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Houston Rockets Daily Social: D’Antoni and Morey air their thoughts

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Apr 21, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) attempts a free throw during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 97-96. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) attempts a free throw during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 97-96. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Rockets and 27 other teams are already focused on the NBA Draft which will occur June 23rd. However, the result of the NBA Finals Game 6 means the two teams still standing have one more game left to tip off.

Depending on which side of the fence you sit on it was either a glorious Game 6 with an amazing performance or a wildly inconsistently called debacle that saw the reigning MVP get tossed for a LeBron James flop. Either way it forces what most conspiracy theorists are citing as the preferred destination : Game 7 of an NBA Finals.

For Houston the big buzz today centered around podcasts:

Rockets Players

Rockets GM Daryl Morey: Houston Ready to ‘Add Another Star Level Player’ https://t.co/DOaC0yXUur @danfavale

— Anklesnap (@anklesnap) June 16, 2016

AUDIO: @dmorey "We're ready made to add another star level player" #Rocketshttps://t.co/ZqJdCm3U2D

— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) June 16, 2016

ICYMI: @dmorey told @jasonterry31 that he would vote for his supposed rival @mcuban in an election #Mavs #Rocketshttps://t.co/LK3D7TRcu4

— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) June 16, 2016

AUDIO: This week on The Runway Jason Terry explains why he never talked smack to Kobe… but he would to LeBron https://t.co/xzeoh7JmfB

— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) June 16, 2016

Rockets Team Related

Now: Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni joins #PGS.@HoustonRockets
Listen here:https://t.co/VwA64HsBIf pic.twitter.com/rldh7fwvEC

— SportsTalk 790 (@SportsTalk790) June 16, 2016

https://twitter.com/HoustonRockets/status/743549921375051776

Today, according to a "leading" site that talks about specific Days Of The Year, is recorded as Fresh Veggies Day… https://t.co/htWacOuJvc

— Clutch the Bear (@clutchthebear) June 16, 2016

Today's #TBT via Joel O.
Don't forget about our #FathersDay contest..https://t.co/796p034rLw#RGV #NBADL #GoVipers pic.twitter.com/Nq5rHve1oP

— RGV Vipers (@RGVVipers) June 16, 2016

Watching Tristan Thompson nimbly scrambling around on the perimeter illustrates further why it’s time to break with Dwight Howard.

— RedNinetyFour (@RedNinetyFour) June 17, 2016

Jason Terry: It's a travesty James Harden wasn't on any of the All-NBA teams https://t.co/3EOxfkIZGm pic.twitter.com/2DDqx6Vefa

— The Dream Shake (@DreamShakeSBN) June 16, 2016

NBA Finals

Game 6 offered something for everyone: For Cavaliers fans and LeBron James enthusiasts they got their dream game. For conspiracy theorists there was plenty to scream about especially with the zebras doling out pretty lame fouls (at least on 3 of them just ask Steve Kerr) to the MVP of the league. It had me wondering if a MVP has ever fouled out of a finals game which I guess tends to have me leaning on the side of “the fix was in”.

I say this because watching the play where LeBron James blocks Curry to follow it with some of his own trash talk (gee guess the shoe fits differently on your other foot LeBron) you’ll note he bodied Curry more than what was deemed Curry’s sixth foul. Of note, I don’t think either were fouls, but it does showcase the disparity.

As Kerr said in his post game the frustration stems from the Cavaliers being allowed to body, clutch, grab and foul without calls but the MVP of the league is garnering ticky tack calls. He reiterated several times – this is the league MVP fouling out.

If you are a big LeBron James fan then ask yourself why he never gets those types of calls. Why is he repeatedly allowed to travel, push off or gets away with much worse than at least 3 if not all 6 of those fouls called on Curry.

At the end of the day many are happy there is a Game 7 especially Adam Silver, his sponsors and TV affiliates who stand to reap huge bucks off this tied series.

So, by game end the stories which hit social media fell into a couple of categories:

  • LeBron James dominant performance and for many their arguments that he’s already won MVP regardless of who wins Game 7. Granted James has been dominant but can we keep in mind that Draymond Green did not play in Game 5 and Andre Iguodala who could barely walk let alone run tonight (injured back) was guarding him. That’s not to take away from his performance only to keep it in perspective.

Here comes the King https://t.co/ic4Sf9THNV

— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) June 17, 2016

  • Steph Curry’s ejection and tossing of his mouth piece into the front row (which hit a fan and who he subsequently apologized to) and the numerous tweets from current NBA players stating their disdain for how the game was called, especially the 6th foul on Curry. Though many Cavs fans jumped on the “suspension bandwagon” (hey, it worked with Draymond), don’t hold your breath that will happen as there is precedent for it to just be a fine and the lone occasion it resulted in a suspension the mouth piece was thrown AT a ref.

Coach Kerr addressing the Refs as well as Steph Curry's ejection. https://t.co/dPMlRT9tPQ

— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 17, 2016

Here's why Steph Curry probably won't be suspended for Game 7 for throwing mouthpiece https://t.co/fY60gloiFu via @FoxSports

— Tamberlyn's Tip-Off (@TTOTambz) June 17, 2016

The #GameTime crew react to Steph Curry's ejection & Steve Kerr's comments after Game 6… https://t.co/e7KHdmvu5I

— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 17, 2016

The reality is Steve Kerr and Steph Curry will likely both be fined and that may not be a bad thing given the Cavaliers haven’t lost since Ty Lue took his $25k fine and seemingly all the 50-50 whistles since. It might end up being money well spent if the Refs know they’ll be under the microscope for how they officiate Game 7 given the types of fouls Curry has been getting versus the non calls LeBron James and Kyrie Irving aren’t getting.

I’d say Adam Silver basically got what he wanted – a Game 7 of the NBA Finals. If I had to guess because of all the controversy his actions have caused he’ll let the teams just play now. I can’t imagine he’d allow the officials to continue to call ticky tack calls on Steph at Oracle and let the clutching/grabbing/etc of the Cavaliers continue. That’s like dangling a piece of raw meat in front of a lion and expecting it not to jump at it.

  •  Perhaps the most interesting was Curry’s wife who began the night letting fans know the entire Warriors Family bus was being held outside the arena and they were not allowed in until 9PM when the game was starting. The Q cited TV trucks being in the way, but it sure sounds like a convenient excuse.

10 mins til game time and the whole teams families are sitting here on a bus. They won't let us in yet. Interesting tactic though. Again.

— Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) June 17, 2016

https://twitter.com/ayeshacurry/status/743606913716322304

Views from the bus… pic.twitter.com/lHz3u4gAQA

— Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) June 17, 2016

Mrs Curry followed this up with a tweet she later deleted that stated the NBA is fixed! And then explained she was upset because her father was racially profiled and almost arrested. And just for good measure she noted her cousin was denied entry into the Cleveland casino simply because he was wearing Warriors gear. Suffice to say it was a rough day all around for the Curry family.

Ayesha's recipe: Salt and more salt pic.twitter.com/tvT3WgY2ls

— William Lou (@william_lou) June 17, 2016

Police racial profiled my father and told him to remove credentials and tried to arrest him. It's been a long night for me. I apologize:

— Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) June 17, 2016

I'm okay that we lost… I just can't take people coming at my family for absolutely no reason. Something I don't understand or stand for.

— Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) June 17, 2016

https://twitter.com/ayeshacurry/status/743607347604398080

Hey, it’s not like Ayesha should expect much better from the Cavaliers fans look how they treat their own players:

Cavs fans taunt Kevin Love mercilessly before Game 6. #NBAFinals https://t.co/cqzDGNmZiZ

— FOX Sports: Hoops (@HoopsonFOX) June 16, 2016

And, you won’t ever convince me LeBron James didn’t plan the baiting of Draymond Green. Post suspension we learned the Warriors were ticked off and with news the Cavaliers were lobbying for a 2 game suspension sure does give credence to this whole situation being a Cavaliers plan!

Report: Cavaliers wanted Draymond Green suspended two games https://t.co/j0rbBSqobv

— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) June 16, 2016

And just for good measure a bunch of NBA players (former and current) got in on the officiating:

The stripes are in control

— Marquis Daniels (@Marquis_Daniels) June 17, 2016

Straight politics

— C.J. Watson (@Quietstorm_32) June 17, 2016

Get that tv money lol

— C.J. Watson (@Quietstorm_32) June 17, 2016

Even the Rockets got in on the action with Patrick Beverley reacting in shock:

Wow!!! That's all Imma say is wow.

— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) June 17, 2016

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