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<  Yao on the court, and his most recent game  ~  02/22 Game 56: Houston Rockets vs Charlotte Bobcats

PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:41 am
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So with a day's rest, the Houston Rockets face another relative weak team from the East....the Charlotte Bobcats in Toyota Centre.

Plyaing without Tracy McGrady, the Rockets had been 14W 6L so far this season. And with Aaron Brooks starting in point guard position, they had been 7W 1L.

So there is every reason believe that the Rockets had been playing much better and more cohesive as a team with both Tracy McGrady and Rafer Alston out of the line-up.

Personally think now that this team has officially become
Yao's team , whoever plays in the point guard position, either Aaron Brooks or the newbie, Kyle Lowry, they have to make sure they have to control and monitor the tempo and rhythm of the game. Rockets is never good as a run-and-gun team.

I know both guards are speedy and can play an extremely up-tempo game, but they have to somehow be careful not to run Yao Ming dry too soon. If they can take care of their offensive opportunities in fast breaks, just go ahead making those shots. But if they can't, they have to slow it down and wait for Big Yao to take his position, and let him either kick it out to the perimeter for their 3-pointer snipers (Aaron Brooks, Shane Battier, Ron Artest, Brent Barry or whoever), or he scores on his own, or draw fouls from opponents for his automatic free throws.

This is the first time both team meet.....and given the current morale and the fact that the team defense returns to the team,
anything other than a W will be bitterly disappointed.

GO GO ROCKETS !!! GO GO BIG YAO !!!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:30 am
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Personally think now that this team has officially become[/color] [color=red]Yao's team


it was his team all along. he was too shy to take the responsibility. all the good guys on the team backed yao up, he only had bring himself to be the man. but all those years, he never did. hope it is obvious enough this time for him to take control.

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[color=darkred]I know both guards are speedy and can play an extremely up-tempo game, but they have to somehow be careful not to run [b]Yao Ming dry too soon. If they can take care of their offensive opportunities in fast breaks, just go ahead making those shots. But if they can't, they have to slow it down and wait for Big Yao to take his position, and let him either kick it out to the perimeter for their 3-pointer snipers (Aaron Brooks, Shane Battier, Ron Artest, Brent Barry or whoever), or he scores on his own, or draw fouls from opponents for his automatic free throws.



if it were only this easy. you are just repeating what adelman is saying in the press conference. but in reality, it is much more difficult than that. first off, yao doesn't play 48 minutes. so they got to play differently when he is not in the game... and secondly, they can't be predictable. what you've just said was just going back to the van gundy style and they often struggle getting the ball to yao. not as easy as it sound. the key i think is that there is a balance. people knew battier, barry, alston are not big penetrators therefore they sag off on them. now you got guys like brooks, lowry, wafer won and even artest who can hurt you going into the paint when you pay too much attention to yao. this is the balance never had in the previous seasons. plus, if they had to dump it down to yao every single time, everyone would know how to play them. yao would be tired as hell and everyone would be worried about his injury and overwork. the wise thing to do is get yao the ball with balance of other threats working. use yao's threat wisely to create easy baskets. it's stupid to dump it down every single time....but you can act like you'll dump it down every single time just to throw them off for easy buckets


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:47 am
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Photos of Big Yao and Luis Scola in yesterday's (February 21) team practice.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:54 am
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Elston Turner, Houston Rockets assistant coach, giving walk-through pointers/instructions to the two new players.....Kyle Lowry and Brian Cook during the team practice.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:23 am
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Hope the roller-coaster ride is over and the team would tackle weaker teams with the same intensity as they with stronger teams.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:17 am
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They need to win as many games as they can since the race is tight. 9 teams fight for 8 spots. So someone will get eliminated in the end. Hopefully, it's not the Rockets.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:38 pm
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i'm so excited about the new rockets team right now that i got up to watch the game 6 am in the morning in china....


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:44 pm
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1Q ended. 27 vs 20, Rockets leading.

Missed first part of 1Q cos it's too damn early here in this part of the world, as the game started 06:00 am in the morning. :shock:

From the box scores, it seemed the Rockets are palying quite effective in offense and water-tight in defense. They are outscoring, outrebounding and out-assisting the Bobcats, and containing the Bobcats to score below 35% FG%, while scoring over 55% FG% themselves.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:45 pm
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Beautiful ball movement. The trade looking good thus far. Lowry really strong for his size, and penetrating and passing well.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:46 pm
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9:00 HOU - R. Artest makes a 27-foot three-pointer from the right wing. Assist: V. Wafer

37 vs 26.....leading 11 points now.


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