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piatek
#191 May 8 2020 07:52pm
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Quote (Madmartigan @ May 6 2020 10:40am)
If the NBA regular season is in fact over, James Harden and Russell Westbrook are officially the highest scoring duo in NBA history post-merger.

1. Harden × Russ (2019-20): 61.8 PPG

2. Kobe × Shaq (2002-03): 57.5 PPG


https://i.imgur.com/XJLS8eS.jpg

It's bittersweet for sure. I wanted to see what the small ball lineup could do in the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
Also Mike D'Antoni's contract is basically over if the NBA doesn't return. I don't think he's coming back.

Jeff Van Gundy, who former Rockets owner Les Alexander once fired in May of 2007, is a top candidate.
Kenny Smith is also at the top of the list. If he coaches the Rockets, Vince Carter would replace him on TNT.

**adjusted for pace for context**

Per 75 possessions
Harden/Russ: 45 pp75
Shaq/Kobe: 46.8 pp75
Madmartigan
#192 May 8 2020 08:22pm
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Quote (piatek @ May 8 2020 08:52pm)
**adjusted for pace for context**

Per 75 possessions
Harden/Russ: 45 pp75
Shaq/Kobe: 46.8 pp75

Different styles of play. Can you imagine a dominant Kobe and Shaq in their prime playing for Mike D'Antoni?
D'Antoni coached both Kobe (Lakers) and Shaq (Suns) but not at the same time and both players were older.

But I do wonder how Harden and Westbrook would've performed in the triangle offense?
People tend to forget that they're both capable passers that have led the league in assists.

I think if you had Phil Jackson coaching this current Rockets team they'd perform very well. Maybe win the NBA Finals!
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#193 May 12 2020 07:55pm
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Quote (Madmartigan @ May 8 2020 10:22pm)
Different styles of play. Can you imagine a dominant Kobe and Shaq in their prime playing for Mike D'Antoni?
D'Antoni coached both Kobe (Lakers) and Shaq (Suns) but not at the same time and both players were older.

But I do wonder how Harden and Westbrook would've performed in the triangle offense?
People tend to forget that they're both capable passers that have led the league in assists.

I think if you had Phil Jackson coaching this current Rockets team they'd perform very well. Maybe win the NBA Finals!


no they wouldnt. Harden is the ultimate black hole who is the reason he will never be on a championship team.
Madmartigan
#194 May 15 2020 04:39pm
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Robert Covington has only been in Houston a short while, but his impact on the defensive end has been MVP-esque.

His -11.2 defensive differential ranks second behind Giannis (11.3) and ahead of LeBron (9.7)

People talk about Covington being just a 3-and-D guy but he's been elite defensively. Shooting threes is a plus.
I'm hoping the NBA returns and can proceed with the 2020 NBA Playoffs. The small ball lineup had potential.

If the playoffs are lost entirely that hurts. I guess it hurts a team like the Lakers a lot more. Another year of LeBron's prime is gone.
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#195 May 20 2020 09:48am
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Kevin O'Connor@KevinOConnorNBA·52m
Sources: Downtown Houston is being weighed as a potential neutral site location to host NBA games. Disney and Las Vegas remain the favorites but Houston has the facilities needed with the Rockets’ home arena, Toyota Center, neighboring a convention center.

I feel very good about the NBA returning. That would be awesome if it came to Houston!
I'd love to see the conclusion of the small ball lineup. Even if the Rockets are a 5th or 6th seed.

I'm assuming it will be without crowds though. Not like I could just walk on over to the games. I'd have to watch on TV.
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