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Houston Rockets Notes, Quotes 2008-11-20

Houston Rockets Notes, Quotes 2008-11-20
--F Shane Battier practiced for the first time this season,

reported some soreness the next day but no complications and looked

forward to another practice to really push himself and test his left

foot. That, however, brought a problem. The Rockets don't have a

practice for a week. He felt he needed a full-court, full-speed test,

the kind difficult to simulate working out with trainers. But he could

be ready to play for the first time this season before the Rockets are

ready to give him that kind of workout.

"I would like another practice," Battier said. "Unfortunately, our

schedule is not really conducive to having another practice so I don't


"It was sore. It was normal soreness from the first real action in

a while. Thankfully, I don't think I have soreness in the place it was

injured initially. I'm going to see if the places I have soreness is a


--The Rockets had seemed to be making significant offensive

strides. The Rockets had failed to hit 40 percent of their shots in

four of the first seven games. In the next four, they made 45.5

percent of their attempts, which for the season would rank seventh in

the NBA. They had their best offensive game of the season on Monday,

making more than half of those shots for the first time in a game this

season, hitting on 50.6 percent against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Against the Mavericks, however, they fell back to their

early-season form, making just 11.8 percent of their shots in the

third quarter and 37.2 percent overall.

"It comes and goes," Luis Scola said. "We'll have a couple of good

games and then we'll fall back off. I think we need to think about

that and be constant because we can't have this up and down all the

time. Hopefully, we'll become more solid in the future because I think

that is a big part of a championship team."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I thought we were just discombobulated. Whether it

was Yao (Ming) being out, Ron (Artest) missing practice yesterday,

Tracy (McGrady) -- it just seemed we were out of sync completely in

this game." -- Coach Rick Adelman.

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