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News » ROCKETS SUMMARY 2009-05-05


ROCKETS SUMMARY 2009-05-05


ROCKETS SUMMARY  2009-05-05
Rockets vs. Lakers

Gm. When/where TV Radio

1 9:30 Monday, Los Angeles TNT 610 AM, 850 AM (Span.)

2 9:30 Wed., Los Angeles TNT 610 AM, 850 AM (Span.)

3 8:30 Fri., Toyota Center ESPN 610 AM, 850 AM (Span.)

4 2:30 May 10, Toyota Center ABC 610 AM, 850 AM (Span.)

5* TBA May 12, Los Angeles TNT 610 AM, 850 AM (Span.)

6* TBA May 14, Toyota Center ESPN 610 AM, 850 AM (Span.)

7* TBA May 17, Los Angeles TBA 610 AM, 850 AM (Span.)

* - if necessary

Wafer recovers

Rockets guard Von Wafer said he has some stiffness in his back but he is not in pain and does not expect to have any problems with his back in the Western Conference semifinals against the Lakers that start Monday night in Los Angles. He was initially ruled out of Thursday's Game 6 against the Trail Blazers but played that night anyway.

"I feel good," Wafer said before an afternoon treatment session. "I have a little stiffness, but I'll be OK.

"People are thinking I was out there with my back hurting. My back wasn't hurting. It's not that big a deal. When I stop, it tightens up a little bit."

Wafer had back spasms last offseason while working out with Atlanta Hawks players and had to sit out for a week while he was trying to win a job with a team.

"I didn't have the medical attention when it happened last summer," Wafer said. "It was at a very, very important time. It was going to be a big day at the gym with a lot of people watching.

"Maybe it happened for a reason, so I could be here. Maybe if it hadn't happened, I wouldn't be here, now."

The first option

The Lakers have double-teamed Yao Ming this season but are unlikely to dedicate two 7-footers to keeping the ball from him with the same scheme the Trail Blazers use.

"They're going to come at him, but we need Yao to be aggressive and we need to find a way to get him the ball," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "He's still got to be the main cog of what we do."

Hair today . . .

As punishment for picking the Trail Blazers, Rockets .com staff writer Jason Friedman was given a Von Wafer-like mohawk after the Rockets' practice Saturday.

But Wafer said Friedman will not be the last, with plans to have a barber visit the Rockets' hotel to cut Ron Artest's hair into the mohawk he promised for a Rockets' first-round win over Portland.

"Nothing is more important than a man's word," Wafer said. "If you can't trust what he says, you can't trust him on the court."

JONATHAN FEIGEN


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 5, 2009

 

 
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