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Utah Jazz 86, Houston Rockets 82

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Sunday 27 April 2008 at 10:30 am

The Rockets only shot 36.7% from the floor last night and it killed them in the end. Tracy McGrady only shot 9 of 25 from the floor but he still finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Rafer Alston had a decent game as he finished up with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Carl Landry pitched in with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals off the bench for the Rockets. The Rockets are now down 3-1 in this series.

Houston Rockets 94, Utah Jazz 92

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game recaps, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Friday 25 April 2008 at 10:58 am

The Rockets got up off the mat last night and they won on the road in one of the toughest buildings in the NBA. Tracy McGrady had a huge game as he finished with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Rafer Alston made his first appearance in this series and he played a solid game finishing with 20 points and 5 assists. Luis Scola only shot 4 of 13 from the floor but he still finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Shane Battier pitched in with 12 points and 2 rebounds. The Rockets are now down 2-1 in this series.

Utah Jazz 90, Houston Rockets 84

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Tuesday 22 April 2008 at 2:00 pm

The Houston Rockets lost this game partially because of an awful call on Luis Scola late in the game as Andrei Kirilenko flopped. But, the game was tied at the time so all the Rockets had to do the rest of the way was outplay the Jazz and they didn’t. Tracy McGrady led the way for the Rockets with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. Despite those fine numbers T-Mac has to show up in the 4th quarter of games as he only has 1 point in the 2 games of this series in the final quarter. Bobby Jackson did a good job stepping in for Rafer Alston as he scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 2 assists. Luis Scola had another decent game with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Aaron Brooks was solid off the bench with 11 points and 2 assists in only 18 minutes. The Rockets are now down 2-0 in this series.

Utah Jazz 93, Houston Rockets 82

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Monday 21 April 2008 at 8:55 am

The Rockets only shot 36.7% from the floor on Saturday and the Jazz shot 52.1% from the floor which explains the loss. Shane Battier was a perfect 7 for 7 from the floor as he finished with 22 points and 3 rebounds. Tracy McGrady had a rough game as he only shot 7 for 21 from the floor but he still finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. Luis Scola pitched in with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals. The Jazz are now up 1-0 in this series.

Houston Rockets (55-27) vs. Utah Jazz (54-28)

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Saturday 19 April 2008 at 8:08 pm

The Rockets faced an uphill climb after Yao Ming broke his leg but somehow they kept winning. The Jazz are healthy and ready to go in this series. Here’s a closer look at the matchups:

POINT GUARD: Rafer Alston might miss a couple games in this series but he’s the little guy who makes the offense go. Alston played in 74 games (24 starts) for the Rockets this season and he averaged 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

Deron Williams is one of the best point guards in the NBA and the Rockets will have a hard time containing him. Williams played in 82 games (all starts) last season for the Jazz and he averaged 18.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 10.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Look for Williams to have an outstanding series.

EDGE: BIG FOR THE JAZZ

SHOOTING GUARD: Tracy McGrady is without a doubt the go-to man on the Rockets with Yao out. McGrady played in 66 games (62 starts) for the Rockets this season and he averaged 21.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Look for T-Mac to be a little more selfish than usual in this series as the Rockets will need him to carry the load on offense.

Ronnie Brewer stepped up as a full-time starter this season for the Jazz. He played in 76 games (all starts) this season for the Jazz and he averaged 12.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Brewer is just scratching the surface of his potential.

EDGE: ROCKETS

SMALL FORWARD: Shane Battier is the ultimate team player for the Rockets. He played in 80 games (78 starts) for the Rockets this season and he averaged 9.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game. He will be at a size disadvantage against Andrei Kirilenko.

Andrei “AK-47″ Kirilenko started to get his groove back this year. He played in 72 games (all starts) this season for the Jazz and he averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocked shots per game. Look for Kirilenko to try to bully Battier down on the blocks.

EDGE: JAZZ

POWER FORWARD: The Rockets stole power forward Luis Scola in a trade with the Spurs in the off-season. Scola played in 82 games (39 starts) for the Rockets this season and he averaged 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Look for him to improve on those numbers in this series.

Carlos Boozer is one of the best power forwards in all of the NBA. He played in 81 games (all starts) this season for the Jazz and he averaged 21.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Look for Boozer to have an outstanding series against the Rockets.

EDGE: JAZZ

CENTER: The Rockets had to get Dikembe Mutombo out of mothballs after the injury to Yao Ming. Mutombo played in 39 games (25 starts) for the Rockets and he averaged 3.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.1 assists and 1.2 blocked shots per game. All the Rockets need from Mutombo is defense and rebouding in this series.

Mehmet Okur will give Mutombo problems on defense as he will drag him away from the basket. Okur played in 72 games (all starts) last season for the Jazz and he averaged 14.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

EDGE: JAZZ

BENCH: The Rockets have a lot of talent on the bench but they are young. Bobby Jackson is the graybeard of this bunch. He played in 26 games (5 starts) for the Rockets and he averaged 8.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Carl Landry was quite a find for the Rockets this season. He played in 42 games (0 starts) for the Rockets this season and he averaged 8.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Luther Head is the designated assassin from long range on the Rockets. He played in 73 games (17 starts) for the Rockets this year and he averaged 7.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Chuck Hayes is a tough guy around the glass for the Rockets. He played in 79 games (44 starts) for the Rockets this year and he averaged 3.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Rookie Aaron Brooks won’t likely get much playing time in this series but he has big-time potential for the future. Brooks played in 51 games (0 starts) for the Rockets this year and he averaged 5.2 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Steve Novak could also get a couple of minutes in this series. He played in 35 games (0 starts) for the Rockets this year and he averaged 3.9 points, 1.0 rebound and 0.2 assists per game.

The Jazz have a very lethal bench. Kyle Korver is a deadeye shooter from long range. He played in 50 games (0 starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 9.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Matt Harpring is an outstanding bench player because he always hustles. Harpring played in 76 games (0 starts) this year for the Jazz and he averaged 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Second year man Paul Millsap had another good season for the Jazz. He played in 82 games (2 starts) and he averaged 8.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. C.J. Miles is the backup shooting guard and he did a decent job with his limited playing time. Miles played in 60 games (13 starts) for the Jazz this season and he averaged 5.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Ronnie Price can handle either guard position. He played in 61 games (3 starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 3.7 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Jason Hart is a point guard but he didn’t get to play too much this year. Hart played in 57 games (0 starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 3.7 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Center Jarron Collins is nothing more than a space eater. He played in 70 games (9 starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 1.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

EDGE: JAZZ

PREDICTION: THE JAZZ IN FIVE.