Rockets News: One down, three to go.

Rockets News: One down, three to go.

Post by Rama R. Paka » Fri, 10 Jun 1994 14:28:03

The one good thing about this game for the Rockets, apart from the win  
ofcourse, was Carl Harerra's successfull return, after three weeks of  
inactivity due to a shoulder injury.  Both he and Otis Thorpe had a busy night  
under the basket.  Carl had 12 points and 3 rebounds in limited time.  Otis  
Thorpe had 12 points, 16 rebounds and one monstrous "touchdown" assist, when he  
whipped the ball from almost at the Rockets' free throw line all the way to  
Hakeem under the Knicks basket for an easy basket.  Former Oiler and (now  
Viking :-( ) QB Warren Moon, watching from the front row seats, must have been  
impressed.  Hakeem had an "off night" :-) ending with only 28 points (10/22 FG  
and 8/9 FT shooting), 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks.  

After shooting quite well in the first half (Hou54%-NY46%), both teams  
degenerated in their offense in the second half.  At one stretch, the Knicks  
made just 1/15 shots.  The Rockets went scoreless for almost 8 minutes at one  
point in the fourth quarters.  These two teams combined for a dubious record  
for the playoffs - the  24 points scored in the final quarter was the lowest  
points total ever in a quarter by any two teams in the NBA finals.  Well, the  
Knicks' "bricks" fever is certainly contagious :-).

By having their four big men guard Hakeem mano-a-mano and in turns, the Knicks  
threw the Rockets' offense off guard - no pun intended.  The two Rockets' point  
guards had very poor games - Cassel was thrown off by Derek Harper's offensive  
defense, and "walked" thrice.  His entry passes were also off tonight,  
especially with Ewing able to front Hakeem confidently and consistently.  Kenny  
Smith had just 3 points on 1/4 shooting.  Vernon Maxwell and John Starks  
completely neutralized each other on both shooting percentage and points.  

In other news, Mario Ellie sported his new look, a result of his bet with  
Maxwell - he had promised to shave his hair if the Rockets made it to the NBA  
Finals.  He thus joins Sam Cassel, Vernon Maxwell, Carl Harerra, Charles  
Oakley, Antony Mason, Derek Harper and Charles Smith in the two lineups with  
shiny heads.  Another NBA Finals record, perhaps?

Rama.

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Go Houston Rockets, Go Houston  Cougars,
Go Houston Astros, Go Houston Aeros.

Go Minnesotta Vikings!! (more so since ex-Cougar Andrew Ware has joined Warren  
Moon !!)
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