ROCKETS DID NOT LOSE GAME 7 BECAUSE OF BAD CALLS

Rockets need to worry less about the past and more about making shots

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The audacity and arrogance of an organization to go back and try to justify that they were the better team in the series and the best team in the NBA after being eliminated, is just an awful look and it's embarrassing. There were 7 games in the series and every one of those games played a part in the end result. If you were going to take the time to break down the deciding game in detail then you should have done the same thing, using the same process for the other 6 games that helped decide the outcome.

Did you look at Game 3 which the Rockets won by 3 points and Game 4 which Houston prevailed in by 4 and break down every call and possession to determine if you really deserved to win those games?

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Were there missed calls that helped your team? How many whistles went against Golden State unjustly? When you created your formula for points and values for the calls, did you factor those numbers and results into the games you won instead of the final game you lost? Speaking of these formulas and numbers, who validated them and deemed them as an accurate measure for calculating the outcome of games played in the NBA?

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Ok, forget about all those "minor" details, let's get to the biggest point that the report the Rockets compiled may have forgotten about, the 27 straight missed 3-point shots that sealed their fate in that final game. Regardless of the situation, the calls, the officials, you have to make shots to win basketball games.

In the case of the Rockets, when your entire offense is predicated on making 3-point shots and getting out on the fast break in transition, missing 27 straight attempts behind the arc and shooting less than 16% for the game is not going to get it done. Period. Bottom line. Those are the most important numbers that need to be remembered and discussed, along with the 4 games the Warriors won to the 3 that Houston came out victorious in.

At the end of the day, you will be remembered most by how you handled your toughest defeats and the dark days you had to endure before you finally reach the mountain top. You win with class and you lose the same way. Stop looking in the rear-view mirror trying to change history that has already been made and spend all that energy looking in the windshield, moving forward, focused on the goals ahead.

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For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, Major League Baseball has entered into a lockout in which team officials and players cannot communicate with each other until both sides are “satisfied” and have come to an agreement on labor negotiations.

Before December 1st, MLB free agents were being signed left and right with teams like the Rangers spending over half a billion dollars on players that include Kole Calhoun, Jon Grey, Marcus Semien and Corey Seager.

Other teams that opened their wallets this offseason were the Mariners, Mets and Tigers.

Baseball free agency came to a screeching halt once the December 1st MLB CBA ended. As of right now, players can't sign with any team until the lockout has concluded.

Now that Major League Baseball has entered this work stoppage, the question on everyone’s mind is what does this mean for the sport going forward?

The short answer is no one knows. This process will take some time and most owners have a wait and see approach in regard to this stoppage. Labor negations can be a long, meticulous process that could drag out for weeks, if not months.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred seemed optimistic that a deal should get done between both the owners and the MLB Player’s Association sometime before the 2022 regular season starts.

"We believe that an offseason lockout is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season," Manfred wrote in a letter to fans. "We hope that the lockout will jumpstart the negotiations and get us to an agreement that will allow the season to start on time. This defensive lockout was necessary because the players' association’s vision for Major League Baseball would threaten the ability of most teams to be competitive."

That being said, it may be some time before any deal is made between either side, thus leaving certain free agents in a temporary limbo like Carlos Correa.

The 27-year-old shortstop looked to be the most coveted player available this offseason and would earn a major payday. Just like his fellow shortstops, Correa was looking to earn a deal similar to that of Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and the Francisco Lindor. All of whom signed deals or extension’s of at least 10-year $300 million dollars or higher.

The aforementioned Seager signed a 10-year deal worth $325 million with the Texas Rangers two days before the current CBA ended. Correa was looking to earn a deal similar to this, and the Rangers were one of the team’s that looked to obtain the All-Star shortstop.

Another club that had been linked to Correa was the Tigers, but they just signed free agent short stop Javier Baez to a six-year $140 million contract.

With both Texas and Detroit out of the Correa sweepstakes presumably, where would the 27-year-old land?

We won’t know for some time due to the ongoing lockout negotiations, but as soon as there’s an agreement, Correa will sign somewhere and get his money.

According to Bleacher Report, the Gold Glove winning shortstop has drawn interest from the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers.

All of these clubs are big market teams who are not afraid to spend large sums of money in free agency.

As much as Astros fans would hate to see their beloved shortstop don Yankee pinstripes or wear Dodgers Blue, it seems to be more of a reality Correa won’t be wearing an Astros uniform next season.

Is it possible for Houston to keep Carlos Correa?

Sure, if James Click and the Astros’ front office do something they have never done before and give him an extension of more than $300 million.

The largest contract Houston has ever given out was a 5-year $151 million extension to Jose Altuve.

If they wish to keep Correa, the Astros would have to give him at least a deal similar to what Seager just received in Texas, therefore doubling their largest contract ever given out.

It is not out of the realm of possibilities to believe Houston could accomplish this feat, but it seems unlikely.

A lockout might prolong Correa’s free agency, but once clubs are able to sign again, the All-Star shortstop could sign quicker than we think.

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