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News » ROCKETS SUMMARY 2009-04-21


Replay gets a look

NBA commissioner David Stern said the Board of Governors discussed increasing the use of instant replay to prevent mistakes such as the shot-clock error that helped San Antonio defeat Sacramento last week but that no change will be made for this postseason.

"I think something will happen," he said. "I just don't know what it's going to be.

"We told them we'd look at it and we would report back in the autumn. The competition committee will look at it in May and get back to them.

"It's a real issue because you (could) have too much. Is it just referee-initiated? Does the team have the right to do it, under what circumstances? We used to play games in under two hours. A network game will probably be 2:16, 2:18."

Playoff fever

Last season when the playoffs began, Yao Ming was out. The season before, he was back from his knee injury but not 100 percent. The season before that, the Rockets did not make the playoffs.

The feeling this season is different.

"I can tell you right now, I feel excited," Yao said. "I know there is a long journey ahead of us. But I'm still excited.

"We had a pretty successful season, myself and the team. Everybody is healthy, except Tracy (McGrady). Most of the people are healthy getting to the playoffs, and that gives us a big chance to win."

Playoffs a reward

Looking forward to the start of the postseason, Rockets guard Ron Artest described playoff Basketball simply.

"All it is is going out there playing hard and with a lot of passion," he said. "Your passion is going to lead wherever it is going to lead you.

"It's going to get intense. But it's fun. It's Basketball."

Debunking a myth

As much as is made of the Rockets' recent inability to get out of the first round, the Trail Blazers' playoff inexperience has been often discussed as a key issue.

Rockets coach Rick Adelman is not among those pointing to the Blazers' youth.

"I don't buy the stuff that they're a young team," Adelman said. "(LaMarcus) Aldridge and (Brandon) Roy look pretty seasoned to me. They've both been around a while. (Steve) Blake's been around a while. (Travis) Outlaw's been in the league. Our experience is not a heck of a lot more. I just see the team I see, and they're a very good team. They're Basketball players and they're good."

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