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?

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    • We up 3-1 in the finals too

      SamYGSamYG22 days 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

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    • Lakers vs Heat

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    • Houston we have a problem 😂 Epic Battle Lakers and Celtics Lakers will be the champions in the end tribute for Kobe Bryant 👍👍👍👊👊

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  • Lakers in 5

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  • All my cheeseburger

    Sang DiengSang DiengMonth ago
  • rockets should trade westbrook

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

    Sebastián MeraSebastián MeraMonth 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

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

    Drixp iQDrixp iQMonth ago
  • Get woke go broke, labron a big ol baby

    Scribble ScrableScribble ScrableMonth ago
  • I like your channel but the “switch Rotation defense” is called a zone and that’s why Russ struggled

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

    Lawrence CarterLawrence CarterMonth ago
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  • 10:03 was Harden actually annoyed/mad there? What happens next! 😱😋

    vfmc77vfmc77Month ago
  • 0:30 so the refs didn’t see Lebron double dribble🤣

    Xclusive JayXclusive JayMonth 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

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  • 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

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  • Flash forward Lakers destroyed rockets 😂

    Siriesti ChotkanSiriesti ChotkanMonth ago
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  • Russ got exposed big time

    i.heloui.helouMonth 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 UnknownMonth ago
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  • 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 DreyyarMonth ago
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  • trade russ smh

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  • Lakers the goats

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  • WGAS!"

    Richard SchneiderRichard SchneiderMonth ago
  • Bye rockets

    Donald MooreDonald MooreMonth 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 FLMonth ago
  • Westbrick was RUNNING all series.

    typerice604typerice604Month 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 FLMonth ago
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  • Blow up the team only keep harden. Westbrick has to go.

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  • Lakers won.

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

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

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  • Yo are you just mad that rondo trash talk

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  • Houston would’ve won the finals if cp3 didn’t get hurt

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  • Poor D'Antoni

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  • I want Eric Gordon on another team he just wasting time out n Houston and PJ Tucker also

    Domo JonesDomo JonesMonth ago
    • Eric Gordon yes...Tucker? that old broke down player...nobody wants him but Houston.

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  • Nah rockets just trash no excuses someone always tryna make excuses

    jon humphreyjon humphreyMonth ago
  • Antoni refuses 2 adjust, Harden won't move off ball or get n the post.Russ low IQ They r 2 predictable. That B.S system isn't gonna work

    Domo JonesDomo JonesMonth ago
  • Rockets in game 7

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    • Rockets in 8

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  • Harden and russell always lose because they dont perform in 4th qtrs, they always choke when they shouldnt choke

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

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

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

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  • running around hahah 😂 1:18

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  • That has been settled.

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  • Got rid of capela and chris Paul and thinks westbrick was going to make them better 🤣

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  • What’s the song in the outro called?

    Kiks GreeboKiks GreeboMonth ago

    Kenneth PetrovicKenneth PetrovicMonth ago
  • Who's here after the LAKERS won babbbyyyy 💪💪👊👊🏆🏆🏆⏳🎯💯

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  • Nahh

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  • Naw them niggas got up through lol. Lakers in 5

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  • 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

    SportsBluffSportsBluffMonth ago
    • Conspiracy theorists be like...

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

    Frank YangFrank YangMonth 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 UnknownMonth ago
  • trade harden and build around PJ Tucker

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    • LMAO

      Mistah UnknownMistah UnknownMonth ago
    • LMAO

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

    Dude In a Ford !Dude In a Ford !Month ago
  • Lakers just beat the Rockets 4-1 🔥🔥🔥

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  • They have to play Russ at the 4 or 5

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  • What the hell do you mean why? Because they're a way better team obviously

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  • 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 SalazarMonth 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 SalazarMonth 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 .

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  • Leborn james is trash. And this series is fixed

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  • This guy needs to see a speech therapist. Jesus.

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  • Where do you get your beats from

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  • Running around😂🤣

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  • I'll tell you why the series is over by now Because the rackets suck

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    • the who?

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  • Okey running ❄️💊

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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

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