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Houston Rockets (41-41) vs. Golden State Warriors (73-9)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Saturday 16 April 2016 at 2:54 pm

Here we have a rematch of the Western Conference Finals!  It will interesting to see if the Rockets step up and give the Warriors some trouble in this series.  Here is a look at the matchups in this series:

POINT GUARD:  The Rockets didn’t have Patrick Beverley during the playoffs last year, as he was out with injury.  Beverley will get into Stephen Curry’s grill and try to throw him off his game a bit in this series.  He has played in 12 games (11 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 33.5 minutes, 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  Stephen Curry is quite simply the best basketball player on the planet Earth right now.  He can literally hit a shot from anywhere on the basketball court.  Curry has played in 40 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 40.5 minutes, 25.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

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SHOOTING GUARD:  James Harden is as close to unstoppable of an offensive player as there is in the NBA right now.  He gets to the free throw line more than anyone in the league, getting opposing teams in foul trouble quite a bit.  When he’s hot, no one can stop him.  Harden has played in 72 games (29 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 33.7 minutes, 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  Klay Thompson can also fill up the stat sheet.  He hit the second most three pointers in the NBA this year (behind only Curry).  Thompson has played in 40 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 37.8 minutes, 17.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

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SMALL FORWARD:  The Rockets are going with Corey Brewer as the starter here.  He is a good defensive player and he brings energy to the court.  He has played in 36 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 19.8 minutes, 9.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Harrison Barnes is the silent assassin for the Warriors.  Pay too much attention to the “Splash Brothers” and he will make you pay.  He has played in 40 games (33 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 32.5 minutes, 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

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POWER FORWARD:  The Rockets are going to play Trevor Ariza at power forward in this series, as they are playing small.  It’s probably a sound plan for the Rockets.  Ariza is a solid player at both ends of the basketball court.  He has played in 69 games (57 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 30.7 minutes, 10.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  No player on the Warriors’ roster can fill up the stat sheet like Draymond Green.  Green has played in 40 games (26 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 30.9 minutes, 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocked shots per game.

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CENTER:  This is the biggest mis-match the Rockets have and they need to get the ball inside to Dwight Howard.  If Howard wants that big free agent contract this summer, here is where he can earn it.  Howard is way better than anyone the Warriors can play at center.  Howard has played in 84 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 37.8 minutes, 19.5 points, 14.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.6 blocked shots per game.  Andrew Bogut knows his role on this team.  That is to play defense and rebound and he will have his hands full with Dwight Howard.  Bogut has played in 36 games (35 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 26.1 minutes, 6.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 blocked shots per game.

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BENCH:  The Rockets will likely tighten up the bench rotation in this series.  SF/PF Michael Beasley could be a secret weapon for the Rockets, as he has played well for them since signing after the year was over in China.  He has played in 16 games (5 starts) in his career in the playoffs and he is averaging 21.0 minutes, 9.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  PF/SF Josh Smith is also an athletic big man that could cause some problems for the Warriors in this series.  He has played in 69 games (60 starts) in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 32.9 minutes, 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.5 blocked shots per game.  PG/SG Jason Terry has the big game experience to help the Rockets off the bench in this series.  Terry has played in 110 games (64 starts) in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 34.1 minutes, 15.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  When the Rockets need size, they will likely turn to PF/C Clint Capela.  Capela is a big time rebounder and defensive player.  He has played in 17 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 17.5 minutes, 3.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  Power forwards Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones will be watching more than playing in this series.  Motiejunas has played in 1 game off the bench in the playoffs in his career, working 5 minutes in which he had 5 points and 1 rebound.  Jones was actually inactive for Game #1.  Jones has played in 25 games (11 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 23.0 minutes, 9.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.

The Warriors have a fantastic bench and everyone knows their role on it.  SG/SF Andre Iguodala was the MVP of the NBA Finals last year!  He plays hard at both ends of the basketball court.  He has played in 69 games (51 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 36.3 minutes, 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  PG Shaun Livingston is big enough to play either guard spot and he’s great at posting up smaller guards.  He has played in 45 games (10 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 22.9 minutes, 6.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.  SG/SF Leandro Barbosa brings a lot of energy off the bench.  He has played in 96 games (5 starts) so far in the playoffs in his career and he is averaging 20.2 minutes, 8.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.  PF Marreese Speights doesn’t play a lot of minutes, but he’s really effective…..especially offensively.  He has played in 29 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 9.8 minutes, 4.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  Center Festus Ezeli will probably get some P.T. off the bench in this series to match up with Dwight Howard.  He has played in 32 games (3 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 9.9 minutes, 2.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  PF/C Anderson Varejao could also get some P.T. in this series.  He is a big time energy player.  He has played in 71 games (14 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 22.5 minutes, 5.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  SG Brandon Rush probably won’t get to play much in this series.  He has played in 8 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 7.8 minutes, 2.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.

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COACHINGB.J. Bickerstaff took over as the head coach after Kevin McHale got fired.  He did a so-so job, but I give him some credit for getting the Rockets back to the playoffs this year.  Steve Kerr had the best rookie season as a head coach that I can remember in 2014-15.  He led the Warriors to the NBA Championship, as they were 16-5 (76.2%) in the playoffs!

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PREDICTION:  I think the Rockets are going to play tough at home in this series, but I still think the Warriors are going to win it in six games!

It looks like the Houston Rockets found some good help in China

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at 1:38 pm

The Houston Rockets signed 27-year old small forward Michael Beasley and 26-year old shooting guard Andrew Goudelock recently when the Chinese League ended.  Beasley has hit the ground running for the Rockets.  He has played in 5 games (0 starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 14.2 minutes, 10.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  Goudelock has played in 2 games (0 starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 10.5 minutes, 6.5 points, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal per game.  The Rockets hope that Beasley and Goudelock keep up the good work and help them make the playoffs this year.

The Houston Rockets have not gotten much production out of their rookies in 2015-16

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Rookie Reports by joelapinski on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at 1:34 pm

22-year old power forward Montrelz Harrell has played well when given the chance this year, which hasn’t been too often.  Harrell has played in 36 games (1 start) for the Houston Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 9.9 minutes, 3.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  In the 4 games (0 starts) in which Harrell has played between 20-29 minutes, he is averaging 23.8 minutes, 9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  So he has shown he can play a little when given the chance.  21-year old small forward Sam Dekker has only played in 3 games (0 starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 2.0 minutes, 0.0 points and 0.3 rebounds per game.  He has been banged up so far this year.

James Harden continues rolling for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Wednesday 9 March 2016 at 10:09 pm

26-year old shooting guard James Harden has been incredible since the day the Houston Rockets traded for him.  He has played in 63 games (all starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 37.8 minutes, 29.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  He is averaging a stunning 10.6 free throws per game so far this year and he makes them count as he has made 86.5% of his free throws so far this year.  Harden has 17 Double-Doubles so far this year and 2 Triple-Doubles.  Harden has now played in 295 games (all starts) in his four years with the Rockets and he is averaging 37.7 minutes, 26.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  He has been an All-Star every year with the Rockets so far.  He is already the Rockets’ all-time leader in three pointers made with 740 of them.  He is also #10 in assists (1,912), #8 in steals (515) and #10 in points scored (7,916) in Rockets’ history.  The Beard is carrying the Rockets right now and they hope he leads them to the playoffs again in 2015-16.

Trevor Ariza is having a rock solid year for the Houston Rockets in 2015-16

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Thursday 3 March 2016 at 2:06 pm

Shooting guard James Harden and center Dwight Howard get all of the headlines for the Houston Rockets, but 30-year old small forward Trevor Ariza is quietly having a rock solid year for them.  Ariza is on his second tour with the Rockets.  He has played in 60 games (all starts) for the Rockets so far this year and he is averaging 35.0 minutes, 12.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game.  He is shooting 41.4% from the floor, 37.7% from three point range and 75.6% from the free throw line so far this year.  Ariza has now played in 214 games (213 starts) in his first three years with the Rockets and he is averaging 35.8 minutes, 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game.  Ariza’s play the last few weeks this year will help determine if the Rockets can sneak into the playoffs in 2015-16.

The Houston Rockets have pretty good depth at small forward for 2013-14

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Saturday 28 September 2013 at 7:58 am

The Houston Rockets have solid depth at small forward for 2013-14.  It all starts with 24-year old Chandler Parsons.  He played in 76 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 36.3 minutes, 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  He has now played in 139 games (133 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 32.8 minutes, 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He seems to be getting better every year and the Rockets hope that is the case once again in 2013-14.  31-year old Francisco Garcia is an offensive minded backup.  He played in 58 games (20 starts) for the Kings and Rockets last year in which he averaged 17.7 minutes, 5.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  Garcia has now played in 480 games (133 starts) in his first 8 years in the NBA and he is averaging 22.0 minutes, 8.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  25-year old Omri Casspi and 21-year old Terrence Jones will duke it out in training camp for the #3 job at small forward for the Rockets in 2013-14.  Casspi played in 43 games (1 start) for the Cavaliers last year and he averaged 11.7 minutes, 4.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  Casspi has now played in 256 games (94 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 21.4 minutes, 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  Jones played in 19 games (0 starts) for the Rockets as a rookie last year and he averaged 14.5 minutes, 5.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.0 blocked shot per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SMALL FORWARDS IN 2013-14:  B

James Harden is a rising force for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 September 2013 at 7:00 pm

24-year old shooting guard James Harden is a rising force for the Rockets.  He played in 78 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 38.3 minutes, 25.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game.  Harden has now played in 298 games (85 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 29.7 minutes, 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  27-year old Reggie Williams will likely be Harden’s top backup in 2013-14.  Williams played in 40 games (0 starts) for the Bobcats last year and he averaged 9.5 minutes, 3.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  He has now played in 177 games (32 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 20.0 minutes, 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHOOTING GUARDS IN 2013-14:  A+

The Houston Rockets are in decent shape at point guard for 2013-14

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Sunday 8 September 2013 at 5:38 am

25-year old Jeremy Lin is going to be the starting point guard in 2013-14 for the Rockets and he is a solid player.  Lin played in 82 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 32.2 minutes, 13.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  Lin has now played in 146 games (107 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 26.5 minutes, 11.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  25-year old Patrick Beverley is a pretty solid backup for the Rockets.  He played in 41 games (0 starts) as a rookie last year and he averaged 17.4 minutes, 5.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.  28-year old Aaron Brooks will also be on hand for the Rockets.  He played in 53 games (20 starts) for the Rockets and Kings last year in which he averaged 18.8 minutes, 7.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.  He has now played in 325 games (149 starts) in his first five years in the NBA and he is averaging 24.0 minutes, 11.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.  22-year old rookie Isaiah Canaan (a 2nd round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft) will be sitting near the end of the bench in 2013-14 for the Rockets.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE POINT GUARDS IN 2013-14:  B-

The Houston Rockets sign Ronnie Brewer

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 20 August 2013 at 6:09 am

The Rockets have signed 28-year old SG/SF Ronnie Brewer to a 2-year deal.  Brewer played in 60 games (34 starts) for the Knicks and Thunder last year and he averaged 14.2 minutes, 3.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  He only shot 35.4% from the floor, 30.3% from three point range and 41% from the free throw line last year, and those are pretty awful numbers.  Brewer has now played in 478 games (301 starts) in his first seven years in the NBA and he is averaging 23.8 minutes, 8.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  Brewer is a good defensive player and he will help the Rockets off the bench.

The Houston Rockets sign PF/C Marcus Camby

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 28 July 2013 at 2:33 pm

The Rockets have signed 39-year old PF/C Marcus Camby to a 1-year deal.  Camby played in 24 games (4 starts) with the Knicks last year and he averaged 10.4 minutes, 1.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  Camby has now played in 973 games (786 starts) in his first 17 years in the NBA and he is averaging 29.5 minutes, 9.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.4 blocked shots per game.  Camby is currently #12 in blocked shots (2,331) and #38 in total rebounds (9,513) in NBA history.  Camby played with the Rockets in 2011-12, appearing in 19 games (13 starts) in which he averaged 24.1 minutes, 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game.  This was a good signing for the Rockets as Camby will help their defense off the bench, if he has anything left in the gas tank.

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