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Game #4: Golden State Warriors 121, Houston Rockets 94

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Sunday 24 April 2016 at 4:37 pm

The Houston Rockets were no match for the Warriors after halftime.  Stephen Curry got hurt right before the half and he never returned, but the other Warriors stepped up their games.  The Warriors outsc0red the Rockets 41-20 in the 3rd quarter and 65-38 in the second half!  Dwight Howard was the one Rocket started that came to play today as he led the way for them with 19 points, 15 rebounds and 1 blocked shot.  James Harden had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 7 steals…..but he also only shot 4 of 13 from the floor, 2 of 8 from the three point line and he turned the ball over four times.  Michael Beasley (17 points and 3 rebounds in 19 minutes) and Corey Brewer (10 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 18 minutes) played well off the bench for the Rockets in this game.  The Rockets are now down 3-1 against the Warriors in this series.

Game #3: Houston Rockets 97, Golden State Warriors 96

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 10:43 pm

The Houston Rockets didn’t shoot well tonight, as they only hit 39.1% from the floor, 30.6% from three point range and 60.9% from the free throw line!  In the end, the lousy shooting didn’t matter when James Harden hit a shot with 2.7 seconds left in the game to win it!  James Harden led the way for the Rockets in this game with 35 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals.  Donatas Motiejunas got the start and he was excellent in this game for the Rockets.  He had 14 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot in 31 minutes on the floor.  Dwight Howard filled up the stat sheet with 13 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots tonight.  Michael Beasley (12 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal) and Patrick Beverley (10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists) also pitched in for the Rockets tonight.  The Rockets are now down 2-1 in this series!

The Houston Rockets need a couple of starters to pick up the pace starting tonight!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Need to step up,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 4:26 pm

The Houston Rockets need point guard Patrick Beverley and small forward Trevor Ariza to pick up the pace starting tonight in Houston!  Beverley has started both of the first two games of this series against the Warriors and he is averaging 27.0 minutes, 7.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocked shot per game.  But, he is only shooting 4 of 15 (26.7%) from the floor and 1 of 4 (25%) from three point range so far in this series!  Ariza has started the first two games of the series against the Warriors and he is averaging 37.3 minutes, 8.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 3.0 steals.  He is only shooting 6 of 20 (30%) from the floor and 3 of 11 (27.3%) from three point range so far against the Warriors.  The Rockets can’t come back and win this series with the Warriors unless Ariza and Beverley start playing better….starting with Game #3!

The Houston Rockets NEED to get the ball in Dwight Howard’s hands!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 4:18 pm

The Houston Rockets need to get the ball into center Dwight Howard‘s hands against the Warriors, period!  Howard is a matchup nightmare for the Warriors, so the Rockets need to take advantage of that.  Howard has played in 2 games (both starts) for the Rockets so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 32.9 minutes, 13.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.5 blocked shots per game.  He is shooting 10 of 17 (58.8%) from the floor so far in this series.  But, he is only shooting 4 of 10 (40%) from the free throw line, which surprises no one.

Game #2: Golden State Warriors 115, Houston Rockets 106

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 11:45 pm

Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry didn’t play in this game due to a badly sprained ankle.  That gave the Houston Rockets some hope tonight and they played hard, just not good enough to win.  James Harden came to play as he led the way for the Rockets with 28 points, 2 rebounds, 11 assists and 1 blocked shot in 40 minutes on the floor.  But, he only shot 7 of 19 from the floor and 1 of 8 from three point range.  But, he was up to his old self as he made 13 of 15 free throws in this game.  Patrick Beverley also came to play as he finished up with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots in 33 minutes on the floor.  Jason Terry (13 points and 2 rebounds in 30 minutes) and Michael Beasley (10 points and 5 rebounds in 12 minutes) also pitched in for the Rockets off the bench in this game.  Dwight Howard pitched in with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocked shots in 35 minutes on the floor before fouling out late in the 4th quarter.  The Houston Rockets are now down 0-2 as this series shifts to Houston.

Game #1: Golden State Warriors 104, Houston Rockets 78

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Saturday 16 April 2016 at 4:32 pm

The Houston Rockets failed to show up in Oakland earlier today and they paid for it!  They were down 60-33 at the half!  The Rockets only shot 35.7% from the floor, 27.3% from the three point line and 50% from the free throw line today….which is downright pathetic!  James Harden “led” the way for the Rockets with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.  He didn’t have any free throw attempts today, as he didn’t look like his usual self.  Dwight Howard did his part as he finished up with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot.  Trevor Ariza (9 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 4 steals) and Donatas Motiejunas (8 points and 2 rebounds in 12 minutes) also played hard for the Rockets.  The Rockets are now done 1-0 to the Warriors in this series!

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.

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