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madape
10-23-2003, 09:40 AM
Yao Ming, Rockets crush Nuggets 102-79
( 2003-10-23 15:20) (Agencies)


Yao Ming scored 29 points and had nine rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets (news) to a 102-79 victory over the Denver Nuggets (news) in a preseason game Wednesday night.


Playing just 28 minutes, Yao shot 11-of-14 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line as the Rockets won their third straight. Steve Francis added 15 points and Cuttino Mobley, back after missing a game with a left hip strain, added 14.

Anthony Miller led the Nuggets with 17 points.

Yao missed the first two preseason games playing for the Chinese national team. In the five games since, he has averaged 20.2 points and 9.1 rebounds, both team highs.

Midway through the third quarter, Yao scored six points on a 12-0 run that gave the Rockets a 62-46 lead, their biggest of the night. He had 12 in the quarter as Houston ended with a 76-59 lead.

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Here's Yao's stats for the preseason.

MPG: 28.6
PPG: 20.2
RPG: 9.2
BPG: 1.8
FG Pct: 67.3%
FT Pct: 90%

Big Yao is averaging almost a 20/10 in under 30 minutes. He's shooting at a ridiculous rate from the field, blocking shots and knocking down free throws at a Stockton-like level. I don't think the world is prepared for what Yao is about to do to them. If his opponents were smart, they'd be stocking up on KY Jelly and Preparation H. This man(?) is about to break all the rules of basketball. He is the most intimidating physical presence to come around since Shaq. In fact, there will be a time in the very near fuure when Yao will make Shaq look the girl Shaq used to make other people look like.

LRB
10-23-2003, 09:44 AM
I got to say that I would love to see Yao make Shaq his bitch. i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

Evilmav2
10-23-2003, 09:51 AM
Any battle between Pig Miller and Yao is bound to be a bit one-sided, but generally less than enthralling...

madape
10-23-2003, 10:12 AM
Brad Miller's preseason stats:

MPG: 27.9
PPG: 9.6
RPG: 6.0
BPG: 0.8
FG Pct: 48.8%
FT Pct: 82.8%

DNNF
10-23-2003, 10:19 AM
you already see the effectiveness of Jeff Van Gundy. The offense seems to finally go through Yao like it should be. Also, he decided to bench Cutino Mobley and put Jimmy Jackson in the line up instead. This is a good move for the mavs as Jimmy Jackson is not a selfish prick the Mobley is.

Evilmav2
10-23-2003, 10:52 AM
Brad Miller's preseason stats:

MPG: 27.9
PPG: 9.6
RPG: 6.0
BPG: 0.8
FG Pct: 48.8%
FT Pct: 82.8%

That looks to me like BMill is overachieving in the preseason... Just see how good he looks while playing against Shaq, Kg, and Dirk instead of Theo Ratliff, Jarron Collins, and Sam Clancy on most nights...

bogey
10-23-2003, 11:24 AM
Yao is poised for a huge year. I think he realizes that he can play wiht these guys now and there is no thought in his mind that he can be pushed around. Last year, he looked tentative and worried at times. Now he will settle in and play large.

OutletPass
10-23-2003, 12:08 PM
To my son, the Sock:

Told Ya' !!!!!!!!

The West just got stronger (again)

Originally posted by LRB:

I got to say that I would love to see Yao make Shaq his bitch.

That would be "bitch and a half", LRB.i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif

madape
10-23-2003, 12:29 PM
Originally posted by: Evilmav2

Brad Miller's preseason stats:

MPG: 27.9
PPG: 9.6
RPG: 6.0
BPG: 0.8
FG Pct: 48.8%
FT Pct: 82.8%

That looks to me like BMill is overachieving in the preseason... Just see how good he looks while playing against Shaq, Kg, and Dirk instead of Theo Ratliff, Jarron Collins, and Sam Clancy on most nights...


Those stats certainly don't look like someone who just signed a six year, $68 million contract. Didn't Sac learn from the Keon Clark fiasco that run-of-the-mill NBA centers should NOT be paid like Shaqille O'Neil? This team is going to rot and decay around the corpses of Divac and Webber. If they think bums like Brad Miller and Tony Massenburg are going to enable them to keep that window open for a few more years, they need to be comitted. I think Miller's stat line is enough evidence to convince a judge to lock up the Maloofs and throw away the key. At least the Mavs won't have to worry about the Kings much until all these salaries come off the books... which should be around the year 2009.

But isn't it just like life? Out with the old, in with the new. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Yao is NOT going to be fun to play against in the 15 years or so more he's got left in the tank as a Rocket.

NYCdog
10-23-2003, 12:52 PM
Yeah, Ive noticed his play of late...........in both Sac Kings games.

In the home and home series, he made the whole Kings frontcourt his beeyatch's in both games. And then last night........

And speaking of there defese improving under JVG, the Rockets held the Kings to 78 and 72 points in both games, which were both wins. The very same Kings that exploded for 121 points last night.

ESPN is showing the Rockets vs. Spurs game Friday. This will be a good test for Yao and the Rockets to see just how much they have improved.

Even though its preseason............so far so good for them.

sike
10-23-2003, 01:36 PM
you know who BMill's preseason numbers remind me of: Scott Pollard if you gave him 27 minutes a game....how funny...

madape
10-23-2003, 02:01 PM
Hilarious

EricaLubarsky
10-23-2003, 02:02 PM
and you know which team has the best defensively minded 7'6" center.

aexchange
10-25-2003, 12:30 AM
man, ming was an unstoppable beast against the spurs.

hes gonna be a monster this year. i shudder to think of the destruction he's gonna inflict upon the league.

and houston looked MUCH improved.

while san antonio looked really spare-ish.

dirno2000
10-25-2003, 12:40 AM
Yao impressed me tonight. I tend to think people predicting greatness for him need to tap the breaks, now I don't know. His downfall will be fatigue since the govt. makes him play year around. Tonight he was gassed by the 3rd quarter.

madape
10-25-2003, 08:58 AM
Did you see him post up Horry, spin baseline and jam in his mug? I'd swear it was Hakeem out there if Yao wasn't 7'5"! He made Tim Duncan look like Rasho Nesterovic. He made Rasho Nesterovic look like Bruno Sundov. He was absolutly dominating some of the "best" post players in the league.

Hitman
10-25-2003, 09:23 AM
I saw this game, and I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt...

If Yao improves his conditioning a little bit, he will be, by far, the best player in the entire world very soon.

He can be that good.

Shaq Attack2
10-25-2003, 05:28 PM
Originally posted by: Hitman
I saw this game, and I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt...

If Yao improves his conditioning a little bit, he will be, by far, the best player in the entire world very soon.

He can be that good.

Whoa there, calm it down. i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

Anyway, I agree, Yao is freaking awesome and much better this season. I'll have to see him play more to gauge whether he's better in the post than Shaq (not likely), Duncan (not likely), or Webber (could be). Honestly though, his post play wasn't great compared to those previously mentioned players, but definitely Top 5 stuff it seems.