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Dr. J. Naismith 12-08-2007 11:36 AM

Game Thread: Houston Rockets 80 - Toronto Raptors 93 (F)
 
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Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors

11-9, 4th Southwest, (Road: 6-6) http://www.ezekielbearsports.com/bbs.../forum_new.gif 10-10, 2nd Atlantic, (Home: 6-5)

WHEN: Sun., Dec 9, 2007 at 12:30pm ET
WHERE: Air Canada Centre
TV: NBALP, CBC, CBC HD

http://www.ebsports.net/bbs/sficons/...raptors_sm.gif http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...ts/raptors.gif http://www.ebsports.net/bbs/sficons/...raptors_sm.gif
(click on logo for team stats)

Starters
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Ford, Parker, Moon, Bosh, Nesterovic

Bench
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...ts/delfino.gifhttp://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/calderon.gifhttp://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...ots/baston.gifhttp://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t.../humphries.gifhttp://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...ots/kapono.gifhttp://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...hots/dixon.gifhttp://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...ots/graham.gif
Delfino, Calderon, Baston, Humphries, Kapono, Dixon, Graham

Team Injuries/Inactive List
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Bargnani, Garbajosa, Martin

http://www.ezekielbearsports.com/bbs/nba/rockets.gif http://www.msnbc.com/modules/famulus...ges/NBA/10.gif http://www.ezekielbearsports.com/bbs/nba/rockets.gif
(click on logo for team stats)

Starters
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Alston, McGrady, Battier, Hayes, Ming

Bench
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/.../2005/3254.jpghttp://msn.foxsports.com/fe/img/defaultPlayer.gifhttp://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/.../2005/3325.jpghttp://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/.../2005/3577.jpghttp://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/.../2005/3950.jpg
Wells, Scola, Francis, James, Head

Team Injuries/Inactive List
http://msn.foxsports.com/fe/img/defaultPlayer.gifhttp://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/...s/2005/425.jpghttp://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/.../2005/3833.jpg
Landry, Mutumbo, Synder

http://www.ezekielbearsports.com/bbs...ns/fire200.gif Who's Hot http://www.ezekielbearsports.com/bbs...ns/fire200.gif

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...ts/raptors.gif

No one of the Raptors is currently HOT

http://www.msnbc.com/modules/famulus...ges/NBA/10.gif

http://assets.espn.go.com/i/nba/prof...65x90/3179.jpghttp://assets.espn.go.com/i/nba/prof...65x90/3599.jpg
TMac: 26.2 ppg in last 6 gp / Yao: 23.5 ppg in last 4 gp

http://www.ezekielbearsports.com/bbs/nba/rockets.gif Key Match-ups http://www.ebsports.net/bbs/sficons/...raptors_sm.gif

http://www.nba.com/media/act_tracy_mcgrady.jpghttp://www.nba.com/media/playerfile/...ony_parker.jpg
Tracy McGrady vs. Anthony Parker

http://www.nba.com/media/act_yao_ming.jpghttp://www.nba.com/media/playerfile/...nesterovic.jpg
Yao Ming vs. Rasho Nesterovic

http://www.mts.ca/file_source/mts.ca...rld%20logo.gif Fox Sports World's Head to Head Match-ups http://www.mts.ca/file_source/mts.ca...rld%20logo.gif
(click either player photo to see numbers against one another)

http://www.ebsports.net/bbs/sficons/...raptors_sm.gif PG http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...shots/ford.gif vs. http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/.../2005/3282.jpg PG http://www.ezekielbearsports.com/bbs/nba/rockets.gif

http://www.ebsports.net/bbs/sficons/...raptors_sm.gif SG http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...ots/parker.gif vs. http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/.../2005/3179.jpg SG http://www.ezekielbearsports.com/bbs/nba/rockets.gif

http://www.ebsports.net/bbs/sficons/...raptors_sm.gif SF http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...shots/moon.gif vs. http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/.../2005/3516.jpg SF http://www.ezekielbearsports.com/bbs/nba/rockets.gif

http://www.ebsports.net/bbs/sficons/...raptors_sm.gif PF http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...shots/bosh.gif vs. http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/...006_1/4023.jpg PF http://www.ezekielbearsports.com/bbs/nba/rockets.gif

http://www.ebsports.net/bbs/sficons/...raptors_sm.gif C http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...hots/rasho.gif vs. http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/.../2005/3599.jpg C http://www.ezekielbearsports.com/bbs/nba/rockets.gif

YAHOO GAME PREVIEW

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/...ma/ma_sp_1.gif
(click on image for preview *NOTE: only available on "Game Day")

Prediction

http://www.ebsports.net/bbs/sficons/...raptors_sm.gif - 99
http://www.ezekielbearsports.com/bbs/nba/rockets.gif - 108

Can you say ..... 3rd consecutive BLOW OUT. :(

That's assuming that Bosh and Bargnani remain out.

Predict and discuss!

Benzo 12-08-2007 11:45 AM

I predict between T.J, Rafer and Mike James there is 120 fga :D

Dr. J. Naismith 12-08-2007 11:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Benzo (Post 1037)
I predict between T.J, Rafer and Mike James there is 120 fga :D

Don't forget Stevie Franchise too Benzo. ;)

Thug 12-08-2007 10:12 PM

Well early reports indicate that Chris Bosh will most likely play in this game, don't know how much that will help us but yeah he is playing.

Dr. J. Naismith 12-09-2007 12:49 AM

Thanks Thug ... I appreciate the update on Bosh. I might have to think about changing my prediction too. ;)

Dr. J. Naismith 12-09-2007 11:59 AM

Yahoo preview is available for those who care. ;)

raptor123 12-09-2007 12:29 PM

Regardless who we really think the rapts should start today :( it will be imperative that we start out strong.This game will be decided in the first quarter. I know its a baskeball game, a game of runs,but the rapts are in alittle tail spin and nothing but a strong start will give them a chance.Don't be surprised to see our fans get on our guys if this game gets out of hand. I just hope not . Go Rapts Go !:)

Krazy Ivan 12-09-2007 01:28 PM

Bosh is back so Raps have a chance for a win...

'trane 12-09-2007 01:33 PM

Anyone see Smitch's pre-game media scrum today? Jokes. Only one guy had questions and Sam was rippin' on 'em for not doing their jobs. That guy kills me. He just deosn't give a shit. I love it.

'trane 12-09-2007 01:54 PM

wow. great start...

Dr. J. Naismith 12-09-2007 02:39 PM

Ugh .... so much for Bosh's return hopefully helping this team. :(

What on earth is going on with our offense? No movement at all, except for those 10 minutes when Ford left and Jose came into the game. :(

But anyways, for the first 15 games of the season it was out interior defense which was our achilles heel, but now its out perimeter defense that's huring us the most. Come guys, pull your heads out of your arses. :mad:

Torontosaurus 12-09-2007 02:41 PM

I'm just waiting to see when they're gonna put Jose in again. Hopefully, it will spark the team again.

Dr. J. Naismith 12-09-2007 02:42 PM

Oh ... and eventhough most Raptor fans hate him, loved Humphries energy in the 1st half. The stats might not show much, but I think he was the best Raptor during the first half. Good on ya Kris. ;)

Dr. J. Naismith 12-09-2007 02:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Torontosaurus (Post 1087)
I'm just waiting to see when they're gonna put Jose in again. Hopefully, it will spark the team again.

I just don't get Ford. I mean, he constantly does that sprint to the sidelines and the goes baseline only to stop directly under the hoop and more times than not turns over the ball. He needs to direct ball movement from side to side instead of his bullshit of trying to cram eveything into the key. Not a wise decision either when you have one of the best interior defenders in the league in Yao standing right in your face. :mad:

raptor123 12-09-2007 02:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dr. J. Naismith (Post 1086)
Ugh .... so much for Bosh's return hopefully helping this team. :(

What on earth is going on with our offense? No movement at all, except for those 10 minutes when Ford left and Jose came into the game. :(

But anyways, for the first 15 games of the season it was out interior defense which was our achilles heel, but now its out perimeter defense that's huring us the most. Come guys, pull your heads out of your arses. :mad:

No comment on this one Doc you know how I feel about this, I am just enjoying my Sunday afternoon.....at least my Bills are winning lol :D

Dr. J. Naismith 12-09-2007 02:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by raptor123 (Post 1090)
No comment on this one Doc you know how I feel about this, I am just enjoying my Sunday afternoon.....at least my Bills are winning lol :D

Yeah, if they come out the 3rd quarter like they started the game, I too might be switching over to watch some NFL too. :mad:

raptor123 12-09-2007 02:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dr. J. Naismith (Post 1089)
I just don't get Ford. I mean, he constantly does that sprint to the sidelines and the goes baseline only to stop directly under the hoop and more times than not turns over the ball. He needs to direct ball movement from side to side instead of his bullshit of trying to cram eveything into the key. Not a wise decision either when you have one of the best interior defenders in the league in Yao standing right in your face. :mad:

Ok Doc all I can say is its not TJ's fault, coach mitch just keeps on playing him. Any other player making those mistakes would find themselves on the bench. It almost seems that the rapts are avoiding the point guard controversy and are trying to avoid pissing off TJ.:rolleyes:

Torontosaurus 12-09-2007 03:15 PM

Finally they're doing better, but it was Delfino who was the catalyst. I'm not impressed at all with TJ in this game. He's too out of control.

Torontosaurus 12-09-2007 03:33 PM

We can take this game, we've got the momentum. When they put TJ back in, and they will, I hope he plays the team game. I'm just worried about the last 8 minutes. I still remember watching that game way back where Tracy scored 10 points in one minute to beat the spurs!

Dr. J. Naismith 12-09-2007 04:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by raptor123 (Post 1092)
Ok Doc all I can say is its not TJ's fault, coach mitch just keeps on playing him. Any other player making those mistakes would find themselves on the bench. It almost seems that the rapts are avoiding the point guard controversy and are trying to avoid pissing off TJ.:rolleyes:

I think Sam read what you were saying 123. ;)

But, did anyone notice T.J.'s body language 2nd half after Sam replaced him with Jose? Wow, talk about bitter, but kudos for Sam for sticking to his guns and letting Jose play it out. :p

Anyhow, now that was defense 2nd half. Keeping and explosive team like Houston to 35 2nd half points was awesome. Guys were always moving and a ton of help defense too. Hoping and praying that we see similiar defense Tuesday night in Atlanta. Good job guys!

Oh, welcome back Chris Bosh too. Amazing 2nd half. :D


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