Rockets vs. Hornets Game Thread

The Hornets may have a poor record, but they’re a much better team than their record–especially now that they have Eric Gordon back. This is the Hornets team that just came off of a win against the Spurs. It’s going to be ย a very tough match up for the Rockets after their starters (Parsons and Harden) played a bunch of minutes last night. Hopefully, the Rockets won’t come out sluggish like they have recently. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hornets blow us out and Rockets have an off night that their fourth quarter heroics can’t pull them out of. Lin did a great job of containing Vasquez last time, so Vasquez will be out for revenge. Lin will need to play aggressively from the opening tip. We’ll see if Lin can do this. I’ll be watching and commenting below on this post. Feel free to join in on the comments.

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  • standupphilosopher

    Gotta keep Delfino out there.

  • standupphilosopher

    I knew that was going in. It HAD to. Damn 1 point game. Just like that.

  • MrPingPong

    I like TD

  • standupphilosopher

    Lin rushed that. Need to be more controlled on that pivot.

  • MrPingPong

    Lin’s not getting any call.

  • standupphilosopher

    I think Lin needs more patience when he’s in the paint. He tends to go too hard.

  • standupphilosopher

    Poor shot selection by Lin. We need to get the ball to Delfino.

  • standupphilosopher

    At least the pace is picking up. But momentum on Hornets side.

  • standupphilosopher

    Gordon back in. Watch out.

  • standupphilosopher

    Where was Lin there? Vasquez wide open.

  • standupphilosopher

    Rockets need to settle down. Refocus on defense. Hornets are getting whatever they want right now. We look panicked out there.

  • MrPingPong

    21 Rockets’ TOs vs 13 Hornets’ TOs
    Very bad!

  • standupphilosopher

    OMG! Harden missed an easy one.

  • standupphilosopher

    Good shot by Parsons. Just not dropping.

  • standupphilosopher

    Ok. Now the game is looking more like I expected it to. Not good.

  • standupphilosopher

    Another good look but didn’t go in. Just tired legs and all. It’s what I expected.

  • standupphilosopher

    At least Harden keeps his scoring streak alive.

  • MrPingPong

    Lin is very tentative, afraid to attack and shoot.

  • standupphilosopher

    Lin was in good position throughout that possession, but Harden looked him off. Bad decision.

  • Well, Lin has been blocked several times tonight already…

    • MrPingPong

      The lift was not there for Lin.
      Mr. 4th quarter was running very low on fuel tonight.

  • standupphilosopher

    Great D by Lin.

  • MrPingPong

    Delfino not connecting either.

  • MrPingPong

    We are afraid to shoot!

  • standupphilosopher

    Lin was fouled. Another no call. Smh.

  • standupphilosopher

    Oh well. Looks like our streak ends at 5. This game turned out pretty much exactly how I expected. So not surprised. I would have actually been more surprised if we won this game. Look like it was our game up until the fourth quarter.

    • MrPingPong

      You called it, Philosopher!

  • MrPingPong

    Shots are not going in the 4th quarter for us.

  • standupphilosopher

    OMG. Harden still only has 24?

  • MrPingPong

    OK, JH, make the FT and break the record.

  • standupphilosopher

    Man, I was actually really nervous for Harden on that last free throw. And I rarely get nervous for anything!

  • standupphilosopher

    Only good thing about this game is Harden kept his 25+ scoring streak going . 14 and counting. Also, Lin did a solid job defensively on Vasquez, again.

    • MrPingPong

      Harden did his job, but the rest of the team did not step up.
      The shots weren’t going in at all in the 4th.

  • standupphilosopher

    Our guys were just tired. Simple as that. Hornets didn’t look as good as I expected them to and Gordon was a non-factor. We were just too tired to keep up in the fourth quarter.

    First time this season we only had 1 player in double-figures. Amazing that Harden still managed to get his 25 points exactly! I wonder if tonight was the lowest scoring night for the Rockets.

    I think tonight’s 4th quarter drought was karma for all the explosive fourth quarters we’ve been having. I think Rockets just got complacent int he fourth quarter, because they got too used to winning in the fourth quarter. I think they thought this game was in the bag at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

    • MrPingPong

      Hopefully the Rockets will learn from this.
      Onto the Celts…

      • standupphilosopher

        Yeah. Now that we got it out of the way, I think we’re ready to be explosive again. We should be able to out run the Celtics.

      • MrPingPong

        Lots of rain and thunderstorms in the Gulf area these last couple of days.
        As long the flight out is smooth and does not scare Lin to death, I think we’ll be OK.
        We gotta play like we belong, and we do belong. Beating Boston in Boston will serve to make a statement to the basketball world: we are for real!

  • standupphilosopher

    Just noticed Lin’s stat line for today: 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, 5 turnovers.

    • MrPingPong

      Lin’s steal streak is at 15 games, I think.
      What a thief!
      ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • standupphilosopher

        Yep. Good thing the God of Basketball approves of stealing.

  • They have not surpassed that 5 game winning streak so far.
    Jlin also took the last shot at 5.5 seconds.
    They must be tired.
    I hope they can bounce back in their next game.
    GO ROCKETS! GO JLIN!

    • standupphilosopher

      Are you serious about the 5.5 seconds? That’s a little too much of a coincidence. All these 5’s. MrPingPong, what is the God of Basketball trying to tell us?

      • Yeah, I got it from the link below.

        http://www.nba.com/games/20130109/HOUNOH/gameinfo.html?ls=iref:nbahpgt%5B0021200521%5D

        Mr.PingPong, does this mean anything?HEHE

      • MrPingPong

        OK, since y’all ask for it, here is what the Buddha of Basketball (BoB) trying to tell me: it’s Catch Bull at Five (remember Cat Stevens’ Catch Bull at 4?). (Yes, I am an old man).

        It’s time for Lin to tame the Bull!
        ๐Ÿ™‚

        Here is some reference for the interested readers of this blog:

        http://www.expressionsofspirit.com/10bulls/tenbulls.htm

        Of course, Lin, being a Christian, probably does not know anything about this and will keep bleeding on the court and not getting any help from the whistle blowers.

        Gosh, I am really worried about Lin’s longevity on the court.

  • ashley

    So, like I suggested before, hopefully someone, perhaps Rockets’ reporter, can write about bad officiating on Lin and make it known to Stern. There have been all sorts of statistics and analyses about basketball teams and players, but there’s probably none targeting unfair calls. I really hate to see Lin getting hits game after game without any calls. As everyone could see, in yesterday’s game against the Lakers, Jeremy yelled with excitement after being hit and falling down on the floor because he got the call he wanted.

    • Niv

      Lin has to find a way to minimise hits and the only way is to expand his game. Right now, he either shoots 3s or drive to the paint. Same with Harden. If only it would be that easy to write about the officiating.

  • MrPingPong

    Hello everyone, just trying to make conversation here.
    I missed the Celts game and watched the Sixers game.
    Lin looked gassed and could not buy a basket at the rim.
    One bit of good news is that Lin’s stealing streak is still alive and well.
    Lin seemed to put a lot of effort in limiting his TOs but as a result, regressed on aggressive and creative plays. There has to be a balance somewhere…

    I found this post on Clutchfans that I really like.

    http://bbs.clutchfans.net/showpost.php?p=7529289&postcount=1155

    This Torocan seems quite level headed and knowledgeable in my opinion.

    In the mean time, get some rest Rox and beat the Clippers!
    It’s a team effort!

    Have a nice day/evening wherever you are on this WEB!

  • ashley

    Just when we thought Jeremy had had his worst games, he hit a lowest shooting percentage in the Sixers game. Though It’s not just Jeremy being inconsistent–the entire team (except Harden) has been shooting poorly in quite a few games, even though they won–but Jeremy will always gets severely scrutinized. Star players like Carmelo or Kobe can shoot poorly at times; however, by shooting more, they seem to always be able to end up with good numbers and don’t get criticized as much. Can they beat the Clippers? I’ll just hope that Jeremy can bounce back–even just a little bit.

  • CH

    To all the Lin fans, just in case you’re interested.
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/linsanitymovie/linsanity-the-movie

    • MrPingPong

      Thanks CH for the link.
      Does anyone here know anything about the people making this documentary?
      I want to make a donation but need to check around to make sure it is not some sort of hoax or scam or something, considering all the hoaxes and scams going on the Internet these days.

  • MrPingPong

    I missed the Clippers game and was only able to catch the last three minutes of the Mavs game. Lin is unstoppable whenever he decides to take the game in his own hand, it seems.

    I believe Lin and the Rox have the talents to beat the Pacers tonight. All Lin has to do is drink more of that blue Gatorade, smile a lot and stick out his tongue whenever he makes a shot or dishes out an assist. ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s the MLK holiday weekend here in the US. I hope our Philosopher will find some time to write up something this time around.

    Have a great weekend wherever you all are on this WEB!

    • CH

      Yes, Mr. Philosopher. What are your thoughts on 6 losses in a row. Can’t wait for your insights.

  • Ashley

    Jeremy stepped up in the 4th quarter in the Mavs game, but he didn’t in the Pacers. (Was it due to the Pacers’ good defence?) Before, I think he was being inconsistent in scoring, now it seems to be more in his level of agressiveness. He made too few shot attempts today, when Harden was off and the team needed strong scorers that I thought he could be, like he was able to in the Mavs game. Hopefully, he’ll bring it more consistently and the team can bouce back–just don’t know how long the losing streak will be though.