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Houston Rockets Notes, Quotes 2009-10-28

Houston Rockets Notes, Quotes 2009-10-28--If there were any one area of great concern, it would have seemed to be the most obvious one, the Rockets' lack of size.

"It's going to be a concern of ours all year," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "We have to gang rebound. That's the biggest concern."

That turned out to be way down the list of Rockets issues.

Chuck Hayes replaced Yao Ming as the Rockets' starting center, taking the Rockets from the league's tallest starting center to its shortest. But even giving up a foot to Yao and a half-foot and 40 pounds to Greg Oden, Hayes held things together inside.

Oden had 12 rebounds and Joel Przybilla had 10, but that was largely thanks to the Rockets missing 51 shots and seven free throws. Hayes held them to two points each, with Oden falling nearly 12 points shy of his preseason average.

Hayes, however, never thought of himself as at a disadvantage.

"They're going to try to take advantage of their size, which is smart," Hayes said. "It's up to us to respond to it.

"I'm excited. I know by me being undersized, coaches and a lot of players, only a couple of them, feel they have an easy bucket going against me. If they try to go to Oden early, or go to Aldridge for a basket, they got another thing coming."

--Yao Ming's injury not only made Chuck Hayes a starting center, it offers a chance for a much greater role for Carl Landry. He struggled with it in the season opener. He played 26 minutes but for most of the night never seemed to know he was assigned to defend Travis Outlaw. He made just 3 of 12 shots and had three turnovers, often forcing the ball into the Blazers' size.

"We made a lot of mistakes, I know I did, personally," Landry said. "I got to get better. Those are mistakes -- I'm talking about myself -- that I can't do for the rest of the season and that I have to correct now. I have to make sure the mistakes I made tonight, that I don't make them anymore. And I know I'm not the only one who feels like this."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I hope what we take away from this game is the effort we have to put forth. We gave that effort in the fourth quarter. You can say the game was out of reach by then and they relaxed. But we have to take away that we were in attack mode and defensively we were flying around. That has to be our team." -- F Shane Battier

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Added: October 28, 2009


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