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Houston Rockets 108, Golden State Warriors 107

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game recaps,General by alleyoop on Thursday 29 October 2009 at 12:14 am

The Rockets looked like a different team tonight in Oakland. They outscored the Warriors 35-19 in the third quarter and they made their lead stand up….barely. Trevor Ariza was outstanding in this game leading the way for the Rockets with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Luis Scola bounced back after having a dud game in the season opener as he finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists. Aaron Brooks had another outstanding game as he finished with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 12 assists and 2 steals. The Rockets are now 1-1 on the season after getting this nice road win.

Portland Trailblazers 96, Houston Rockets 87

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game recaps,General by alleyoop on Wednesday 28 October 2009 at 8:05 am

The Rockets really looked pathetic last night in Portland. They were trailing this game 75-56 heading into the 4th quarter before a rally made the final score not look so bad. The Rockets were out-rebounded 51-33 and they only shot 37% from the floor and that was a recipe for disaster last night. Aaron Brooks led the way for the Rockets in this game with 19 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. He was the only starting player for the Rockets that came out with fire in his eyes. Trevor Ariza also started but he finished up with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Kyle Lowry was solid off the bench for the Rockets as he finished with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals. David Andersen also had a good game in his NBA debut with 11 points and 5 rebounds in only 19 minutes on the floor. The Rockets are 0-1 on the season and they are going to lose a lot of games if they don’t start playing better than they did last night.

The over/under for Houston Rockets wins this season is 37.5

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Sportsbook by alleyoop on Saturday 24 October 2009 at 7:56 am

I hate to be the bearer of bad news Rockets fans but I would have to take the under on this bet. If the Rockets win more than 37.5 games with the roster they currently have then Rick Adelman will win the Coach of the Year Award in the NBA. With T-Mac out until December and Yao out for the season I just don’t see where the points are going to come from this season and the Rockets aren’t good enough to play stall ball this year. Take the under with confidence.

The Houston Rockets release Brent Barry

Blogged under Big Rockets News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by alleyoop on Saturday 24 October 2009 at 7:54 am

The Rockets have released veteran shooting guard Brent Barry in what was a surprise move. He already has a T.V. gig so he probably knew that this time was coming. Still, with the absolute lack of depth that the Rockets have at shooting guard Barry’s release was a surprise. They are probably banking on rookie sharpshooter Chase Budinger replacing as a long range threat from behind the three point line.

We’ll see soon if Rick Adelman is a miracle worker for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Tuesday 20 October 2009 at 12:33 pm

Rick Adelman has always been a good NBA coach but we will see what he can do going into a season where he will be without Yao for the whole year and T-Mac until at least December. Adelman has a 108-56 (65.9%) record in his two years with the Rockets during the regular season and he is 9-10 (47.4%) in the post season. He now has a career NBA regular season record of 860-537 (61.6%) as a head coach and he is 79-78 (50.3%) in the post season. The Rockets will be hard pressed to win half of there games this season.

Without Yao this season the Houston Rockets could be in deep trouble at center

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Tuesday 20 October 2009 at 12:25 pm

It’s hard to replace numbers like Yao can put up. He played in 77 games for the Rockets last season and he averaged 33.6 minutes, 19.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.0 blocked shots. 29-year old David Anderson has played overseas since he was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2002 NBA Draft. The Rockets are hoping to strike gold with him the way they did with Luis Scola. 26-year old Pops Mensah-Bonsu also could get huge minutes at center for the Rockets this season. He played in 22 games for the Spurs and Raptors last season in which he averaged 12.9 minutes, 5.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. More minutes could bring out the best in Mensah-Bonsu and that is one thing the Rockets can definately offer him this season. 26-year old Chuck Hayes is a natural power forward who could get some time at center this season. He played in 71 games for the Rockets last season and he averaged 12.1 minutes, 1.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. Hayes’ game is defense and rebounding so he could be a darkhorse to get a lot of minutes this season.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTERS IN 2009-2010: F+

Power Forward is the best postion for the Houston Rockets this season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Tuesday 20 October 2009 at 12:19 pm

29-year old Luis Scola is the starter here for the Rockets and he is a player with a nice upside. He played in all 82 games for the Rockets last season and he averaged 30.3 minutes, 12.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Those numbers should spike some especially the scoring average without Yao and T-Mac (out until December) around. 26-year old Carl Landry would likely start on a lot of teams in the NBA. He played in 69 games for the Rockets last season and he averaged 21.3 minutes, 9.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. Joey Dorsey will likely be #3 at power forward this season for the Rockets. He played in 3 games for the Rockets last season and he averaged 2.0 minutes, 0.7 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. Chuck Hayes could also get some time here when the Rockets aren’t playing him at center.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE POWER FORWARDS IN 2009-2010: B

The Houston Rockets might have a new look at small forward

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Tuesday 20 October 2009 at 12:13 pm

24-year old Trevor Ariza was brought in to start for the Rockets and that will likely be at small forward. He played in all 82 games for the Lakers last season and he averaged 24.4 minutes, 8.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Ariza gives a great effort at both ends of the basketball court so look for his scoring average to get into double figures this season. 31-year old Shane Battier will get playing time at both small forward and shooting guard for the Rockets this season. He played in 60 games for the Rockets last season and he averaged 33.9 minutes, 7.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Battier also could see his scoring average spike this season. 21-year old rookie Chase Budinger is a sharp shooter who will likely be the #3 small forward. He was a 2nd round pick out of Arizona who was traded to the Rockets from the Pistons during the NBA Draft. 28-year old veteran Brian Cook is also around but he didn’t play too well last season. He played in 30 games for the Rockets & Magic in which he averaged 5.7 minutes, 2.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game. Cook is a deadeye from long range as he did hit 43.3% from three point range last season.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SMALL FORWARDS IN 2009-2010: C

The Houston Rockets could be in trouble at shooting guard this season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by alleyoop on Monday 5 October 2009 at 12:29 pm

30-year old Tracy McGrady reportedly won’t be ready to play in a regular season game until December and that’s bad news for the Rockets. He played in 35 games for the Rockets last season and he averaged 33.7 minutes, 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. It’s quite possible that either Shane Battier or Trevor Ariza would shift over from small forward to fill in while T-Mac is out. The problem with that scenario is that Ariza and Battier are both good defensive players with limited offensive games. Regardless of who is starting 37-year old Brent Barry will be coming off the bench. He played in 56 games for the Rockets last season and he averaged 15.3 minutes, 3.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. His main asset is his shooting as he has nailed 40.5% of his shots from three point range. 21-year old Jermaine Taylor was a 2nd round pick out of Central Florida who will likely be sitting at the end of the bench this season.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHOOTING GUARD POSITION IN 2009-2010: C