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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:24 pm
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johnl wrote:
so if portland win then rox will have hca?? or the other way around?

other way since they will have better record. hope they lose. :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:24 pm
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Tang Man wrote:
YY2008 wrote:
Tang Man wrote:
shokenchi wrote:
spurs clinched 3rd so we are facing portland from realgm board.


That's as it currently stands and doesn't take into account of the result of Nuggets v Blazers game.


it's a new rule for tie breaker. check out nba.com, tang man.


Is it? They keep changing the rules all the time. It's hard to keep up. So it's Blazers with or without HCA then?


If Blazers win tonite, they will be #4 and have HCA. If they lose, Rockets will be #4, Blazers #5.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:33 pm
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The Nuggets have packed it in. The Rockets will open on the road. It's what they deserve. Blazers will be fronting Yao a lot. I hope the other players are ready to step up.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:53 pm
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Portland won't be fronting yao as much. They have two 7 footers in Oden and Prizbilla who prefer playing behind yao. If they do front, they're not pesky as smaller more agile defenders. Yao plays well against traditional centers. The Rockets should beat the Blazers whether they have homecourt or not. The Rockets have experience, Blazers are rooks. If the Rockets cannot beat the Blazers, blow up the team, trade yao, fire adelman. This series is make or break for yao.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:00 pm
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nig1 wrote:
Portland won't be fronting yao as much. They have two 7 footers in Oden and Prizbilla who prefer playing behind yao. If they do front, they're not pesky as smaller more agile defenders. Yao plays well against traditional centers. The Rockets should beat the Blazers whether they have homecourt or not. The Rockets have experience, Blazers are rooks. If the Rockets cannot beat the Blazers, blow up the team, trade yao, fire adelman. This series is make or break for yao.


They defended Yao with LaMarcus Alridge in their last meeting. It was a preview of what they would do in the PO if the two teams match up up. So expect A LOT of fronting.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:10 pm
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nig1 wrote:
.... The Rockets should beat the Blazers whether they have homecourt or not. The Rockets have experience, Blazers are rooks.
wanna bet :?:


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:11 pm
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If I choose to defend Yao, I will be fronting him all game long. Put a quick player on him. I am sure he will get frustrated. With some low basketball IQ players on the Rockets, they don't even know how to get the ball to him. Plus, with the personality of Yao's, he will just let that happen over and over. I have said this before, at times it's even harder to get Yao the ball than scoring a basket. Go figure... All the franchise players who have won the titles never had that problem, which is getting the damn ball.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:24 pm
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You know it could well be a blessing for the Rockets to open the PO on the road. There'll be less expectations and pressure on them now. The Blazers are talented but are play off rookies. So the Rockets are a chance to steal game 1. From there'll control their own destiny. After the Hornets, I though the Blazers were probably their next best match up for a first round win.

The key to the series is Yao Ming. If they go with single coverage he has got to shoot nearly every time. When they front and double team him, the perimeter players must knock down shots.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:24 pm
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Tang Man wrote:
The Nuggets have packed it in. The Rockets will open on the road. It's what they deserve. Blazers will be fronting Yao a lot. I hope the other players are ready to step up.


The Rockets surely know how to start the playoff in a bad position:
Just got beaten with no confidence and ego going into the series, and playing in somebody's court who just won the last game and get the HCA.

Of course, it is still too early to know that will happen, but the Rockets shouldn't have put their own fate into so many other teams' mercy. We will know for sure in less than an hour after the Den vs Portland game.

Sad for the Rockets... Sad Sad Sad


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:26 pm
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nig1 wrote:
The Rockets have experience, Blazers are rooks.


The Rockets do have the experience of getting eliminated in the first round. In fact, they have tons of experience. :lol:


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