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News » ROCKETS SUMMARY 2009-03-25


TODAY: Rockets at SAN ANTONIO Spurs

When/where: 2:30 p.m.; AT&T Center, San Antonio.

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

Records: Rockets 46-25, Spurs 45-23.

Key matchup: Aaron Brooks vs. Tony Parker. With the game on the line eight days ago, the Spurs repeatedly ran Parker through pick-and-rolls. Brooks, expecting more of the same, hopes to slow Parker while going at him on the other end.

Rockets update: Their three victories since their loss to the Spurs at Toyota Center have moved them to within a half-game of San Antonio for the division lead. The Rockets have a three-game road winning streak and have won four of five on the road. Averaging 98.6 points per game, the Rockets are on pace for their top scoring season since 1999-2000.

Spurs update: They owned the final minutes of two of the three meetings this season. The victory in Houston on March 21 was one of two in the last five games. Manu Ginobili is out with a stress reaction in his right leg. Tim Duncan was rested in Wednesday's game with Minnesota and was held to 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting against Boston on Friday.

Homecoming for Barry

In time for the Rockets' final game this season in San Antonio, Brent Barry will play at AT&T Center for the first time since he left the Spurs for the Rockets this offseason.

Barry had a sprained thumb in November and did not play in the Rockets' previous game in San Antonio.

"(It was) a little bit (disappointing,)" Barry said. "I'm looking forward to Sunday just being out on the court and seeing some friends and people that live on my block, razzing them a little bit, and we'll see if we can put together a win.

"I enjoyed all my time there and look forward to going back there (today) and seeing if we can put together a good game on the road."

No national TV

Today's game time was moved from noon to 2:30 when it was dropped from the ABC schedule in favor of today's game between the Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat. It will be televised locally on Fox Sports-Houston.

Starters get rest

The Rockets' rout on Friday allowed coach Rick Adelman to limit his starters to a combined eight fourth-quarter minutes.

"It's been 70 games already, and I think some of our players get tired, either their bodies or mentally," said Yao Ming, who did not play in the fourth quarter. "The second unit played strong. It really helps us to just have some off time and to allow your body to recover."

A generous statement

Though Ron Artest signed with the Chinese sporting good company Fujian Peak Group early in the season, he has continued to wear his Prot?g? shoes while waiting for his signature shoes to arrive.

He did receive a prototype last week, and after planning to wear it only in warmups until the full complement of shoes arrives, he made the switch. The shoes have the letters "XCELU," a reference to his charity, Xcel University, a scholarship program he sponsors.

"It's cool," said Artest, the sixth current or former Rockets player to wear and endorse Chinese shoes. "Thanks to Yao Ming. I thank Yao Ming. I was going to give him 30 percent. He didn't want it. He turned it down. He's a good guy."

When tales of Yao's generosity reached Yao, he reacted with silent shock.

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Added: March 25, 2009


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