Primed to Ignite | Finishing up the regular season & the battle for Texas is on!

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Re: Primed to Ignite [40-23] | Tough L in DC

Postby cavs4872 on Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:06 pm

Rockets hold on against mighty C's
Boston 98 @ Houston 111

In their 67th game of the season, the Rockets were able to hold court against the second-best team in the league, the Boston Celtics, who dropped two games behind the Washington Wizards in a 111-98 loss tonight. It was a block party at Toyota, as the Rockets collected 18 on the contest: Boris Diaw led the way with 5, while Yao and Artest snared 3 each.

A totally balanced scoring attack was up for order by the Rockets: Diaw 21, McGrady 20, Artest & Battier 16 and Yao 14; every active player save Brian Cook played, and each scored a bucket. T-Mac grabbed an incredible 14 boards and dished out 7 assists, while the starting frontcourt of Yao and Diaw grabbed 9 boards each; a feel-good win for the Rockets - a rare instance where they were able to comfortably hold off an equally elite team in the league.

For the stacked Cetlics, their bench didn't do much, but their elite starting five was solid: in the least likely fashion, Rasheed Wallace and Rondo led the scoring column with 24 each, while mid-season acquisition Kevin Durant contributed 17. The remnants of the big three (Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen) were somewhat disappointing, combining for just 17 points. KG did snare an 11 & 15 double-double though.

The Celtics are in Dallas tomorrow, while the Rockets visit the Garden Sunday afternoon to tangle with the East worst 19-50 New York Knicks, who have a key injury to their best player Nate Robinson. The Rockets currently have 15 games remaining until the playoffs; as of today, they would enter a 3/6 matchup with the San Antonio Spurs (being the three). Despite a big deadline deal where the Trail Blazers packaged LaMarcus Aldridge for Andrea Bargnani, they still sit atop the West at 45-25, with the Rockets and Lakers each a game-and-a-half behind.

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T-Mac shows that he still has what it takes against one of the league's elite.

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His Airness would finish a monster jam over Battier and Yao.
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Re: Primed to Ignite [42-25] | Rockets hold on against mighty C's

Postby cavs4872 on Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:15 pm

I almost forgot...

Simmed Progress

88-73 home win versus New Jersey (Artest - 24 points, 6 boards)
69-59 home loss versus Denver (Carmelo 18-5-5, Billups 16 & 5 dimes)
88-70 home loss versus Memphis (Mayo 23, Conley 21)

*Preceding Boston game (yeah, the sim engine is weird)
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Re: Primed to Ignite [40-23] | Tough L in DC

Postby cavs4872 on Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:26 pm

Andrew wrote:Centres really suffered in NBA Live 10's sim engine. Case in point, what do Dwight Howard's numbers look like right now in your season? He was a 20 and 10 player at that point, but he was generally putting up 12 and 12 in simulated games in NBA Live 10.

Yup; 93 overall averaging 11, 11 and 2 blocks (moved to PF after acquiring Brad Miller in deadline deal). Most dominant big is Pau Gasol averaging 17 & 10; shame they couldn't get it right. Yao will probably finish the season with 10 & 10, but I do have Artest and McGrady (with the point guard domination in Felton as well :wink:).
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Re: Primed to Ignite [42-25] | Rockets hold on against mighty C's + simmed progress

Postby Andrew on Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:01 pm

Awesome blocking numbers! Getting close to the record there.

Ah yes, the old centres being played at power forward. Once again, Shaq and Ilgauskas is my go to example there. At least Howard did play power forward for his first couple of years in the league, since the Magic had Kelvin Cato and Tony Battie.
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Re: Primed to Ignite [42-25] | Rockets hold on against mighty C's + simmed progress

Postby cavs4872 on Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:40 pm

A lot of bizarre lineups going on in the league: Mike Dunleavy at PF with Troy Murphy at C for the Pacers, and my next matchup will have Al Harrington starting at center.
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Re: Primed to Ignite [42-25] | Rockets hold on against mighty C's + simmed progress

Postby cavs4872 on Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:38 pm

Rockets fly to Chi-town for date with Bulls
March 22, 2010

The 37-32 Chicago Bulls are sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference after some drastic deadline moves, hosting one of the league's best (Houston Rockets) as they fight for their playoff lives. The Bulls have a healthy starting five of Hinrich-Vince Carter-Luol Deng-Josh Smith-Joakim Noah... a true team's team, with no clear leader (other than perhaps an aging Vince Carter), with an upbeat Tyrus Thomas coming off the bench. It will be Noche Latina Latin Night in the Windy City on Monday night.

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Cousins never stop dueling.

Result: Bulls barely escape, 78-72

8 min. quarters in this one to ease me back into things (of course I wish I did longer), but the thing that kills is sitting down and playing a full 48 minute game without a save & quit feature in 2019. I'm definitely at least bumping up to 9, and hopefully by the playoffs (13 games away) I'll have something figured out.

The starters played the majority of this one for both teams as they ready to get into playoff shape. Boris Diaw lead the way for the Rockets with a 23 & 10 double-double, while Yao snared his own with a beastly 15, 17 and 4 blocks. T-Mac spent considerable time at the point tonight, as the Rockets ran a 2019 death lineup of McGrady-Artest-Battier-Diaw-Yao; T-Mac had 21 on an atrocious 9/30 shooting.

For the Bulls, newcomers Josh Smith and Vince Carter had 8 and 19 points respectively, while steady-hand Kirk Hinrich led the way with 21, and mainstay Luol Deng added 14.

A rough pill to swallow... 13 games away from the playoffs... don't know how many more I should play. The once-hot Clippers have plummeted out of playoff contention, I've already seen the Lakers enough times this season; it's looking like maybe host league-best Washington, visit KD & the Celts and then maybe finish the season in Phoenix. I could also go the other direction and play some shitty teams we won't see in the playoffs... time will tell.

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Yao stuffs Vince, and then Diaw Monday-night quarterbacks it to T-Mac (this game still has fuckin' good animations).

ESPN Houston wrote:Previous game (simmed): 92-47 W in NY (gotta love this sim engine, though we all know the Knicks were fuckin' trash at this time - Al Harrington at center and the shortest backourt ever in Nate Rob and Chris Duhon); T-Mac leads the way with 26.

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Re: Primed to Ignite [43-26] | Never say never...

Postby cavs4872 on Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:22 pm

Fuck it...

Rockets finish the season 6-7 with a final record of 49-33

Awards

Wade MVP: 27-3-4
Augustin MIP: 21 & 6 APG
Josh Smith DPOY for not even that great of numbers...
Steph Curry ROY (they knew) - 14.5 PPG & 5.5 APG
J-Rich 6th man of the year for 10 PPG in 20 MPG for the Suns

ALL-NBA TEAMS

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Doc wins coach of the year for leading the Celtics to 61-21

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(accidentally simmed that first LAL/SAC game, but are we surprised with the result?)

Rockets get locked into classic 4/5 death matchup with Spurs... oy vey.

So yeah, Kings, Warriors and probably Pacers are our surprise teams. Warriors are kind of resembling the balance of the "We Believe" squad: 4 players averaging double-figures (Curry, Ellis, Maggette & S-Jax)... would love to meet them, but them making it to the WCF is more unlikely than me. Danny Granger and Kevin Martin are unsurprisingly leading their respective squads.

2 injuires in the playoffs: Rodney Stuckey will play with a sore knee for a week against Washington, while our own Brian Cook will miss a month with a dislocated shoulder. Devin Harris will spend his early offseason rehabing a torn achilles.
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Re: Primed to Ignite [49-33] | Loss in Chicago & rushing into the playoffs

Postby cavs4872 on Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:37 pm

Round 1 Preview: (4) Houston vs. (5) San Antonio

The Rockets have the unfortunate pleasure of being that team who will get ousted by the Spurs (who will still be good for another decade)... nah, for real, this is gonna be a good series. The Spurs are probably the least fun team we could've matched up with, but this might as well be the WCF. Our series is definitely the best first round matchup, followed by Portland/Dallas.

Starting Lineups

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Raymond Felton
Tracy McGrady
Ron Artest
Boris Diaw
Yao Ming


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Tony Parker
Manu Ginobili
Richard Jefferson
Tim Duncan
Dan Gadzuric
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Re: Primed to Ignite | Finishing up the regular season & the battle for Texas is on!

Postby Andrew on Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:25 pm

Best of luck in the Playoffs!

Those averages for Howard, though...once again, NBA Live 10's sim engine really was a letdown.
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Re: Primed to Ignite | Finishing up the regular season & the battle for Texas is on!

Postby Breems on Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:06 am

Rockets and Spurs are two of my favorite teams. Should be an enjoyable matchup.
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Re: Primed to Ignite | Finishing up the regular season & the battle for Texas is on!

Postby cavs4872 on Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:41 pm

Andrew wrote:Best of luck in the Playoffs!

Those averages for Howard, though...once again, NBA Live 10's sim engine really was a letdown.

Yao got it worse! Couldn't even average double-figures. :roll:

Breems wrote:Rockets and Spurs are two of my favorite teams. Should be an enjoyable matchup.

Thanks man. Good to see you around. Any plans on continuing your story, or is rl getting in the way? Totally understandable.
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Re: Primed to Ignite | Finishing up the regular season & the battle for Texas is on!

Postby Breems on Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:04 am

I'm getting the itch.

I was previously playing during my daughter's naps or playtime, but now that she's mobile, it's tough to find time.

I'm trying to work it out, though. I may sim a few more games than normal to get more accomplished.
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