I'm doing all my judging from watching the boxscore, so correct me if I'm wrong. Seeing the reasons why we lost this game, I can safely say that we are on a level where we can compete with this team when we have our full squad. I have no problem with this loss. We didn't rebound, and it looks like we gave up some easy buckets. Second chance points killed us, and those are easy layups. Also, T-Mac didn't get to the line enough in the second half. He probably ran out of gas after gunning the first 3 quarters.
The Rockets played fine. The Mavs are the deepest and best team in the league and were seeking revenge for the buttkicking the Rockets gave to them last time. Their superior bench and rebounding took its toll. Nothing to freak out about. The Rockets with Yao, Snyder and Bonzi on the bench should not be expected to roll into Dallas and blow them out. It's unrealistic. We should be encouraged by McGrady's game and hope there is something left in the tank against Phoenix.
Head's 3-point streak ENDS.
mavs are great because they have a guy who can kill you with quickness, howard, and a guy who can kill you anyway, nowitzki.
everytime i see josh howrd, he is a freaking monster.
And a guy off the bench who can kill you with size/quickness/athleticism in Stackhouse.
And a dead-eye marksmen with size/defense in George.
And two combo guards who are both streaky, but deadly... in Terry and Harris.
And two serviceable big-men who can rebound and block shots in Dampier and Diop.
Lets all mourn over Luther's Broken Record.
It was good ending. He got blocked by Harris.
don't know why you're so focused on zoning today. What kind of zone are you talking about? What kind of zone would have stopped the Mavs today?
The problem was effort (defense and rebounding), not the scheme. Our role players also came up flat on offense.
Hate losing to SA and DALLAS ... but this was a good game. Though we ran out of (cough cough .. Tmac) at the end and our other part of the team decided to hide in a dark corner, I am still proud that we hung in there in Dallas.
Wait till playoffs, when it will really count. Going to love knocking out SA or Dallas, the picture on their fans face in game 7. Can't wait.
we need to limit starter minutes to mins . 40 mins per game for Tmac and alston is too much
By the way....some of this loss goes on JVG.....like earlier in this season, he overplayed his starters, and they ran out of gas.
I know our bench is not all that great, and unproven, but DANG you have to get some of the guys some rest......
Maybe go to the bench earlier so guys are fresher later in the game.
Offensive rebounds is the only thing that killed us tonight
i had a bad feeling taht we were gonna lose when the game started and only tmac scored in the first half of the first quarter
although that is good for the short run, in the long run, no one player (unless they score 81 pts) can defeat a team by himself. Ergo, the rockets should have looked to distribute the ball and try to get everyone involved.
Although the mavs were losing at the beginning, it was evident that everyone was getting warm since everyone, starters and bench, contributed to the game as opposed to the Rockets and Mac.
My conclusion is this
We need Yao.
Didn't get to see the game, but from the looks of it, we didn't lose for a lack of scoring. We scored our usual. We lost because our D couldn't stop Dallas.
He is easily healthy enough play. He may not be able to shoot well, but he can still play defnse and rebound, which was sorely needed tonight.
The Magic Johnson style of play is more potent than the Michael Jordan style of play who lost early in his career...
this is the game where we miss yao and his post skill.
Not a good game for the team. Only a good game for T_MAC. The other guys, especiallt Alston just suck.
dampier and diop are junk when yao is in there, but really i think howard is a really tough matchup for the rockets. who can guard him? battier seems a bit slow, battier can't guard nowitzki either. even with yao in the fold, the athleticism from the mavs is incerdible
I am happy with the result, never expected we win this one. This game make our coaches and bosses know what to do in market and developing new players.
Hey I have a scouting report for JVG:
The mavs have a player named dirk nowitski and josh howard, they can shoot 3s, lets not leave them WIDE open on the perimeter every single possesion.
JVGs defensive scheme gives up way to many wide open shots, which is why we always get killed by phoenix and tonights mavs.
rafer did well this game
I hate those mother f**king Mavs.... I dono.. I just hate them...
Tmac did what he could to keep the rockets alive...
I just hope Yao can be back ASAP...
Is Yao there? No... and the Rockets can't compare themselves to the Mavs until mid-March, or whenever Yao gets back.
Let the Mavs bust out with their awesome record, and runaway with the conference... and maybe they'll get complacent/rusty/less hungry in the playoffs and we can take advantage of that (Kinda like San Antonio did in 95).
That is amazing. You can't blame Rafer, he did some good things, but those two missed freebies were a momentum killer.
I like JVG so this is not an indictment on him.
However, the course of the game changed when Deke was playing George and they left Devin George wide open for consecutive 3's. Rockets were up by 12 at the time. That's how the Mavericks got on a roll and never looked back.
I don't believe the Mavericks would have won if they didn't get going right there at the 8 minute mark of the third quarter by Devin George
Devin George is out there to shoot 3's and play defense. We left him wide open.
At the same time, we needed Deke out there, because we got killed on the boards when he wasn't in.
Games like these show that Juwan is not a starter on this team. I love him, but I think we need a rebounding 4 and bring Juwan off the bench for a spark.
Tmac got exhausted by the end of the third quarter, so Bonzi would have been helpful as well to spot Tmac.
They clearly had automatic weapons and we were defending with swords.
In any event, the Rockets fought hard, they simply were outtalented. Good effort overall
what has happened to hayes????????????????????????
Our D is not work today.
Jvg is schooled by ..
F king Geoge play too good
We need yao and tmac to beat them.
We are great team.
He is doing that way to much during since Yao went down. When the playoffs get here, the guys are going to be toast, esp. t-mac, and Yao will be rusty. He has to start playing more players, and resting mcgrady more. Bonzi ready to play and he needs to be the #1 scoring option while Mac is resting. Snyder's size and defense would help a lot as well.
Man, Dallas is one hell of a deep team. NO superstars showed up for them tonight. But man, seems that everyone did exactly what they needed.
TMAC.....wow. So glad he was shooting like that again.
OK. It seems that we still need Yao. Let's not trade him for now.
I agree we play good maybe great when Yao back.
Game effort by the Rockets but after TMac, the Mavs have soooooo much more talent, much, much mooooooooore talent. Many of their bench players are as good or better than our starters. The Rockets played hard, but the Mavs can just keep coming with more and more talented players. Too much.
People, THE ROCKETS HAVE NO BENCH! With no Bonzi, Snyder, or Yao, we're not deep. We can only go 7.5 men deep. Tomorrow Bonzi and Snyder should play, so we'll be fine. I expect us to win 2morow.
I wish our defense had been better, but those are the breaks. What slightly concerns me is T-Mac shot 12-16 from the field to start (abnormal), Rafer shot lights out from three-point range (abnormal) and we still lost. We don't have an answer for Josh Howard in any shape or fashion and the deals with the devil that Luther Head and Chuck Hayes signed look to have expired in 2007.
I really don't have any complaints (despite the fact I just listed some). We don't have the player that arguably was on pace to be the MVP and one that Dallas simply has no way to stop. If both Yao and T-Mac are healthy and Rafer shoots from three-point range well like he has in both games this year against the Mavs (not holding my breath), I don't think Dallas beats us.
this question might sound naive and just plain right stupid but:
why dont the Rocket's organization take a page out of the Maverick's playbook and start spending money to get some bench help? I mean, the Mavs are waaayyy over the cap limit due to thier splurging on quality backups. Why cant the Rockets dig deep into thier pockets and grab a few quality backups?
I agree... our defense sucked ass tonight... but it was more of an effort issue. Guys got a little too happy being in a shootout, instead of making the game more at our pace.
A lot of that was because T-mac was so damn hot... you almost had to let him get the ball as many possesions as possible. Even in the first half, when the defense wasn't that bad, the Mavs missed a ton of makeable shots.
To beat the Mavs, even if you're not at full strength, you have to take a page of what Miami did to them... turn it into a physical slug-fest, grind it out, and have a guy as relentless as D-wade to play 48 minutes of straight-up ATTACKING basketball.
Since we're not going to do that, we need to get Yao back on the court ASAP to prevent those "small" Mavs lineups. Yao is impervious to the fronting defense now (which is why Josh Howard was able to guard him in stretches in 04).
I thought about that... and then realized that the "fronting defense" (which is what they'd have to play against Yao with those two) has not slowed down Yao ONE TIME since about the middle of last season.
He's impervious to it now... there's NO WAY the Mavs can go small with Yao in the game
I remember him doing pretty well agianst it in the playoff series as well. They wre able to lob it to him and he would score at will. and now he is a far better player than he was then. The Mavs have ZERO answer for Yao. He destroys Damipier and Diop and if they go small, he'll score 50.
He was pretty good... but they still got away with Josh Howard playing center for 3-4 minutes at a time (which helped them steal game 3). Also, it was still primarily the Yao-Tmac pick and roll that was killing them (not just Yao in the low-post).
Now, Yao is at a level to where they couldn't even consider it.
The Mavs forced us to adjust tonight... they really continued to do whatever they wanted to do out there, even when T-mac was going off.
When the day comes (Yao+T-mac both fully healthy, Bonzi/Snyder contributing), WE will be the ones who make teams adjust... WE will force other teams to scrounge their bench to find answers.
Eventhough we lost, as I expected, I am actually quite happy to see the short handed Rockets gave the Mavs a run for their money.
Lets not be so pessimistic here. Without Yao and a short bench, we were able to play the Mavs better than I thought.
We definitely can challenge the Mavs with Yao and a healthy Snyder and Wells (if he is still around).
I don't know about you, but I am excited about this team chances this year. I am even more excited to see the old Tmac back.
Now all we need is to make it into the playoff with a full and healthy roster.
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