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    Game 81: Houston Rockets @ Phoenix Suns, Monday, 4/15/2013, 8:00 MST / 10:00 EST



    Location: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
    Time: 7:00 PM MST / 10:00 PM ET
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    Jeremy Lin - James Harden - Chandler Parsons - Donatas Motiejunas - Omer Asik








    Goran Dragic - Wes Johnson - P.J. Tucker - Markieff Morris - Luis Scola


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    Bound for their first playoff appearance in four seasons, the Houston Rockets have their sights set on the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

    They haven't quite nailed it down yet.

    Houston will look to take another step toward doing so Monday night when it visits the Phoenix Suns, who continue to slide down the stretch to one of the worst finishes in franchise history.

    The Rockets (45-35) have already clinched their first postseason berth since 2009 and can finish as high as sixth -- the place they currently occupy. The Warriors are also 45-35, but Houston holds the tiebreaker with a 3-1 advantage in the season series.

    The Rockets also hold a 2-1 advantage against the Lakers, but that could be evened in Wednesday's season finale at Los Angeles. Should Houston lose to Phoenix and the Lakers, Los Angeles would be seeded higher based on its better record against Western Conference teams.

    But with wins in six of their last eight games after a 121-100 home victory over Sacramento on Sunday, the Rockets appear poised for a strong finish.

    "I think we're clicking at the perfect time," said Chandler Parsons, who had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists after sitting out four games with a strained right calf. "We're playing so unselfishly, we're playing for each other, we're all on the same page and know our roles and our responsibilities. I think we can't be playing any better than we are right now."

    James Harden, who had 29 points Sunday before sitting out the fourth quarter, averaged 29.7 points on 53.3 percent shooting -- 52.2 from 3-point range -- as Houston took two of three games from Phoenix earlier this season.

    Even as he caps the best season of his career, Harden has his eyes on some subtle improvement down the stretch.

    "It's about improving our small things, little detailed things," Harden said. "I don't think the home-run plays are going to get us over the top. I think the small things are going to help us be successful in this postseason."

    The Suns (24-56) sit at the bottom of the conference and are already guaranteed the second-worst record in franchise history, finishing ahead of only the 16-66 mark in the team's expansion season of 1968-69.

    They've dropped 15 of 17 after a 105-93 loss at Minnesota on Saturday in which they committed 28 turnovers. Coach Lindsey Hunter's club is averaging 17.5 turnovers over its last 17 contests, the most in the NBA during that span, and opponents are scoring 21.3 points per game off of those mishaps.

    "We turned the ball over entirely too much," Hunter said. "It wasn't complicated turnovers, it was simple passes that we tried to be too fancy or tried to thread the needle to thin."

    Wes Johnson has been one of the few bright spots for Phoenix as the season winds to a close, averaging 14.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and knocking down 39.3 percent from long distance over his last 10 games.

    He averaged 6.0 points while hitting only 28.4 percent from deep through his first 38 contests.

    Source: ESPN

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    I cry for those impacted in Boston.

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    Quote Originally Posted by king4day View Post
    I cry for those impacted in Boston.
    Just terrible situation, My thoughts are with their families

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    Quote Originally Posted by king4day View Post
    I cry for those impacted in Boston.
    makes the whole tanking talks and draft pick discussions seems petty huh?

    but we need this, we gotta move on, this is the terrorists goal -- to disrupt our way of life. we need to grieve for Boston, do not forget them, but we move on..

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky4104 View Post
    makes the whole tanking talks and draft pick discussions seems petty huh?

    but we need this, we gotta move on, this is the terrorists goal -- to disrupt our way of life. we need to grieve for Boston, do not forget them, but we move on..
    Well said Rocky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shortys4711 View Post
    Well said Rocky.
    thanks.

    well, it's safe to assume that the players don't like to be number 3 and gunning for the 4th pick

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    I guess this is Dragic way of saying "I'm pretty good now get me some help!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    I guess this is Dragic way of saying "I'm pretty good now get me some help!!!"
    This

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    far out what the hell is wrong with this team. It makes zero sense to get a win right now

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    Beasley needs to take a page out of the terrance jones playbook, beas could average 16 points a game off of intensity and intelligent, tough cuts to the basket alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shortys4711 View Post
    far out what the hell is wrong with this team. It makes zero sense to get a win right now
    maybe to piss off the rockets perhaps? so they play hard against LA

    number 4 still not bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky4104 View Post
    maybe to piss off the rockets perhaps? so they play hard against LA

    number 4 still not bad
    Lets hope they can do better against LA. I have no idea why we would win this game though, Crazy stuff

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    From McLEmore to Porter, i hope this game does not haunt us in the future

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    Damn. 4th worst record it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bishnoff View Post
    Damn. 4th worst record it is.

    Sorry Bish!!

    i know you wanted 3rd

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