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<  Yao on the court, and his most recent game  ~  Game 81: Phoenix Suns @ Houston Rockets 4/16/2007

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:39 pm
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This win over a full strength Phoenix Suns is a most fitting send-off gift to Carroll Dawson !!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:46 pm
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.....................JVG's Post Game Press Conference



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:06 pm
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Thanks for the link to the press conference! Nicely done.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:19 pm
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Yao Ming at the game.......

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:21 pm
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pryuen wrote:

This win over a full strength Phoenix Suns is a most fitting send-off gift to Carroll Dawson !!

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Yes, no more Carroll Dawson. That means the end of retarded draft day trades.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:28 pm
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Now the real season begins. Let's see how they'll play against the Jazz for the next 8 games if necessary. It's all about mentality now.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:34 pm
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TheRoxRedGlare wrote:
Cokebabies wrote:
and that ref is such a jerk to the rockets.

i hope we dont play phoenix in the playoffs. they give me too much stress.


Cokebabies,

Did you get the uniform # of that Ref? I need to rank him as one of the NBA's worst in my thread!



http://www.yaomingmania.com/forum/viewt ... 009#306009


dunno his number but i think it was jack nies.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:44 pm
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tharock220 wrote:
Yes, no more Carroll Dawson. That means the end of retarded draft day trades.


Come on, now - you know as well as I do that Rudy T was calling all of the shots! We can only judge CD's performance as a GM once Rudy was canned as Head Coach.

Gone

Steve Francis
Cat Mobley
Moochie Norris
Kelvin Cato
Maurice Taylor
Jim Jackson
Boki Nachbar
Glen Rice
(That's all I can think of right now!)

Here now:

Mac
Luther
Yao (CD was the only person in Rox management committed to drafting him)
Shane Battier
Juwan Howard
Deke Mutombo
Vassilis Spanoulis
Steve Novak

Screwed Up:

Bonzi Wells
Rafer Alson
(Allowing JVG to sign ex-Knicks over the hill scrubs - Mark Jackson, Charles Oakley, Rod Strickland, Charlie Ward, and Clarence Weatherspoon).


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:49 pm
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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/4720792.html


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Monday brought a celebration for Rockets GM
Carroll Dawson, who is retiring after 27 years with the team.
Smiley N. Pool: Chronicle


April 16, 2007, 11:39PM

Rockets drop Suns, clinch home edge in 1st round


By JONATHAN FEIGEN
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle


Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady stood face-to-face at midcourt beaming and shaking and then finally slapping hands together joyously.

They were not, however, celebrating merely the win or the moment. They had finally done enough to hold off the relentless charge of the Phoenix Suns, securing their 120-117 win only when the final three-tenths of a second slipped away. But it was more than that.

It was more than the home-court advantage that they clinched, assuring their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz will begin either Saturday or Sunday in Houston. It was more even than finally beating the Suns, who had tormented them so this season and last.

They stood together and rejoiced about the possibilities they felt as 18,375 fans, the second largest crowd in franchise history, shook Toyota Center as if the playoffs had begun and this one win brought them more than improved chances.

"This was a great accomplishment because we know how important the game was," McGrady said after scoring 39 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists. "There was something major at stake. If we win, we knew we're getting home court. Knowing that, and going against a team like Phoenix, and to come out victorious, it was definitely a great feeling.

"That's a hell of a team over there and a team that had our number, a team I played (terrible) basketball against for three games. They had my number and they had our number.

"We proved something to ourselves, definitely, knowing that if something of that magnitude in a game was on the line, we're capable of winning it."

The win ended the Rockets' six-game losing streak to the Suns and six-game losing streak to Phoenix in Houston. With their fifth-consecutive win, matching the Rockets' longest winning streak this season, the Rockets are 52-29, their most wins since the 1996-97 season, the last one in which they have won a playoff series.

Perhaps most significant, however, was that the Suns were their usual sensational selves, answering everything the Rockets threw at them all night until the final seconds, and the Rockets found a way to do just a touch more.


What a feeling

"It was huge," said Yao, who had 34 points, making 14 of his 20 shots and scoring 13 in the fourth quarter. "We were so excited when we saw the clock running to zero. Everybody was running to the middle. I don't know if it's the same feeling, but it feels like winning a playoff series. I know there's harder and better battles waiting for us, but today is a big win."

It became more rewarding because the Suns made it so difficult. With the game tied at 66 four minutes into the second half, the Suns had made 17 of 21.

It took just a missed shot or two, and in very much the Suns' style, the Rockets took off. In the next five minutes, they outscored Phoenix 19-4. McGrady hit a 3. Juwan Howard tipped in a miss. Yao followed an offensive rebound for a three-point play. With two Rafer Alston free throws, the Rockets had a 10-0 run.

Suns guard Leandro Barbosa put in a jumper, but Yao hit a jumper, Shane Battier a 3-pointer and McGrady two more jumpers to take the lead to 85-70 less than three minutes before the fourth quarter.

The Rockets still led by 10 with 2:14 remaining, but did not score again until the final fraction of a second. The Suns scored seven unanswered points, as the Rockets clung to the most fragile of three-point leads heading into the final seconds.

Amare Stoudemire, who had 30 points, but just two in the fourth quarter, missed, but the ball went back out of bounds off Yao and Shawn Marion, with Marion beating Yao on the jump.

The Suns missed again, this time with Steve Nash missing a 3 with 6.4 seconds left, but again, the Rockets could not control the rebound. And again, the Suns missed, with Stoudemire missing a 3, and Marion putting it in with one second left, leaving the Suns a point short.

Alston was fouled with three-tenths of a second left, and put in both free throws to finally finish it, and the Suns' mastery.


Maximum effort

"If you're a competitor, there comes a time you get tired of somebody kicking your butt," Alston said. "We wanted to just to sustain a level of play that matches theirs


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