Saturday, February 28, 2009

Just Simply Embarrassing!

Not much to say about this one but simply embarrassing on the Rockets part leading by 17 heading into the fourth quarter and you lose by 3! Just bad coaching and very bad point guard play on Aaron Brooks part. My goodness do the Rockets really think that will be led by Aaron Brooks as the starter? I don't think so he is way to small and gets posted up by almost all the point guards in the NBA. Rockets waste a nice night from Ron Artest till the en when he decided that he could win the game for the Rockets but ended up being the black whole when he touched the ball! Rockets lose this one in stunning fashion as they blow a 17 point lead to the Chicago Bulls in this one and let rookie point guard Derek Rose takes Brooks to school and cap the Bulls comeback win 105-102. Ron finished with a season high 32 points. Rockets play again on Sunday vs the TImberwolves. In other news coming from the Rockets was that they had waived guard Luther Head.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lebron Who?

Tonight the Rockets showed everyone that was watching the TNT broadcast that the Rockets are for real! I have not seen anyone guard Lebron the way that Ron and Shane did tonight, it was a difficult night for James trying to get by the more improved Rockets defense i mean Shane was all over the floor picking up defenders for his teammates that went to double down or he came on the weak side and pick up two great blocks. The Rockets tonight had alot going for them with the bench stepping up big time and Chuck while he was in played good defense on Ilgauskas striping the ball away a few times, and lets not forget our PTPer Von Waffer man what a big night for Von he came ready to play tonight hitting 4-6 behind the arc and finishing at the basket or he got fouled going to the basket i mean Von was one of the reasons that the Rockets got this big win tonight cause at one point in the fourth Cleveland was trying to make a comeback but it was Von hitting a big three and one that he was fouled on. The Rockets third quarter defense was out standing holding the Cavs to only 10 third quarter points and 11 in the first. Yao was also big tonight for the Rockets going for 28 points and 8 rebounds. It was Yaos turnaround jumper in my mind that freed up the Rockets shooters and lets not the forget THE rejection of a Lebron dunk attempt! This was a very big and impressive win tonight vs the 2ND best team in the NBA in the Cleveland Cavs. Lets also not forget the big slam from Ron Ron over the whole Cavs team. Final count tonight from Houston was 93-74 Rockets win!!! With this win the Rockets improved to 37-21 and 3 games behind the Spurs. Rockets also with this win now have a 6 game winning streak. Ron Artest finished the night with 15 points and 4 rebounds while Von Waffer added 19 points in 20 minutes of play! that's what i call getting your work in! Lebron (over rated) James had 21 points 1 rebound and held to 0 assist for the first time in his career!. Rockets next game will be back on the road vs Derek Rose and Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Apology Letter

Tracy McGrady on his web site wrote an apology letter to his team and fans. For what has transpired over the last couple of weeks with him telling ESPN first about his plans to have the Micro fracture surgery and not his team first.

Mon, Feb 23rd 2009, 12:40
My Apology
Just wanted to drop you all a line and give you an update. I’m having my surgery tomorrow, and while it’s always a little nerve-racking to go under the knife, I’m excited to take the first step towards getting healthy and getting back on the court. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from friends and all you fans out there, and that makes me all the more eager to get through this surgery and rehab process so that I can get healthy and get back out there to do what I love to do.
With that said I would like to apologize to Les Alexander, the Rockets organization, and of course all the fans out there for this entire situation. Les and the Rockets have been nothing short of amazing to me and my family during my entire time with them, and for that I thank them. The organization has invested so much in bringing a championship to Houston this season, and there’s nothing I want more than to be a part of that. The injuries have really taken a toll on me, and I can’t help but feel like I’m letting everyone down by not being out there with my teammates. I’m sorry to all those who were counting on me to help this team achieve great things. Coach Adelman has been extremely accommodating and patient with me while we have tried to work through this, and I am thankful to him for that. It’s hard enough to prepare night in and night out to go up against the best players in the world, and it’s even harder to do it without knowing the status of your players. This team still has a lot of talent and heart and I think coach will be able to get the most out of everyone. The Rockets have a chance to make a deep run, and I’ll be there cheering on my guys every step of the way.
My personal focus now is to look forward and dedicate myself 100% to returning to the court and returning to be the player I was and know that I still am. Coming back from this won’t be easy, but I promise to rehab hard, listen to my doctors, and do everything possible in my power to be the best that I can be when I return. I love being a Rocket and a member of the Houston community and am eager to prove my commitment to this team and this city.
Thank you again for your continued and unwavering support.

You can read more on Tracy McGradys web site where i pulled his letter from.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rockets Escape With The Victory!

The Rockets tonight vs the Portland Trailblazers played a good first half of basketball playing team ball and guys moving without the ball and easy baskets. Yao Ming was screwed again by the refs tonight for calls that went on him like the two FLOPS!! that Joel Pryzbilla got in the first quarter and on the second one he got up and ran back laughing wit his teammates! The way Yao Ming is called is just out of this world i mean how can a 7'6 center not be able to get his postion and when trying to a guy like Pryzbilla gets touched barley and he falls over! this is just disgusting basketball to see Yao Ming being refed like this every darn game! Back to the game Yao was not much a factor due to foul trouble it was more of guys like AB and Luis Scola that really kept the Rockets in there game plan. Aaron Brooks tonight was great penetrating to the basket on high screens and when we could not he still managed to find Chuck Hayes and Luis Scola for easy layups. Von Waffer also came in to the game and was very aggressive take it strong to the whole and getting the calls. In the end of the first half the Rockets where up as many as 19 points and at the half led the Blazers 60-43. In the second half the Rockets game was just plain ole UGLY! as they got beat many times with Blakes penetration to the basket as he found Aldridge for a few slams down low and Travis Outlwaw for pop out jumpers. The Rockets got out scored in the third 26-18 shooting poorly and just did no have any energy out there. Going back to Yao for a minute how does a ref call a travel on a player after being double teamed and pushed around and he also comes out with a bloody eye? (Yao had to go and get 2 stitches.)Anyways the fourth quarter was no better for the Rockets as the Blazers kept coming closer and closer as Brandon Roy started to get it going for Portland and the Houston had no answer for anything for him as the time wind down Portland seemed like they would comeback from the 19 point lead that the Rockets had earlier and win this game as Portland with time running down cut the Rockets lead to 2 points with 24 seconds left in the game. The game then turned into free throws as Houston made all of there pressure free throws as AB stepped up and nailed two that gave Houston a 4 point lead but the Blazers answered again with a Roy layup that was not contested after the layup Ron Artest nailed down 2 more free throws and after a Blazers failed 3 Ron again nailed down 2 more to give the Rockets a very ugly but important game that they needed to surpass the Blazers for the 4th seed in the west. The Final count tonight from Houston was your Rockets 98-94. Tonight's player of the game goes to Luis Scola who had his 5th straight double double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Yao had 15 points, Ron had 21 points and Brooks had 20 points 2 assist. Portland's leasing scorer tonight was Brandon Roy who had 24 points. The Rockets now gear up to fight against Lebron and the Cavs on Thursday in Houston. That game will be on TNT at 7pm.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Rockets Show Young Cats How Its Done!

The Charlotte Bobcats came into Houston Feeling good about there future with young players like Okafor, Wallace, Feltton, and Dj Augustin. The Bobcats ran into a solid squad that is starting to play together as a team. The Rockets really were not contested much in this one as the Rockets ran right through Charlotte in easy fashion with good play from Ron Artest who just went off tonight vs Wallace and the Bobcats! Ron had a very well all around game scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds and just playing his normal tough D! and getting into the head of Gerald Wallace and giving him a bloody nose! (by accident!) How the Rockets won this game was with great ball movement and pressure defense. The game like i said was not much a contest as Brain Cook and Deke got to see some action in the fourth quarter Cook did score and Deke 1 block shot and 1 rebound. The final score tonight from the Toyota Center was 99-78. Rockets next game will be on the 24th of Febuary vs the Portland Trail Blazers. And that will be a very important game vs the Trail Blazer as the Blazers stand a half a game ahead of the Rockets in the 4th seed in the west.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Very Big WIn Vs Dallas!

Rockets vs the Mavericks need i say more? The Rockets came out the gate side be side with the Mavericks in the first quarter. Jason Kidd And Howard for Dallas got there offense going with some key steals and pushing it for Dallas fast breaks that led to as much as a 7 point lead for them. The game almost got away from the Rockets with a season high 22 turnovers! most of them in the first half that lead to points of turnovers for the bad side! But the Rockets managed not to get to caught up in all the turnovers that they decided that the game was not yet over and that they had a whole half ahead of them so they fought back from 10 down to cut the lead to 7 at the half 51-44. In the second half it was a new Rockets team out there forcing turnovers themselves and playing there best defense in one half all year long holding Dallas to only 13 third quarter points. In the fourth the Rockets got as much as a 15 point lead behind new point guard Kyle Lowry who forced the ball inside and drawing the foul and that opened it up some for Yao to make his presence felt in the paint with a smaller Brandon Bass on him and Hollins. Ron Arest was giving Howard fits with his very tough D! and on the offensive end where Ron put all his strength on him making Josh Howard very tired as you can see when Howard threw a cross coart pass to NO ONE 50 rows up in the stands. Late in the fourth the Rockets lead shrunk down to 3 due to a very big game from Jose Berra and Bradon Bass as they played a pick and roll over and over again as Yao could not come out to defend it and bass hit like 4 in a row and a 3 by Jose cut the lead to 2. But the Rockets new starting point guard Aaron Brooks had one of his biggest shots in his early carrer nailing down a very big three pointer to give the Rockets the victory agaisnt the HATED Mavericks or should i say Ponys! The Rockets pulled this one off despite the turnovers winning this one 93-86. Key performers tonight was 1- Luis Scola who had a great no! AWESOME game with 15 points and 15 rebounds and lets not forget the great D that he had on Dirk holding him to 4-18 shooting for 9 points! 2- Yao Ming who had 22 points and 13 rebounds last but not least was AB who finished the night with 19 points and 8 assist one more guy i would like to thank is RON RON who had 17 points and 7 rebounds. With the win the Rockets are now in 5th place in the west and half a game behind the Blazers for the 4th spot. The Rockets next game will be on Sunday afternoon vs the Charlotte Bobcats in Houston at the Toyota Center and that will be a 4pm start.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Rafer Alston Traded to Orlando!

The Houston Rockets and the Orlando Magic pulled off a 3 team trade before today's deadline of 3pm eastern time. The Rockets sent Rafer Alston to Orlando in exchange for forward Brian Cook and Memphis Guard Kyle Lowry and Memphis will get Orlando's 1st round pick in this years draft. Kyle Lowry is averaging 8.6 points per game for the Grizzlies and Brain Cook is averaging 3.0 points per game in 21 games for the Magic Cook is a career 39 percent three point shooter while Lowry is known more for his defense. This trade was made in my mind to make Aaron Brooks the starting point guard for the Rockets. Good luck to Rafer Alston in Orlando where he should be the starter over there with Jameer Nelson out. The Rockets will face Rafer and the Magic on April 7th in Houston.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

T-Mac to have Season Ending Surgery On Left Knee

Houston Rockets All-Star guard Tracy McGrady will have season ending micro fracture knee surgery and will be out for the rest of the 09 season. This coming after the Tracy and the Rockets had all ready seen a second opinion on the knee and discovered that nothing new was wrong with his knee and that all he needed was to play on it so the knee could get stronger in due time but Tracy only knows how Tracy feels so maybe it was to much for him to play on it. This will most likely put a big damper on the Rockets season as they traded for Ron Artest to make a big title run and have what the Celtics have in there big three. Will we ever get to see T-Mac and Yao and Artest on the same team again or will there be some changes tomorrow on the trade deadline or will they now keep Artest to help with T-Macs absence? Even if they do keep Artest this season he does become a free agent at the end of the season so we will see what the Rockets will do with this very disappointing news about Tracy McGrady.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Team Ball Wins Game!

The Houston Rockets tonight played extremely well moving the ball finding the open jump shooter and connecting on 15 three pointers! The Rockets got help from all starting 5 and the bench. This game tonight vs the Nets was not much a game due to the Rockets doubling Devin Harris and not letting him drive inside and letting him break down the defense to find his open shooters as it was Rafer tonight who did what Devin normally does finding his open team mates and at times making some shot of his own. The Rockets tonight had 5 players in double figures in scoring with Yao leading the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Luis Scola finished the night with 10 points and 11 rebounds and trust me Luis worked for his rebounds tonight chasing down lose balls down left and right. But the player i was most impressed with was Shane Battier who seemed to get his shot back tonight by hitting 5-8 with the all 5 being 3's Shane finished the night with 19 points. The Rockets win tonight in easy fashion knocking out the the New Jersey Nets 114-88. Before the game tonight owner Leslie Alexender told the media that SG Tracy McGrady would not be dealt before the trade dead line on Thursday. The Rockets Still are in some trade talks with Phoenix (Amare Stoudamire) and the Timberwolves (Mike Miller) Other trades are out there but the Rockets have yet announced what they are thinning about doing. The Rockets next game will be on Friday vs the HATED Dallas Mavericks in Houston and that will be a 7pm tip off 30 minutes before normal time.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Report Cards Are In!

Here is my take on how the Houston Rockets should be graded so far this season as a whole and solo performance.

1. Rafer Alston PG- I give skip a C-

2. Tracy McGrady SG- Tracy is getting an INCOMPLETE!

3. Luis Scola PF- Scola is my only A-

4. Shane Battier SF- Shane is not cutting it D+

5. Yao Ming C- Yao is trying to help out Scola so he gets a B+

6. Carl Landry PF- B-

7. Aaron Brooks PG- C-

8. Ron Artest PF- C-

9. Brent Barry SG- D+

10. Von Waffer SG- B+

11. Joey Dorsey C- Incomplete

12. Chuck Hayes PF- C

13. Dikembe Mutombo C- Incomplete

14. Luther Head SG- D

The Rockets as a team ill give an big fat C!!

Coach Rick Adelman F- Very bad job coaching! Getting out coached alot these days!! And has no defense in his SYSTEM!

With the season more than half way done the Rockets stand in second in the Southwest Division with a record of 32-21 and in 5th place in the West with only a game and half behind the 8th seed and 4 and a half in front of the Warriors on the out side looking in. So shape up Rockets cause before you know it you can be where the Warriors are!!! LETS GO ROCKETS LETS WAKE UP AND DO THIS MISSION THAT WE ALL CALL A TITLE RUN!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Houston Takes Care Of Kings!

The Houston Rockets tonight before there game vs the Sacramento Kings got the news that slumping guard Tracy McGrday will once again sit out due to the knee injury that has kept him out of 17 games so far this season. Tracy got an MRI on his knee and the results came back no different then in the past but the Rockets decided to keep McGrady out of tonight's game and maybe some future games as Tracy McGrady seeks another opinion. Back to the main focus tonight and and that is the rest of the Rockets that where in action vs the Kings. The Rockets came out of the gate slow tonight looking like they would be in for another performance like the ones that they had vs the Grizzlies and the Bucks but instead turned it around late in the 1st. In the second quarter is when it started to click for the Rockets with great help defense and driving the ball to the basket instead of taking nothing but 3's. At the half the Rockets and Kings where at slow scoring pace at 39-35 half time score. In the second quarter tonight the Rockets in mind played there best quarter at the defensive side of the ball only allowing the Kings to 10 points. In the second it went back to ok play for Houston allowing 21 points while scoring 35 themselves. Yao and Artest and even Rafer had good games tonight for the good guys, Rafer had 13 assist and no turnovers! Ron kept Kevin Martin in check for the most part and Francisco Garcia. Yao Tonight was the Yao that everyone knows in Houston scoring inside and kicking it out when the double team came and the Rockets did a good job not settling for the 3 when he did instead giving it back to Yao for the re-positioning! Over all even though they did play the Kings it was a good learning game for them. The final score to night from the Toyota Center was the Rockets 94-82. Rockets top player tonight was Rafer Alston with the 13 assist and no turnovers!!! Yao finished the night with 24 points and 18 rebounds and as for Ron he finished with 19 points and 3 rebounds. The Rockets don't play again until the 17Th vs the Nets at home.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Embarrassed In Milwaukee!!!

The Rockets tonight vs the Bucks in the first half where extremely terrible!!! They let the Bucks shoot 57% from the floor! No defense has hurt the Rockets all season long so far giving up inside scoring left and right. Charlie Bell came into the game for the Bucks and hit his first 7 shots and Richard Jefferson also playing well for Milwaukee scoring 14 first half points. Tracy McGrady has been a NO SHOW so far going 1-6 for 3 points! This has been very hard to watch there is no ball movement no spacing just allot of dribbling and one on one stuff (Ron Artest!). At the half the Rockets are down to the Bucks 58-64 YES 64 POINTS AT THE HALF FOR MILWAUKEE!!!. Well what more can i say than this Rockets Team SUCKS! This is the worst Houston team i have seen in a very long time! They came out with no passion tonight giving up 124 points to this Milwaukee team that is 16 games out of there own division! If i where Rockets fans at the next Rockets home game i would wear a TRASH BAG OVER MY FACE! This team is just HORRIBLE Tracy McGrady has nothing to give this team at all Rafer is the same garbage player Artest is there only for Ron Artest and Shane Battier is um well i dont know what he is doing out there! Yao looked like a beat down Yao that has forgot how to play this game to his advantage (His size!) When your bench out plays your starters you are in deep Shh! To lose this game was a sign to all Rockets fans every where that with this team that they put out on that floor that they will be in the lottery come June! I know that the trade deadline is on the 17th but the Rockets cant wait till then they have to make a move NOW!!!! cause this is a puzzle that has all the wrong pieces on it i say get rid of Tracy, Shane Battier, Rafer Alston and what ever else you need to give up to improve this team cause they are not i mean NOT in the same league as the Lakers or even the Memphis Grizzlies! If you care to know the Rockets got there buts handed to them in a game that the final score dose not show how bad but it was the Bucks 124 to the Rockets 112. Man what a loss to take i hope that on the plane ride that they start doing some soul searching cause they are on the same level as a team in the D-League. Ohh yeah top performer if there really was one is Aaron Brooks and Carl Landry. Brooks had 23 points and Landry finished with 16 points.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Rockets Take Care Of Wolves!

The Houston Rockets took care of business on Saturday night with good defence for almost a whole game they played 3 solid quarters of Houston Rockets defence that are used of seeing from them in the past. In the first quarter the Rockets played some what OK making the first shot of the game a Tracy McGrady 3 pointer and then went on to take a 8-2 lead but that was all of that in the 1st. The Timberwolves fought back with the help of there non All-Star center Al Jefferson (Who Should be an All-Star!) Jefferson just took Yao an Rockets to school with different looks scoring from the inside and mid range game and rebounding. Al Jefferson and company took an early lead in the ball game leading up to as many as 15 points in the 1st half but that was all for the Minnesota cause Yao got mad and the rest of his team mates followed him! Yao had two back to back MONSTER dunks that just seemed to ignite a fuse in the Rockets cause before the half the Rockets erased the 15 point lead by the Wolves and tied it at the half 50-50. The Rockets didn't lift there foot of the gas petal at all in the second half cruising to a 107-90 win over the TImberwolves. The Rockets played good on the defense side but in the offense side still needs to be worked out cause at times the Rockets feel like they have to throw up like 20 3's a game to win or to make them happy just do what you need to do to win Houston and that is feed the ball down to Yao and let him work and see what he has if nothing then you know he will kick it out to you then you can either take a 3 or work it in for a foul or a easy 2 with ball movement!!! The Rockets top performer was no other than Mr.Yao Ming! who had 30 points and 6 rebounds. for Minnesota it was Al Jefferson who poored in 36 points of his own. The Rockets next game will be on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks Monday night at 7pm tip-off.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Amare To Houston?

Some rumors have come about in the last couple of days or so saying that the Rockets have looked into the possibilities of trading for Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire. The Rockets have some pieces that they could trade to Phoenix like Luis Scola and Carl Landry and the main piece of the trade would most likely be Ron Artest. Here is a link to where you could read m ore into this.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

To Much Mayo For The Rockets!

I have no idea on what the hell is the Rockets Problem this year i mean they have a good team but can not put the pieces together to get it done on the court. Cant just blame it on Tracy Mcgrady for missing 17 games this year cause you do have depth on this team. In my mind it goes allot further than that, i think there is no team chemistry on or off the court for this team. And another thing is that teams know that the Rockets after Yao have no size and are not a very athletic bunch due to Tracy really being the only one who could be explosive if healthy and another is due to the point guard position Rafer can at times lead the team like a point guard should and the next minute hes taking stupid shots when its a 1-4 fast break and the other point is Aaron Brooks who has been off mostly all year with his shot one game he looks great like the point guard of the future for the Rockets and the next he looks like the next Matt Maloney. The Rockets better look at some trade ideas fast cause the trade deadline is coming on Febuary 17th and the Rockets need some serious help at the point guard spot and the power forward spot and at least a small forward with size and and speed so hurry up MR.MORREY and due your job and make this team better fast cause if you don't we will be in the lottery draft talks real fast! Last night the Rockets faced the Memphis Grizzlies (Lets make the long story short!) who beat the Rockets AGAIN! 104-93 and the night before the Rockets beat the Chicago Bulls 107-100 I'm not going to say the players of the game cause i don't think any one has deserved anything! This team has allot of growing up to do cause with only 32 games left time is running out on this season!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Rockets Get The Win

The Houston Rockets last night vs the Golden St. Warriors got a must needed win with great play from Aaron Brooks who played 43 minutes last night and scored 22 points and had 9 assist. Yao and Artest did there part to help win the game Yao had 25 points and 11 rebounds and for Artest he chipped in with 27 points rebounds. For the Warriors it was Corey Maggette who had 17 points and Stephan Jackson had 16 points. Well all that matters in this game was that the Rockets won and the New Orleans Hornets lost so the Rockets gained a game on them. The final score was 110-93 with the Rockets getting this one at home in the Toyota Center and without Tracy McGrady who sat this one out with a sprained ankle. The Rockets next game will be on Tuesday night Vs the Chicago Bulls at 7:30pm at home in the Toyota Center.