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Houston Rockets Getting Inside 2009-01-30

Houston Rockets Getting Inside 2009-01-30
The Rockets insisted that they have not thought of their previous struggles. With another game to be decided, the thought of all those games they could not finish did not become another hurdle with another game going down to its final minutes.

Yet, when they failed late in the game again, the thoughts of all those games came back to them, adding to the frustration and disappointment of another one that got away.

It's not a lack of confidence in those situations, Rick Adelman said. But he sounded more as if he refused to accept that as an excuse.

"Why would that be an issue? Why is that an issue?" Adelman said. We have guys that have been in this league. You have to finish the game. You're missing point-blank shots at the basket. You can't get better than that. Just concentrate and finish it.

"I think it's execution, concentration. You go to your strengths and we didn't do that. We missed a lot of opportunities. It's a matter of just staying with it. The fourth quarter stuff, usually you have an inside-outside game in the fourth quarter. The good teams have that. We haven't had that all year long because of everything that's gone on. We have to find a way to execute."

The Rockets hoped that now that they have their rotation healthy and together they could work out their late-game kinks. They did earlier this month by building their offense around Yao Ming and a different group of players. Now they have to do it again.

"We are trying to find what are our go to sets are down the stretch and especially when we have Tracy (McGrady), Ron (Artest) and Yao," Shane Battier said. "That's the first time we have had them all healthy down the stretch. We just have to figure out something that works."

Still the Rockets did not seem to know what was missing, only that something was in need a great deal of repairs.

"I really don't have an answer," McGrady said. "We just got to keep on grinding, keep digging and find an answer for it. It's the second half of the season. We've got to be better, a lot better."

76ERS 95, ROCKETS 93: The Rockets had their customary double-digit lead, this time taking it to as much as 14. They had a lead with 4-1/2 minutes left. They had every chance they could want down the stretch. But late in games, the Rockets have come apart repeatedly for the past week and throughout much of the season. They made one of nine shots down the stretch at Detroit, two of 15 against the Knicks. With another game on the line, the Rockets produced little late again, making just two of their last nine shots, with Samuel Dalembert blocking Tracy McGrady's last shot at the buzzer to seal the Rockets' loss. The Rockets made just eight of 22 shots in the fourth quarter when they were outscored, 24-17.

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Added: January 30, 2009


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