Why The Rockets Are LOSING To The Lakers In The NBA Playoffs (Ft. LeBron, Running, Traps)

Sep 10, 2020
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LeBron and the Lakers have Westbrook, Harden, and the Rockets in a corner in the NBA playoffs, but how? #Lebron #Lakers #NBA
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This series has been a roller coaster so far, with each game bringing out new elements, but there are consistent factors that are beginning to happen like the pace in the 4th quarter. The Rockets have been outscored in the 4th quarter in game 2 and 3 by 10 points each and in both, the Rockets scored 20 or less. Game 2 could be chalked up to Westbrook just “running around”. But Game 3 was a similar story. And the reason for that was the Lakers were able to slow the pace down. Now the Rockets are a heavy iso offense, this means that their offense can be slow at times. And while that literally had LeBron shook in Game 1, the 4th quarter has tightened up.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. The Rocket’s success hinges on Westbrook with small ball because he’s the one that benefits the most from this. PJ Tucker is amazing and is perhaps the most valuable role player in the league, hitting the corner 3 better than anyone in the league and defending all the big men. This really had me dead. (avatar PJ Tucker). But in the small ball Rockets, Russ is the most crucial simply because he becomes the one that ends up putting pressure on the defense. It starts with James Harden who got doubled in Game 2. This isn’t a new strategy that the Rockets haven’t seen before. In fact with Russ and small ball, it’s what they want, because the double usually comes off of Russ’s man. In the regular season, Westbrook made the defense pay, not by shooting a 3, but by making the defense collapse by driving. He did this in game 1 and it worked. And then in Game 2, Westbrook decided to take 3s instead of doing what made small ball work. He took 7 threes in Game 2 which is the most 3s he took in a game since December of 2019.
Now LeBron has decided to be aggressive in the 4th quarter to make an effort to pull away rather than depending on the shooting of his teammates. Alright, not exactly although playoff Rondo did show up. The difference has been the tight defense. With the Harden trap, the Lakers actually do a lot of things. Which gets me to Harden. Harden hasn’t really put any sort of stamp on this series. You can look at the stats and say he’s averaging 32 points and 7 assists on 53% from the field and 48% from 3 and think Harden’s having an amazing series. He just hasn’t necessarily hit timely shots. But he has been important as a steady hand throughout the game, just not in the 4th when the Lakers have pulled away. Harden scored 5 points in each of the 4th quarters in the first 3 quarters. This has sorta been a recurring theme, unfortunate. In the first game, this worked out since Eric Gordon took charge and LeBron and AD both weren’t aggressive. But in the past two games, this didn’t make sense with LeBron and then Rondo taking over. It’s not that he’s played bad, it’s that he hasn’t played like the superstar he is. Part of that is definitely the Lakers’ defense, part of that is Harden.
Now let’s talk about the guy that has had the most individually positive impact in this series, Dion Waiters, aite it’s LeBron. LeBron has had his moments throughout the series, but he’s been the most effective when he’s decided to attack the rim without necessarily looking to pass. Specifically because there is no rim protector, only wings. The only time LeBron should be passing out is when the double comes which is what he did last game and in that 4th quarter in Game 2. The Rockets don’t have a set answer for that and so it depends on how LeBron is playing, not what the Rockets are doing. What’s sorta scary is that with LeBron being on fire, scoring 29 points in the first half, the Rockets were up 3. And that’s the principle behind the Rockets. The Rockets can stay with any team in the league. Game 2 really could’ve been a Rockets win despite LeBron and AD having good games, despite getting contributions from Morris and Kuzma.
So yeah this series has been a series of adjustments but these adjustments become a bit more extreme when you’re dealing with a more extreme team like the Rockets. The great thing about this series is that we don’t know how it’s going to turn out, or what team will show their hand at just the right time to win the series because that’s what these games have been about. But what do you think? Who’’s gonna win the series, Rockets or Lakers?

  • Welp, Lakers are 3-1 now, so who you got in the finals? Twitch- www.twitch.tv/mjallday2k Second Channel- usworlds.info/slow/video/rqyaaH21b6mkbKk

    MJ2KALLDAYMJ2KALLDAY8 months ago
    • Your theory is pedicated off the fact Westbrick is trash and a poor shooter and poor passer. It will be very interesting to see John Wall. I recall someone stating John wall could not pass and the very next game he had over 20 assists. John Wall is a very good passer and facilitator. Then again CP3 is a hall of fame passer, and they could not get it done with him either. That is the reason I do not feel, even though Westbrick is trash, the problem is at the PG position. I quess time will tell. Can I get a like for each time I said Westbrick is trash?

      Brian MorienBrian Morien5 months ago
    • We up 3-1 in the finals too

      SamYGSamYG7 months ago
    • China CCP + BLM + Liberal Agenda + Lebron James communist/marxist politics = RIGGED NBA PLAYOFFS and FINALS GAMES ....the NBA is helping Lebron win his 4th NBA ring because he is a Liberal political pawn and China's puppet..... usworlds.info/slow/video/r56aZJimen92enc

      SportsBluffSportsBluff8 months ago
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    • Lakers vs Heat

      Chrisrock827Chrisrock8278 months ago
  • Lakers won, Houston not a chance

    Nabih ViraniNabih Virani4 months ago
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    Love2 LearnLove2 Learn5 months ago
  • Great vid MJ

    Love2 LearnLove2 Learn5 months ago
  • Does anybody know what type of beat....or know the name of the beat that was being used throughout almost the whole video? I’m just curious?

    Jayson RidleyJayson Ridley6 months ago
  • Lol watching this as a Lakers Fanatic after they won the ring is like "why did we ever get scared by those teams"

    Lakers FanaticLakers Fanatic6 months ago
  • Lakers in 5

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    Phillip MichaelsPhillip Michaels7 months ago
  • All my cheeseburger

    Sang DiengSang Dieng7 months ago
  • rockets should trade westbrook

    My Interesting FactsMy Interesting Facts7 months ago
  • All is because the couch.. he want that kind of play.... and westbrook is not a shooter...

    Sebastián MeraSebastián Mera7 months ago
  • Mj i love ur videos bro i been watching for months but i normally watch on console and dont comment but just wanna say i love ur videos bro

    TheBrotasticBroTheBrotasticBro7 months ago
  • I love Westbrook, but if he wasn't a stat patter they would be okay

    Drxip iQDrxip iQ7 months ago
  • I like your channel but the “switch Rotation defense” is called a zone and that’s why Russ struggled

    Demetreus NewtonDemetreus Newton7 months ago
  • they are loosing cause of the beard...can't pass..zero defence and doesn't understand game...simple

    Lawrence CarterLawrence Carter7 months ago
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    Csékei MártonCsékei Márton7 months ago
  • 10:03 was Harden actually annoyed/mad there? What happens next! 😱😋

    Kevin FumeroKevin Fumero7 months ago
  • 0:30 so the refs didn’t see Lebron double dribble🤣

    Xclusive JayXclusive Jay8 months ago
  • Just admit. LeBron is Smart as fuck. More than a decade in sports several finals. How can you question his game. Just remember it any team LeBron will be in it's automatic play on playoffs no matter what seed

    josua delos reyesjosua delos reyes8 months ago
  • What is your backround music

    John GayJohn Gay8 months ago
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    Izel MejiaIzel Mejia8 months ago
  • Ill tell you this..Westbrook is a OneMan team anywhere you put this guy on other Superteams he'd destroy them, the Only thing that suits for this guy is Solo and still this guy will win nothing

    KxRaxeKxRaxe8 months ago
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    Nazrawi BerheNazrawi Berhe8 months ago
  • Flash forward Lakers destroyed rockets 😂

    Siriesti ChotkanSiriesti Chotkan8 months ago
  • Russ got exposed big time

    i.heloui.helou8 months ago
  • I sense a huge 3 way trade happening in the off-season. If the Rockets can get Kevin Love and maybe a DeMarcus Cousins, they'd be great enough to lose in Game 7's instead of Game 5's in the first and/or second round for years to come.

    Mistah UnknownMistah Unknown8 months ago
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    GBG SHAWNGBG SHAWN8 months ago
  • any team that wetbrook goes it wont be a champion,westbrook will retire without ring,just like magic johnson said he was the greatest point guard and westbrook is the worst point guard.

    Laxus DreyyarLaxus Dreyyar8 months ago
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    HighClaSs-Noted ·HighClaSs-Noted ·8 months ago
  • trade russ smh

    t mt m8 months ago
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  • Lakers the goats

    VexFlazaVexFlaza8 months ago
  • WGAS!"

    Richard SchneiderRichard Schneider8 months ago
  • Bye rockets

    Donald MooreDonald Moore8 months ago
  • How far were the Rockets getting before Harden? Since Hakeem left every year for 20 years its 1st round exit except one time. So harden takes them a couple of times to the WCF for the first time in 20 years. Harden gets them in the playoffs every year beyond that he needs more help and Morey hasnt been able to field that team. Look at all of the championship teams they have serveral layers and all stars and lots of help. AD is dominating its not just Lebron. How many times have we seen someone else dominate with Harden. Just Paul that one year before he got injured and they were gonna win before that. Morey has never been able to give him the type of help needed. One could also argue that they never even should have had MDA. Bad move when they needed defense. Morey went in the wrong direction and wasted Hardens prime. You need to put all defense around Harden and another superstar. Thats the only think that will push them to a championship. Look at the Clippers two superstars surrounded by defense. Thats the formula now but in years past because of the Warriors even that wast enough. So its not really Harden its the teams they are putting out there. WESTBROOK IS NOT SUPERSTAR.

    Joey FLJoey FL8 months ago
  • Westbrick was RUNNING all series.

    typerice604typerice6048 months ago
  • SMH At this video wanting Harden to just average more points instead of the obvious Westbrook is ruining the offense. The Rockets changed the entire team for him and he's done nothing. The way the Rockets played before is Harden carries them to the 4th and Westbrook finishes it. Westbrook has not been doing his job. Especially when they clamp down and double Harden it seems liek there's no where for him to go because after game 1 everyone else on the Rockets team forgot how to shoot.

    Joey FLJoey FL8 months ago
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    Hygiene TechnicianHygiene Technician8 months ago
  • Blow up the team only keep harden. Westbrick has to go.

    Rh HrRh Hr8 months ago
  • Lakers won.

    Michael ImlerMichael Imler8 months ago
  • It’s weird to say, but I would have liked to see Harden with the ball more.

    DoberDober8 months ago
  • Next video: How the nuggets were able to comeback 3-1 Pd: Hope my prediction comes true.

    Santiago VegaSantiago Vega8 months ago
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    Bruno_ the gamerBruno_ the gamer8 months ago
  • Yo are you just mad that rondo trash talk

    Monkey and PenguinMonkey and Penguin8 months ago
  • Houston would’ve won the finals if cp3 didn’t get hurt

    DiegoDiego8 months ago
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    YianniYianni8 months ago
  • Poor D'Antoni

    RasputinRasputin8 months ago
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    Domminick OrangeDomminick Orange8 months ago
  • Nah rockets just trash no excuses someone always tryna make excuses

    jon humphreyjon humphrey8 months ago
  • Rockets in game 7

    W SW S8 months ago
    • Rockets in 8

      Mistah UnknownMistah Unknown8 months ago
  • Harden and russell always lose because they dont perform in 4th qtrs, they always choke when they shouldnt choke

    Wendell LeeWendell Lee8 months ago
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  • No matter how you explained it...all are but excuses. NO ONE ever thought rockets could get past the lakers.

    luzon rodanteluzon rodante8 months ago
    • It was always a long shot. We knew they'd lose, but only Westbrook, Rivers, and Tucker showed fight.

      arrownoirarrownoir8 months ago
  • Man U activated my Siri when u said this series has been..... 😂

    PrimeTimePrimeTime8 months ago
  • running around hahah 😂 1:18

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    Cathy LoveCathy Love8 months ago
  • That has been settled.

    Albert NyakundiAlbert Nyakundi8 months ago
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  • Got rid of capela and chris Paul and thinks westbrick was going to make them better 🤣

    Dang LeDang Le8 months ago
  • What’s the song in the outro called?

    Kiks GreeboKiks Greebo8 months ago
  • Who's here after the LAKERS won babbbyyyy 💪💪👊👊🏆🏆🏆⏳🎯💯

    Justin TJustin T8 months ago
  • Naw them niggas got up through lol. Lakers in 5

    Robert PenickRobert Penick8 months ago
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    BobBob8 months ago
  • China CCP + BLM + Liberal Agenda + Lebron James communist/marxist politics = RIGGED NBA PLAYOFFS and FINALS GAMES ....the NBA is helping Lebron win his 4th NBA ring because he is a Liberal political pawn and China's puppet..... usworlds.info/slow/video/r56aZJimen92enc

    SportsBluffSportsBluff8 months ago
    • Conspiracy theorists be like...

      Mistah UnknownMistah Unknown8 months ago
  • If harden is in the laker they would b unstoppable

    Frank YangFrank Yang8 months ago
    • @ Frank Yang I disagree because the Lakers would lose some of their great perimeter defenders if they traded for Harden. Lakers are about winning championships and if they can't guard Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George...those chances of winning championships will be small. I would stick with the team the Lakers currently have.

      Mistah UnknownMistah Unknown8 months ago
  • trade harden and build around PJ Tucker

    WilliamWilliam8 months ago
    • LMAO

      Mistah UnknownMistah Unknown8 months ago
    • LMAO

      Momo CamaraMomo Camara8 months ago

    Jerry OrtegaJerry Ortega8 months ago
  • Dude the Lakers just took a dub !!!!!! Delusional man

    Public MasterPublic Master8 months ago
  • Lakers just beat the Rockets 4-1 🔥🔥🔥

    Emmanuel De JesusEmmanuel De Jesus8 months ago
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  • They have to play Russ at the 4 or 5

    crazymonkey 0508crazymonkey 05088 months ago
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    Badchiken YbBadchiken Yb8 months ago
  • This will be the same defense they gonna do against clippers, they will lockdown on leonard and frustate him with “ yo mama jokes “ . Dont mind PJ he gonna choke anyway

    Daluyduy SalazarDaluyduy Salazar8 months ago
    • 夏の終わりの雨音が i think clips would run small line up harkless at center, dwight would be fun yelling those yo mama jokes at clips

      Daluyduy SalazarDaluyduy Salazar8 months ago
    • Dude that yo mama jokes would be fun ,but I hope they also frustrates the bigs like what Dwight did being physical always having an elbow to Whiteside or nurkic's face and of course just taking the rebounds out the other bigs hand DH McGee and Davis really beat down on both portland center thinking they have the rebound but behind them all three always fight for the boards .

      夏の終わりの雨音が夏の終わりの雨音が8 months ago
  • Leborn james is trash. And this series is fixed

    Jerry SavageJerry Savage8 months ago
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  • Where do you get your beats from

    Jayson RidleyJayson Ridley8 months ago
  • Running around😂🤣

    Walter PerazaWalter Peraza8 months ago
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    Nightmare ChickenNightmare Chicken8 months ago
  • I'll tell you why the series is over by now Because the rackets suck

    AbdAbd8 months ago
    • the who?

      Mistah UnknownMistah Unknown8 months ago
  • Okey running ❄️💊

    Jonathan CruzJonathan Cruz8 months ago
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  • How you drop 20 with 16 free throws? half were tickie tack calls 😂🤣

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  • Bottom Line LeBron made the NBA very tolerable to watch for 17 years of me life

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  • Gentlemen sweep

    Mr. ActionMr. Action8 months ago
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  • Love the vids man, keep it RUNNING!

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