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IT’S NO SECRET: UTAH WAS THE BETTER TEAM

Posted by HG on May 6, 2007

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I tried. I really did. I was as positive as I could be. There’s not too much that can be said. I’m not gonna sit here and rip the Rockets, even though if I was a real Rockets fan I could find plenty to complain about. Houston was down most of the game, by as much as 16 in the first half, but they battled back to a 88-83 lead with 6 minutes left in the game. It seemed like the Rockets had taken control of the game and would pull away down the stretch. Wrong and wrong.

The question now is where does the team go from here? JVG has already called it quits, and Tracy said after the game that the team needs to get more athletic. This team would be perfect for a coach like Phil Jackson circa 2000. The current sit there and do nothing version of Phil Jackson couldn’t do anything more than Van Gundy did. Adding a player like Chauncey Billups or Rashard Lewis (Houston native) to McGrady and Yao would automatically boost Houston’s status. A high energy guy like Gerald Wallace would be a good fit with Houston too if he doesn’t mind being the 3rd guy.

I’ve gotten a couple of emails that say something like “see, that Secret stuff is bullshit”. I can’t write The Secret off because Houston didn’t win. Getting Tracy McGrady to the second round is obviously gonna take a whole lot more than me saying nice things about the Rockets. It starting to look like T-Mac’s gonna need some bonafide miracles.

I wanna thank everybody that took part in the leave a number post, and all of the people that followed me following the Rockets. Shout out to the RR’s too… Hold your heads up people. Peace..

How I started following the Houston Rockets. YBB April 19th

Jeff Van Gundy to say good-bye to the Rockets. China Daily

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WHAT MORE CAN I SAY?

Posted by HG on May 5, 2007

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I’ve said everything I can (want to) about this series. Everybody knows what’s on the line.. A trip to round 2 vs. the Warriors, and Tracy McGrady’s legacy. I’m not trying to put any extras on it, I’m just speaking the real. It doesn’t matter how important Tracy thinks this game is or isn’t. The media and general NBA viewing public will label him a failure.. T-Mac, trust me, “Blirk” or  “McWitzki” are not the nicknames you wanna go into the summer with.

Tracy, Yao, the rest of the Rockets, and the fans need to have the arena turned up today. Take a page out of the Golden State book. The Warriors handled their biz on the court, but the atmosphere was suffocating for Dallas too. Utah isn’t under the kind of pressure that the Mavs were, but that doesn’t mean the crowd can’t have an impact on the game. I’m expecting the Red to be Rowdier than ever tonight. Don’t they do everything bigger in Texas? I want the 18,300 at the Toyota Center to sound like Reliant Stadium would have if the Texans had drafted Reggie Bush.

ROCKETS POSITIVITY. THANKS TO ME

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I SAID IT WOULDN’T BE EASY

Posted by HG on May 4, 2007

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I’m not even a real Rockets fan and my stomach is in knots. Houston had the perfect opportunity to shutdown this series and they let it slip right through their hands.. Literally.. Turnover after turnover.. Bad shot after bad shot. It was like they said “hey we could win now, but let’s wait till we get home and share this with the fans”. At least that’s what I’m hoping they were thinking.

I tried to be as positive as possible about game 6 and I thought it was working… 75-74, Utah in the lead, Houston has the ball with 8:15 left in the game.. Things were looking really good. Then Kirilenko decided to wake up. Andrei blocked a Juwan Howard gimme layup, forced a T-Mac turnover, and blocked a McGrady drive to the basket. Even with all of that, the Rockets were still in good position down 77-76, 4:45 left in the game… Little did I know, Utah would go on a 17-6 run to close the game. So close. So frustrating.

Game 7. I don’t care what Tracy says, this is the biggest game of his career. This is his latest attempt to move on to the 2nd round so this has to be the most important game for him. Before this series started McGrady said it’s all on him. I’m gonna stick with that. Tracy, do this for you. Do it for Houston… And positively do it for my blog. A game 7 at home with the chance to shake off your playoff demons is all the motivation you need.

Rockets and Jazz game 6 play by play. Thank you ESPN.com

The Law of Attraction and the Houston Rockets. Thank me

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BLOGGAS BE TYPIN

Posted by HG on May 3, 2007

Really good conversation with Scoop Jackson. Courtesy of The Starting Five

Keyshawn Johnson would like to take back everything he said about Dwayne Jarrett. Courtesy of DeadSpin

Common rapping and Ari (Jeremy Piven) on the congas. Courtesy of I Fux is Hip Hop…

Your complete Golden State Warriors coverage. Courtesy of Golden State of Mind

Did Scott Van Pelt say “shit” on SportsCenter? Courtesy of Larry Brown Sports

Some positivity and beauty for the Houston Rockets. Courtesy of With Leather

Josh Howard, chillin tough. Courtesy of Drunk Athlete

Tommy Hilfiger went on Oprah to kill all those “I don’t make clothes for blacks” rumors. Courtesy of TMZ

Wig owners and wig brushers in the 2007 NBA playoffs. Courtesy of Dallas Penn

Why Mayweather has to win on Saturday. Courtesy of MaxBoxing.com

Piston’s fans hate Ben Wallace. Courtesy of Need 4 Sheed

Breaking down Brady Quinn’s girlfriend. Courtesy of Kissing Suzy Kolber

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TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT

Posted by HG on May 3, 2007

THE HOUSTON ROCKETS WILL DOMINATE THEIR COMPETITION

Let’s Go Rockets!! Tonight’s the night Tracy and Yao will finally advance to the second round of the playoffs. I know the game’s in Utah and the Rockets have struggled there, but it’s going down tonight. At this point I can’t tell if I’m being positive or delusional. I just watched San Antonio and Phoenix close out their series (at home but so what), and now it’s time for Houston to do the same. Utah, thanks for the memories.. We’ll see you next year. The Houston Rockets are moving on to the second round.

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GET THAT WEAK SHEEP OUTTA HERE

Posted by HG on May 2, 2007

Whew…. I got nervous when my buddy called me and said “yo, have you seen that video of T-Mac in a skirt tossing a sheep?” I’m happy to report that the video is just a commercial for vitamin water. At least this explains the chronic back problems. I’m pretty sure the PETA nuts folks will have some sort of mutton beef with the CGI abuse of a ewe… After they get done with Michael Vick’s cousin of course. 

**POST UPDATE**

A couple of my peoples got at me about not posting the Urlacher/Ortiz badminton vitamin water commercial. Yes I’ve seen it, no I didn’t want to post it because THIS IS ABOUT THE ROCKETS. Proving that I’m occassionally a nice guy (or that I have no backbone) here’s the commercial:

T-Mac tossing a sheep. Courtesy of You Tube

Brian Urlacher and David Ortiz dominating badminton. Courtesy of You Tube

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THE ROCKETS, THE PLAYOFFS, AND THE MVP

Posted by HG on May 2, 2007

 **EDITOR’S NOTE** I started working on this post well before Midnight. I got a call from an out of town friend and missed my “daily” Rockets post. I hope this doesn’t have serious repercussions for the Houston Rockets. **END EDITOR’S NOTE**

Let me make one thing clear: I AM A PHILADELPHIA 76ERS FAN. I am only supporting the Houston Rockets in the playoffs because of this post. When the Rockets win the championship or are eliminated from the playoffs, I will revert back to my normal self. There’s no need to email me and call me a traitor or a phony. I ride with my teams do or die and nothing can change that. On to the playoffs….

The Houston Rockets lead the Utah Jazz 3-2: The Rockets don’t take the court again until Thursday night and I can’t wait. I’m feeling Houston closing this series on the road in Utah. I don’t know what would make me feel that way since the H-Town O has been MIA in SLC. I believe that Tracy McGrady is gonna do everything in his power to advance to the second round… as soon as possible. My perfect Thursday scenario: Gabrielle Union comes over to watch the game with me and brings a bottle of JWB (Johnny Walker Black). The Rockets beat Utah and Dallas beats the Warriors giving Houston a little rest before the next series. I know this scenario is highly unlikely… Dallas probably won’t win in Oakland. Positivity time: THE HOUSTON ROCKETS WIN THE SERIES IN 6 GAMES.

The Detroit Pistons over the Orlando Magic 4-0: I was wrong with my prediction for this series. Get used to hearing that. I picked Detroit in 5 for some unknown reason. Orlando was in a tailspin for the last half of the season and they finally crashed in the playoffs. Nothing much to say about this series. It was like watching a varsity-junior varsity scrimmage. The Pistons get the feisty Bulls in the next round. It’s like the 80s all over again. How long til Rasheed says “if Hinrich were black, he’d be just another player” or something to that affect?

The Chicago Bulls over the Miami Heat 4-0: I was wrong with my prediction for this series (I’m not done yet). Don’t laugh too much, I was only off by 3 games with my Miami in 7 pick. The adolescent Bulls dominated this series in the regular and post-season. I know Wade wasn’t 100% but it wasn’t gonna matter. Luol Deng and Ben Gordon provided the offensive punch, Ben Wallace supplied the “D”, and the team as a whole out fought the old and tired Miami Heat. The Bulls’ sweep of the Heat marks the 6th time a Shaquille O’Neal playoff team has been swept to elimination.

The Cleveland Cavaliers over the Washington Wizards 4-0: Guess what? That’s right, my prediction for this series was wrong too. I had Cleveland in 5 even with Arenas and Butler sidelined for the Wiz. I didn’t think the Cavaliers were mentally tough enough to close out any team in 4 games. I was wrong. Even though I watched this series I didn’t learn a whole helluva lot. The Cavs coasted through the series and should make it to the Eastern Conference finals having lost no more than 2 games. Cleveland’s sweep of Washington completed the Central division’s dominance over the Southeast division… A perfect 12-0 record.

The Phoenix Suns lead The Los Angeles Lakers 3-1: I’m right on pace in this series. I picked the Suns in 5 and I’m sticking to it. I knew Kobe would be good for one win and one win only. I’m sure the Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak is trying to figure out a way to trade Andrew Bynum for Jason Kidd before Wednesday’s game. I doubt that would help since the Suns have the most talented top six in the league. Nash, Bell, Marion, Diaw, Stoudamire, and Barbosa are the murderers row of hoops. You could combine a couple of teams and still not have that much talent on your roster. The Pistons have the second best six with Billups, Hamilton, Prince, Wallace, Webber, and McDyess. In comparing the two, which match-up would you say favors Detroit? Sheed over Boris is the only one I see. Another positive for Phoenix: No team that has gotten rid of Shaq has won a playoff series since his departure. Orlando 0-6 and the Lakers soon to be 0-2.

The San Antonio Spurs lead the Denver Nuggets 3-1: I picked San Antonio in 6 so I’m still alive which is more than I can say for Denver. The Nuggets game one victory got everybody pumped.. Unfortunately for the Nuggs everybody included the Spurs. SA doesn’t win pretty.. They don’t get the hype that some of the other teams get.. They’re like the sheep dog in the old school cartoons. They come to work, punch the clock, whoop your ass, and punch out. San Antonio has managed to win 3 games and stay on the good side of the referees.. Kinda.. Denver has been whistled for 71 fouls, San Antonio for 73, but I’ve seen Duncan fouled at least 10 times with no call. Timmy looked so distraught over the lack of calls in game 4 that I thought he might actually brush his hair.

The New Jersey Nets lead the Toronto Raptors 3-2: I’m looking good here. I got New Jerz in 6 even though they shoulda closed this series out in 5. Vince Carter is the male exotic dancer and his fiance to the Raptors fan’s Payton, Cassell, and Caffey. If you don’t follow, the Toronto fans have been abusing Vince. Jason Kidd has been doing his thing, and it’s good to see RJ back in action. I like the Raps team and the direction they’re headed in. GM Bryan Colangelo is as bright as they come. Look at the moves he made with the Phoenix Suns, Tim Thomas and Eddie House, as compared to the moves the Suns made this year, Marcus Banks and Jalen Rose. Bryan’s number one priority is to sign or replace coach Sam Mitchell. If and when the Nets advance I can’t see them getting past Cleveland. Of course, as you can see, I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.

The Golden State Warriors lead the Dallas Mavericks 3-2: I picked Dallas in 6 games and at this point the Mavs would be lucky to see game 7. The most exciting series in the playoffs has also been a coming out party for Baron Davis and the Warriors fans. BD has averaged 26 points, 5 boards, 5 assist, and 2 steals while the Warriors fans have produced Jessica Alba. The rest of the fans have been outstanding but who cares, Jessica Alba is there…

The Mavericks started the series on a bad note when head coach Avery Johnson decided to start his small lineup to match-up with Golden State. Why is the 1 seed adjusting to the 8? I’m seriously asking you because I can’t figure it out. Nellie and crew need to be given a ton of credit for the defensive scheme they’ve used against Dallas. Putting a smaller, quicker player on Dirk, and then rushing him with double and triple teams from a variety of spots has worked well to this point. So well that people are calling for Dirk to return the MVP trophy that he hasn’t won yet. This really bothers me.

Dirk Nowitzki or Steve Nash are/were the only MVP candidates this year. The MVP is a regular season award. What do Dirk’s playoff successes and failures have to do with the regular season? Nothing. Does anybody hold the fact that Nash is only the second (Kareem 75-76 & 76-77) back to back MVP to not appear in the NBA finals in either year that he won the award? Nope. Nowitzki led his team to 67 wins and now everybody wants to run him out of the league because of a sub-par series against his former coach. What if Steve Nash was going up against a team coached by Mike D’Antoni? I’d have to guess that Mike and his staff would have a good idea of how to create problems for Steve.

I don’t care who wins the MVP trophy, but it seems to me that people are grinding some sort of personal axe against Dirk. People knock him for his style of play and at the same time celebrate Mehmet Okur or the rookie Bargnani for basically playing the same way. I don’t know if it’s because Nowitzki sings Hasslehoff at the free throw line or our country’s past problems with Germany, but this guy takes a lot of flack. If Dirk and the Mavs can find a way to win the series against G. State how many people will give the MVP trophy back to Dirk? I’ll bet zero.

This is why I’m rolling with the Rockets. Courtesy of yours truly

You can take a look at my brackets here. Courtesy of Ball Hype

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NO TIME FOR MESSING AROUND

Posted by HG on April 30, 2007

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Game 5 tonight Houston. What you got? Are we gonna see the team from games 1 and 2 or the disappointment from games 3 and 4? I know the Rockets aren’t gonna let us down. Fellas, let’s start wrapping this thing up. Have you seen how the Warriors are playing lately? You don’t wanna go 7 games if G. State’s gonna be maxin and relaxin after 5 or 6. Here’s my positivity for the day: THE ROCKETS WILL WIN TONIGHT.

Red Rowdies are you with me?

To be honest, I couldn’t make out any words other than “Houston Rockets”.

Here’s a little more motivation.. The Chuckster dissing Yao (and paying for it):

We all know the Charles’ history for losing bets. I hope he has Utah tonight.

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EVERYBODY TAKE A DEEP BREATH

Posted by HG on April 29, 2007

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The good news is the series is holding to form and if that continues, the Rockets are on to round two. The bad news..well, where do I start? Too many turnovers, un-Rocket like defense, and some over officious jerks working the game all contributed to the game 4 loss. I was happy to see more people getting involved on offense, but I’m worried about Deron Williams and Okur waking up for the Jazz.

I’m trying to be as positive as I can about the situation. I’m trying to attract only the best circumstances for the Rockets. Obviously I’m not trying hard enough… Or maybe it’s you. Yeah, it’s you. Step it up. Repeat “The Rockets are great and they are going to win this series” 5 times in the morning and 5 more times before you go to sleep.

It’s not time to panic, the sky’s not falling yet BUT winning game 5 is a must. I’m being positive and everything.. Trust me I am.. I just don’t wanna see Houston having to win in Utah to stay alive.

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THAT’S WHAT TIME IT IS

Posted by HG on April 28, 2007

A little reading music….. 

The Houston Rockets are the better team in this series. The season numbers say so, and the duo of McGrady and Ming say so too. Tonight is the night to take control of this series and let Utah know that their playoff stay is coming to an end. Here are my keys to a game four Rocket victory:

  • Somebody besides Yao, T-Mac, or Battier needs to step up. A solid ten points from someone other than those 3 will go a long way.
  • Work the ball inside out. Utah has no answer for Yao. I don’t see why he can’t drop 30 tonight.
  • Flip Utah’s game 3 script. Let Carlos Boozer get his and shutdown everybody else. Giricek, Harpring, and Millsap can not combine for 30+.
  • Shot selection. This is mainly aimed at Tracy, but as a whole…running the offense isn’t always a bad thing.
  • Big surprise for this one… Take care of the ball. 19 turnovers for 17 Utah points and the lack of role player scoring were the biggest reasons for the game 3 loss.
  • If all else fails, hire Flava Flav to cut fingers off.

ALL GOOD THINGS ARE COMING TO THE ROCKETS TODAY

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