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Rockets assign Isaiah Canaan to D-League

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So long, Canaanball

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The Houston Rockets have sent point guard Isaiah Canaan down to the D-League yesterday in a somewhat surprising move.

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Isaiah, we hardly knew ya. You started and played well when Patrick Beverley was hurt, and then all of a sudden you were out of the rotation. Here's hoping your confidence isn't shot and you can bounce back and be useful.

With Alexey Shved back healthy and the Rockets hoping to contend for a championship this year, it's clear Kevin McHale doesn't trust Canaan just yet. Shved has played in high-pressure Olympic games and Jason Terry has a ring. Patrick Beverley has the largest cojones on the team. There is simply no room for a green, undersized second-year player on this roster right now.

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Great, great stuff from David Aldridge on why Josh Smith chose the Rockets, what Kevin McHale thinks of his fit and its impact for both teams involved in this weird, weird transaction.

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Ric Bucher gives the Josh Smith signing an A+. Howard Beck a C+. They make all the arguments that have been made thousands of times in the comments here.

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Here's the blurb that comes with this piece: "The Houston Rockets are often criticized for playing with a style-less soul. But ambient dissonance is a style, even if it's inspired by a spreadsheet."

Sigh. I disagree that the Rockets are displeasing to watch. This oversimplifies Harden's game and discounts any of the fun things (Donuts post-ups/hook shots, Big Papa's everything) the Rockets do.

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The Beard clocks in below Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Paul, and ahead of Anthony Davis. I expect Harden to overtake those guys (except maybe Lillard) next year, and Davis to overtake everyone in like 5.