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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:41 am
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Post match feelings/quotes from JVG and the players from the official Rockets.com, as there are not too many post match articles from the Chinese websites for translation. :oops:

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http://www.nba.com/rockets/news/Post_Ga ... 1-822.html

[size=100][i]ROCKETS HEAD COACH JEFF VAN GUNDY

(on the game) "I'm not interested in one game..try hard...we're paid to play better than we have been and coach better than we have been and get results. We're getting poor results. We didn't do our job as a group. It's not about breaking down an individual guy...if you play enough minutes, you're going to do some good things, (but) it's about getting team results. There's no sugar-coating it...we're 3 and 6 for a good reason. We have a lot of
improvement to make and we plan on doing that."

(on the final five minutes of the game) "Well, we turned the ball over far too often. We had a huge rebound differential and we negated that through turnovers."

(on the inability to finish games) "One, you have to give them (Pistons) credit. They're better than us right now. I wish it was just us playing ourselves out there because I think sometimes when you get into critiquing a game, you forget the other team's out there trying real hard, too, and they're very good obviously. Extremely well coached. Great competitive spirit on their team and, for us, we have a hard time off the dribble, creating shots, and that's usually the shots you're going to get."

(on the play of Ben Wallace) "They (Pistons) went to (Ben) Wallace and he did a great job. He delivered down the stretch for them...you've got to give them credit for that."

TRACY McGRADY

(on the pain he's suffering following back-to-back games) "In the San Antonio game, in the 1st half, it took me a little while for my back to loosen up, and then in the 2nd half, I was fine. Tonight I couldn't get going from start to finish. It's frustrating. Not only did it not loosen up, but I had pain in my back throughout the whole game. I don't know where that came from, like playing on the back-to-back, I pretty much don't know where I'm going to go from here."

(on his plans for healing his back) "If I have stiffness and pain in my back later on in the game, then I have to take myself out. I will probably have a talk with Coach (Van Gundy) and the trainers, but as of right now, I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm concerned with what my status is going to be for the coming days."

(on how his playing through the pain is affecting his erformance) "My shooting has been horrific. That's not me out there. I'm hurting my team and I'm hurting myself. It was tough to sit there and watch the game in that situation, but at the same time, it's tough for me to be going out there and going through what I'm dealing with."

JON BARRY

(on Detroit's 4th quarter run) "It was Rasheed Wallace. They (Pistons) went right into him for turnaround post-ups and he made 3 or 4 shots."

(on the Rockets's defense in trying to contain Ben Wallace) "I thought we did a pretty good job defensively. There were some timely 2nd shots because of Ben Wallace. That's what he does best...he's a beast to keep off the boards. We got some initial stops, but when you give up 2nd and 3rd shots, you run the risk of giving up points. We scored 70 points and it's tough to win when you score 70."

(on what the Rockets's can build upon based on this game) "It's tough to find anything positive in a loss. I thought we were pretty intense...again it still comes down to hustle points, the 50-50 balls that we're not getting. To turn the ball over 19 times against a team like Detroit, you're going to have a hard time winning."

YAO MING

(on the Rockets's inability to make his plays down the stretch in order to win) "Whether it's on the road or at home, we try to run our offense in the last couple of minutes, but we can not finish our job. My fouls are making me leave the game. Also, I didn't take care of the ball very well today. Nine turnovers is not my level. That gives them (Pistons) extra scoring opportunities. We had 19 turnovers and they didn't have that many and that makes a big difference."

(on the Rockets's defensive effort tonight) "On defense, we've played better the last couple of games, but there have been some moments in critical times, like where we're down by 1 point, where we didn't finish the job by getting the rebound. A couple of times, we were so close, but they were able to get the offensive rebound. That stops our scoring."

(on the Rockets's difficulty in scoring) "We moved the ball well, but we did not move the ball quickly. We didn't make quick decisions. That gave them (Pistons) a chance to adjust their defense. Everybody knows they're a good defensive team, but if you don't pick up your offense, then that will hurt you."

DAVID WESLEY

(on the loss)


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:51 am
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half of yao's TOs should be pistons' fouls


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seiya wrote:
half of yao's TOs should be pistons' fouls



can't always blame the ref for all of Yao's mistakes. Yes there are several ref's that get it wrong, but Crawford is one of the best out there, if not the best.
It was Yao's mistake to take a power game into Big Ben, the best in the league in that game.
The moster facials Yao had on Ben were from great positioning that got him the ball right underneath the basket, and his other goals from shooting over the top of Ben or getting there earlier than Ben.
Its when Yao try to back Big Ben down and putting the ball on the floor that got him in the most trouble...that where Big Ben excels in stripping the ball or drawing charges. That's not gonna work most of the time when your going against Big Ben.
Instead of using his height advantage, Yao tried to play Ben's game in the fourth. This was a well officiated game, even to a Rox fan.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:42 am
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there's no way u strip the ball without hitting the arms or hands every time.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:52 am
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Van Gundy: A workaholic coach who took the #8 team to an NBA final, he doesn't need to prove anything. He made an average team a good one, but can he make a good team with many talents a really great one? time will tell. Maybe that is his limit - the final playoff.

T-Mac Sometimes you wonder why he had such a bad reputation in the Magic organization, T-Mac needs to start his setence with "the team" not "I"...

John Barry for a 36 year old guy who still runs like deer and fights every loose ball, my hats off to the Barry family.

David Wesley Just looks like a lost stranger in Van Gundy's system, sometimes it had to hurt more than how Stro feels.

Yao Ming A great first half followed by disappeared second - a new pattern for Yao? "Give me the damn ball" he needs to put that sign on his locker..


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:06 pm
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seiya wrote:
there's no way u strip the ball without hitting the arms or hands every time.


well there is no clear cut of black and white in these situation, you have to understand that most time refs make the call based on where the ball comes out, if it comes out clearly where the stripper hits, even if he gets part of meat, it is a strip.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:28 pm
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sportsfn wrote:
seiya wrote:
there's no way u strip the ball without hitting the arms or hands every time.


well there is no clear cut of black and white in these situation, you have to understand that most time refs make the call based on where the ball comes out, if it comes out clearly where the stripper hits, even if he gets part of meat, it is a strip.



that sounded kinda raunchy.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 1:14 pm
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sportsfn wrote:
seiya wrote:
there's no way u strip the ball without hitting the arms or hands every time.


well there is no clear cut of black and white in these situation, you have to understand that most time refs make the call based on where the ball comes out, if it comes out clearly where the stripper hits, even if he gets part of meat, it is a strip.
How is scoring eight points in the second half disappearing for Yao? Being stronger in one half of the game then the other is not new pattern for Yao. Last year he was stronger in the second half rather then the first like he is this year. Lets face it. IT took a long time and a lot of hard work for Yao to become the dominate player we now see in the CBA, and his progress in the NBA will be gradual as well. Even if he does not meet the extremely high expectations placed upon him. he will still be a good player to have on an NBA roster becuse he is a good player right now and he will keep trying to improve his game every day and not give up until he decides to retire.


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[quote="pryuen"]Post match feelings/quotes from JVG and the players from the official Rockets.com, as there are not too many post match articles from the Chinese websites for translation. :oops:

[quote]

http://www.nba.com/rockets/news/Post_Ga ... 1-822.html

[size=100][i]ROCKETS HEAD COACH JEFF VAN GUNDY

(on the game) "I'm not interested in one game..try hard...we're paid to play better than we have been and coach better than we have been and get results. We're getting poor results. We didn't do our job as a group. It's not about breaking down an individual guy...if you play enough minutes, you're going to do some good things, (but) it's about getting team results. There's no sugar-coating it...we're 3 and 6 for a good reason. We have a lot of
improvement to make and we plan on doing that."

(on the final five minutes of the game) "Well, we turned the ball over far too often. We had a huge rebound differential and we negated that through turnovers."

(on the inability to finish games) "One, you have to give them (Pistons) credit. They're better than us right now. I wish it was just us playing ourselves out there because I think sometimes when you get into critiquing a game, you forget the other team's out there trying real hard, too, and they're very good obviously. Extremely well coached. Great competitive spirit on their team and, for us, we have a hard time off the dribble, creating shots, and that's usually the shots you're going to get."

(on the play of Ben Wallace) "They (Pistons) went to (Ben) Wallace and he did a great job. He delivered down the stretch for them...you've got to give them credit for that."

TRACY McGRADY

(on the pain he's suffering following back-to-back games) "In the San Antonio game, in the 1st half, it took me a little while for my back to loosen up, and then in the 2nd half, I was fine. Tonight I couldn't get going from start to finish. It's frustrating. Not only did it not loosen up, but I had pain in my back throughout the whole game. I don't know where that came from, like playing on the back-to-back, I pretty much don't know where I'm going to go from here."

(on his plans for healing his back) "If I have stiffness and pain in my back later on in the game, then I have to take myself out. I will probably have a talk with Coach (Van Gundy) and the trainers, but as of right now, I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm concerned with what my status is going to be for the coming days."

(on how his playing through the pain is affecting his erformance) "My shooting has been horrific. That's not me out there. I'm hurting my team and I'm hurting myself. It was tough to sit there and watch the game in that situation, but at the same time, it's tough for me to be going out there and going through what I'm dealing with."

JON BARRY

(on Detroit's 4th quarter run) "It was Rasheed Wallace. They (Pistons) went right into him for turnaround post-ups and he made 3 or 4 shots."

(on the Rockets's defense in trying to contain Ben Wallace) "I thought we did a pretty good job defensively. There were some timely 2nd shots because of Ben Wallace. That's what he does best...he's a beast to keep off the boards. We got some initial stops, but when you give up 2nd and 3rd shots, you run the risk of giving up points. We scored 70 points and it's tough to win when you score 70."

(on what the Rockets's can build upon based on this game) "It's tough to find anything positive in a loss. I thought we were pretty intense...again it still comes down to hustle points, the 50-50 balls that we're not getting. To turn the ball over 19 times against a team like Detroit, you're going to have a hard time winning."

YAO MING

(on the Rockets's inability to make his plays down the stretch in order to win) "Whether it's on the road or at home, we try to run our offense in the last couple of minutes, but we can not finish our job. My fouls are making me leave the game. Also, I didn't take care of the ball very well today. Nine turnovers is not my level. That gives them (Pistons) extra scoring opportunities. We had 19 turnovers and they didn't have that many and that makes a big difference."

(on the Rockets's defensive effort tonight) "On defense, we've played better the last couple of games, but there have been some moments in critical times, like where we're down by 1 point, where we didn't finish the job by getting the rebound. A couple of times, we were so close, but they were able to get the offensive rebound. That stops our scoring."

(on the Rockets's difficulty in scoring) "We moved the ball well, but we did not move the ball quickly. We didn't make quick decisions. That gave them (Pistons) a chance to adjust their defense. Everybody knows they're a good defensive team, but if you don't pick up your offense, then that will hurt you."

DAVID WESLEY

(on the loss)


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:35 pm
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Okay..... JVG and Yao Ming talked about their recent losses to Detroit Pistons. :roll: :oops: :wink:

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http://sports.sina.com.cn/k/2005-11-19/ ... 9191.shtml

November 18 evening (local Houston time), Houston Rockets lost to Detorit Pistons 78 ~ 70, and had its first taste of a consecutive defeat in back-to-backs.

"This is a match result I am not willing to see, and a disappointing one too." Jeff Van Gundy was apparently trying to control his own mood when taking the post-match interview. "We had not achieved what we wanted to do and planned for this match. We played the reigning champion (San Antonio Spurs) yesterday, and we played the losing finalist (Detroit Pistons) today. These two are the toughest teams to crack in NBA. As our team is currently at its lowest trough, so when we played such strong teams, obviously every of our shortcomings were exposed."

In the fourth quarter, after falling behind by 10 points, the Rockets came within 1 point, before the Pistons surged ahead for the win.

"In come from behind situation like that, if only we could score 1 or 2 points more after getting that close should have given us more motivation and psssion." Yao Ming said. When asked about Rockets' current problems, Yao Ming said: "Our defense is still alright, but we did not pass the ball well. And if you do not pass the ball well, it affects the offense adversely."

At the crucial stretch of the match, as Yao Ming was fouled out and Tracy McGrady sitting out the quarter and not returning to play (so as not to aggravate his injury), all hopes were lost for the Rockets to come behind for the win.

When asked to appraise the team's performance in that final 5 minutes, Jeff Van Gundy sighed: "We just got completely routed (in that final 5 minutes). We cannot but admire our opponents. They played that well, and definitely deserved to win, and worthy of our respect."

When asked if the match result would change if TMAC had not sat out the last quarter, Jeff Van Gundy expressed: "I don't think even if Tracy plays, he could change the results. Our performance is not good; we could not win even with TMAC, even with Yao Ming. We deserved to lose."

Yao Ming was the top scorer of his team chipping in 20 points and had 11 rebounds; TMAC had only 6 points. Yao Ming denied that he was under extreme pressure when TMAC was not playing. "We had had situations like these before (playing without TMAC), and we played well with good co-ordination and we got good results." Yao Ming said. "The key is we currently lack confidence. It is like an infectious disease. No one can pass and catch the ball. This had nothing to do with the absence of TMAC. Of course, there is a difference when the team has TMAC to when the team plays without him."

Even though Yao Ming got his double-double, he had 9 turnovers and was fouled out for the first time in the new season, both were individual season new high. Regarding this, Yao Ming frankly admitted: "I was responsible for all those turnovers. I had not been able to adjust promptly my own state of mind."

As for his foul problems, Yao Ming indicated: "My foul troubles and my aggressiveness on court will always be topics (of concern) that I need to study and learn. And they are contradictory. If I have to play more aggressive, it will be easier I get foul calls." Obviously, this is a dilemma as far as Yao Ming is concerned. If he is too concerned or over-cautious about receiving foul calls, he will not be able to play more aggressive. So this is a difficult issue (i.e. within the context of reducing his fouls, he could enhance his aggressiveness on the court) that he and Jeff Van Gundy need to resolve together.

When asked to compare how the team fared in yesterday's and today's matches, Yao Ming, obviously not in the mood to discuss about the matches anymore, said: "You'd better ask that question to the coach instead. I just deferred to the coach's instructions in the games."


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