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Rockets hold off T-Wolves 82-75

Blogged under Front Page by Nothing but Net on Thursday 30 November 2006 at 5:41 pm

The Rockets won this game on Tuesday despite only shooting 38% as a team.  Yao led the way with 25 points and 10 rebounds.  Shane Battier added 17 points.  Rafer Alston was very active with 13 points, 7 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks.  Chuck Hayes was tough around the basket with 4 points and 11 rebounds.  T-Mac had an off night only scoring 8 points, but dishing out 7 assists.

The Rockets improved to 10-4 on the season.

Defense lead way to 85-76 win over Grizzlies

Blogged under Front Page by Nothing but Net on Wednesday 29 November 2006 at 12:03 am

The Rockets were all over the Grizzlies on defense, holding them to 37.7% shooting from the floor.  The Rockets are now Yao’s team, and he’s bringing it every night.  Saturday Yao scored 28 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.  T-Mac had a good game with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists.  Rafer Alston did a little bit of everything with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists.

The Rockets have improved to 9-4 on the season with this win.

Rockets nip the Wizards 86-82

Blogged under Front Page by Nothing but Net on Thursday 23 November 2006 at 2:12 am

This was a disturbing win for the Rockets.  They played great defense, holding the Wizards to 33.3% shooting from the floor.  The Rockets also out-rebounded them 57-44, but yet only won by 4 points.  Go Figure!

Yao was dominant against the Wiz with 25 points and 14 rebounds.  T-Mac had a solid all-around game with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists.  Rafer Alston (12 points, 4 rebounds), Luther Head (12 points, 5 rebounds) and rookie Vassilis Spanoulis (10 points) all pitched in on offense.

The Rockets improve to 8-4 on the season.

 

Rockets beat the Knicks 97-90

Blogged under Front Page by Nothing but Net on Wednesday 22 November 2006 at 2:02 pm

The Rockets shot 47.6% from the floor as a team on their way to victory on Monday Night.  Yao had another really good game with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.  T-Mac had a boxscore stuffer with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks.  Rafer Alston (17 points) and Luther Head (10 points) added to the offense.

The Rockets have improved to 7-4 on the season.

Rockets go cold in 4th quarter and lose 104-92 to Pistons

Blogged under Front Page by Nothing but Net on Tuesday 21 November 2006 at 11:40 am

The Rockets went ice-cold in the 4th quarter as the Pistons out-scored them 28-14.  Yao had a dominant game with 33 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists.  Tracy McGrady had Yao’s back with 24 points.  Shane Battier added 9 points and 6 rebounds.

The Rockets fell to 6-4 with the loss.

Rockets hold on in 101-100 victory over the Bulls

Blogged under Front Page by Nothing but Net on Friday 17 November 2006 at 2:30 am

The Rockets built up a 21 point lead in this game, but barely held on for the win.  The Rockets pounded the Bulls on the boards, out-rebounding them 48-35.  T-Mac had a good game with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.  Yao was solid last night with 20 points & 12 rebounds.  Rafer Alston pitched in with 19 points & 4 assists.  Luther Head (13 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists) and Scott Padgett (11 points & 6 rebounds) were huge off the bench for the Rockets.

This was a hard fought victory for the Rockets who improved to 6-3 on the season.

Rockets blow 1st half lead and fall to Spurs 92-84

Blogged under Front Page by Nothing but Net on Wednesday 15 November 2006 at 5:24 pm

The Rockets looked great in the first half as they built up a 56-43 lead.  The Rockets stunk it up in the second half and it cost them the game.  The Rockets were out-scored 49-28 in the second half (21-9 in the 4th quarter) and that resulted in a loss that will hurt for awhile.  The Rockets only shot 38.1% from the floor as a team, while the Spurs hit 48.6% of their shots.  The Rockets were also out-rebounded 51-36 in the game.

T-Mac came to play as he scored 26 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 6 assists.  Yao scored 20 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and stole the ball 4 times.  Rafer Alston also pitched in with 12 points.

This was a loss that will sting the Rockets for awhile.  To lose a big lead like this in there own house against the Spurs really hurts.  The Rockets fall to 5-3 on the season.

Chuck Hayes to miss time

Blogged under Front Page, Injuries by Nothing but Net on Tuesday 14 November 2006 at 9:31 pm

Starting small forward Chuck Hayes will miss about two weeks after hyperextending his left knee in a collision with Shaquille O’Neal on Sunday night.  Juwan Howard will move into the starting line-up until Hayes can return.

Rockets extinguish Heat 94-72

Blogged under Front Page by Nothing but Net on Monday 13 November 2006 at 9:56 am

The were down 42-39 at halftime, and then they flipped the switch and dominated the Heat in the second half, out-scoring them 55-30!  Yao was unstoppable as he dominated Shaq & Mourning with 34 points & 14 rebounds.  T-Mac had an off day shooting (6 of 18) and he finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists.  Shane Battier (11 points) and Luther Head (11 points) each pitched in on the offense.

The Rockets got a huge win on the road because of their defense which held the Heat to 39.4% from the floor.  The Rockets are now 5-2 on the season.

Centers

Blogged under Front Page by Nothing but Net on Saturday 11 November 2006 at 3:01 pm

Yao Ming had his best season as a pro last year averaging 22.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.  At 7′6″, 310 pounds, Yao is on the verge of being the best center in the NBA.  He began to demand the ball last season and no one could stop him in the paint.  Look out this season.  For his career, Yao has averaged 17.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.9 blocks per game.  He will eclipse his career averages easily and will be a finalist for the MVP award as long as he stays healthy.

Dikembe Mutombo is the perfect back-up for Yao.  Mutombo can still be dominant in short spurts, as he can still block shots and rebound well.  For his career, Mutombo has averaged 10.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 2.9 blocks per game.

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