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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:57 am
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So after some nervous and nail-biting moments, Houston Rockets nipped Oklahoma City Thunders 99 ~ 98 for a hard-earned win to improve to 5W 11L.

[color=darkred]But there was no time for celebration, as they will play the second leg of a back-to-back at Dallas facing a much improved Dallas Mavericks which is currently enjoying a winning streak of 5, the latest of those victories coming against two of the league


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:04 am
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pryuen wrote:


For the Rockets, the win over Oklahoma City Thunders was one of the very few wins this season over a team above 0.50, and it came with a little bit of luck. If Kevin Durant connected on his 3-pointer in Oklahoma City Thunders' last offense with 3.1 seconds to go, Houston Rockets would have dropped another one in 4Q


That was because of Shane Battier's excellent defense - he was all over KD and had a hand in his face when the latter jumped to shoot.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:18 pm
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I expect a defeat for the Rockets, especially a back-to-back game for them on the road.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:12 pm
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bayern wrote:
I expect a defeat for the Rockets, especially a back-to-back game for them on the road.


Don't be THAT pessimistic. :roll:

1Q ended. Houston Rockets leads by 1 point. 26 ~ 25.


It was quite a closely contested game so far.

Houston Rockets played quite well in 1Q, focused on defense and suppressed Dallas Mavericks to be shooting at
low 40% FG%.

If they can continue playing like that, there is still a chance.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:26 pm
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Mid 2Q by the 6 minute mark. Tied game 40 ~ 40.

Dallas Mavericks' bench (S. Marion, J. Terry, B. Haywood, J. Barea) proved to be much deeper than the Rockets.

They sort of suppressed Rockets' FG% to 41% from 45% in 1Q, and raised their own FG% from 40% to 49%.


But the game is still closer than expected.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:33 pm
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2:06 DAL Jose Juan Barea makes a 25-foot three-pointer from the right wing. Assist: Caron Butler

44 - 47 Rockets behind by 3 points.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:40 pm
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1:02 HOU Shooting foul on Shane Battier
1:02 DAL Caron Butler hits the first free throw
1:02 DAL Caron Butler hits the second free throw
:46.6 HOU Offensive foul on Kyle Lowry
:46.6 HOU Turnover: Foul on Kyle Lowry
:36.9 DAL Shawn Marion dunks the ball


Late 2Q meltdown of the Rockets. :twisted:

Dallas Mavericks had a 10 ~ 1 run in the last 3 minutes to end 1H leading Rockets by 7 points. 52 ~ 45. :cry:


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:44 pm
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I think they will most likely lose this one, Pryuen. Same old story.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:58 pm
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bayern wrote:
I think they will most likely lose this one, Pryuen. Same old story.


YEAH..... the back-to-back is one reason, while the defense of Dallas Mavericks is another.

Dallas Mavericks had successfully defended/suppressed Rockets FG% to drop from 45% to 34% by half time, while they improved from shooting 40% to 42.5%.

And Rockets just lost their focus/concentration, and melt down in that 10 ~ 1 run by the Mavericks in the last 3 minutes.


Hope the 7-point hole is NOT TOO BIG a hole to climb out of in 2H.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:06 pm
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Geeeeeeeeez, the hole is getting BIGGER AND BIGGER !!

13 points lead by the Mavericks by mid 3Q.
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The Rockets FG% went lower and lower, as Dallas Mavericks played some no-nonsense defense, even though they're not shooting that much better.

Unless the Rockets find some extra sparks and energy from the bench, I think this game is going out of reach.


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