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JordansBulls
04-23-2009, 10:09 PM
(4) Portland Trailblazers (54-28) vs. (5) Houston Rockets (53-29)


Portland will have the Homecourt Advantage


Series Tied 1-1 Series Breakdown



REGULAR SEASON SERIES
Rockets Won Season Series 2-1
Nov. 6: at Trail Blazers 101, Rockets 99 (OT)
Feb. 24: at Rockets 98, Trail Blazers 94
Apr. 5: at Rockets 102, Trail Blazers 88

Game 1 -Houston 108 Portland 81 (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boxscore;_ylt=AtWxEO7GAyA6K8cBvUx0vSO8vLYF?gid=200 9041822)
Game 2 -Portland 107 Houston 103 (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boxscore;_ylt=ArYNos8j_fKCGzl6bEltvKe8vLYF?gid=200 9042122)
Game 3 - Fri. April 24, Portland @ Houston, 9:30 p.m., ESPN (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/preview?gid=2009042410)




HOUSTON (AP)—The Houston Rockets think they have two of the NBA’s top 1-on-1 defenders in Shane Battier and Ron Artest. They know they’ll have to do a better job after neither could handle Brandon Roy in Game 2.

Portland’s star guard scored 42 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 107-103 victory Tuesday night that evened their first-round playoff series at 1-1. The Rockets had a 90-minute film session followed by a two-hour practice on Thursday, undoubtedly working on better ways to control Roy, the NBA’s 10th leading scorer.

Game 3 is Friday in Houston.

Artest, in his 10th season, said Roy was the first player to score more than 40 points on him. He made 15 of 27 shots, many of them layups, and went 10-for-12 from the free-throw line.

“I’ve just got to man up and keep him from getting to the basket,” Artest said. “It’s not about being physical, it’s about just playing hard, just adjusting.”




http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp109/KHinrich12/Team%20Logos/Blazers.png Projected Starting Lineup

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PG - Steve Blake
SG - Brandon Roy
SF - Nicolas Batum
PF - LaMarcus Aldridge
C - Greg Oden




http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp109/KHinrich12/Team%20Logos/Rockets.png Projected Starting Lineup

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PG - Aaron Brooks
SG - Ron Artest
SF - Shane Battier
PF - Luis Scola
C - Yao Ming

NBA_Starter
04-23-2009, 11:35 PM
I have a bad feeling about this one but Roy is going to have to come up HUGE again!

theimortalone
04-24-2009, 08:53 AM
Go Portland! Hopefully they can pull it out in Houston!

Rocket_lover
04-24-2009, 11:46 AM
Go houston...i hope houston puuls it off i kno they have the potential to win the game and series....lets go houston!!!!!

still1ballin
04-24-2009, 12:21 PM
I like Houston in this one, not a close one

luckynumber_752
04-24-2009, 03:19 PM
I don't c Roy scoring over 40 in Houston. They don't really need him to. What they need is for other guys to step up. Travis and Blake need to b ready if Portland is gonna get this one. Of course Portland needs Roy and Aldridge to play well to win, but I don't think they can do it on their own in Houston. And somebody needs to tell McMillan to bring Bayless off the bench to guard Brooks once in a while(not in garbage time after the game is over), he's killin us. I could guard Brooks better than Sergio. There's no excuse for Sergio, he just plays no D at all.

pippsux
04-24-2009, 03:32 PM
More Wafer and I smell a Brian Cook sighting. Cook could spread the floor from the 4 spot and allow Yao more more room.

_Sn1P3r_
04-24-2009, 03:48 PM
I think Houston will get this but with Portland putting up some fight.

Spurred1
04-24-2009, 04:25 PM
Hope Blazers grab this one, but everyone has to play well to do so. Roy is likely to get shut down by Artest and Battier, so others will need to contribute big.

brandt
04-24-2009, 04:50 PM
Blowout-Houston wins!

blazerman
04-24-2009, 05:10 PM
this is a pivitol game in this series, I think Roy and Aldridge have good games but Outlaw comes up big for Blazers to win a close one.

Verbal Christ
04-24-2009, 06:02 PM
portland is 1-9 in their last 10 visits to toyota center. awesome home squad, mediocre road one (pretty much like the rockets, almost spooky identical) so it should be a workmanlike effort from the home team ... 100-90

luckynumber_752
04-24-2009, 07:05 PM
Huge game. Whoever wins this game will most likely win the series IMO. I know Portland will get other chances if they lose this one, but if they lose this one, I don't c them having enough confidence to pick themselves up later on. We shall c.

Fins4Life
04-24-2009, 07:12 PM
Roy will continue his rise to top 5 in this league, he knows kobe will be waiting next round, he's not gonna miss that opportunity. Blazers in a blowout, shocks the world!

Fins4Life
04-24-2009, 07:14 PM
Were coming out hard and early, quiet the crowd with a nice 30-19 first quarter lead, and then we grind it out from there. B.roy for president, L.A for vice president and G.Oden as secretary of defense! We coming for the chip!

luckynumber_752
04-24-2009, 07:22 PM
Were coming out hard and early, quiet the crowd with a nice 30-19 first quarter lead, and then we grind it out from there. B.roy for president, L.A for vice president and G.Oden as secretary of defense! We coming for the chip!

*******! They got my vote 4 sure!

luckynumber_752
04-24-2009, 07:24 PM
^ I got no idea y it put so many stars there. I said the word that starts with sh and ends with t..... With an i in the middle of course.

bogmon
04-24-2009, 07:26 PM
Roy will continue his rise to top 5 in this league, he knows kobe will be waiting next round, he's not gonna miss that opportunity. Blazers in a blowout, shocks the world!

I like the cut of your jiib, Mister.....

With Deke done forever, the Rockettes have no answer for the Twin towers....

Blazers take this game and the series in 6.

superkegger
04-24-2009, 09:45 PM
Should be a fun game, time for tip off.

superkegger
04-24-2009, 09:53 PM
thats a terrible technical foul call. terrible

superkegger
04-24-2009, 09:55 PM
Scola with 6 shots, great gameplan.

blackjack_119
04-24-2009, 09:59 PM
Good to see Deke on the floor and getting some love from the fans.

As for the game... terrible call on Przybilla giving him the technical. Also, Roy did not step out of bounds.

superkegger
04-24-2009, 10:02 PM
Nice flop by brooks.

Jay22Redd
04-24-2009, 10:03 PM
Nice shot Brooks!

superkegger
04-24-2009, 10:04 PM
Man, Portland is ice cold

superkegger
04-24-2009, 10:06 PM
Still not sure why Scola has taken 10 shots in the first quarter

blackjack_119
04-24-2009, 10:14 PM
Portland only down 6 after the first quarter is actually pretty good. Houston is a far inferior team when Yao has to rest which is when they will do there scoring. Hopefully they can take advantage early when Yao rests so that they have to bring him back in quickly.

superkegger
04-24-2009, 10:22 PM
Travis Outlaw needs to be a better player and bigger factor if the blazers are going to win this series.

Jay22Redd
04-24-2009, 10:22 PM
Von Wafer with the SLAM BABY!!!!!!

Jay22Redd
04-24-2009, 10:28 PM
Landry heatin up from the outside

superkegger
04-24-2009, 10:29 PM
Rockets really takin it to the blazers. Brandon Roy has to pick it up if they're gonna have a chance.

Jay22Redd
04-24-2009, 10:29 PM
VON NEEDS more minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jay22Redd
04-24-2009, 10:40 PM
Why he took Wafer out???

superkegger
04-24-2009, 10:42 PM
This isn't really all that close.

DenButsu
04-24-2009, 11:59 PM
It might not look like it from the stat line at the end of the game, but Battier's clutch performance in this 4th quarter, as he almost singlehandedly wards off Portland from rallying their way back into the game, just might belong in the great performances thread.

Afridi786
04-25-2009, 12:15 AM
Wow Blake threw up a prayer and airballed it to ice this game.

Becks2307
04-25-2009, 12:15 AM
blake is so stupid...look at the clock plz

DenButsu
04-25-2009, 12:16 AM
Wow! What a clutch heads up play by Brooks - if you're gonna miss the winning free throw, that's the only way to do it. :cool:

pippsux
04-25-2009, 12:20 AM
Ooof! Too close for comfort. But good win! 2-1.

2 down 2 to go!

luckynumber_752
04-25-2009, 12:32 AM
Horrible coaching by Nate. Can somebody tell me y the **** he was playing Outlaw instead of Rudy? WTF???!!! Not to mention when he chose to call time. And Blake.... Wtf was that 3??? U had 9 more seconds, good God damn. Whatever.

JordansBulls
04-25-2009, 12:48 AM
Good game overall.

Chronz
04-25-2009, 02:19 AM
Still not sure why Scola has taken 10 shots in the first quarter

Cuz hes money baby

Tblaze
04-25-2009, 09:57 AM
Good game overall, too bad we weren't close enough to take it in the end. Battiers 3s killed us. I'm confident we can take this series now though.

Benaforce
04-25-2009, 08:18 PM
Good game. Go Rockets!

agobbi17
04-25-2009, 08:19 PM
Good game overall, too bad we weren't close enough to take it in the end. Battiers 3s killed us. I'm confident we can take this series now though.

what ever helps you sleep at night

Rhino
04-25-2009, 08:27 PM
Rockets shoot 19-24 at the foul line the Blazers 9-10 hmm....I can't even begin to tell you how many bad calls or no calls that were made in this game. The Rockets deserve to win without the aid of the refs. If your going to allow one team to defend hardcore then you better let the other team do the same. What gets me is usually there is some home court love given by the refs, but if you look back at the first 2 games at Portland the foul shooting was even not in this one. I know I'm going to sound like a whiny old ***** but call the game fair on both sides of the ball thats all I'm asking.

agobbi17
04-26-2009, 03:48 AM
the blazers are a younger team and the rockets have more veterans. therefore the younger players are making more mistakes.

dolfan720
04-26-2009, 11:46 AM
huge game and a good one too Rockets win it 98-95

m26555
04-26-2009, 11:47 AM
I like Portland to even up the series tonight.

EX-TREME
04-26-2009, 12:03 PM
lets go portland. i be rooting for u the whole series

DRE'-MAC
04-26-2009, 12:34 PM
The Key for Portland is for other guys to step up besides Brandon Roy.
The Key for Houston is slowing down Brandon Roy and Lamarcus Aldridge, getting the ball to Yao, and Ron Artest not shooting the ball every time he gets the ball