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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:51 pm
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Looks like the Rockets is finally ajdusting to Rick's system.... Under VG, the offense would strictly be Tmac and Yao..

But the entire Rockets team scored in this game.. With Yao playing away from the paint, it freed up the paint for everyone to score.

But, I doubt the Rockets can score like this again...


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Sometimes we have to thank God for sending this Big Man to the Rockets.

As usual, the workaholic Big Yao arrived an hour earlier in Toyota Centre and started his shooutout practice ahead of everybody....

And then he played for 44 minutes in this win over the Memphis Grizzlies.


Iron man !! :P


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great win, i am hoping that they can carry the consistency over to the next one.

SF, MJ, and Head aren't shooting well, or get enough minates to do so. hope the next game they can shine.

alston is still shooting horribily


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Dec. 6, 2007, 12:57AM


COMMENTARY


A rotation that lives up to expectation


By RICHARD JUSTICE
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle


Freeze this one and save it because this is the game the Rockets hope to be playing regularly in March and April.

You haven't seen these Rockets much, have you? You kept wondering when they'd show up, and just when you thought the blueprint might have been all wrong, here they were, slick and efficient and very, very impressive Wednesday night in a 105-92 victory over Memphis.

They won because of Tracy McGrady's triple-double and Yao Ming's double-double. They won because Shane Battier regained his shooting touch and because Rafer Alston was solid at the point.




A rotation that works


In the end, though, those things weren't the reasons Rick Adelman probably went home happy. On this night, he discovered a rotation that worked.

Bonzi Wells was huge off the bench with 24 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes. Luis Scola continues to look more and more comfortable, scoring 16 points in 17 minutes.

The Grizzlies were shorthanded, but it probably made no difference. When the Rockets shoot 51 percent from the field as they did Wednesday, they probably beat anyone.

Mark it down. It's one day. There have been other days when Adelman thought he'd found the magic.

From the beginning, the Rockets said this season was about winning in the playoffs. They warned us that things might not be pretty in these early weeks as players adjusted to a new coach and tried to mix four new faces into the playing rotation.

They were right. Adelman has tried combination after combination. One day Steve Francis is buried at the end of the bench. The next he's getting important minutes in the fourth quarter.




Adelman's system proven


If you've been frustrated, Adelman has, too. His system is proven. But he never has had a player as unstoppable as Yao (24 points, 13 boards) in the low post.

Even as Adelman wants passing and cutting, he knows he must still get Yao enough shots near the basket. He's still figuring out how to incorporate the best of his system with the best of the Rockets.

He knows only that he has as many interesting pieces as any NBA coach. He has a pair of superstars in McGrady and Yao. He has two premier defensive players in Chuck Hayes and Battier.

And scattered down his bench are players who've either been first-option scorers or something close their entire careers. Now about making them fit.

"I keep talking about our system," he said, "but it's really about Tracy and Yao. We're playing close games, and it goes down to a possession here and a possession there."

The Rockets had lost eight of 11 games before Wednesday for all sorts of reasons. Injuries were a factor. So was general confusion.

Mostly, the Rockets were playing tight, missing shots, looking like a team not quite ready for prime time. No problem there. They've been solid in December in the past, and it got them nothing in April. This season is about April.

"The last couple of days we have really locked in and cleaned up a lot of stuff," Wells said. "Coach Adelman has been on us to clean up our game and really move the ball around so that everyone can touch it and make us more effective."




Wells, Scola click



This was a night when the Rockets were also smart. When the Grizzlies assigned a guard to defend Wells, the Rockets pounded it to him.

He suddenly awakened from a two-week slumber to hit 11 of 14 shots. And the more he scored, the more comfortable he looked.

Scola is the most intriguing of the new players because he has no track record. He's adjusting to the NBA on a variety of levels.

He's about floor burns and hustle and doing things that can energize a team. Sometimes, though, he's so full of passion that he'll forget where he's supposed to be.

He knows his limitations. He understands his offensive skills in the lane. The Rockets got it exactly right with him.

He'll eventually get starter's minutes even if he's not starting. Hayes will continue to start because he and Battier are shutdown defensive players.

But Scola brings offensive balance and passing to the floor. Had the Rockets shot poorly, it might not have mattered how much energy they brought to the game.




Winning breeds confidence


On a night like this, they reminded everyone what they can be. Which is very good.

"If we can continue to have that type of balance throughout, it makes us a great team," said McGrady, who had 17 points, 10 boards and 12 assists. "We really don't have to rely on me and Yao for 48 minutes. It was just good to see those guys have some confidence."

richard.justice@chron.com


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 11:28 am
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Sometimes we have to thank God for sending this Big Man to the Rockets.

As usual, the workaholic Big Yao arrived an hour earlier in Toyota Centre and started his shooutout practice ahead of everybody....

And then he played for 44 minutes in this win over the Memphis Grizzlies.


[color=red]Iron man !! :P [/co[/img]


what the f#%ck is wrong with the coach . Why the fu#@%k is Yao playing so many minutes in a blowout game. Yao played the whole 2nd half in a blowout. Yao should have been taken out early in the 4th quarter when they had a 16 point lead. Coach is a retard.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:49 pm
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WTF are you people crying about? Whats wrong with Yao playing 40+ minutes? Yao needs those minutes to help with his cardio...


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