T-Mac Returns

12/13/08 in NBA   |   streetballer123   |   3552 respect

Houston - What a difference a rested and rejuvenated Tracy McGrady makes.

Playing for the first time in nearly three weeks, T-Mac returned to the court in fine fashion, falling just one assist shy of a triple-double in the Rockets 119-108 victory over Golden State.

Perhaps most encouraging: McGrady, still in the process of recovering from offseason knee surgery, played without any sort of visible limp and even ditched the shoulder and knee braces with which he’d been playing during the opening month of the season.

In nearly 35 minutes of action, T-Mac totaled 24 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists as Houston pounded the Warriors for the second week in row en route to its 15th victory of the season.

“I felt pretty good,” said McGrady after the game. “The second half I came out a little rusty, but for the most part I felt pretty good. I was trying to do a little extra tonight for us to get a win. I was not tired, my body felt good, I was in a nice little groove tonight.”

The game actually was tight until the Rockets began taking control in the early stages of the second quarter. Carl Landry jumpstarted the surge by blowing past Warriors’ rookie Anthony Randolph for a vicious dunk which left the rim quivering in his wake. Landry scored the first 8 points of the frame for Houston, and shortly after his jam he helped key an 11-0 run which gave the Rockets their first real cushion of the contest.

“The 11-0 run got us the lead at halftime, and that is what we talked about, we had to keep playing defensively,” said Coach Rick Adelman. “If we made them take tough shots, then we are going to open it up because I thought they were going to have a tough time stopping us at the basket.”

Truth be told, Golden State has trouble stopping everyone at the basket, which is why the Warriors came into the contest giving up a league-high 110.8 points per game. So it came as no surprise that the Rockets continued to slice and dice the marshmallow-soft Warrior ‘D’ in the third quarter. But this time, the other half of Houston’s always-dependable power forward combo sparked the Rockets run. Luis Scola came out of the halftime break on fire, pouring in 10 of Houston’s first 12 points as his club continued to pull away.

All told, Scola and Landry combined for a whopping 37 points and 13 rebounds on the night. Their success was no coincidence; with Golden State throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Yao Ming (19 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks) in a futile attempt to shut down the big man, the dynamic duo knew they’d have plenty of scoring opportunities coming their way.

Said Landry: “We went over a game plan that we thought Golden State might [follow], and what Luis and I should do if Yao Ming was fronted. Luis, myself, and my teammates did a good job of getting in the right position, and finding Yao when the opportunity was there.

“We played together as a team tonight, we moved the ball and helped on the defensive end, and did a good job of sprinting back in transition and making it hard for them tonight by not giving them anything easy.”

With a sizeable advantage at its disposal for the majority of the second half, Houston kept things in cruise control as T-Mac and company combined to keep Golden State at bay. The Warriors did manage to trim their deficit to 11 in the final minutes of the fourth, but were never able to pose a legitimately serious threat to the Rockets who, with the win, improved their record to 15-8 and moved a half game ahead of San Antonio for first place in the Southwest Division.

Info Source: www.rockets.com

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6/30/09   |   radz_4u

streetballer123 wrote:
I wish T-Mac did get the triple double. He could not get off an assit in the entire 4th quarter. I was a little disappointed because that's all he needed.

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12/18/08   |   xanderdavis21

......................ur gona blame McGrady cause he shoots slighty worse in the post season.......this has got to be a joke........thats the reason why? this is a waste of time

12/18/08   |   xanderdavis21

LOL.. McGrady is infamous for his playoff choke-jobs, what the hell are you talking about?

The Rockets are going nowhere. They should trade Yao and McGrady for draft picks.

correction McGrady is known for not getting his TEAM out  of the first round.....McGrady's averages are better in the playoffs than during the regular season....and as far as trading them for draft rights i can tell ur a hater......ill admit i cant stand yao ming, but he gets 19 pts and 9 boards and 1 block a game, but i know not to trade him away for a draft pick!! So u could draft Stephon Curry!?? good luck with that...try to do a lil thiking before u speak about basketball, playa

12/18/08   |   pflann13

The only thing bad i can think of to say about Tmac is a little bit of inconsistency. I say its because he has a lot of injuries to deal with.  Aside from that he is a huge part of what the Rockets have going on right now, and its good to have him back and in form

12/17/08   |   xanderdavis21

so you would blow up the whole offensive game plan for the rockets....can i just ask in this brilliant plan u have for the rockets to become contenders, who would u trade them for? McGrady ups his game in the play-offs so he is not the problem at all....thats about the dumbest thing ive ever heard....the only place u could run an NBA Franchise is into the ground

12/15/08   |   xanderdavis21

heyy i agre completly bro if he had got a triple double the day he came back that woulda ben NASTY....but the main thing is us rocket fans cant get stuck on stats...we jus gotta go out there and get the W, i dont how we do it but if we get it done then we can talk about stats for the next day

12/13/08   |   streetballer123   |   3552 respect

I wish T-Mac did get the triple double. He could not get off an assit in the entire 4th quarter. I was a little disappointed because that's all he needed.