The case has been made plenty of times on this site: Trevor Ariza is a better fit for the Rockets, who dodged a bullet by not matching Chandler Parson's $46 million contract. Still, it warms the heart to read that not even 20 games into the season Mavericks fans are questioning the contract.
What a great day to be alive.
If you feel sad at all today, read this to get cheered up. It's breathtaking. An example: "I am furiously, irrationally angry with his production to date and I'm pretty fed up with all the excuses that more patient Mavs fans spout on his behalf. Chandler Parsons needs to step up now."
James Harden LEADS the NBA in defensive win shares. No. 1, ahead of Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Marc Gasol and Trevor Ariza, the rest of the top 5. Suck it, haters.
The people who cover the D-League, our own Abel Prado included, are impressed with Capela so far. He keeps this up for another month and it's going to be hard to keep him down in RGV.
From Marc Berman's story: "Carmelo Anthony said he has no regrets about turning down the Rockets this summer, but acknowledged he took 'a long, deep look at it'’ after Dwight Howard sold him hard."
Rahat Huq gives us a nice little film room breakdown of a multi-sequence D-Mo play that ends in a bucket. Don't look now, but with consistent minutes, Motiejunas is brimming with confidence.
U mad bro?
Calling this a flop is pushing it. Harden got hit in the face. Yes, he didn't get that that hard, it seems, but in my book, it's not a flop if you actually get hit in the face.
With Howard out indefinitely, the Washington Post's Fancy Stats blog takes a look at what will happen to the Rockets' defense when the big man is absent. So far, so good, but we'll see what it's like to take on the Kings and Boogie Cousins without Superman in the middle.