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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:31 pm
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Tang Man wrote:
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.


The Blazers might be young, but that can be a plus, because they don't know any better. The team has no fear. On the other hand, I think the pressure is on the Rockets. As far as they are concerned, the pressure is on them since it's been a long time they actually win a playoff series. I wonder if Yao truly feels that pressure. 7 years in the NBA as the franchise player, and still try to get the first W in the first round of the playoffs.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:36 pm
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bayern wrote:

The Blazers might be young, but that can be a plus, because they don't know any better. The team has no fear. On the other hand, I think the pressure is on the Rockets. As far as they are concerned, the pressure is on them since it's been a long time they actually win a playoff series. I wonder if Yao truly feels that pressure. 7 years in the NBA as the franchise player, and yet he hasn't gone beyond the first round.


Regardless. The Blazers are still a good match up for the Rockets. The Rockets have got two players to guard their best player, Roy. Scola matches up quite well with Alridge. Yao has the advantage at the center position, which will force the Blazers to front and double team him. Blake is probably the one player that won't destroy Aaron Brooks.

Outside shooting will be one of the keys of the series. If the Rockets are hitting then I can see them finishing off the Blazers in a hurry.

Most of the national media won't pick them to win the series anyway. However Houston biggest hurdle to overcome is the mental barrier of having not won in the 1st round for a long time.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:36 pm
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Well they have only themselves to blame for this one.....

And even if they can get past Round 1, they will meet LA Lakers or Utah Jazz in Round 2.....also without home court advantage.

Given their poor performance and win/loss ratio on the road, and the fact they played badly every time they met LA Lakers or Utah Jazz, the outlook for them to sneak out of Round 2 is
sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim, even if they manage to get past Round 1.

IT REALLY SUCKS TO FINISH THE REGULAR SEASON THIS WAY !!! :twisted:


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:41 pm
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pryuen wrote:
Well they have only themselves to blame for this one.....

And even if they can get past Round 1, they will meet LA Lakers or Utah Jazz in Round 2.....also without home court advantage.

Given their poor performance and win/loss ratio on the road, and the fact they played badly every time they met LA Lakers or Utah Jazz, the outlook for them to sneak out of Round 2 is
sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim, even if they manage to get past Round 1.

IT REALLY SUCKS TO FINISH THE REGULAR SEASON THIS WAY !!! :twisted:


It is what it is. No use crying about it now. It's too late. It's play off time. They have a chance to win in the 1st round. The match up is decent. They'll just have to play well, win that series first instead of worrying about a 2nd round match up that may not eventual.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:43 pm
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pryuen wrote:
Well they have only themselves to blame for this one.....

And even if they can get past Round 1, they will meet LA Lakers or Utah Jazz in Round 2.....also without home court advantage.

Given their poor performance and win/loss ratio on the road, and the fact they played badly every time they met LA Lakers or Utah Jazz, the outlook for them to sneak out of Round 2 is
sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim, even if they manage to get past Round 1.

IT REALLY SUCKS TO FINISH THE REGULAR SEASON THIS WAY !!! :twisted:


I don't even look beyond the first round. It won't be easy for them to get out of the first round since they don't have that home court advantage.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:45 pm
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bayern wrote:

I don't even look beyond the first round. It won't be easy for them to get out of the first round since they don't have that home court advantage.


Home court advantage didn't do them any good the last couple of season. Now they know they have to play well in every game to give themselves a chance.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:51 pm
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The problem for the Rockets is their inability to get Yao the ball when it matters. In fact, very few players are making the effort to get him the ball on the consistent basis, the only player I can think of is probably Battier. When they don't get him the ball, Yao doesn't have the ability to get his point acrossed due to his easy going personality. So that will lead to Artest and Brooks playing out of control and leave that team concept behind. Stupid shots lead to fast breaks for their opponents. When they give up easy points like that, it will take even more energy for them to catch up, which means Yao will play longer minutes, the longer he plays, the less effective he becomes. That's a reason why he will become more and more as a decoy on the floor.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:55 pm
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Tang Man wrote:

Home court advantage didn't do them any good the last couple of season. Now they know they have to play well in every game to give themselves a chance.


You know the first time they played the Jazz in the playoffs, if it wasn't for the home court advantage, the series wouldn't have gone to 7 games. They simply had no chance in Utah. It would have been 4-1 for the Jazz if Utah had the home court. The second time versus the Jazz, without Yao in the middle, the Jazz didn't need to worry about the inside game of the Rockets at all. All in all, home court advantage is still important. That's why it is called advantage.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:56 pm
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bayern wrote:
The problem for the Rockets is their inability to get Yao the ball when it matters. In fact, very few players are making the effort to get him the ball on the consistent basis, the only player I can think of is probably Battier. When they don't get him the ball, Yao doesn't have the ability to get his point acrossed due to his easy going personality. So that will lead to Artest and Brooks playing out of control and leave that team concept behind. Stupid shots lead to fast breaks for their opponents. When they give up easy points like that, it will take even more energy for them to catch up, which means Yao will play longer minutes, the longer he plays, the less effective he becomes. That's a reason why he will become more and more as a decoy on the floor.


The other was Rafer Alston. That's why as annoyingly bad as Alston can be, he was probably the best rocket at getting Yao the ball. More than that Alston actually KNEW when it's time to get Yao the ball. That would be after a few scoreless possessions. Brooks on the other hand thinks it's time for him to be the hero when the other team gets on a role, which usually just compounds the problem. So anybody know the schedule yet?


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