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Rockets get big win in Orlando

January 5th, 2008
by John
Yao Ming throws down a dunk over Orlando center Dwight Howard Friday night.  Yao finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 96-94 victory.  He had plenty of help though, including Rafer Alston, Aaron Brooks, Luther Head and Luis Scola.Yao Ming throws down a dunk over Orlando center Dwight Howard Friday night. Yao finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a victory. He had plenty of help though, including Rafer Alston, Aaron Brooks, Luther Head and Luis Scola. Click here for more photos from the game.

The Rockets came up with one of their most impressive games of the season, beating the Orlando Magic 96-94 at their “Amway Arena” after losing a heartbreaker against Boston just a couple of nights before.

Man, it feels good to write about a win after 2 disappointing losses to Golden State and Boston. I really liked the effort that most of the Rockets gave. You have to give them a lot of credit for their resilience. Orlando is a good team, having a 22-12 record before the game, although they had only won 7-of-14 games at home this season (15-5 on the road).

It wasn’t easy, though. The Rockets seemingly had the game well in hand with a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter, but they blew that lead and Orlando tied the game up on a Rashard Lewis 3-pointer with 19.9 seconds remaining.

That’s when Rafer Alston probably had his biggest play in ages, penetrating into the lane and scoring on a tough left-handed layup for a two-point lead. The Magic almost tied it up when Adonal Foyle tipped the ball in at the buzzer after a Rashard Lewis miss, but the replay showed that the ball left Foyle’s hand about a millisecond too late. It was the correct call by the officials. Congrats to the refs! (You don’t hear me say that phrase too often).

It was a team effort for the Rockets, with players like Big Yao scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 boards in playing well against his new rival, Dwight Howard, who only scored 16 points and grabbed 8 boards before fouling out.

Alston probably had his best game offensively, scoring 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-4 three-pointers, and had 8 assists. He had lots of problems defensively, which I’ll get into later.


Aaron Brooks got tons of minutes (19) and really proved to coach Rick Adelman even more his value, just like many of us have been saying all year. He was awesome in the second half, getting into the lane at will and creating lots of problems for the Magic defensively. He only scored 7 points, but he shot 50% (3-of-6 field goals), had 4 assists and only one turnover while keeping the ball moving.

Adelman also gave decent playing time to Luis Scola, who played 16 quality minutes and delivered 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting. His shot is so sweeet!

Luther Head played “okay” scoring 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting. But he was 0-for-4 from three-point land, something that’s extremely disappointing for the guy who is starting in place of Tracy McGrady. It turned out that during crunch time in the fourth quarter, it was Alston and Brooks in the backcourt rather than Head, and it paid off. I liked the combination since both guys can handle the ball better than Head, which was a problem against Boston the other night.

So that’s four guys in double-figures. There was a fifth, and it was Bonzi Wells with 12 points. He also had 12 rebounds. But he didn’t play as well as the stats may indicate. Sure, he made 6-of-6 free throws, which is extremely good for him. But he was a pathetic 3-of-12 from the field, and he had 6 turnovers, including a huge one that almost cost them the game when he lost the ball on the Rockets’ second-to-last possession to give Orlando the break they needed to tie the game on a three-pointer by Lewis, who was left wide open by Bonzi.

I could continue ripping on Bonzi about all the mistakes he made. But I understand he’s playing with a hurt left shoulder, and I don’t know what kind of effect that’s having on him. I also have a different way of pointing out players’ mistakes, as well as good plays. For this game, I have tried something new.

I decided to track each player’s good and bad plays each quarter, all grouped by the player. In the second half, I tracked each Rocket player in even greater detail, as you’ll see below. Although it took a lot more time to do this, I think it’s quite interesting to see each player’s noteworthy plays grouped like this, especially Aaron Brooks’ play in the fourth quarter. It gives you a good feel for their overall performance in each quarter. Check it out and let me know what you think. I also have inserted some commentary of my own in the midst of some of these descriptions.

Before I begin that, though, I wanted to point out that Tracy McGrady finally made an appearance on the bench during the game. Is it a coincidence that when he shows up to support his teammates, they win? It shouldn’t be strange to see an injured player supporting his team, but it was for me as I saw McGrady cheering them on and clapping when they had good plays. I don’t know if Rockets owner Leslie Alexander ordered McGrady to appear on the bench or what — I’d like to know the real story behind it — but it was nice public relations move, and as contrived as it might be, it was nice to see.

1st quarter:

The Rockets had one of their best first quarters this season, scoring 32 points on 56% shooting (14-of-26) and holding an 8-point lead going into the second quarter. They also out-rebounded the Magic 17-5.

Rafer Alston had 10 points, and started off by taking McGrady’s place as the main penetrator, getting into the lane a couple of times. He also hit two three-pointers in the quarter.

Meanwhile, Luther Head settled for two three-pointers, which he missed. He should have been going to the hole more than setting for 3s, which he finally did when he had one of his most gorgeous plays ever. He took it to the hole along the baseline, jumped, then threw a reverse layup off the glass from underneath the rim while being hit (no foul was called).

A little bit later, Luther took it to the baseline, elevated, and hit a jumper from the baseline while on the move. Impressive. That’s normally not his kind of shot.

Chuck Hayes also had an impressive reverse layup, laying it high off the glass from underneath the rim for a score, then later he would have a tip-in after a missed shot.

Last but not least, Yao was active, scoring 12 points and grabbing 8 points in the quarter. I really liked how he tipped in a rebound around Dwight Howard, then later pump faked on Howard to get him to foul him, sending him to the line to make 2 free throws. Yao also grabbed a missed shot in front of the basket that Alston clanged off the back rim, then with one hand threw it down emphatically in one motion. That made the crowd ooh and aah. I love how aggressive Yao has been around the rim this season. Not as many wimpy shots off the glass.

Yao did shoot an airball jumper in the quarter, but luckily Bonzi grabbed it underneath the rim and laid it in. As great of a play that was, Bonzi badly missed a chip shot right in front of the rim after a strong move in the paint. C’mon Bonz, quit missing those!

At the end of the first quarter, it was 32-24, Rockets. With as great as their shooting was (56%), you knew it was too good to last, which was correct.

2nd quarter:

Luis Scola hits a jumper from the top of the key. Then at the 11:18 mark, Scola picked up 2 quick fouls. But then he hit two more swishing jumpers in a row later to make it 42-33, the second shot coming off the baseline. The guy is money! He got a good look at the end of the quarter, but he just missed it.

Shane Battier was stripped on his way to the basket. Not good, but then a few minutes later he drew a charge on Lewis. He got underneath him well on a drive to the basket. Later, they ran an isolation play for Battier (of all people) on the baseline, and Yao delivered a bounce pass to him from the high post for the score. A little later, Battier drew another charge by hustling down the court on an Orlando fast break.

Bonzi lost the ball just dribbling it while posting up. C’mon! Then he lost it again on a low post move! C’mon again. You ain’t doing nothin’. At 1:18, Bonzi took it strong and was fouled. He went to the line and made both FTs to make it 51-47.

It doesn’t hurt that Orlando started off the 2nd quarter 1-for-10 from the field.

Brooks hit a 3-pointer at the 7:01 mark, but then a little later couldn’t stop Jameer Nelson from getting into the lane for a shot that fell, and Brooks fouled Nelson for the 3-point play.

Luther Head missed more 3-pointers, and was blocked going to the rim by Adonal Foyle, then mishandled a pass which resulted in an Orlando fast break that led to 2 foul shots by Keyon Dooling. That brought the Magic back to 49-47. Head then threw up an ill-advised 3-pointer. Even the Orlando announcers said it was a “terrible shot.”

The Magic turned on their offense to only trail by 2 point at halftime, 51-49. The Rockets only scored 19 points in the 2nd quarter. Luther’s misses didn’t help.

By halftime, Houston had made only 3-of-10 three-pointers and had shot 45% in the half. They also had 10 turnovers.

Yao had 13 points and 8 rebounds, and was 5-of-11 from the field.

3rd quarter:

11:17- Yao handled the ball poorly just dribbling it in place to turn it over, then Dwight Howard spun around him on the other end for a layup. Terrible defense! 10:26 – Yao is fouled and goes to the line and makes both FTs to make it 55-54, Houston. 8:39 – Yao grabs the offensive rebound off a missed shot by Luther, then throws it down! Yao really hustled on that play! 8:09 – Yao mishandles the ball next to the rim right before he was going to go up for an easy layup, and he loses control of it! Terrible turnover! Immediately after, Yao gets robbed by the refs for just blocking out while Dwight Howard runs into him during an easy layup by Luther. That was Yao’s 4th foul, which was bull crap!

10:55 – Alston hits a jumper from the elbow. He’s 5-of-7 from the field. 9:50 – Alston takes it to the hole and misses a shot at the rim. He complains he was fouled, and he may have a legitimate beef. Then Alston blows another layup after Yao bounced a pass to him right in front of the rim. 7:15 – Arroyo blows by Alston for a layup. 5:57 – Alston steals the ball away from Keyon Dooling, picks the ball up, and dishes to Luther for a layup. 66-62, Houston. 3:57 – Jameer Nelson blows by Alston for a layup. 66-66 tie. 1:43 – Jameer Nelson blows by Alston again for a layup! 70-70 tie. What’s the deal with Alston’s defense against quick point guards? :44.3 – Alston dribbles the ball out-of-bounds off his knee! That’s his 4th turnover of the game. :01.3 – Alston dishes a nice long pass to Battier, who is open behind the 3-point line, and Battier drills it. 76-72 Houston.

To start the quarter, Battier throws up an airball along the baseline. 10:33 – Battier blocks Dwight Howard from behind on a spin move against Yao next to the basket! Rashard Lewis takes it to the hole and scores over Battier. 4:20 – Battier misses a three. :01.3 – Battier hits a three-pointer off a nice Alston pass. 76-72 Houston.

8:39 – Luther misses a 12’ jumper he needs to make as the team’s main shooting guard. 7:00 – Luther lays it in on a give-and-go from Battier. 62-61 deficit. Luther scores on a layup after Alston steals the ball. 66-62, Houston. 1:55 – Luther scores on a layup on a nice bounce pass from Bonzi; good movement by Luther on offense. 70-68, Houston. :31.4 – Luther loses Keith Bogans on a curl move, and Bogans scores easily on a layup. 72-72 tie.

7:25 – Bonzi misses another layup, but luckily he rebounds his own miss and puts it in for a 60-59 deficit. 6:03 – Bonzi turns the ball over on a bad pass to nobody. 4:42 – Bonzi misses a jumper. 3:41 – Bonzi dribbles into traffic in the paint, and turns the ball over. 1:55 – Bonzi throws a nice bounce pass to Luther for a layup. 70-68, Houston.

5:14 – Chuck Hayes is called for an offensive foul on a moving screen.

3:03 – Scola hits a jumper, nothing but net! That gives the Rockets a 68-66 lead. 2:44 – Scola draws a charge on Hedo Turkoglu – great D by Scola. 2:24 – Scola is blocked by Adonal Foyle on a scoop shot attempt in the lane. 2:08 – Then Foyle gets easy separation from Scola on a hook shot in the lane. For some reason, Luis gave up on playing D on that one. 68-68. 1:20 – A few seconds after tipping a loose ball to keep it alive, Scola hits a long jumper, nothing but net, to make it 72-70. :55 – Scola plays good help defense on Rashard Lewis to make Lewis miss his shot.

Entering the fourth quarter, Houston leads 76-72.

11:23 – Alston misses a wide open jumper after coming around a screen from Yao. 8:08 – Alston hits a wide-open three off an Aaron Brooks dish! Interesting combination of 2 point guards in the game at the same time! 85-75 Houston. Alston is 6-for-11 from the field in the game. 3:34 – Alston misses a three-pointer after doing some shaking-and-baking behind the line on his defender. That’s not his kind of shot. Meanwhile, Brooks was wide open. Share the ball, please! 2:26 – Alston drives into the lane and misses a layup off the glass. He got to the rack nicely, but he couldn’t finish. 1:28 – Alston throws a pass from behind the 3-point line to Yao down low, who scores on a huge layup! 93-88 Houston. Great ball movement by the entire Houston offense on that possession! :04.3 – Alston drives into the lane from way out high, and lays it off the glass with his left hand over Adonal Foyle. Beautiful! 96-94 Houston.

11:10 – Bonzi misses a wide open three after Aaron Brooks did a great job passing him the ball from underneath the rim. 9:28 – Bonzi does a great job deflecting a pass in the lane, then a few seconds later strips the ball from Dwight Howard. 5:14 – Bonzi misses a jumper from the elbow after a dish from Brooks. 4:35 – Bonzi scores on a layup after a perfect dish from Brooks, who got into the lane. 3:10 – Bonzi fouls Rashard Lewis from behind as he goes up for a layup. :30.0 – Bonzi throws a bad pass on a huge possession where the Rockets are clinging to a 3-point lead. Turnover on Bonzi! The Rockets get nothing from this possession! On the other end with 19.9 remaining, Rashard Lewis hits a three-pointer over Bonzi, who left him wide open in the lane. Stupid! He is blowing this game! 94-94 tie game. Luther Head replaces Bonzi after that play for the last Houston possession.

10:37 – Brooks misses a 3-pointer badly after Yao gets him the ball out of a double-team. 9:55 – Brooks fouls Jameer Nelson as he goes to the hole, but at least he didn’t let him blow by him for a layup like Alston has been letting him do. 9:46 – Brooks does a great job keeping Nelson out of the lane, and Nelson misses a fallaway jumper. 9:33 – Brooks throws a great pass to Scola underneath the rim, but Scola mishandles the ball for a turnover. 9:25 – Brooks strips the ball from Turkoglu in the middle of the lane. Great D. 9:08 – Brooks scores on a layup after coming around a Yao screen along the baseline! 80-75 Rockets. 8:32 – Brooks jets into the lane past Jameer Nelson, and scores on a teardrop in the lane! Very nice! 82-75 Houston. 8:08 – Brooks penetrates into the lane, draws 4 defenders to him, then kicks it out to Alston who hits a wide-open 3-pointer! 85-75 Houston! Houston is on a 9-0 run. 7:04 – Brooks blocks a three-pointer by Keyon Dooling. He really got up high on that one! Great D! 4:38 – Brooks penetrates into the lane with 3 seconds on the shot clock, and dishes a perfect pass to Bonzi along the baseline for a layup! 91-80 Houston! Brooks is playing in crunch time, and Luther Head isn’t! 2:48 – Either Brooks or Alston leaves Jameer Nelson wide-open for a three-pointer. 91-88 Houston. The Rockets’ 12-point lead is now down to only 3 points. Brooks can’t be faulted too much because he had to contest Turkoglu’s 3-pointer early in the shot clock during Orlando’s transition. 2:19 – Brooks does an awesome job getting back on a fast break for Orlando, drawing a charge on Jameer Nelson! That was a huge play for Houston, drawing the Houston bench off their feet! (even McGrady!) 2:10 – Brooks gets into the lane but misses a layup where he switched the ball from his right hand to his left. You’re not going to see that kind of miss too often from Brooks. That was Alston-esque. 1:08 – Jameer Nelson hits a three over Brooks. 93-91 Houston. Brooks had been helping out on defense on another defender right before that shot.

10:06 – Yao hits a beautiful right-handed jump hook over Dwight Howard. 78-75. 8:24 – Yao plays great D on Dwight Howard, who drives into Yao. Howard is called for the offensive foul, his fifth! 6:42 – Yao misses a fallaway jumper, but Battier gets the offensive rebound. A few seconds later, Howard gambles on an entry pass into Yao, and Yao gets the ball and scores on a dunk! 87-77 Houston. 5:52 – Yao hits a beautiful fallaway jumper along the baseline over Howard! 89-77 Houston! Yao now has 23 points. 4:07 – Howard pokes the ball away from Yao as he dribbles it in the low post for a turnover. What’s the deal with Yao’s ball handling tonight? 2:55 – Yao misses a fallaway jumper from the elbow. 2:24 – Yao fails to get a missed layup from Rafer Alston right in front of the rim, which was big because the Rockets are trying to hold off the Magic as they make a big run. 1:31 – Yao scores on a layup after a great pass from Alston from the top of the key – huge bucket that makes it 93-88 Houston. :51.3 – Yao is fouled by Howard in the act of shooting, who fouls out. Yao goes to the line, misses the first free throw, but makes the second. That miss may really hurt since it only gives Houston a 94-91 lead with :51.3 remaining. :43.1 – Yao grabs a rebound after Rashard Lewis misses a big 3-pointer that could have tied it up!

9:33 – Scola can’t hold on to a great pass from Brooks.

Finally, Rashard Lewis takes it to hole and puts up a shot over Chuck Hayes, who is playing decent D, and Foyle tips it in, but it’s right after the buzzer. Rockets win!

14 Responses to “Rockets get big win in Orlando”

  1. jeff Says:

    Role players like Battier and Hayes with very low scoring ability should not play in the same line-up at the same time. Some players can do the little things and score at the same time, such as Ron Artest. But these two rockets can only do the little things with very low(Battier) or extremely low(Hayes) scoring ability. So no winning team can afford to have both of these two guys in the line-up simultaneously. One is more than enough.

    Scola is proven winner. The only thing he lacks is the chance to adapt to the environment of the NBA. I do not know what the Head Coach is afraid of. The Rockets are a below average team anyway under your coaching. There is actually nothing to lose to let this proven winner learn to adapt in real games.Make it simple. If you do not have confidence in Scola, let him go and see how many teams are lining up for this guy.

    Jeff, I totally agree with you. Add Brooks in there with Scola, too. — John

  2. adrian Says:

    Yah no doubt Scola should start. The rockets will benefit with Scola’s shooting and passing. Brooks should be our 6th man though. Brooks, Hayes, Wells and Head can provide a solid rotation. It’s funny that Yao doesen’t pump fake more often. All these opposing centers first reaction is to jump and try to block Yao Ming. He did it last year. Look at Perkins, Howard. all those long tall centers. Those centers bother Yao when they jump because Yao is a skill player, not an athletic one, although at 7’6 God blessed him with rare quickness and power. (Bradley, Muresan, Bol, all tall for nothing) Just one Pump fake to draw the contact will keep the defenders honest. And if your just going to stat on the ground and contest Yao, we all know hes going to sink that 9/10 times. Pump fake Yao, Pump fake baby!

  3. JT in MD Says:

    Great game! Yao looks extremely confident and did a great job dominating at his position. The team looks “together” and appears to have good chemistry. Yao is slowly emerging as the leader. I believe he does not feel he should tell others what to do on the court until he can first lead by example – which he is now doing…
    John – how do you find the time to break down the games like that. You’d make a great assistant coach with all the stats you could generate.

    Thanks, JT. I think I’m just crazy for spending as much time as I did on this game. I thought it would be easy when I first started, but it started getting real late and then I realized I can’t do that too much or I won’t have much of a life. But if I were an assistant coach, then I would definitely find the time. That would be a dream job. — Thanks, John

  4. Allen Says:

    Wow. Thre straight games for Alston with above 15 points. There is a reason that the coach went with hi over Francis and James. Seems that as he goes, we go, so lets hope that this confidence boost lasts!

  5. Allen Says:

    Hey John, what do you think about the hypothetical move for Andre Miller? I know that it is pretty unrealistic, given both Miller’s age and his contract, not to mention the Rox lack of assets, but wouldn’t it be great? He is averaging more points than almost all of our point guards combined (slight exaggeration) and he is a fantastic ball distributor/handler/assist man. I know he can’t shoot from the outside, and sometimes plays matador defense, but I think it would be great if we could get him. He would instantly be the best pure point guard the Rox have had in a decade (no Francis was never a true point), and the best point guard Mac and Yao have ever played with for sure.

    While Alston is on a serious roll lately (I know you hate him but you can’t deny the last four games being at or over 20 points, not to mention the game winning shot last night), but I wouldn’t hesitate to move him, and say, Head, for Miller. Just a thought, what do you think???

    Hey Allen, I haven’t really been tracking Andre Miller lately. I haven’t been too excited about him in the past, maybe because of all the teams for whom he has played for, and that he doesn’t fit the mold of the really quick guards who can really give a defense fits (like Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Baron Davis, etc). I actually like what I see with Aaron Brooks, and Alston is playing better, although Alston has always been streaky and inconsistent — I’m sure he will start playing poorly at some point again. So I don’t think point guard is the true need as much as it is a scoring guard.

    I’m not sold McGrady is the long-term answer, nor Luther, nor Bonzi (as as starters, at least). If McGrady messes up the offense when he returns by making things go stagnant again, then if the Rockets can get a 2-guard who can also play the point occasionally, that would be great. Francis was supposed to be that guy in backing up McGrady. But who knows, maybe after his injury he’ll get one more chance. I’m also hoping Mike James can get out of Adelman’s doghouse and go on a scoring tear, if he ever gets soe playing time, to pull out of this funk. That would solve alot of problems. — John

  6. David Says:

    Hey John, I just read Feign’s blog and a poster asked him about why T-Mac was finally came to watch his team play on the bench:

    “I liked the fact that Tracy was on the bench at tonights game. He was even coaching some of the players, like Aaron Brooks. Do you think this was solely because this was a trip near his hometown, or will this be a new trend? I’d love to see him at all of our games, on the court or on the bench.

    (I asked about that. The intention is to be on the bench more. At home, sometimes the doctors don’t get to the arena until early evening so when he does his rehab they watch him during the game. Last home game, he had to sit and wait for them. But he does intend to be on the next road trip where that is not an issue. — Jonathan)

    Posted by: freshprince at January 5, 2008 02:57 AM”

    http://blogs.chron.com/nba/2008/01/rockets_get_lucky_but_were_goo.html

    Sorry for posting another link. Not sure if it’s allowed.

  7. Jim From Hollywood CA! Says:

    Stong drive at the end by Rafer……he is SLoooowly losing his “o-fer” nickname. Yao Played well. Maybe t_mac needed this time off to reflect on the 1st few months of the season. John, what type of player do you think we will see in tmac when he comes back? Will he now make sure that YAo is the certain #1 option? will he continue to shoot jumpers after jumpers? Or Will he now be the force that we all know he can be….?

    I hope we will finally see a humbled McGrady who will finally stop jacking up stupid jumpers while everyone else stands around and watches. Attack the basket at all times! It doesn’t matter to me who is considered the “#1 option” or the “franchise player” or anything like that. Just play great team basketball. Similar to the Spurs with Duncan, Parker and Ginobili. Any of them can score at any time. The offense doesn’t need to go through one guy all the time. They keep the defense off-balance because they don’t know what’s going to hit them — it could also be Bowen, Finley, Oberto, Barry, etc. — John

  8. Wilson Says:

    I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS SINCE THE START OF THE NBA SEASON!!!
    START LUIS SCOLA AND PLAY AARON BROOKS MORE!!!

    I have agreed with you. I don’t know why it has taken Idleman so long to play them as much as he has. He makes moves as fast as a dinosaur. We might also want to add Steve Novak to the list. — John

  9. TMc Says:

    The correct starting line-up should be :
    Yao
    Tracy
    Scola – A better offense and defense player than Hays
    Wells – A difficult match-up for any team
    Brooks – Give him 30 minutes of play, rox will double their wins.

    Back up
    Mutombo
    Mike James – Not the same Mike
    Battier
    Steve Francis – Maybe his knee?
    Head

    PS. the reason I didn’t even list Alston on a back up roster, his performance is not a play off level, can not match up any elite team players as a point guard. Why he is still in Houston? If rox wants to go to the next level, Alston has to step down. Yes, he is playing better now, but that won’t change the fact that he will fold in playoffs.

    Not should why both coaches -JVG and Adelman put Hays and Alston on the rosters, it is correct that these 3 players – Alston, Hays and Battier are the weakest link in our losses, because they are not a treat to other teams, what is why other teams never hesitate to double-team Yao and Tracy, and because they can’t finish a cut-in lay up or open jumpers, that is why our offense is always struggling, if Tracy or Yao is off one night, we are guarantee to lose that night, because these 3 players are not able to score, their defense are not that great either, if this is the same starter line-up this year, it would be the same result like year and even worst, why? Just check rox record now.

    TMc

  10. Allen Says:

    Not trying to junk up this blog with posts, but FYI, Miller’s stats this year are 16 ppg and 6.3 apg, and he has career averages of 14.5 ppg and 7.5 apg, and he is on the block as he is too old (early 30’s) for Philly’s rebuilding process. He isn’t a penetrator, but having a penetrator is overrated. Jason Kidd never penetrates and is still the best all around pg in the game (since he rebounds and plays D unlike Nash). Miller would be a better offensive option than Rafer, and he has a lot more experience than Brooks. I don’t think Brooks is capable of being the starting pg yet. Nevertheless, fun food for thought. You don’t have to post this if you don’t want. Do take care, and thanks again.

  11. Wilson Says:

    I HAVE BEEN CHECKING THE ROCKETS REMAINING GAMES SCHEDULE AND IT SEEMS THAT IT SHOULD GET EASIER FROM NOW ON!!!
    I WON’T BE SURPRISED IF THE ROCKETS WIN BETWEEN 50 AND 55 GAMES THIS SEASON!!!
    BUT IN ORDER TO WIN THOSE MANY GAMES, COACH ADELMAN OF COURSE HAVE TO START PUTTING SCOLA IN THE STARTING LINE UP INSTEAD OF HAYES AND PLAY AARON BROOKS MORE…WITH OR WITHOUT TMAC PLAYING!!!
    GO YAO!!! GO ROCKETS!!!

  12. Wilson Says:

    I AM NOT SURE IF THE ROCKETS WILL PASS THE FIRST ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS THIS SEASON, BUT I STRONGLY BELIEVE IF COACH ADELMAN INSERT LUIS SCOLA AND AARON BROOKS IN THE STARTING LINE UP NEXT SEASON WITH OR WITHOUT TMAC…THE ROCKETS WILL WIN THE NBA 2008-2009 CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

  13. Wilson Says:

    YAO + SCOLA + A. BROOKS= NBA CHAMPIONS 2008-2009!!!

  14. jeff Says:

    We are all here talking about this and that. But Disaster Idleman has his own stupid ways of running the Rockets. Therefore, before the Rockets can move ahead, the first thing to do is to fire Rick Disaster Idleman.

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