so well. Even if the Rockets seemed out of sorts from the start, it was not the first time they defended passively, especially early. Once an NBA team gets on that kind of roll, it is even more difficult to turn around. The Rockets never could. That might have had nothing to do with how they got to the game, but next time, they'll stay in the neighborhood.

2. As much as the Rockets offense is built around the idea that a defense can't stop everything, the Pelicans went into the game accepting that they could not stop James Harden and would instead take away what they could. They sent little extra help to defend Harden and he burned them for 41 points in his 18th triple double of the season. Since 1973-74, only Magic Johnson and Russell Westbrook have had more in a season. But the Pelicans kept bodies on Clint Capela rolling to the basket and left the Rockets shooters open at a minimum. Capela had a couple attempts blocked and began trying to finesse the ball to the rim, making just 3 of 9 shots. The Rockets shooters around Harden combined to make just 9 of 30 3s. They can knock down more of the kind of shots that Pelicans allowed, but they can also expect to see more defenses determined to make them prove it, even if it hurts them against Harden. He kept the Rockets in the game, but needed someone else to get on a roll. No one did.

3. The Rockets' goal for the remainder of the season is to remain in third in the Western Conference. It won't take many more wins to achieve that. But the more important aspiration, which would take care of the first goal if achieved, is to hit the playoffs playing well. The Rockets have three weeks to develop habits for the post-season. As difficult as it might be to maintain the top focus and intensity when they seem so locked into their playoff seed, there are more than enough games remaining to send the Rockets into the post-season on a roll or stumbling. Consecutive games against the surging Nuggets, including tonight's in the second half of a back-to-back, will provide tough tests. From there they get a rematch with the Pelicans before meeting the Thunder, a potential first-round opponent, in Toyota Center. Add in two games against the Warriors and it is clear the Rockets cannot bide their time for the playoffs to begin. One loss does not mean that they have already looked past the remainder of the post-season, but it does offer a reminder that these games can be important as opportunities to play the way they will have to when the playoffs do begin in three weeks. The Rockets had some momentum going with a three-game winning streak, including the Sunday win against the Cavaliers. This time of year, as difficult as it might be to avoid thoughts of what will come next, they cannot be satisfied.
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post #1030 of 1554
I'm not buying a 2 hour bus ride on game day didn't affect them.

Here's something that's interesting though, the rockets have lost 5 of the last 7 games in which Nene rest.

Doesn't seem like Harrell is that much worse than Nene.
post #1031 of 1554

:hat

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Beverley, KJ, Decker, Harrell, Nene

 

"Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion" 

 

 

 

 

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Beverley, KJ, Decker, Harrell, Nene

 

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post #1032 of 1554
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Currently watching the replay. 3pt shooting stinks but they managed to stay within a reasonable amount to make a run. Also, Nene on the court really does matter laugh.gif
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post #1033 of 1554
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I wouldn't been so pissed watching this live laugh.gif come out sluggish, missing a lot of 3s, taking the lead, having a lead erased, going up 3 and then fouling on a 3 pointer, luckily dude missed laugh.gif nice bounce back game though. I actually assumed they would win cause the Rockets for years have been a weird team losing games they clearly should win and winning games when you feel adversity would get to them. Was glad to see Lou Will attacking the rim since his 3s weren't falling. Harden was MVP like again, and Capela/Nene was more than solid at the center position.
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post #1034 of 1554
The last 2 games it seemed like teams having been running them off the 3 point line more than usual
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post #1036 of 1554
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The last 2 games it seemed like teams having been running them off the 3 point line more than usual

def, we gotta adjust...we have the ability to do a lot more than shoot 3s.

Looks like we won't be giving Cassipi

http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/19/ap-source-omri-casspi-agrees-terms-minnesota-timberwolves
post #1037 of 1554
damn man, Gary Harris eyes are lighting up with Clint standing at the rim. I would prefer Clint hack the **** out of dudes coming in the paint as opposed to being food.

JH needs to lose more weight. I still pray every year he does this at least a few times, but he just lays it up/basic dunks every time, ha. Guys would double think a lot more when he comes downhill. Feels like a lot of times he's only trying to only exert energy if he absolutely has to laugh.gif
post #1038 of 1554
Clint minus whale not even be there.
post #1039 of 1554
That James long gone. He ain't coming back either
post #1040 of 1554
Danny Crawford trolling with that travel call
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That James long gone. He ain't coming back either


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laugh.gif at JH salsa-ing for Crawford in-between free throws, trying to argue his case for the travel call
post #1042 of 1554
Getting destroyed on the glass
post #1043 of 1554
Does capela have asthma or something.

Dude always looks gassed
post #1044 of 1554
boys out here trying to coast to a win, while DEN is scrapping to hold on to that 8th seed. I'd guess they'd give a similar to slightly better effort against the Pels Friday.

I guess, get your rest before OKC on Sun. laugh.gif



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post #1045 of 1554
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boys out here trying to coast to a win, while DEN is scrapping to hold on to that 8th seed. I'd guess they'd give a similar to slightly better effort against the Pels Friday.

I guess, get your rest before OKC on Sun. laugh.gif



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They really are coasting like a MF. Has Harden even rested this quarter ?? I hate these types of games
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post #1046 of 1554
What's up with refs tonight. I'm not one to complain but damn
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They really are coasting like a MF. Has Harden even rested this quarter ?? I hate these types of games

Really though. Idk, but I feel like Lou should be subbing him out. Pringles starting to mainly run them in sets together though.
post #1048 of 1554
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What's up with refs tonight. I'm not one to complain but damn

we don't get respect from the refs trying to cruise/chuck some games then play serious effort ball others. Even when we do turn up the intensity, it's too far gone in some instances.
post #1049 of 1554
Man I don't know. This looking real fishy
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