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Official Rockets (15-17) vs Magic (22-12) Game Thread

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Official Rockets (15-17) vs Magic (22-12) Game Thread 

Post#1 » by A.J. » Thu Jan 3, 2008 11:46 pm

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Probable Starters

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PG Rafer Alston 10.3 PPG
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SG Bonzi Wells 10.4 PPG
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SF Shane Battier 8.6 PPG

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PF Chuck Hayes 3.3 PPGImage

C Yao Ming 21.3 PPG
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Orlando Magic

PG Carlos Arroyo 6.6 PPG
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SG Keith Bogans 10.4 PPG
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SF Hedo Turkoglu 19.6 PPG
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PF Rashad Lewis 18.2 PPG
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C Dwight Howard 22.6 PPG
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Post#2 » by TMACFORMVP » Fri Jan 4, 2008 12:01 am

Team is too inconsistent to say anything. If we hit our open shots and Yao plays efficiently, we'd have a good chance, but if we play the opposite we get blown out especially playing on the road. Pretty much obvious with any team, but this team is far too inconsistent to know what's coming.
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Post#3 » by compucomp » Fri Jan 4, 2008 12:10 am

The last time Yao went against Dwight, their individual duel was a draw, and the Magic pulled out a narrow victory. This is definitely a winnable game.

Let's see if the Magic continue with their strategy of doubling Yao on the catch, and let's see if the Rockets continue to have Yao guard Dwight 1v1. Bonzi will have his way, and Arroyo is not a good defender at all, so perhaps we can get the Rafer/Yao pick and roll working again.
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Post#4 » by DraftBoy10 » Fri Jan 4, 2008 12:13 am

We can try to go at this, depends a lot on our defense.
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Post#5 » by etopn23 » Fri Jan 4, 2008 12:34 am

TMACFORMVP wrote:Team is too inconsistent to say anything. If we hit our open shots and Yao plays efficiently, we'd have a good chance, but if we play the opposite we get blown out especially playing on the road. Pretty much obvious with any team, but this team is far too inconsistent to know what's coming.
Orlando has been pretty inconsistent this year also.
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Post#6 » by A.J. » Fri Jan 4, 2008 12:55 am

man i hope we find our identity and quick.
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Post#7 » by Baller 24 » Fri Jan 4, 2008 1:09 am

IF the Rockets want to start a winning streak then its now or never. Because the after this our schedule gets easy, and we have a chance of going either 8-2 or 9-1 this month. Hopefully the team can make it threw .
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Post#8 » by HTown_TMac » Fri Jan 4, 2008 1:11 am

Damn Bonzi is a REAL MWT
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Post#9 » by Teckon » Fri Jan 4, 2008 1:36 am

This is definitely a winnable game for Rockets. The offense is finally taking some consistent shape and getting better with each past game. This game may be the starting point of a great recovery for the rockets leading to 10-0 or 8-2 (yes I am optimistic :nod: ) over the next 10 games.

15-17 now but possibly 25-17 (or 23-19) in 10 games later. yes again I am optimistic but i can see the light in the dark tunnel in the last few games :nod: :nod:
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Post#10 » by TMACFORMVP » Fri Jan 4, 2008 1:42 am

etopn23 wrote:-= original quote snipped =-

Orlando has been pretty inconsistent this year also.


True, but overall they are still 22-11 and won 4 of their last 5 games.
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Post#11 » by dontel » Fri Jan 4, 2008 2:55 am

as long as we could score more than the magic, we'll win
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Post#12 » by Grunt » Fri Jan 4, 2008 9:34 am

I would like to see Rockets going with the motion offense from the get go. Dont try and pound it to Yao every trip down the court. Look for him as the main target all the time, but run the plays, get the defense moving and let him pick his spots.
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Post#13 » by McTracy » Fri Jan 4, 2008 1:34 pm

Tough start to en easier month. But after what I saw in Boston we can beat them no doubt. Just do not let them get open shoots, control the paint, make some 3s, especially open and play with passion

We can win that really and we need this win as hell. Now it's time to make a run, win some games to pick up the winnin' streat and improve our record.

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Post#14 » by Shabi__5 » Fri Jan 4, 2008 2:25 pm

Is Nelson injured or he is just coming off the bench now?
We gotta watch out for Turkoglu , he can light us up , Howard don't let him get easy dunks , Hayes and Scola will need to sacrifice fouls for Yao.
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Post#15 » by compucomp » Fri Jan 4, 2008 2:38 pm

Shabi__5 wrote:Is Nelson injured or he is just coming off the bench now?
We gotta watch out for Turkoglu , he can light us up , Howard don't let him get easy dunks , Hayes and Scola will need to sacrifice fouls for Yao.


I think Nelson was benched due to suckage.

Yao has to guard Howard because he sure as hell can't guard Turkoglu or Lewis. He did fine with the fouls last time and in general contained Howard 1v1. Let's see if he can do it again.

I'm also curious to see if the Magic continue their strategy of doubling Yao on the catch, given how he's struggled lately. Maybe they'll be content to let Howard take Yao 1v1. Then Yao has to go to work and be effective or we will lose for sure.
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Post#16 » by magicman123 » Fri Jan 4, 2008 6:31 pm

dontel wrote:as long as we could score more than the magic, we'll win


cant ask for a better strategy then that...
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Post#17 » by A.J. » Fri Jan 4, 2008 6:34 pm

does anyone fell the least sorriest for getting rid of keith bogans?
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Post#18 » by blank1234 » Fri Jan 4, 2008 7:07 pm

A.J. wrote:does anyone fell the least sorriest for getting rid of keith bogans?


The man was bricking shot after shot. Layups, threes, twos...you name it!
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Post#19 » by TMACFORMVP » Fri Jan 4, 2008 9:09 pm

Bogans was pretty bad for us (well who isn't these days) scored under double digits, shot under 40% from the field and 31% from three and even 58% from the free throw line.

He's played well for the Magic though, over 70 threes made on over 36% from deep. Really a good spot for him.
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Post#20 » by compucomp » Fri Jan 4, 2008 9:12 pm

TMACFORMVP wrote:Bogans was pretty bad for us (well who isn't these days) scored under double digits, shot under 40% from the field and 31% from three and even 58% from the free throw line.

He's played well for the Magic though, over 70 threes made on over 36% from deep. Really a good spot for him.


If he didn't shoot so poorly he would have had a place here, maybe we wouldn't have even had to trade for Battier. He basically had Battier's role when he was here, and he has that same role now with Orlando. I guess he worked on his jumper or something, he had the same open looks when he was here, created by Yao/McGrady.

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