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Old 04-24-2008, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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By JONATHAN FEIGEN
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle



All those pointing at Tracy McGrady for the Rockets' failures in their playoff series against the Utah Jazz and his inability to get beyond the first round in six previous playoff appearances heard a surprising voice join their cause Wednesday.

McGrady blamed himself.

Sort of.

Mocking those who blame him, McGrady joined the chorus.

"It's my fault," McGrady said. "It's my fault we missed free throws. It's my fault we lost both games. Blame me. It's my fault we fouled to tie the game up. That's my fault. It's my fault they get easy layups. It's my fault we're not executing well on the offensive end. It's my fault a couple people in the stands ordered Heinekens and they got Budweiser. It's my fault. I'm sorry."

Told the beer reference might have revealed his straight-faced sarcasm, McGrady rolled on.

"I am serious," he said. "It's my fault. Everything is my fault. It's my fault. It's T-Mac's fault.

"Everybody's blaming me. The Suns (for being down 2-0 to the Spurs). I mean, everybody. That's what it seems like. It's my fault. I'm out there by myself."

McGrady carried the Rockets for three quarters on Monday, combining 22 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists. He had one point, three rebounds and no assists in the fourth quarter as the Rockets fell into a 2-0 hole going into Game 3 at Utah tonight.

In the first two games, McGrady is 0-for-7 shooting in the fourth quarter, prompting more debate on his play in this and past postseasons.

"I'm in a tough position," McGrady said. "If I go out and try to be passive and we're not making shots, then we're in a hole. If I am aggressive and I have to stay that way, then fourth quarter, I'm worn out, don't have the lift I do in the first three quarters. It's a tough situation to be in.

"Story of my season or my playoff career."

This has become a greater issue in light of the Rockets' playing the first two games of the series without Yao Ming and Rafer Alston.

"That's another one of my faults: that Rafer got hurt and Yao got hurt," McGrady said. "It's my fault. I'm sorry.

"Even some of the guys can't even believe it. I was talking to one of the guys, and he was like, 'I would hate to be you. I really can't believe what some of the people say about you, especially after playing the game you played the other night.' They can't believe it."

Coach Rick Adelman also seemed surprised by the criticism but said he was not concerned that it would affect McGrady's approach or performance.

"He's got a lot on his shoulders right now, no matter what he does," Adelman said. "He almost got a triple-double, and it still wasn't good enough. He's going to be fine. He's pretty tough mentally. He'll get through it."

McGrady also said he will not change the way he plays. Though he made it clear he was extremely aware of the criticism, he said it doesn't bother him.

"I've got to keep on doing what I do," he said. "I can't even worry about that."

McGrady did acknowledge that if the Rockets win, he will be given excessive credit.

"You said it, man. That's it," McGrady said. "If we win that game (Monday) night despite me scoring only one point in the fourth quarter if we win that game, oh, I had an awesome game, an unbelievable game. If we win, I made my teammates better, I rebounded, I played defense. That would have been the story line. But because we lost ...

"I can't do nothing about it."

Told that his childhood hero, Magic Johnson, had praised him on the TNT broadcast, McGrady said that will do.

"If Magic Johnson liked my game," McGrady said, "then damn what everyone else says."
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you tell McGrady and Vince are related? Two players that can't step it up when it counts the most.
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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"Everybody's blaming me. The Suns (for being down 2-0 to the Spurs). I mean, everybody. That's what it seems like. It's my fault. I'm out there by myself."
Wow.

Way to motivate your teammates you prick.

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Old 04-24-2008, 10:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It sounds pretty childish but I agree with him. Its a problem I see in the NBA, its all about the stars in the good and the bad. ITs always, Kobe(not the lakers) beats the Nuggets, T-Mac loses agaisnt Utah, lebron beats Wizzards, etc.... I seriously dont like that approach.
THe team loses, not one star.
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Old 04-24-2008, 11:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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hahaha, i love it.
i hate tmac and i hate the rockets.
i hope he never gets to the second round.
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Old 04-24-2008, 11:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Would you make a play for him in the off-season?
Ford, Rasho, Garbo(or AP) and a 1st for T-Mac?

T-Mac, Calderon and Bosh would be pretty dynamic..and finally give us our "Batman"
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Old 04-24-2008, 11:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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He'd never consider coming back here Hoops.
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Old 04-24-2008, 11:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
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He'd only have to play 2 seasons here and then his contract runs out. Perfect.
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Old 04-24-2008, 02:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i'd take him back.
i hate him, but dont hate him enough to see him wearing a raps uni again.
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Old 04-24-2008, 02:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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He'd never come back and the Rockets would never trade him to us for anyone on our roster not named Bosh.
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...make your mother sigh.
he's old enough to know better...


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Old 04-25-2008, 07:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I don't see much wrong in the article. It's true though, they're blaming him for everything like WTF? The media has to leave some of these players alone, like it's playoff time for pete's sake.
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...make your mother sigh.
he's old enough to know better...



The king of marigold was in the kitchen
Cooking breakfast for the queen
The queen was in the parlour
Playing piano for the children of the king.


That's exactly what I thought when I read that.
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Can you tell McGrady and Vince are related? Two players that can't step it up when it counts the most.
Rasheed Wallace or excusme me an "un-named Piston" said that Tracy is like his cousin half-man half-season.

I bet you him and VC have a Gatorade, Tampons, and Kleenex in their locker stalls.

If we trade for him it's not like we would do any better... he can't get out of the first round neither.
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T-Mac is completely right on this one. He carried them in most of their playoff games this year, but by the time he got to the 4th quarter, he was dead. Great players find ways to perform in the 4th quarter, but without Yao and having nobody else really show up, you can't blame T-Mac for the Rockets going out this year. Sure, he could have handled the media a little better, but when you have just been knocked out of the playoffs and everybody is pointing the finger at you, you might not be in the best mood.
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Old 05-03-2008, 10:30 AM   #17 (permalink)
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ill call it the curse of toronto..should never have left in the first place, we would have been an insane team.

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Gone again, eh?

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Old 05-10-2008, 07:34 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Tracy carried the team in the playoffs, with no center and no starting PG. The fact that the rockets made the playoffs is a big deal, also he is the 4th best playoff performer in the history of the game. He always steps up and even though he had 40 pts in game 6 he still gets the blame
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How can a guy who's never advanced past the first round be considered the 4th best playoff performer in the history of the game?
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