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Brooks was clutch. Great team effort though, I just wish the game wasn't on so late. This morning was rough.

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LULz

no kidding...I thought since we were playing the Lakers we'd be on during prime time. They weren't on this late for the Utah series, were they?

I think the key is to take naps before the game

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ok this has to be said:

1. Derek Fisher better get a game suspension for that intentional Flagrant 2 foul verse Scola

2. If anything Kobe should have gotten a foul on that Artest shot to the throat. therefore

i think the league needs to look into having a ref watching replay at the scorers table for things like that. kobe shouldnt be allowed to play dirty, especially an elbow to a players throat.

and last off....lol...I LOVE RON ARTEST! :D

he is the soul of the Rockets.

as he realized the refs wouldnt talk to kobe about the elbow ron runs over to kobe and repeatedly says "HIT ME IN THE THROAT AGAIN! HIT ME IN MY F*CKIN THROAT AGIAN!"

Ron is a guy the rockets need, the passion, the intensity, and sticks up for teammates

dont mess with Ron kobe, lets not forget he is the same Ron who jumped into the crowd in indy and punched people repeatedly in the face after being taunted all game.

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Fisher's elbow was as blatant, premeditated, and focused as cheapshots get.

Artest should have been held back by teammates after Kobe's elbow (to avoid ejection).

Yao went WNBA/Von Wafer has the title of 'Dumbest Rocket' locked up.

Everyone else played tough.

Game 3 will be WILD!

Meanwhile, Rafer Alston continued his poor decision making....for the Orlando Magic. Good trade.

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Fisher's elbow was blatant and should get him suspended or at least fined, but I doubt Kobe knew he was going to hit Artest in the throat. He was faced the other way. It seemed to me like he was just trying to free up his own arm to catch the rebound. Definitely an unintentional foul, but not on the same level with what Fisher did.

The Fisher hit, in case anyone didn't see it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CENZNnn0G1A

And the Kobe throat shot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irtnkEmubqY

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dont mess with Ron kobe, lets not forget he is the same Ron who jumped into the crowd in indy and punched people repeatedly in the face after being taunted all game.

Actually, he's not.

You could tell there was no rage in him when he confronted Kobe. Live, I thought he was about to go and deck him. I was thinking, "Oh no, the is this the old Ron coming back out?" But after seeing replays and upclose shots, you could tell he was cool. After the ref came to break it up he willing stepped back and never went after him again. He continued expressing his displeasure that Kobe hit him in the throat, but that's it.

Plus, Ron had a wonderful explanation as to what he did after the game. Search for it on youtube or some place. He said he was not "retaliating" but simply telling him he needs to stop elbowing him; he just did it in his face. He said the old Ron would have "retaliated" but he's not like that anymore.

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And yes, that was very dirty what D Fisher did. There's no doubt he should be gone for one game, if not two. The worst was that it was pre-meditated. It was not just some reaction.

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Yao went WNBA

What do you mean?

Everyone knew Joey Crawford was going to put Yao in foul trouble as soon as it was announced he would be reffing the game. I do think however that Yao needed to be more aggressive. It's good that he draws a double team and kicks it out for threes, but he needs to learn to force the issue sometimes even when the double team is there or coming and/or take the shot before the double team gets there.

Also, yall should read the daily dime report on ESPN. JA Adande explains that Kobe's elbow by league rules could actually get him suspended (as it got Dwight Howard suspended, too)

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Joey Crawfod needs to be put to pasture.

I would like to see statistics on how often he blows his whistle compared to other referees. Up until last night, I was pretty content with the calling for the playoffs. And Joey was blowing the whistle way too many times even before it started getting physical.

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What do you mean?

Everyone knew Joey Crawford was going to put Yao in foul trouble as soon as it was announced he would be reffing the game. I do think however that Yao needed to be more aggressive. It's good that he draws a double team and kicks it out for threes, but he needs to learn to force the issue sometimes even when the double team is there or coming and/or take the shot before the double team gets there.

Also, yall should read the daily dime report on ESPN. JA Adande explains that Kobe's elbow by league rules could actually get him suspended (as it got Dwight Howard suspended, too)

Only one of Yao's fouls were questionable. I can't stand it when a player argues with a ref when their guilt is plainly obvious. It seems like Yao still hasn't learned the rules of defense.

How a 7'6" player can continually lose the jumpball tip is beyond belief.

He even knocked a simply defensive rebound opportunity into a basket for the Lakers!

Yao is a great offensive threat/freethrower...but a butterfingered & effortless rebounder.

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Actually, he's not.

I totally know that Ron isnt the exact same Ron as he was in 2004 but Ron still carries that passion, intensity and everything else with him whenever he plays. Just because he isnt the same Ron that will jump into the crowd, doesnt make him any less dangerous when it comes to pissing him off.

Ron hasnt gone soft just because he can better control himself.

Like he said "I told him, 'You're hitting the wrong person. Don't you know you're hitting Ron Artest?' "

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Its kind of funny, because earlier in the game Ron had been trying to make conversation with Kobe whenever they had a free moment, smiling and telling jokes or something, and Kobe acted totally uninterested.

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The Lakers are arrogant, I think we've all seen that by now.

So, in light of their character, I'm going to say the Rockets will win this series based on the fact that, "Pride Comes Before the Fall."

They may end up winning on talent alone, but I don't think so.

:) Go Rockets!

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From Adam Wexler at 610:

Since Artest's year long suspension he's earned 15 Techs, 1 Flagrant & 1 Ejection.

In same time for Kobe: 55 Techs, 3 Flagrants, 2 Ejections

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I am usually not much of a conspiracy guy, but there is NO WAY anyone can convince me that the league hasn't sent orders down to make sure the Lakers advance. How in the hell did Artest get called for a flagrant two tonight and get ejected again? Total joke.

The league wants Kobe vs. James.

Last year, the league wanted an old fashioned Celtics vs. Lakers final so they could remind us 1000 times about Bird vs. Magic and sell lots of ads and old school jerseys.

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Yeah, that was a horrible call, but the game was over by then anyway. The rockets have nobody to blame but themselves. Turnovers will be their demise. They're taking away points from themselves and giving them away to the Lakers.

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Yeah, that was a horrible call, but the game was over by then anyway. The rockets have nobody to blame but themselves. Turnovers will be their demise. They're taking away points from themselves and giving them away to the Lakers.

The problem is that a flagrant 2 means automatic suspension for the next game. Unless the NBA uses common sense that was a hard foul, he will out for game 4. The bigger concern is Yao. Looks like he won't be playing. As well as the Lakers played, they never really put the Rox away. We still had our chances and it was like they were begging us to come back. The Rox can still make it interesting by winning tomorrow. Get rid of all those turnovers and BETTER DECISION making please!! I just want the Rox to push the Lakers to a 7th game so that Denver can crush them!

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The problem is that a flagrant 2 means automatic suspension for the next game. Unless the NBA uses common sense that was a hard foul, he will out for game 4. The bigger concern is Yao. Looks like he won't be playing. As well as the Lakers played, they never really put the Rox away. We still had our chances and it was like they were begging us to come back. The Rox can still make it interesting by winning tomorrow. Get rid of all those turnovers and BETTER DECISION making please!! I just want the Rox to push the Lakers to a 7th game so that Denver can crush them!

Actually, it just means they get tossed out of the current game. That's why we were awaiting to see if Derek Fisher would be suspended. Plus, JFV asked right after it happened if he'd be suspended and they said no.

Did you see Yao's bruise on his knee while he was sitting down? ouch

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Actually, it just means they get tossed out of the current game. That's why we were awaiting to see if Derek Fisher would be suspended. Plus, JFV asked right after it happened if he'd be suspended and they said no.

Did you see Yao's bruise on his knee while he was sitting down? ouch

Artest's foul was downgraded to a flagrant 1, so he can play in game 4.

If a player has too many cumulative flagrant fouls, they can be kicked out of the series.

That's why Kobe's 'after-game' flagrant had significance.

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Gee, what a surprise.(sarcastic) <_<

I don't blame Yao for that or in general player's who get hurt. People can't help getting inujured for the most part. I'm sure if he had it his way he would not be injured. We can't blame him for that.

time for clutch city to rear it's face ;)

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as much as i think the series is now officially over now that yao's out, it might not be completely

think about all the times yao has been out and on the bench. the rockets can surely hold their own without him but yes its going to be more difficult.

the rockets are a scrappy bunch of guys. atleast now we can run the floor more without yao slowing them down. i dunno, we shall see

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First Mutombo now Yao. Game over I'm afraid.

Dikembe played 18 seasons; 11 times he played at least 70 games.

Yao has only had 4 seasons of 70+ games.

They should make of poster of Yao on crutches with the following banner:

FRAGILE - Made in China

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He's 7'6" and well over 300 lbs. He's not like the rest of us. We should give the guy a break. He works harder than anyone else out there.

Maybe it's not wise to keep a guy who can't stay healthy on the roster but give the guy credit for what he can control.

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Maybe the Rockets should make a poster of Rammer with the banner:

WARNING! - Fair Weather Fan

I'm not a fair weather fan. I'm just far more impressed with a 5'11", 160 lb point guard(Brooks) and a 6'6"(Hayes) stopper playing against 7-foot centers than I am rooting for giants.

I'll root for the tough, undersized underdogs everyday. ;)

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Great game. The TC exploded when Aaron Brooks made that crazy shot at the end of the third. Couldn't hear a damn thing. Tickets were nearly half off for this game because we lost Game 3 and no one gave us a chance. If we win on Tuesday in LA, Game 6 tickets (go on sale Tuesday at noon), will be through the roof.

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Great game. That was fun as hell watching that. And while we may not win the series, we'll at least be coming back to Houston and it's great knowing we wont be going out without a helluva fight.

Rosen has a good article, ripping LA a new one.

In short, the Rockets displayed every characteristic that the Lakers lacked: hustle, toughness, passion and intelligence.

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So much for getting tickets.

I was psyched about getting me some cheap 'ol $18 seats (was willing to pay $55). Me and my friend were ready to double team the Rockets box office but then I logged on to clutchfans.net and found out there was a Rockets Insider pre-sale at 10am this morning!

Went to flash seats only to find the cheapest were already being resold above my price range.

Oh well, gotta wait for game 3 of the next round I guess :)

just curious, what is the most any of you would be willing to pay for a sports ticket? I tried getting Astros world series tickets and would have paid over $100 for them (I'm sure some of you high rollers are laughing so hard your cigar is about to fall out). I would have paid that much for a game 7 in the western conference semis or any game in the finals, but not second round when we dont even have our stars.

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Make sharp passes (not soft lobs), make a few of those shots and the Rockets would have been right in that one.

They went from one extreme to the other from Game 4 to 5. If they can at least find a middle ground, I think they'll be just fine tomorrow.

I think them shooting so many bricks was just as much of a phenomenon as them making all those shots in Game 4. They're professionals and should be able to make open shots. No way they shoot that badly again.

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