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<  Yao on the court, and his most recent game  ~  01/07 Game 37: Houston Rockets @ Boston Celtics

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:52 am
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So after another humiliating loss to Philidelphia 76ers to help the 76ers to halt their losing streak and to lift them out of the bottom place in the Atlanta Division of Eastern Conference, the Houston Rockets travelled to Boston to face the current NBA Champion Boston Celtics in the 2nd leg of a back-to-back.

Boston Celtics right after a great start is also starting to lose, and is on a losing streak of 2, just lost to a lowly Charlotte Bobcats in over time away from home.

But the Boston Celtics had been almost all-conquering at home, having a 18W L1 home record so far. And since the Houston Rockets could not even beat them with Tracy McGrady, Ron Artest and Yao Ming playing at the same time 2 months ago in Toyota Centre, one highly suspect whether the Houston Rockets can beat them this time round on their territory now that the Rockets are at their lowest trough after losing 6 out of their previous 8, and 5 consecutively on the road.

The Rockets will be playing without Shane Battier and this time, Tracy McGrady, who opted to play in Philidelphia insteads of in Boston. It is not yet known whether Ron Artest will return to the lineup for this game.

But it could be a blessing in disguise that Tracy McGrady again chose to sit out in this game, cos when he chose to play, the Houston Rockets always struggled and played 4 versus 5 basketball.

This will be a tough game for the Rockets, and if they keep losing, they will very soon be officially kicked into the lottery in the Western Conference, as they had currently skidded all the way from being #2 behind the LA Lakers to #8, and just 0.5 game ahead of Utah Jazz.


Let's hope they could rebounce from their defenceless performance lately, and fight with energy, intensity, passion and urgency against the Boston Celtics.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:01 pm
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This is a tough game. I remember last year, they played Boston tight without Tmac, but had Bonzi to support Yao.

Boston always defends Yao well cos of Tim Thobedeau. Without Battier and without Tmac in his prime. This is most likely a loss for Houston. All I hope for is a good hard game by Yao and the rockets.

If Ron plays, the starting lineup will likely be

Alston
Wafer
Ron Ron
Scola
Yao

With Deke getting his first minutes of the season, and Barry, Landry and AB getting meaningful minutes.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:08 pm
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Why not remove Yao as a starter. Let him be a bench player. Try that as see what happens. The Rox do seem to play better and quicker w/o Yao slowing them down and taking up space in the paint.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:42 pm
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bamboodragon wrote:
Why not remove Yao as a starter. Let him be a bench player. Try that as see what happens. The Rox do seem to play better and quicker w/o Yao slowing them down and taking up space in the paint.


Yeah WHAT a FCUKING brilliant idea !!! :roll:

All the head coaches of Rockets opponents will be clapping their hands as they don't need to worry about defending Big Yao.

And missing a scorer with 20 ppg up front, and an anchor in the centre of defense at the back, the Rockets will start to struggle from the very first minutes of the 1Q, dig a big hole for themselves, and have to keep chasing points for the rest of the game to lose it at the end.


Yeah WHAT a FCUKING brilliant idea !!! :roll:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:45 pm
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pryuen, why do you stop calling T-Mac McLady, McPvssy and McLazy? Did John tell you to stop doing that? :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:30 pm
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I expect another defeat unless they prove me wrong.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:38 pm
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So Tracy McPvssy lived up to his promise and skipped this game !! :roll:

The starting roster for the Rockets: Rafer Alston, Von Wafer, Ron Artest, Luis Scola and Yao Ming.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:40 pm
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pryuen wrote:
So Tracy McPvssy lived up to his promise and skipped this game !! :roll:

The starting roster for the Rockets: Rafer Alston, Von Wafer, Ron Artest, Luis Scola and Yao Ming.


Actually you should be happy that he isn't playing.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:42 pm
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any link?


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