Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Tell me the Truth

Tell me the Truth guys.

How many of you Rocket fans out there are really Rocket fans?

How many of you fans jumped on the band wagon because of the play-off birth this past season?

For those of you who followed Houston all season, when did you become a Rockets Fan?

How and why did you become a Rockets fan?

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Yao's Summer

- from FOXSports.com

The AP is reporting that Yao Ming is going to spend this summer in Houston as opposed to playing organized ball. This is huge for the Rockets, as Yao has not had a break in over two years. The fact he'll be in Houston resting up for next season should mean big things for him, and he'll probably even get more work with the Rockets.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

One-year Contract Extension

Van Gundy didn’t have faith in his own talent as a coach when he joined the ranks of the Rockets. Now owner Leslie Alexander is making sure that he realizes this. Alexander recently extended the coach’s stint with the Rockets through the 2007-2008 season.

Van Gundy did a great job throughout last season coaching the Rockets. Not only did he get us a little bit further in the Playoffs, but the players are developing well in their positions. Plus, how many coaches have been willing to throw so much money into a possible referee-Dallas coach scandal for one of their players?

Good luck and make us proud!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Vin Baker

Vin Baker was recently removed from the injury list. Baker had been suffering with heart palpitations, but apparently the Rockets medical team has seen improvement. Baker debuted into the NBA in 1993 when he was originally drafted to Milwaukee. After having a 5-year stint with the Seattle SuperSonics, Baker moved over to Boston, then New York, and finally to Houston.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Summer vacation: Yao to stay, relax in Houston

- from ESPN.com

Yao will head into his first NBA offseason without any obligations, a big change from the previous two summers when he returned home to play with China's national team.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

7 Game Outcomes: Not in our Favor

Well, we have finally come to an end to our Playoff run. After a year of Van Gundy fun, the Rockets have ended the season with 51 games and a first round series that lasted 7 games; a little better than last year being taken out by the Lakers in 5 and only having forty some odd games won.

It was a vicious upset though. I was not expecting that. I even placed a bet with a good friend of mine from Dallas, but a forty point difference, not too great. T-Mac came out missing most of his first shots. Yao had a good game matching a Playoff-high of 33 points.

This only helps develop the team into filling the gaps that we felt during this last game. Van Gundy has some time to think through and get some players. Yao will most likely stay a few more years. His contract is up in 2006.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Bring on Game 7

After undergoing 3 dirty losses (which I believe we should have won), the Rockets have shown why we were a Playoff team from the get go. Holding home court advantage, the Rockets destroyed the Mavericks with a score of 101-83.

Points were being put in from all corners. Jon Barry came off the bench howling in the fourth quarter scoring 10 of his 14 in under 4 minutes. T-Mac held a game-high scoring 37 points.

"We were in attack mode throughout the whole fourth quarter, and it helps when guys are making shots. It just boosts your confidence and carries over to the defensive end."
- Tracy McGrady

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Bogus Calls and Van Gundy

If you took time to watch Game 5 of the series between the Mavs and Rockets, you might have noticed that some people have been upset with a few calls, especially coach Jeff Van Gundy. Van Gundy has gone public with accusations that Dallas coach Mark Cuban has had his hand in getting officials to key in on Yao Ming. So far this has done nothing but get Van Gundy fined $100k, which would be the highest fine a coach has received to date.

On top of this, the officials during Game 5 made a bogus call during the last seconds of the game. A player who was clearly out of bounds knocked the ball out of a player’s hand that was inbounds and they let it play through. Where is the justice?

Other than that, we lost Game 5. This is quite upsetting since we went from being 2-0 to being 2-3. Coming home did not help us at all. Going back to Dallas didn’t help either. But, this guy still keeps hopeful. Game 6 should be unbelievable!!!

Monday, May 02, 2005

2-2

- from FOXSports.com

Unbelievably, Dallas some how found a way to tie up their series with Houston at 2 yesterday. We thought they were done after losing the first two at home but they returned the favor to the Rockets yesterday thanks to Jason Terry. The dude dropped 32, including the biggest shot of the night (and his career) — a three-point dagger in front of the Rockets bench with 27 ticks left. He must be feeling so good, actually contributing to a playoff team after the horrid years in ATL.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Rockets go for 3

Now is everyone getting a little skeptical about first presumptions? Well, we are approaching game 3 and we have a 2-game lead on Dallas. In the first win, there was a 12 point difference. Game 2 came to a close with a victory shot from none other than T-Mac with only 2.2 seconds left (113-111).

With the next game approaching soon, excitement is culminating. Where did Yao come from with that last game? With a career-high 33 points scored, Ming showed how well he can play when he just pushes with a little extra force. GO YAO!!!

The next upcoming game will be on Thursday. Will this be the last game of the first round? (Comments appreciated!)

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Houston/Seattle Matchup: Not Happenin


Recently, a fellow blogger wrote to me about an article of comparison he made between the Sonics and the Rockets. He took some in depth analysis into it, so I'd suggest taking a gander at it. It takes a look at why he is glad that the Sonics will not face the Rockets in the first round due to their previous games. Enjoy! (Click the link above on the title.)

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Ye of Lil' Faith


As it comes closer to the end, I talk to a lot of my buddies about the possibilities of crazy outcomes. One of the most frowned upon is that the Rockets will rock out a clutch victory and make a wicked comeback.

Ok. So, maybe the Rockets going all the way may not be the most probable. Fighting teams the likes of the Spurs and the Suns can be quite a feat, especially if everyone is in full force. But, over all these two teams in the Western are unbelievable and it’s easy to say the same about the Heat.

The Rockets will be going against the SuperSonics for the last game of regular season play and begin the Playoffs with a series against the Mavericks. I personally believe the Rockets can win both of these. Please add your comments!

GO ROCKETS!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Houston/Denver Preview

- from FOXSports.com

Denver is on runs of 10-0 straight-up and 8-1-1 versus the spread following last night's 111-102 home triumph against Memphis. The Nuggets are 19-2-1 against the number in their last 22 games.

Denver has covered three of its last four versus the Rockets.

The Nuggets have gone over in four straight overall and in five of its last six in this series.

Houston has won and covered four straight with Wednesday's 100-92 home victory over the Grizzlies.

The Rockets are on a 9-4 spread run overall, but are just 1-3-1 against the number in their last five at home versus Denver.

Houston has stayed under in 24 of its last 37 home games.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Nuggets Trailing Close

- from FOXSports.com

No race may be more important than the race for sixth in the West between the Nuggets and Rockets. The sixth seed gets the Sonics in the first round, the seventh is likely to get the Spurs. The way the Sonics are limping to the finish line, facing them in the first round would be far less of a challenge than dealing with the Spurs. The matter could be settled on the court because the Rockets play host to the Nuggets on Saturday night. With the season series tied 1-1, the game essentially is worth two games in the standings. If the teams end up with the same record at the end of the season, the winner of Saturday's game will be the higher seed.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Rockets Loss

Golden State is at the bottom of the food chain, but Baron Davis is making sure to prove otherwise. In their last game the Rockets lost by the meager difference of 122-117; making this the third loss in a row. The Rockets have lightly been sucking it up recently and this is not too great of a sign right before Playoffs. The Rockets are still in the run, but will they make it past the first round? We are set, as of now, to play the Seattle SuperSonics first.

"It doesn't matter who we play although those guys are out there, don't have anything to play for, they've got pride. They don't want anybody to come in here and walk all over them. They love the game of basketball, they're going to go out and play regardless of (the fact that) they're not going to the playoffs. We're pushing for something bigger. We can't allow this."
- Tracy McGrady

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Rockets/Trail Blazers Preview

- from FOXSports.com

STANDINGS (through March 28): Rockets - 3rd place, 9{ GB, Southwest Division. Trail Blazers - 4th place, 24 GB, Northwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Rockets - F McGrady, F Clarence Weatherspoon, C Yao, G Bob Sura, G Wesley. Trail Blazers - F Darius Miles, F Abdur-Rahim, C Joel Przybilla, G Damon Stoudamire, G Telfair.

TEAM LEADERS: Rockets - McGrady, 25.4 ppg and 5.8 apg; Yao, 8.3 rpg. Trail Blazers - Randolph, 18.9 ppg and 9.6 rpg; Stoudamire, 5.5 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Rockets, 3-0.

LAST MEETING: March 16; Rockets, 108-77. At Houston, Wesley and Sura each scored 21 points as the Rockets posted their largest margin of victory this season. It was Houston's first game since starting forward Juwan Howard was lost to a knee injury.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockets - 21-15 on the road; Trail Blazers - 16-18 at home.

INJURIES: Rockets - G Moochie Norris (foot); G Charlie Ward (knee); F-C Howard (knee). Trail Blazers - F Randolph (knee); G Van Exel (knee); G Anderson (back); C-F Ratliff (shoulder).

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Wolves Stop Rockets

In the Wolves vs. Rockets game the other day, the Rockets did not show their potential. Yao Ming landed the team high with 21 points. T-Mac, on the other hand, only put in 15 points and shot 4 for 22. The Rockets collectively were shooting for 35 percent.

"I don't know what we're doing wrong. We're moving the ball well, we're getting good shots; they just aren't falling. ... When shots aren't falling, it affects everything - your defense, your rebounding. Everything falls apart."
- Tracy McGrady

This was not their game. This makes for 2 consecutive losses. That is not needed this close to Playoffs. Our position is still solidified very well, but Memphis is keeping on our tail, only being a game behind.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Rockets Road Sweep

The Rockets (38-25) keep creeping up on the Mavericks. The Mavs (41-21) have kept a slight lead in the Southwest Division. But, the Rockets are not taking it lightly. We won the last four on the road; in other words we swept those fools with their foolishness!

The team high was taken by Tracy McGrady (no surprise) with 20 points. Yao Ming added 14 points and 15 rebounds. The final score came out to 97-94. The Mavericks pushed hard to regain a foothold on the game, but the Rockets stayed strong.

"It's a great road trip. Too many teams in this league can't say they went out west and won four in a row. There's some pretty top teams in this league. It's hard to win in this league and it's hard to win on the road. It wasn't pretty for us tonight but we'll take it and we'll go home and play with some confidence at home."
- Tracy McGrady

Juwan Howard added in 18 points, but he had to leave the game in the fourth quarter due to a sprained right knee.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Rockets Victory over Suns

- from FOXSports.com

The Rockets certainly looked well-oiled Friday night.

Tracy McGrady scored 38 points and Yao Ming had 27 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, helping the Rockets rally from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to defeat the Phoenix Suns 127-107.

"McGrady was terrific, and that performance by Yao was dominating," Barry added.

The victory was the third straight for the Rockets over an elite Western Conference team following wins over Dallas and Seattle in their two previous games.

The loss prevented the Suns (47-15) from becoming the winningest team in the NBA and dropped them one-half game behind the idle San Antonio Spurs (47-14) in the race for home court advantage in the playoffs. Houston is 36-25 and surging.

Houston began the fourth quarter trailing by four points, but with McGrady pumping in jumpers and the 7-foot-6 Yao taking command inside, the Rockets outscored Phoenix 41-17 and finished with their highest point total of the season. Houston shot .565 (13-for-23) in the period, while the Suns, who had been at .492 percent (30-for-61) through three quarters, were only 6-for-26 (.231) in the fourth.

"This is a big win for us," McGrady said. "This is a high-powered offense. And for us to hold them to 17 points in the fourth quarter shows how good a defensive team we can be.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Houston destroys Dallas

In their most recent game, Houston destroyed Dallas in a score of 90-69. Tracy McGrady had a great game scoring 32 points and picking up 10 rebounds. A lot of the game was determined by the absence of two players on the Mavericks side of the spectrum. Lead scorer Dirk Nowitzki and guard Michael Finley were both out with injuries.

"It helps when they've got 40 points sitting on the bench. They played us tough for three quarters. We got some transition points in the fourth quarter and made a little run on them."
- Tracy McGrady

McGrady had to get stitched up in the locker room after being hit, but this did not put a damper on his game. He pushed with durability and led the Rockets to a great victory.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Rockets destroy the Wizards

In their 8th consecutive win, the Houston Rockets destroyed the Washington Wizards with ease. This season-high streak is boosting the Rockets record nicely (32-21), but the Mavericks, who are one spot above them in the Southwest Division, have had a four game winning streak themselves. The Memphis Grizzlies, who are in the fourth spot, are not far behind either (30-23).

Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady fought valiantly to take the Rockets to a 123-93 victory over the Wizards. Ming scored 23 points and held strong control on the inside, while opening it up for McGrady. McGrady sunk 34 points and was 14 of 22 from the floor.

"I needed this. I've been struggling a bit offensively the last few games. I put in some extra time in practice yesterday. It paid off today."
- Tracy McGrady

On the Wizards side, all-star Antawn Jamison played an exceptional game, scoring 23 points. Gilbert Arenas, on the other hand, was kept to scoring only 11 points. He has averaged at least 30 points in 10 of his last 15 games. Ming held him from gliding up to the rim.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

5 Game Winning Streak!!!

The Rockets are on a 5 game winning streak. Not only have the Houston bad boys gone on this streak, but also have taken the Bulls down a peg. Tracy McGrady took it with 24 raging points and 9 assists, while Yao Ming put in his two cents with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

"It's been a great run for us and we've been doing a great job of sharing the ball. We've just been making the right plays for the team and limiting our turnovers. The offense is definitely clicking and if we can get our defense on that same page, then we'll really be a hell of a team.”
- Tracy McGrady

The Rockets have been playing hard on the offensive side of the field. Now they are looking at buffing up the defense to put a little more pressure onto the oncoming teams. Dikembe Mutombo came into the game and collected 13 rebounds in the span of about 17 minutes, so it is coming about.

Go ROCKETS!!!

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Rockets Lose, No Bueno

- from the Official Site of the Houston Rockets

Chris Webber and the Sacramento Kings stole a win from the Houston Rockets.

Webber sank a tying 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining in regulation, then created the clinching turnover in overtime by eavesdropping on the huddle as the Kings rallied for a 117-111 victory over the Rockets, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Webber scored 30 points, Mike Bibby added 28 and 14 assists and Cuttino Mobley had 24 in his return to Houston. The trio combined to score Sacramento's last 21 points.

The Rockets positioned themselves to win behind the hot shooting of Scott Padgett, who made his first eight shots, including six from the arc. His 3-pointer made it 101-98 with 2:02 remaining and he answered Webber's two free throws with a jumper for a 103-100 edge with 44 seconds to go.

Bibby and Tracy McGrady traded misses before the Kings took over with 4.7 seconds left. Webber took the inbounds pass, faked a handoff to Bibby and drained a 3-pointer over McGrady with 1.3 seconds to play.

Padgett opened overtime with another 3-pointer, but Mobley tied it with one of his own, then countered McGrady's jumper with a 3-pointer in front of the Houston bench and coach Jeff Van Gundy, with whom he was at odds last season.

That gave Sacramento the lead for good at 109-108 with 2:58 remaining. Webber and Bibby added jumpers before a three-point play by Yao Ming pulled Houston within 113-111 with 22 seconds remaining.

The Rockets fouled Bibby and huddled near their bench as Van Gundy drew up a play. Webber peered in, picked up the play and informed his teammates as Bibby sank both free throws for a 115-111 lead with 15 seconds to go.

With Houston's options cut off, Padgett committed a turnover and Mobley added two foul shots to close the scoring.

Brad Miller had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who bounced back from Thursday's loss at San Antonio and won for the eighth time in 10 games. Both losses during that stretch have been to the Spurs.

McGrady had 30 points and 12 assists and Padgett scored 22 points for the Rockets.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

H-Town Becoming a Presence

After an unwelcoming homecoming in Orlando, McGrady and the Rockets have turned the season around with the points rolling in and shots falling in their way.

Houston now have won 5 of their last 7 beating teams like San Antonio and Dallas, as well as competitive teams such as Orlando and the Nuggets.

The Rockets are sitting at (22-19), after a clutch shot from Padgett to win a 92-91 contest against the Knicks. The Rockets have been playing much better ball compared to their start at the beginning of the season, a team below .500.

Game Notes

Yao Ming had 22 points, 12 rebounds
and Padgett had 12 points.
The Rockets outscored the Knicks 31-17 in the third quarter
McGrady scored 35 points

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

McGrady Upgrade

Tracy McGrady averages 24.7 points a game now which ranks him fifth in the NBA for scoring, and on top of that in the last 10 games Houston has averaged 100.4 points, as well as a .460 shooting average.

Believe me I was looking through numbers and that is by far and improvement on both McGrady and the Houston Rockets. Houston is back up at .500, yet they still are 10 1/2 games behind the Spurs. It is hard to compete in the Southwest division or as like to call it the "Texas Division". Still plenty of basketball left to play this season.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Houston over Jazz

So the Rockets were able to improve past .500 for the first time in all most two months.

Sura tied his season highs scoring 24 points, adding 10 rebounds, and five steals. While is counter-part Tracy McGrady scored 25 points as the Rockets beat the slumping Utah Jazz 99-80.

Go Rockets!