Ep: 74: HOU/MIN Observations, Cavs Exhaustion, + More

Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops) and Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS) discuss the following:

-Our exhaustion with the Cavs. Do they deserve to make the Finals?
-Early observations on Rockets/Wolves
-Houston's defense looks elite
-Rockets shooting woes
-James Harden and Chris Paul's standout performaces
-Looking ahead to the later rounds
-Did the Rockets draw the ideal route to the Finals by dodging the Pelicans?

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Rockets 102 - Wolves 82 - 3 > 2

By Forrest Walker on April 18, 2018

I'm pretty sure three is more than two. Nobody has provided me with a convincing argument to the contrary, and in fact my early estimates suggest that three is up to 50% more than two. This mathematical theory was the core of a number of predictions about this playoff series, and they seem to be borne out by this particular game. The Houston Rockets shot only 3% better from the field than the Minnesota Timberwolves, shot the same number of free throws, but they won by 20. If the Rockets don't go badly cold, things look very bad for the Wolves.

Rockets 104, Wolves 101 - Most Valuable

By Forrest Walker on April 14, 2018

James Harden is a mortal lock to win the Most Valuable Player award and tonight he showed the whole world exactly why. In an all-important game one of the NBA playoffs, the Houston Rockets were kept afloat by Harden's unstoppable offense. On an evening when the shots refused to fall, Harden and Clint Capela refused to let the team sink. With this win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Houston Rockets win their first game of this postseason, and set their sights on fifteen more.

Rockets-Timberwolves 1st Round Preview and Predictions

By Salman Ali on April 16, 2018

The NBA Playoffs is here and the 65-17 Houston Rockets look to silence a lot of doubters and contend for their first Larry O'Brien in over 20 years. The Rockets start their journey against the young and hungry Minnesota Timberwolves who will be making their first playoff appearance after a 13 year drought.

So without further ado, let's not beat around the bush. We decided to get the staff together (as we do every year) to preview what looks to be an interesting, but likely lopsided first round series.

Ep. 73: Mbah a Moute Injury, Awards Talk, + Playoff Preview

Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops) and Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS) discuss the following:

-Luc Mbah a Moute's injury and it's impact going forward
-Rockets Season In Review
-What end-of-season awards do the Rockets have a chance at this year?
-Mini-preview of Houston's 1st round matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves

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Rockets 83, Kings 96 - Onward

By Forrest Walker on April 11, 2018

It's fitting that the Houston Rockets began their season by playing against the Sacramento Kings on the second night of a back-to-back, and finish it in exactly the same fashion. This time, however, the result was very different, though Chris Paul did miss both games. Despite this loss, the Houston Rockets will end the season with a 65-17 record, the best in the history of their franchise, and the only 60-win record in the NBA this season. It's onward to the playoffs, now.

Rockets 105, Lakers 99 - All That Matters

By Forrest Walker on December 18, 2017

The Houston Rockets have won their 65th game of the season. Their opposing number was a surprisingly plucky Los Angeles Lakers team enjoying (technically) their last home game of the season before playing the Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow. None of that matters for the Rockets. The only takeaway from that game was a staggering piece of bad news. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute dislocated his right shoulder in a freak accident during a dunk. In the middle of plenty of enjoyable storylines and elements, this one grim tiding hangs above everything.