Rockets news: Hou80-San90 - To the victors DON'T go the spoils ...

Rockets news: Hou80-San90 - To the victors DON'T go the spoils ...

Post by Rama R. Paka » Thu, 21 Apr 1994 14:35:18


We Rockets fans would have liked to mark away  this game as one of those  
games where the heart wasn't in it.  We  would like to say that with the  
Mid-west title clinched in Portland on Sunday, this game was  
inconsequential to the final playoff standings as far as the Rockets are  
concerned (atleast in the first round), but San Antonio needed this win  
real bad to get the third seed in the West.  

Not true - not the way this game was played.  This one was a real battle  
in the AlomoDome, where they opened up the upper tier, in front of a  
crowd of 32,800.  At stake was not only the MVP title (which certain  
knowledgeble followers of the game have already bestowed to Hakeem) but  
the bragging rights to Texas basketball.  

Also at stake were some friendly rivalries - Vernon Maxwell of the  
Rockets, and Sleepy Floyd and John Lucas of the Spurs are very good  
friends who take great pride in beating the other's team. One of the  
most interesting sights during this game was after Vernon Maxwell, still  
suffering from a nagging groin problem, denied J. R. Reid of a basket  
with an acrobatic block.  Vernon fell down after his play as the Rockets  
started on a fast break, and  his delight at foiling the Spurs was  
evident as he stayed on the floor for the length of the Rockets'  
possession, making sure that John Lucas recognized his feat.  

The Rockets did not miss Vernon's offense on that particular play.  The  
fans most certainly missed  any semblance of offense on either team, as  
both the Rockets and the Spurs played in-the-trenches-defense.  The  
Spurs shot 44 % from the field, and the Rockets 40 %. Two of the  
league's top scores were held to below their scoring averages, and both  
shot abbysmally from the field - Hakeem had something like 8/28, and  
David had 6/31(?) from the field.  David Robinson finished with 22  
points, atleast five  of which were from the free-throw line in the last  
minute of play, as the Rockets fouled desperately trying to catch up,  
and 6 blocked shots.  Hakeem had 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocked  
shots.  Shall we call it a stalemate?  It was, atleast tonight.  The  
latest fancy of Madonna -  Dennis Rodman -  lived up to his top billing,  
though,  raking in 22 boards.  Otis Thorpe also had a good night under  
the boards with 17 rebounds - more than half of them on the offensive  
end.

The player of the game was undoubtably Nigel Knight, whose tally of 15  
points bellies his influence on the game, as he repeatedly beat the Sam  
Cassel and Kenny Smith with his play-clock-beating baskets.  Robert  
Horry had 16 points, including one huge dunk over Reid, 9 rebounds and 2  
(?) blocked shots.  Kenny Smith was a nonfactor on the offense, with  
just 6 points on 2/7 shooting.  The Rockets bench was vastly outscored  
by the Spurs, with Cummings, Reid and Knight lighting up the Rockets for  
almost 40 (?) points.

--
Rama Rao Pakala,  Systems Design Laboratory,  W224-D3, College of  
Engineering,  
University of Houston
*******************************************
Go Houston Rockets, Go Houston  Astros, Go Houston Aeros, Go Houston  
Cougars,
Go Minnesota Vikings!!
*******************************************

 
 
 

Rockets news: Hou80-San90 - To the victors DON'T go the spoils ...

Post by Eshleman, Larry » Thu, 21 Apr 1994 10:59:00

Quote:

>We Rockets fans would have liked to mark away  this game as one of those  
>games where the heart wasn't in it.  We  would like to say that with the  
>Mid-west title clinched in Portland on Sunday, this game was  
>inconsequential to the final playoff standings as far as the Rockets are  
>concerned (atleast in the first round), but San Antonio needed this win  
>real bad to get the third seed in the West.  

>Not true - not the way this game was played.  This one was a real battle  
>in the AlomoDome, where they opened up the upper tier, in front of a  
>crowd of 32,800.  At stake was not only the MVP title (which certain  
>knowledgeble followers of the game have already bestowed to Hakeem) but  
>the bragging rights to Texas basketball.  

>Also at stake were some friendly rivalries - Vernon Maxwell of the  
>Rockets, and Sleepy Floyd and John Lucas of the Spurs are very good  
>friends who take great pride in beating the other's team. One of the  
>most interesting sights during this game was after Vernon Maxwell, still  
>suffering from a nagging groin problem, denied J. R. Reid of a basket  
>with an acrobatic block.  Vernon fell down after his play as the Rockets  
>started on a fast break, and  his delight at foiling the Spurs was  
>evident as he stayed on the floor for the length of the Rockets'  
>possession, making sure that John Lucas recognized his feat.  

>The Rockets did not miss Vernon's offense on that particular play.  The  
>fans most certainly missed  any semblance of offense on either team, as  
>both the Rockets and the Spurs played in-the-trenches-defense.  The  
>Spurs shot 44 % from the field, and the Rockets 40 %. Two of the  
>league's top scores were held to below their scoring averages, and both  
>shot abbysmally from the field - Hakeem had something like 8/28, and  
>David had 6/31(?) from the field.  David Robinson finished with 22  

I think Dave was 6/24.

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>points, atleast five  of which were from the free-throw line in the last  
>minute of play, as the Rockets fouled desperately trying to catch up,  
>and 6 blocked shots.  Hakeem had 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocked  
>shots.  Shall we call it a stalemate?  It was, atleast tonight.  The  
>latest fancy of Madonna -  Dennis Rodman -  lived up to his top billing,  
>though,  raking in 22 boards.  Otis Thorpe also had a good night under  
>the boards with 17 rebounds - more than half of them on the offensive  
>end.

>The player of the game was undoubtably Nigel Knight, whose tally of 15  
>points bellies his influence on the game, as he repeatedly beat the Sam  
>Cassel and Kenny Smith with his play-clock-beating baskets.  Robert  
>Horry had 16 points, including one huge dunk over Reid, 9 rebounds and 2  
>(?) blocked shots.  Kenny Smith was a nonfactor on the offense, with  
>just 6 points on 2/7 shooting.  The Rockets bench was vastly outscored  
>by the Spurs, with Cummings, Reid and Knight lighting up the Rockets for  
>almost 40 (?) points.

>--
>Rama Rao Pakala,  Systems Design Laboratory,  W224-D3, College of  
>Engineering,  
>University of Houston
>*******************************************
>Go Houston Rockets, Go Houston  Astros, Go Houston Aeros, Go Houston  
>Cougars,
>Go Minnesota Vikings!!
>*******************************************


 
 
 

Rockets news: Hou80-San90 - To the victors DON'T go the spoils ...

Post by Varun Sin » Fri, 22 Apr 1994 01:43:32


: league's top scores were held to below their scoring averages, and both  
: shot abbysmally from the field - Hakeem had something like 8/28, and  
: David had 6/31(?) from the field.  David Robinson finished with 22  
: points, atleast five  of which were from the free-throw line in the last  
: minute of play, as the Rockets fouled desperately trying to catch up,  
: and 6 blocked shots.  Hakeem had 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocked  
: shots.  Shall we call it a stalemate?  It was, atleast tonight.  The  

        You forgot to mention David's 5 assists and 18 boards.
        I know its easy to do so. :)

        BTW, I would say David has thus far "won" or played even
        every battle with opposing "***" center.  That is aside
        from Patrick, they were both injured.

: latest fancy of Madonna -  Dennis Rodman -  lived up to his top billing,  
: though,  raking in 22 boards.  Otis Thorpe also had a good night under  
: the boards with 17 rebounds - more than half of them on the offensive  
: end.

--

Varun Singh  Undergraduate, University of Washington