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News » ROCKETS SUMMARY 2009-03-05


TODAY: Rockets at UTAH Jazz

When/where: 8 p.m.; EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City.

TV/radio: FSH; 610 AM, 850 AM (Spanish).

Records: Rockets 39-22; Jazz 37-23.

Key matchup: Aaron Brooks vs. Deron Williams. Williams, coming of a 20-assist game, is on a tremendous roll, averaging 22.8 points and 11.2 assists and hitting 52.2 percent of his shots the past 13 games.

Rockets update: The Rockets swept this season's Toyota Center meetings with the Jazz, but have long struggled in EnergySolutions Arena.

Jazz update: Off since Sunday's win against the Warriors, the Jazz went into the All-Star break with a win against the Lakers and have not lost since, stretching the league's longest active winning streak to eight games.

White gets shot

James White got the break he had wanted, signing a 10-day contract with the Rockets on Tuesday. The next step might be tougher.

White, a 6-7 forward who was averaging 25.9 points for Anaheim in the NBA Development League, joins the Rockets during the heaviest part of the schedule. At most, the Rockets will have two practices during his 10 days. White was on the inactive list, the first time a healthy Rockets player has been inactive since December (Steve Francis and Joey Dorsey). He had no complaints, however.

"I feel great man, just to be in a position to come back to the NBA, try to make a difference for a good team," he said.

White has gained some notoriety as the D-League dunk champion and touched the top of the backboard in testing Tuesday morning, but he said he is more than just a leaper.

"I've been working on my game so much just so I could fight that stigma as a dunker," said White, who played college ball at Cincinnati. "If you ever saw me play this year, you know I've been working on my game."

Rockets director of player programs Shawn Respert worked with White when White was assigned by the San Antonio Spurs to the Austin Toros and said White brings a variety of skills.

"He's got a really good touch, and I like that he's very athletic," Respert said. "With that other unit we put on the floor with those small guards, he can definitely exploit it running lanes. Defensively, he's very underrated, too."

No wasted effort

With the Rockets in the midst of the busiest part of the schedule, they have had to make adjustments.

They will have at most only two practices in the first 16 days of March, and coach Rick Adelman said he is considering cutting back on shootarounds.

"You don't do as much at practice," Shane Battier said.

"You can't sit and get your extra reps at practice. You understand you have to be fresh for the games.

"Off the court, you try to keep the laundry runs and the mail runs and the trips to Central Market to a minimum. You're more of a homebody. You do a little less shooting, try to save a little energy."

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