Rockets Ain't ****

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  1. Jazz Traveler

    Jazz Traveler Well-Known Member

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    Capela did outplay him. But Rudy is defending on the perimeter better this year. Should be a good matchup.
     

  2. NAOS

    NAOS Well-Known Member

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    Capela was great, but I don't quite buy this narrative. Rudy has both greater, and more subtle responsibilities on his team.
     
  3. Stoked

    Stoked Well-Known Member Contributor 2018 Award Winner

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    I’ve never wanted the Jazz to win a playoff series more than I do right now.
     
  4. Ellipse

    Ellipse Well-Known Member

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    What I like about this video is that it shows how to avoid Harden's infamous arm sweep to draw fouls at the 3-point line. The flaw in this technique is that it provides a clear path to the rim, leaving the center on the hook to defend the paint by himself.

    Call me a homer, but I like Gobert's chances against Harden in the paint.
     
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  5. LogGrad98

    LogGrad98 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I did, in both 97 and 98.
     
  6. Handlogten's Heros

    Handlogten's Heros Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    The part that wasn’t fair was that it wasn’t like Rudy has a Harden who was feeding him and putting pressure on the defense... Rudy has to worry about harden CP and Capela.

    Rudy also wasn’t full strength. The narrative was just so bad... national guys acted like he got played off the floor and that he was a liability on defense... defensively we were pretty good last year. Offensively we sucked and tha was more about our perimeter guys than Rudy.

    He didn’t play his best but Felt like he got unfairly dumped on.
     
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  7. Handlogten's Heros

    Handlogten's Heros Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    This matchup does make me kinda sad we didn't get Conley... wasn't the biggest fan of the deal but we'd matchup with these bastards pretty well with a healthy Conley.

    Also the fact that DM is hitting spot up threes at such a high clip does make the case that he could go off ball more and be more efficient if we had some decent options.
     
  8. thebrazilianzz

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    You guys make me excited and optimistic we can win this, then I listen to Locke's podcast and I'm not so optimistic anymore.

    I still believe we win in 7 games.
     
  9. firegirl

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    WHEN we win.
     
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  10. colton

    colton All Around Nice Guy Staff Member

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    This is exactly what I was thinking the whole time during Locke's podcast explaining how great the Rockets are and how bad the Jazz's chances are again them in the series.
     
  11. JimLes

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    Of course people will say how the Rockets only lost 5 games since the AS break, but the Jazz only lost 6 in the same period. And the 6th one was with everyone being rested and Grayson being given the keys to the team for the night.

    I mean, we're all Jazz fans here and by definition biased, but objectively, the teams are fairly evenly matched.
     
  12. Handlogten's Heros

    Handlogten's Heros Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    He gets kinda overly skeptical sometimes... I think he may have thought we'd lose to the Clips and Thunder last couple years too.

    There is no doubt we are an underdog and I think we are likely to lose, buuuuuuuuuut I want to be hopeful and optimistic and I think we have a decent chance here.
     
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  13. Catchall

    Catchall Well-Known Member 2019 Prediction Contest Winner

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    The way the Rockets switch on defense makes our ball movement and Ricky less effective. Look for Mitchell to play a lot at the 1 and attack Chris Paul relentlessly.
     
  14. Catchall

    Catchall Well-Known Member 2019 Prediction Contest Winner

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    Also, the game where we blew them out this year was the game when Rudy got ejected early. Derrick Favors went off for 24 pts. We may want to give Favs beaucoup minutes.
     
  15. Ellipse

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    Locke thinks statistics will win the series. To paraphrase:

    "The Jazz are 1st in getting open shots, but the Rockets are 4th -- not much of an advantage to the Jazz. The Jazz are 1st in defending the pick and roll, but Houston is last in running pick and rolls; hence, this Jazz defensive stat is meaningless when playing Houston. Harden is the best in thee league in running iso's, and the Jazz are piss poor at defending iso's. Blah, blah, blah; therefore, the Jazz have no chance against Houston."

    Lordy, how did the Jazz manage to split the series with Houston?
     
  16. Handlogten's Heros

    Handlogten's Heros Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    I'm also just not sure CP can get and stay healthy with playoff intensity and ramped up minutes. He took a step back this year... has looked better but still not as consistent with his great play.

    To me... he was nearly as important to their success against us as Harden was.
     
  17. Alfalfa

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    We'll see if Harden can carry that load against an elite defense over a series.

    The more I think about this matchup, the more optimistic I become.
     
  18. Handlogten's Heros

    Handlogten's Heros Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    Locke thinks stats win everything. Over a large sample it is correct... but playoffs are a smaller sample and weird things can happen. CP pulls a hammy, Harden hits the wall, we have a couple guys get hot... You just don't know.

    They have some clear advantages... some of the stuff they do works better in the regular season though because they are different than a lot of teams and in the regular season opponents have limited chances to gameplan.

    I think we have intelligent committed players and coaching staff that will be able to cover some of those warts... i trust the gameplan and execution to give us a shot at this.
     
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  19. Handlogten's Heros

    Handlogten's Heros Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    We need to make him work more on defense too. He's hit the wall a few times and his workload has been big.

    I wonder if Kyle will help much this series... guarding him is a bitch. The DM/Korver lineups haven't been great... but I wonder if putting Ingles/DM/Korver on the floor when Harden is out there and making him work a lot would help wear him out.
     
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  20. NAOS

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    my comment was simple: any decent, remotely comprehensive list of the differences between this year and last year has to include Rubio. His importance in this series is being drastically underestimated, IMO.
     
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