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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="90%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=crtBoxTextCSB width="50%">Sunday, Mar. 27, 12:00pm </TD></TR><TR><TD class=crtBoxTextCSB width="70%">Rockets vs Spurs

Venue: SBC Center

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(42-27, 20-14 away)



(51-18, 32-3 home)


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Rockets did not play that well against Hornets even though Jeff Van Gundy was very pleased with the play in second half, and they win by virtue of Hornets being one of the weakest team in the League. McGrady is hurt, hopefully he will be ready for the game against Spurs. Yao is still not playing to his potential in the last two game. His contribution is much needed in the game against Spurs. So much for our two Star's players.

The Role players need to contribute more, and be consistent in their shooting throughout the game. This is Spurs we are dealing with. Last few games they had been hot at one quarter and absolutely cold in the other three, or cold throughout the game. This is totally unacceptable, since Rockets depend on perimeter shooting when the team doubled on Yao or McGrady. Remember the game against Timberwolves, after Yao initially whipped Michael Olowokandi, the Timberwolves began double- and triple-teaming Yao Ming and he gave up the ball, as he should, to open shooters but the perimeter shooters did not take full advantage of the situation. Guess what, we lost.

In our inside-out system, the role players are important to whether Rockets win or lose. Rockets had been consistent in the 8 games and 6 games streak but not in our present 3 games streak (mostly ulgy win). Rockets have to start to improve the consistent of every players in the team, and not just Yao & McGrady. That the KEY TO ROCKETS' WIN IN EVERY GAME.
 

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i hurd that tmac my not play tomrow but will b back for the nxt gm but tim isnt playin either so it should b an intresting matchup
spurs 88
rox 83
this has a chance to b the most uglyest gm we have ever seen
 

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Duncan isn't playing, is he?

If not, I see us winning; something along the lines of 53-51. Wesley, James and Barry will go for a combined 2-40 from the field.
 
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Hakeem said:
Duncan isn't playing, is he?

If not, I see us winning; something along the lines of 53-51. Wesley, James and Barry will go for a combined 2-40 from the field.
No, Duncan is not playing. I don't know where FirstRocket's been. Add about 50 points to each team and you should come closer to the score. This should be a fairly high scoring game considering Duncan's still out.
 

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No, Duncan is not playing. I don't know where FirstRocket's been. Add about 50 points to each team and you should come closer to the score. This should be a fairly high scoring game considering Duncan's still out.
I am around and still around. Yes, I know Tim Duncan missed the game against Hawks. I put Duncan in as a starter because I am hoping Duncan would play against Rockets. Hopefully, McGrady will play too. I heard that McGrady may also be missing in this game. Take Duncan and McGrady out of the Game Thread, this game will be boring. We only had one page in the game against Hornets. See, what I mean?
 
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I am around and still around. Yes, I know Tim Duncan missed the game against Hawks. I put Duncan in as a starter because I am hoping Duncan would play against Rockets. Hopefully, McGrady will play too. I heard that McGrady may also be missing in this game. Take Duncan and McGrady out of the Game Thread, this game will be boring. We only had one page in the game against Hornets. See, what I mean?
Yeah he missed the hawks game...aswell as the piston's game, the new york game, and the indiana game. And considering that he's predicted to be out for 2 to 4 weeks I highly doubt he'll be playing tomorrow. It's your thread, but I recommend you switch him to Robert Horry on your first post.

Anyways, I wish Duncan would play too, but I can't say the same for McGrady. Don't get me wrong. I love Tmac, but with all the stuff that the spurs have gone through, it's about time they get something to go thier way. I hope Tmac's alrite and starts playing again soon...but after tomorrow's game :biggrin:
 

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This Game Thread was created based on my 'wishful thinking' that both Duncan and McGrady will be playing. Who know, miracle happen in such an unknown way. I am still sticking to the Starters which look more exciting and interesting. :biggrin:
 
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This Game Thread was created based my 'wishful thinking' that both Duncan and McGrady will be playing. Who know, miracle happen in such an unknown way. I am still sticking to the Starters which look more exciting and interesting. :biggrin:
Believe me, I want Duncan to come back alot more than you do, but he's not going to. As for Tmac, they never said he wouldn't play so a miracle may not even be needed. Even if one is needed, I'm sure he'd get it. After all, this is McGrady we're talking about, Mr. 50 point in half a second lol. As for exciting, there is no doubt in anyone's mind that any game would be more exciting with Tmac playing, but not so much with Duncan. He has his moments, like his 50 buzzer beaters last year, but this year he's only had one buzzer beater, and the rest of his game hasn't been anymore exciting. Even without Mcgrady though, this game promises to be a good one. It is Houston vs. San Antonio after all. Those games never dissapoint, unless of course, you happen to be on the opposite side during a 13 point/30 second miracle.
 

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Wow, very impressive graphics on the Game Thread. Nice job.





With T-Mac, I don't think the Spurs can win. The offense has been pretty stagnant, and the defense has been extremely mediocre. Houston's defense will be the difference. However, no T-Mac, I think the Spurs will pull one out.
 

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<TABLE width=568 align=center><TBODY><TR><TD align=middle bgColor=#000000 colSpan=3>Things to Watch </TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle width=100 bgColor=#eeeeff>








</TD><TD>Tony Parker vs. Bob Sura: Recently re-activated from the injured list after suffering inflammation of scar tissue surrounding his vertebrae, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Sura is scoring 10.8 points per game with career-high averages of 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.28 steals. The nine-year veteran, who is in his first season with the Rockets, stands as one of 10 NBA players to average five rebounds and five assists, and has guided Houston to a 26-11 record in his 37 starts. Meanwhile, Tony Parker has struggled to find his consistency of late. After playing well early in the past several games, Parker has seemingly faded down the stretch. "It's a definite concern," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It's got nothing to do with Timmy's injury. It's something he has to really focus on himself. He doesn't come out with the same fire after the first quarter. He's got to face that and understand that before he can cure it." Parker is one of the quickest and most talented point guards in the league, and in the absence of Duncan, will need to step up his game for the Spurs to be successful. </TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2><HR></TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle width=100 bgColor=#eeeeff>






</TD><TD>Tracy McGrady vs. Bruce Bowen: T-Mac is one of the game’s most dominant and prolific scorers, and is being mentioned by many as an MVP candidate. With averages of 25.5 points (6th in NBA), 6.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.8 steals per game, it’s easy to see why. McGrady can get his shot any time he wants it, from just about anywhere on the court, and he seems to be playing his best ball down the stretch. And who can forget his 13 points in 30 seconds against the Spurs earlier this season? It will be up to Bruce Bowen, the Spurs perennial defensive specialist to make T-Mac at least work for his points. In the three previous contests, Bowen has “held” McGrady to 33, 28, and 22 points. Bowen’s task will made even more daunting since backup guard Devin Brown, who has proven athletic enough to guard some of the league’s best players, was placed on the injured list earlier this week. </TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2><HR></TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle width=100 bgColor=#eeeeff>
</TD><TD>Yao Ming vs. Spurs Frontline: This is a matchup that would seem to favor Houston, as Ming has pretty much had his way with the Spurs this season, averaging 20 points and 7 boards per contest on 61% shooting. The Spurs, like many teams in the league, have had no real answer for Ming’s imposing inside presence. Playing him physical doesn’t seem to work either, as he shoots free throws at 77%. But Rasho Nesterovic has shown signs of potential in the past when Duncan has been hurt. Look for Rasho to get help in the post on defense and for the Spurs “bigs” to play fundamental, box-out basketball. </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
<TABLE width=568 align=center><TBODY><TR><TD align=middle bgColor=#000000 colSpan=3>Replacement & Injury Report</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle width=100 bgColor=#eeeeff>





</TD><TD>Tim Duncan replaced by Robert Horry

SPURS: Devin Brown (lower-back spasms) out...Tim Duncan (right ankle sprain) injured list...Linton Johnson III (left ankle stress fracture) injured list..Mike Wilks (left knee patella tendinitis) injured list.





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</TD><TD>Juwan Howard replaced by Clarence Weatherspoon

Rockets: Juwan Howard (right knee sprain), Moochie Norris (left foot plantar fasciitis) and Charlie Ward (right knee surgery) are on the injured list.





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<TABLE width=568 align=center><TBODY><TR><TD align=middle bgColor=#000000>Stats At A Glance </TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle><TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=5 width=550 align=center bgColor=#000000 border=0><TBODY><TR bgColor=#eee4d1><TD colSpan=4>
Spurs vs. Rockets
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W-L
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FG%
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3P%
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FT%
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OFF
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DEF
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TOT
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AST
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STL
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BLK
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PTS
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3​
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1-2​
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.397​
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.275​
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.722​
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27​
</TD><TD>
90​
</TD><TD>
117​
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47​
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26​
</TD><TD>
25​
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246​
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<TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=5 width=550 align=center bgColor=#000000 border=0><TBODY><TR bgColor=#eee4d1><TD colSpan=4>
Rockets vs. Spurs
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OFF
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DEF
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BLK
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PTS
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3​
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2-1​
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.368​
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.394​
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.806​
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37​
</TD><TD>
93​
</TD><TD>
130​
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42​
</TD><TD>
23​
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15​
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235​
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Well without T-mac it will be difficult even with them missing Duncan. Yao will have to have a good game which he is more than capable of doing. I don't know if the game will be fun to watch but it's two of the better teams out west so it still has appeal with me.
 

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is tmac playing for sure
 

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is tmac playing for sure
Whether McGrady is playing or not is still not confirmed. The chances is good since his injury is not as bad as it seemed. Read the quote below:

By Saturday night, McGrady said he was sore but might play today against the Spurs.

That wasn't much of a change from the "questionable" status and "day-to-day" designation the Rockets assigned after an MRI revealed no more damage than the strained right hip diagnosis made in the locker room.
 

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This should be an interesting game no matter what. We get to see (if McGrady is out) two teams w/o their best player. That said, If McGrady plays, the Spurs could have a hard time, due to the face that if the get a big lead, they would have a serious mountain to climb w/o Duncan.

W/o the services of Tim Duncan, the Spurs are more of a running team, since they dont have to slow the game up for Duncan. They will still slow the game down if the Rocket offense is doing well...


^^^all that said, its hard to predict a game not knowing whos gonna play....


Rockets 87
Spurs 81
 

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20 min till the game starts...any news on mcgrady yet?
 

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Mcgrady Is Playing

Yay!!!
 

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Its only been 4 minutes... and I see that the Spurs are running the ball so they can score before Houston gets their defense set. If I were JVG, I would put Mutumbo in and try and keep up with this fast team. Deke does great on the boards and can wipe up shots (low percentage shots taken by the Spurs since Duncan is not there to put in his usual 22pts) and energize this team.
 
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