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.