Why the Playoff Field Should Fear the Houston Rockets

The only thing that should scare the Western Conference more than the Rockets 31-point blowout of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the series opener is the way in which they won that game. Possessing arguably the best offense in the NBA, the Houston Rockets averaged just over 115 points per game, a total nearly 10 points per night higher than their total from last season. The way in which the Rockets won over 50 games this year through their unique ability to run away with a game with a barrage of three pointers was well documented and has kept the rest of the contenders in the West on their heels. However, nothing should scare the rest of the playoff teams more than the idea that the Rockets shot poorly for the majority of game one, turned the ball over, and still blew the Thunder out enough to give Bobby Brown some playing time. Now, if you only watched the fourth quarter which consisted of James Harden hitting three pointers at will with a smile on his face, stop reading. Sure, Harden had 37 points and Eric Gordon eventually got hot. As usual, both of these guys helped the Rockets out greatly. However, their shooting was nowhere near the reason the Rockets won this game in the fashion that they did. In game one, the Rockets beat the Thunder at Thunder-basketball. Oklahoma City came into the game as the leagues top team in both rebounds and points in the paint. The Rockets walked into game one as arguably the best three point shooting team this league has ever seen. The... read more

Deadline Day: What Makes a Good or Bad Trade?

For a basketball fan, there are few more fun days than today, the NBA trade deadline.  If your team wants to add a piece better than a 10th man, it has to be done today by 3:00.  Twitter will likely be abuzz with rumored deals, completed deals, and rapid developments.  Amidst the craze, fans tend to want their team to be involved in the rumors – to do SOMETHING to get better.  Human instinct kicks in, and fans want to be apart of the craze.   Nevertheless, what fans – and sometimes teams – forget, is that when the dust settles after a transaction done under the pressure of time, you are left with are the assets or players you traded for, and lack those which you dealt away.  And if what you dealt is better to have around than what you acquired, you ultimately have hurt your organization.   Do teams need to try to get better at the deadline?  Without a doubt.  Outside of June 23-July 15 (or thereabouts), the deadline is the only time to make significant roster moves.  However, teams also need to be prudent, and avoid making moves that can be harmful down the line – no matter how tempting they may be.   So, looking back at deals past, what are some hallmarks of good and bad transactions?     1: Teams Make Bad Decisions When They Feel That They “HAVE TO” Do Something:   Example: 2015 Suns   The 2015 Suns put together an awesome trio of point guards in Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic, and Eric Bledsoe, in a league where point... read more

About Hoops Critic

Brian Geltzeiler’s true passion is the NBA. He grew up in a basketball family. His father, Burt was an elite college basketball player for Newark-Rutgers University in the late 1940’s and was drafted by the Tri-City Hawks (now Atlanta Hawks) in 1950 by their then GM, Red Auerbach.

Brian is a regular host on SiriusXM’s NBA Radio and gets his money’s worth from his NBA League Pass. He lives in Livingston, NJ with his wife and four children.