The Suns looked pretty good in the halfcourt game in their victory over San Antonio last Wednesday. I think it’s apparent now that you may want the Suns to run on you because Shaq is not a big a factor on defense or offense in a fast pace then in a slower half court style game. Shaq took advantage of the single team as the Spurs chose to not double and Shaq got good looks and used his size and strength to get in close for easy hooks. Tracey McGraday missed Wednesday game with the Sonics due to a sore left shoulder.You always have to worry about energy level with the Phoenix Suns because of their age and face no back to back situation in this spot against Houston. Phoenix is placing pressure on the LA Lakers to keep winning to keep ahead of the Suns as home court advantage in the first round is up for grabs late in the season. Houston is playing really good right now as they have allowed opponents to shoot under 40% in three of their last 4 games and have won 4 straight. But a quick look at the Rockets schedule and you will find 5 straight non-playoff contending teams. The Rockets are just 1-4 straight up in their last 5 games against playoff contending teams. I expect the Suns to finish strong in their final 3 games and the Suns will find a way to get the ball into Shaq and we may have got a preview of the Suns strategy in the postseason with Shaq in their victory against San Antonio. Take Phoenix +3.
This is a very tough spot for the Nuggets having to play at altitude in Utah the night before. Both teams need this game as the Nuggets are battling for the playoffs while Houston is battling for home court in the playoffs. The Rockets have jelled as a team under Rick Adelman and only give up an average of just under 92 points per game ranking them 4th in the league. Luther Head has played well for the Rockets hitting on 22 of his last 35 shots heading into Friday’s action. Head has been aggressive and has gotten into a good rhythm for the Rockets. Denver has performed poorly in back to back games as they are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 back ends and failed twice in a row at home in this spot. Let’s take the rested and better defensive team in the Rockets in this one +3.
Heading into Friday's action Houston and Utah sit with the 4 and 5 seed and would meet in the first round of the playoffs. Houston owns a better record heading into Friday's action and would host the playoff series. If both teams finish with identical records to finish the season, which is a possibility, the winner of this game would determine home court as they have split their first two meetings. So this game has purpose. Utah has been phenomenal at home this season sporting a record of 27-12 ATS through 39 home games. I don't think Utah would want to risk winning another Game 7 at Houston like they did last year to advance in the playoffs. The Rockets will have problems here defending the big men down low in Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur with Yao out of their lineup and especially on Utah's home court. The Jazz lost to Houston at home with Yao in the lineup and beat the Rockets in Houston with Yao out of the lineup. Utah shot for a higher percentage against the Rockets this season in their second meeting without Yao in the middle. The inside outside game worked well for Utah in victory as Boozer connected late with clutch shots and Korver got hot from the outside. Mehmet Okur has been playing great averaging over 20 points per game in his last 4. Utah plays with a lot of energy at home and I will not step in front of them in this contest. Take the Jazz -5
The space shuttle collided with a bird shortly after take off. I thought the little guy stood a chance until he past by the rocket boosters. Im pretty sure those get kinda warm.
A Taliban is filmed attempting to shoot a bazooka but the rocket fails to launch and falls just a few feet in front of him.
On the second flight of the Estes Saturn V model rocket, the engine was not secure and the rocket crashed in the ground. This was a very expensive rocket which took a long time to build.
This was my Level 1 NAR rocket launch attempt. The rocket was a PML AMRAAM on an H242 engine. The rocket drifts towards me as I was videotaping it and I had to move out of the way.
This is Me and my Motorcycle coming home early (again) from a typical Sunday afternoon ride. Notice how there is NO girl on the back (AGAIN)? PLEASE HELP ME!!! Thanks! P.s. Now I know it was the Rocket and not me the one time I gave that girl a ride home from the bus stop. DAMN I NEED YOUR VOTE!!!
C-clamp and an explosive tipped rocket placed right underneath the surface create this result. The first effort burned my hand b/c I didn't get the rocket completely under water.
great clearance by the rocket
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Its a simple model rocket that I made. The first close up part isn't the same video segment as the second part but the close up makes it cooler looking. I used an A-83 engine from Estes. The wings edges were rounded and the nosecone was sanded a bit to make a sharper angle from what the kit gave. The rocket is named Sunstreak 2.
A step or two over halfcourt, Rafer Alston saw Tracy McGrady headed to the hoop and let the ball fly. Hanging on the rim after his early fourth-quarter dunk pretty much sealed a victory, McGrady looked toward the Dallas Mavericks bench and smiled.
It was that kind of night for the Houston Rockets. Again.
McGrady had 31 points and nine assists and Alston added a season-high 24 points, helping the Rockets boost their franchise-best winning streak to 17 games with a 113-98 victory over the Dirk Nowitzki-less Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.
"We all believe, man," McGrady said. "When you've got a roster full of guys that really believe in themselves, great chemistry among the team, and we go out and play extremely hard every night, I'm not surprised."
Houston's streak -- which includes five straight wins since Yao Ming's season-ending foot injury -- is tied for seventh-best in NBA history.
The Rockets will try moving into a tie for fourth on the all-time list Saturday night at home against New Orleans, the next team they're trying to catch for a top-tier seed in the Western Conference. Houston already has gone from 24-20 to 41-20; the Hornets are 41-19.
"There is just a real confidence about the way they're playing," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "There's a trust in each other and it's just a pleasure to see. As a coach, it's just fun to watch a group of guys come together like they have and maintain this over such a period of time."
McGrady and Alston helped Houston break the game open in the third quarter.
After consecutive long jumpers by Dallas' Jason Kidd tied it at 55 early in the period, the Rockets answered with a 13-3 run. They pushed their lead to 19 on the Alston-to-McGrady alley-oop. A timeout followed and fans started streaming out with 8:42 left.
"They just outworked us -- to a man, every position," Mavericks guard Jason Terry said. "That's something we can't allow to happen. ... They're playing well together right now, but at the same time there's not a team we can't beat."
Josh Howard scored 21 points and Terry had 17 for Dallas, which lost its third straight and fourth in five games. The Mavs also had won 12 straight at home -- but this time they were without Nowitzki, who was serving a one-game suspension for a hard foul on Utah's Andrei Kirilenko.
Dallas' offense was out of whack without Nowitzki, and his team-best 23.6 points and 8.7 rebounds. His absence was especially obvious during the third-quarter meltdown, when the Mavericks kept looking for someone to get the ball to but instead kept turning it over. Dallas had seven turnovers in the period, leading to 12 points for Houston.
The Rockets -- who'd been 0-3 against the Mavs this season -- won by sharing the ball and by protecting it. As of midway through the fourth quarter, when victory was secure, Houston had 22 assists and four turnovers.
"The third quarter we were terrific, just controlled the tempo at both ends of the court," Adelman said. "We just have to continue on with the same attitude and same intensity every game."
Carl Landry scored 17 points, including 12 in the second quarter, and Luis Scola added 12 points and nine rebounds for Houston.
Jerry Stackhouse was the only other double-digit scorer for Dallas with 11. Kidd had seven points, six assists and six rebounds. Brandon Bass, who started in Nowitzki's place, had seven points.
Houston made its first five shots, then its first six in the second quarter. Dallas went through a 2-of-12 drought and other poor stretches, yet managed to go into halftime trailing only 52-50. The Mavericks were almost giddy on their way to the locker room because of the score and because Devean George closed the half by making a high-arching 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left.
Dallas fell to 4-5 since Kidd arrived. The only consolation is that all the losses were to teams ahead of the Mavs in the Western Conference. Up next for them: Five straight games against teams with losing records. The first four are at home, then they go to Miami to face the club with the league's worst record.
"I thought this would be a good night for us to rally," Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. "But we just didn't have that type of energy. They had it and we didn't. We have to get back to practicing, get better tomorrow."
The teams Houston tied with 17 straight wins: Dallas and Phoenix last season, San Antonio in 1995-96, Boston in 1959-60 and Washington in 1946-47. ... Dallas' last home loss was Dec. 27 against Cleveland. ... Adelman said his team was about to sign C Justin Williams to help fill the void created by Yao's absence. "I know one game he had, because he had it against us, he had something like 12 rebounds in a half," Adelman said.
Tracy McGrady said he didn't hold a grudge against Utah for last season's opening-round loss in the playoffs.
But what he said and how he played were quite different.
McGrady scored 47 points and the Rockets beat the Jazz 106-95 Thursday night, earning a little revenge for last season's playoffs, when Houston won the first two games but lost the series.
"It doesn't really mean anything. It's only the second game of the season," said McGrady, who was 17-for-27 from the floor.
The Rockets improved to 2-0 under new coach Rick Adelman, who wasn't with Houston for Utah's first-round comeback last spring.
McGrady was, and seemed to take it personally with his 42nd career 40-point game. He also had more help than he did in the postseason, when the Rockets basically counted on him and Yao Ming to beat the Jazz.
Mike James added 15 points -- two more than the Jazz reserves combined -- and Chuck Hayes had 13 rebounds for the Rockets.
"We feel like it's Game 8 for us," said Yao, referring to the seven-game series the Jazz rallied to win. "We wanted to get this win and start our new season."
Carlos Boozer had 30 points and 16 rebounds, and Mehmet Okur finished with 16 points and 10 boards, but after dominating the first quarter the Jazz tapered off in the second and never recovered.
Deron Williams had 18 points and 13 assists, and Ronnie Brewer scored 13 points for the Jazz, who led by 12 in the first quarter before McGrady took over the game.
Even with Yao on the bench with foul trouble and the Jazz knowing very well who was going to be getting the ball, Utah couldn't stop McGrady.
Inside, outside or at the foul line, McGrady carried the Rockets. He only missed 10 of his 27 field goal attempts and went 11-for-14 from the line. He also added four assists and four rebounds.
"This is the start of a new season. I'm just feeling good mentally, physically and having fun playing basketball with my new teammates and coaching staff," McGrady said. "This is a fun system to play in."
The Rockets forced 20 turnovers while committing just 12, and the Jazz didn't help themselves any by going 20-for-29 from the foul line.
"We tried to go one-on-one. Everyone tried to beat them by themselves," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "We're not good enough to play that way."
Every time the Jazz made a run in the second half, McGrady stopped it. Okur hit a short jumper to get the Jazz within 89-82, but McGrady answered with a 3-pointer and did teammate Dikembe Mutombo's finger wag while backpedaling on defense. The "no, no, no" gesture seemed appropriate because the Jazz could not stop McGrady when they needed to all night.
"Tracy was just unbelievable," said Adelman, who inherited McGrady when he replaced former coach Jeff Van Gundy over the summer. "What I liked about him was he had a really good mix. He made jumpers, but he attacked the basket and went to the free throw line."
The Jazz, who were playing their home opener, got within five twice late in the fourth quarter, but no closer.
After Boozer cut the lead to 96-91, McGrady hit two free throws with 2:53 remaining, then Yao added a layup that cooled off Utah's comeback and quieted the fans.
Yao finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, for the Rockets, who play their home opener Saturday against Portland.
Houston's reserves outscored Utah's 30-13. ... McGrady scored 13 of Houston's 24 points in the first quarter. ... Boozer had a double-double by halftime with 13 points and 11 rebounds. ... Jazz rookies Morris Almond and Kyrylo Fesenko were inactive for the second straight game.
Tracy McGrady went off for a game-high 35 points, 26 of which came in a monster second half as the Rockets topped the Blazers. (Grdgez)
February 24, 2008
Bobby Jackson was lauded for his ability to be a spark off the bench when he was traded to Houston last week.
In his first game with the Rockets, the point guard delivered.
Jackson scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and helped Houston to its 12th straight win, a 110-97 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night.
Tracy McGrady had 24 points and eight assists as the Rockets won their 16th game in their last 17. Their current streak is their longest since their championship season of 1993-94, and the longest active streak in the NBA.
The Bulls kept it close through three quarters with help from their new players, but the Rockets' hot shooting in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach.
Jackson, who played for Rockets coach Rick Adelman for five seasons in Sacramento, asked his coach what his role would be in Houston.
"I said: 'What you did in Sacramento,'" Adelman said. "He brings energy to the game on both ends of the court. I thought he really did that."
The Rockets were ahead by seven early in the fourth quarter before Jackson, who was traded from New Orleans, scored five straight points for Houston, capped by a nifty off-balance layup and the free throw that followed to make it 84-74.
Jackson said his time with Adelman in Sacramento helped make his transition to the Rockets go smoothly.
"That's a big plus," he said. "If I would have gotten traded and came to a situation where I didn't know the offense, it would have been a big mess."
Three straight 3-pointers by Luther Head, McGrady and Jackson about midway through the fourth quarter made it 92-78.
Everyone raved about Jackson's knowledge of Adelman's system and his play Sunday night. But McGrady couldn't get to the compliments before joking about a memorable fight the two had almost seven years ago when he played for Orlando.
Asked what he brought to the team, McGrady deadpanned: "Nothing, I wanted to fight him like I did in Orlando."
He offered his real feelings after the laughter died down.
"He brings experience and toughness and adds another shooter," he said.
Houston was ahead 96-84 when Shane Battier made three straight 3-pointers for the Rockets to push the lead to 16 points with about four minutes to play.
The Rockets made a season-high 13 3-pointers and shot 54 percent from long range, also a season best.
Houston led by two midway through the third quarter before three layups by Luis Scola sparked a 9-4 run to push the lead to 61-54 with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.
A jumper by Kirk Hinrich got Chicago within two points later in the quarter, but 3s by McGrady and Battier helped the Rockets stretch their lead to 74-66 about four minutes later.
The Rockets led 77-68 entering the fourth quarter.
"With Tracy healthy and playing well, they are a tough team to stop," Bulls coach Jim Boylan said. "Houston got penetration and found guys spotting up at the corners. It wasn't just one guy, but their entire team."
Tyrus Thomas led the Bulls with 18 points, and Hinrich had 10 points and 10 assists.
The Bulls got significant playing time from Drew Gooden and Larry Hughes in their first game with Chicago since being traded from Cleveland in the deal that sent Ben Wallace and Joe Smith to the Cavaliers. Cedric Simmons, also acquired in the trade, had two points in about two minutes of play.
Hughes started strong, hitting his first two shots in his first-quarter debut and finished with 13 points. Gooden was in the game just 11 seconds before, getting his first foul in the first quarter. He finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, and had a nasty, two-handed slam dunk over Yao Ming in the third quarter that elicited several 'Wows' from the home crowd.
Ben Gordon, who had five points, said it could take a while to adjust to the new faces.
"We've got new guys in and there wasn't much chemistry," he said. "It was difficult and a tough night for me to get my rhythm."
The game was tied at 28 in the second quarter when Houston outscored the Bulls 9-2 in a little more than two minutes to take a 37-30 lead with about five minutes left in the quarter.
The Rockets led by five after a 3-pointer by Rafer Alston with 37 seconds left, but a long 3 by Thabo Sefolosha seconds later cut Houston's halftime lead to 49-46.
The Rockets trailed by five in the first quarter before going on 7-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by McGrady as the shot clock ran down, to take a 20-18 lead after one.