Dwight Coward Discussion

Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby Rooscooter on Sat May 03, 2014 9:36 am

kenzo wrote:LA was unconsious the first 2 games. Nothing could be done. Howard was Rockets best player throughout this series hands down


:man10: Why was he so good? Because he was able to get the ball right where he wanted it.

So, because his offensive stats were good he was hands down the best player...... Yet Lillards play and great stats are all because the beard sucks.....

Howard is hyped as a defensive stopper..... He couldn't eve deny the ball to his man and stopped no one rotating.... In fact he quit rotating because he was afraid of LA getting the ball. He was not good at the one thing that's made him one of the most overhyped players of this era......

....but he had good fantasy stats...... So alls good.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Sat May 03, 2014 10:04 am

The Rock wrote:Image

Lillard: Move PUNK! I got another series to play.
Howard: I'm sorry Mr. Lillard I was just trying to have fun
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Sat May 03, 2014 10:09 am

Balance&Options24 wrote:
. Dwight Howard - F/C - Rockets
Dwight Howard said after Friday's Game 6 defeat that certain Rockets players including himself "relaxed" at times during their first round series.
"Nothing is easy ... I’ve been to the top and it’s not easy getting there," Howard said. "Portland came out and played from the first game to tonight, those guys played together. Just watching their mentality on the floor, it was good. It was a seasoned team." The Rockets fell in dramatic fashion after an improbable fadaway 3-pointer from Damian Lillard, and they'll seek postseason redemption next season with the core of the team locked into guaranteed contracts -- the team has affordable options for Chandler Parsons, Patrick Beverley and Omri Casspi, with zero key players headed into unrestricted free agency.
Source: NBA.com May 3 - 9:48 AM
wait didn't he want to play on a team where he can relax and have fun?


Oh Hou "relaxed" that is why they lost? Howard is a loser with a losers mentality plain and simple. The implication he made is that they lost because the other team was hungrier. What the FK did the Rockets need to be hungry then? Hungry doesnt account to losing the 1st 2 games on you own floor while you have HCA. All it shows is that the stars of the team have no balls to be the man. Glad he knew he wasn't good enough to have his name in or rafters... Maybe he can spend the summer brushing Hardens beard
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby LTLakerFan on Sat May 03, 2014 10:16 am

puffyusaf#2 wrote:
The Rock wrote:Image

Lillard: Move PUNK! I got another series to play.
Howard: I'm sorry Mr. Lillard I was just trying to have fun


Either that ^^^ or start of a bromance :man10:

Nah, Lillard was HUGE on that shot and in the series. Out and out stud. That .9 nothing but net BOMB was Fish and Kobe esque. :man4: :bow: :jam2:
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby Doc Brown on Sat May 03, 2014 10:21 am

Who can stop LaMarcus Aldridge?
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No matter whom the Rockets have thrown at LaMarcus Aldridge, he has dominated in this series.
LaMarcus Aldridge became the third player in NBA postseason history with at least 40 points in Games 1 and 2 of a series on the road (Tracy McGrady in 2003 and Michael Jordan in 1986 are the others), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Though he certainly had success in both games, his success came in much different ways.

Game 1
LaMarcus Aldridge By Play Type
Game 1
Pts FG
Post-ups 16* 6-11
Jump shots 12 5-10
Other 18 6-10
*12 points in 2nd half/OT
Aldridge took advantage of the Houston Rockets' smaller defenders in Game 1. The 6-foot-9 Terrence Jones drew the Aldridge assignment more than any other Rocket in Game 1, guarding him on 16 of 40 possessions.

Against the smaller Jones, Aldridge went inside, posting up on 10 of those 16 possessions. Aldridge's average field goal attempt distance was 6.5 feet and he went 7-for-13 (18 points) from the floor when guarded by Jones.

Aldridge scored a total of 16 points on post-up plays in the game, doubling his season average (8.3) on such plays.

Game 2
The Rockets came out with a different defensive scheme against Aldridge for Game 2. Houston used 7-footer Omer Asik the majority of the time, as he guarded Aldridge on 17 of 33 plays, while Jones drew the assignment on only five possessions.
LaMarcus Aldridge Offense: 2014 Playoffs
Game 1 Game 2
Points 46 43
Paint FG 12-17 5-9
Midrange FG 3-12 13-19
Avg. FGA distance 9.9 12.9

But Aldridge still had his way on the offensive end. Against Asik, Aldridge went 7-for-14 (19 points) from the floor. He didn’t miss the paint a bit, instead turning to his midrange game, with an average field goal attempt distance of 13.6 feet when guarded by Asik.

Aldridge has basically had his way this entire series, no matter the defender. Dwight Howard has logged time against Aldridge as well in both games, but he has done the worst at limiting him. Aldridge is averaging 14.5 points per game against Howard, and went 6-for-7 against him in Game 2.

What should the Rockets do now?
Houston may have to start doubling Aldridge when he touches the ball. Through the first two games, the Rockets left defenders on an island when guarding Aldridge, hardly ever sending any help.
Aldridge by Rockets Defender
This Postseason
Pts FG FGA Distance
Howard 29 11-15 11.5
Jones 24 10-17 8.9
Asik 23 9-18 13.5
Others 13 5-9 10.3

For example, in the first two games of the series, the Rockets sent a hard double-team at Aldridge in the post on only six of 25 plays. On those six plays, Aldridge went 3-for-5 (six points), but was blocked twice and forced to kick the ball out once.

Obviously there is a very small sample size of when Aldridge was double-teamed in the post. However, the Rockets have tried going small and tried going big against him, to no avail. Aldridge has had success against virtually every defender the Rockets have thrown at him and he's done it from all over the court.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby therealdeal on Sat May 03, 2014 11:07 am

Balance&Options24 wrote:
. Dwight Howard - F/C - Rockets
Dwight Howard said after Friday's Game 6 defeat that certain Rockets players including himself "relaxed" at times during their first round series.
"Nothing is easy ... I’ve been to the top and it’s not easy getting there," Howard said. "Portland came out and played from the first game to tonight, those guys played together. Just watching their mentality on the floor, it was good. It was a seasoned team." The Rockets fell in dramatic fashion after an improbable fadaway 3-pointer from Damian Lillard, and they'll seek postseason redemption next season with the core of the team locked into guaranteed contracts -- the team has affordable options for Chandler Parsons, Patrick Beverley and Omri Casspi, with zero key players headed into unrestricted free agency.
Source: NBA.com May 3 - 9:48 AM
wait didn't he want to play on a team where he can relax and have fun?

Oh I'm sorry did I miss when Howard won a Championship? Oh that's right he didn't. He's never been to the top.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby Aonex on Sat May 03, 2014 11:11 am

^^ He got a few hundred feet from the summit then fell off a a cliff.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby jlkr on Sat May 03, 2014 12:00 pm

He's gone!

Yippee!

Serve him some crow!

Love me some more Portland ball right now. Lillard is a stud. That shot was Fisher-esque.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby gcclaker on Sat May 03, 2014 12:15 pm

Balance&Options24 wrote:
. Dwight Howard - F/C - Rockets
Dwight Howard said after Friday's Game 6 defeat that certain Rockets players including himself "relaxed" at times during their first round series.
"Nothing is easy ... I’ve been to the top and it’s not easy getting there," Howard said. "Portland came out and played from the first game to tonight, those guys played together. Just watching their mentality on the floor, it was good. It was a seasoned team." The Rockets fell in dramatic fashion after an improbable fadaway 3-pointer from Damian Lillard, and they'll seek postseason redemption next season with the core of the team locked into guaranteed contracts -- the team has affordable options for Chandler Parsons, Patrick Beverley and Omri Casspi, with zero key players headed into unrestricted free agency.
Source: NBA.com May 3 - 9:48 AM

wait didn't he want to play on a team where he can relax and have fun?

Portland is a seasoned team? Lillard, Aldridge and Batum aren't grizzled vets. Played like a team? Is that a veiled shot at his own? Lillard is just a killer on the floor. That is an innate quality you can't measure in a player. It's either there or not. 24 has it. Howard did his part just not in a dominating fashion. Portland does not have Houston's cadre of talent overall but their heart and will more than made up for it.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby Doc Brown on Sat May 03, 2014 12:26 pm

I think we saw Houston's peak last night IMO. They got good games from Harden/Parsons/Dwight and they still couldn't get the job done.

I don't see that team as constructed now doing much more.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Sat May 03, 2014 12:31 pm

This was predicted by many of us. First round exit.

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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby kenzo on Sat May 03, 2014 12:38 pm

They will get a new coach next year, make a run at Melo or Rondo. They will get out of the first round in 2015 but won't sniff the finals...
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby Frank Dux on Sat May 03, 2014 12:44 pm

I hate to say it, but Dwight was dominating down the stretch, even hitting some FT's. He kept Houston in the game. Then he goes and misses four straight FT's which should've sealed the deal. I would say the loss is on Parson's and Harden more though. Harden's junk ISO ball wasn't effective in the 4th, and Parson's played lazy D on that last possession on Damian Lillard of all people. Also while we're at it, Mcfail probably cost Houston the game and the series by taking Lin out of the game on the final possession. Lin was playing fantastic defense on Lillard in the 4th.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby abeer3 on Sat May 03, 2014 1:03 pm

kenzo wrote:They will get a new coach next year, make a run at Melo or Rondo. They will get out of the first round in 2015 but won't sniff the finals...


yeah, I just fail to see how they get these things done. first, they'll have a helluva time clearing cap space. they could maybe dump asik's salary on a few teams, but they won't be getting assets in return. they'll have a very hard time moving lin without ADDING an asset of their own to the pot.

and their cupboard is more bare than people think. Beverly won't have much trade value. parsons has a fair amount, but that's robbing peter to pay paul. I think people know that jones wouldn't look as good anywhere else. and they have no decent picks or other prospects.

so, morey will have to do something neat in order to get them in the mix for a rondo-level player. I don't even think their boston buddy connection could justify something like that.

it's more likely that they wait a year, clear the books and take advantage of all the tiny cap hold bird rights they have whilst chasing a third star (kevin love is the logical target). but they'd be wasting another year of howard's prime if they roll out the same group next year. should be interesting...
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby therealdeal on Sat May 03, 2014 6:12 pm

By the way Howard doesn't want Rondo there. Rondo is a natural fit and would make the team better, but his attitude is very Kobe Bryant-esque.

He wouldn't fit with their frat boy style.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby wcsoldier81 on Sat May 03, 2014 11:10 pm

Houston needs a coach , a starting PF and a point guard.

Harden needs to become a playmaker again too and stop hogging the ball ... and stop playing playground like defense ... It could happen with the right coach .

Harden/Howard will remain too much flawed in the leadership category so they won't win a title ...
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby abeer3 on Sun May 04, 2014 12:52 am

I'm expecting a van gundy to be on hold for when McHale is inevitably fired.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby wcsoldier81 on Sun May 04, 2014 1:20 am

abeer3 wrote:I'm expecting a van gundy to be on hold for when McHale is inevitably fired.


or not


Kevin McHale to return as Rockets coach
Posted on May 3, 2014 at 4:11 pm by Jonathan Feigen in 2014 playoffs

Kevin McHale to return as Rockets coach
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Kevin McHale is 133-97 in his three seasons with the Rockets. (James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)
Kevin McHale will return as the Rockets coach for next season, a person with knowledge of the decision said today.

McHale just completed the final guaranteed season of his contract, but multiple individuals with knowledge of the Rockets thinking have said management believes in him and wants him to have more time with a relatively new team that spent the season battling injuries.

The fourth year of McHale’s contract was subject to a team option but it appears the Rockets are sticking with him.

The Rockets were 54-28 this season and have made the playoffs the last two years.

Houston was eliminated by Portland in six games on


http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2014/05/kevin-mchale-to-return-as-rockets-coach/
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby abeer3 on Sun May 04, 2014 4:31 am

i had already seen that. ever heard of delaying the inevitable?

as a non-rockets fan, I enjoy that McHale will be back. the style of play he's chosen for them (basically ripping off MDA) is not a winning formula.
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby KareemTheGreat33 on Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:54 am

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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:08 am

Lol he just wanna have fun
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby therealdeal on Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:18 am

:man10:

Idiot. Although to be fair, that's true of almost all of these athletes. My question is: why are you flying an under-aged girl around the country when you're a mulit-millionaire athlete? Was she that much of a grab for you?
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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby pound4pound1 on Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:46 am

therealdeal wrote::man10:

Idiot. Although to be fair, that's true of almost all of these athletes. My question is: why are you flying an under-aged girl around the country when you're a mulit-millionaire athlete? Was she that much of a grab for you?




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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby Battle Tested20 on Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:00 pm

pound4pound1 wrote:
therealdeal wrote::man10:

Idiot. Although to be fair, that's true of almost all of these athletes. My question is: why are you flying an under-aged girl around the country when you're a mulit-millionaire athlete? Was she that much of a grab for you?




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Re: Dwight Coward Discussion

Postby Doc Brown on Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:10 pm

Dwight is a grade A moron.....

Example A: This is who he dropped (His kid BTW in the pic) for this high school chick....

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