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News » ROCKETS SUMMARY 2009-05-08


Tough stuff

Rockets forward Shane Battier was not surprised the NBA did not act on the elbow and knee he took from Kobe Bryant in Game 1. He also did not mind.

"My thoughts are - growing up in Detroit in the Bad Boy era - if Rick Mahorn and Bill Laimbeer saw that, they would laugh at me to say that was rough play," Battier said.

They also might not have walked away.

"Yes, but it was a different era back then," Battier said. "It's not about who's the tough here. If he wants to be the tough guy, he can have the tough guy crown. I'm here to win Basketball games and help my team."

NBA vice president Stu Jackson, who has attended both games in the series, said he reviewed the video of the incident from several angles and that no action would be taken.

Yao's knee fine

Though he was black and blue from his collision with Kobe Bryant, Rockets center Yao Ming said he has not had any trouble with his bruised right knee.

"I'm focused on pick-and-roll coverages, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol," he said. "Not my knee."

Yao had considered several varieties of kneepads a few seasons ago, from the volleyball elbow pads Hakeem Olajuwon used to specially made padded sleeves, but he found them uncomfortable.

"It makes me feel old," Yao said.

Applied learning

As much as the Rockets' experience in the Portland series - in which they also won the first game - might serve as a reminder that Game 2 can be more difficult, Yao Ming said that series offered another useful experience.

"It's a very similar situation," Yao said. "We don't have home-court advantage. The home court is not very secure in a playoff series. Obviously, it's good to have home-court advantage, but I feel it's not very secure at home. Think about it: Against Portland, we had a game we only won by one at home. I think you have to win every game you can on the road."

Lineup switch

Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who has struggled in the postseason since coming back in April from a knee injury, was out of the starting lineup in Game 2, replaced by Lamar Odom.

"We want Andrew to be a forceful player out there, and it's an important aspect for this team," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We have not functioned as well in these playoffs as we have when Lamar is out there."

Jackson said the Lakers need Bynum's shot blocking and rebounding but were suf-fering at the offensive end.

"We're not as forceful or as intimating if we don't have (Bynum), but we're so much better at the offensive end because of the mobility we have," Jackson said. -


Series tied 1-1

Gm. Result Top scorer Top rebounder

1 Rockets 100, Lakers 92 Bryant 32 Gasol 13

2 Lakers 111, Rockets 98 Bryant 40 Gasol 14

Gm. When/where TV Radio

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

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

5 TBA Tue., 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

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Added: May 8, 2009


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