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Houston Rockets need to target an offensive big man


08:34 PM ET 01.23 | Thanks to a seven-game losing streak, the blueprint for how to beat this young Houston Rockets team is crystal clear: a) Get back on defense to stop the fast break, b) Clog the lane with bigs and shut down penetration, c) Let them launch contested threes all night long, d) On offense, penetrate the lane, and e) Hustle and get offensive boards. This normally results in forcing the Rockets to play a half-court game on offense. James Harden usually ends up driving the lane and forcing a difficult shot against three defenders or creating a turnover. If he does kick the ball out, someone is always there to brick a contested three-point shot. It is obvious that half-court offense is the Rockets' biggest weakness. They simply do not have a big man who is currently capable of consistently creating an offensive presence. No team is the least bit concerned about Harden or Jeremy Lin feeding the ball inside to someone who can beat them. I had the great fortune of catching a replay of Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals last night on NBA TV. It was incredible to relive the past and watch Hakeem Olajuwon and company earn Houston its first ever professional sports championship. Memories of those days tend to fade, but the replay reinforced my assessment of the 2013 Rockets' issues. What shocked me immediately was how insane the crowd was, when the score was only 4-2! It was mayhem throughout the game. As I watched and reacquainted myself with 1990's culture and style, something else stood out: Even beyond Hakeem, the 1994 Houston Rockets were physically intimidating.

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Hakeem Olajuwon, Getty Images/Bob Levey Hakeem Olajuwon, Getty Images/Bob Levey
January 23, 2013  10:24 PM ET


January 23, 2013  10:24 PM ET

Coming to America? Hakeem!!!

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January 24, 2013  01:19 AM ET

The Rockets would do nicely with a player like Aldridge of the Blazers.

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January 24, 2013  09:47 AM ET

Amare Stoudemire is available.

January 24, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Defense Wins Championships, Bros.

January 24, 2013  09:57 AM ET

LTCF, I try to have your back b/c you're a fan of a small market team in the cleveland cavaliers... I think some of the flak you catch may be deserved going forward. Once you understand the complexities between the salary cap and coaching players who already have it "all" along w/ motivation.... The NBA is not easy and the way you go "at" people, you're starting to sound like a NYer... Relax. Enjoy FanNation. Post comments w/ out the need to be passive aggressive or an outright jack ****....

Hard for an outright jackass to be other than an outright jackass. Besides Jeremy Lin was once the toast of NY so LTCF will follow him around the league and spew hate toward any team he is on. He's your compadre; you should know him better by now.


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