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News » ROCKETS SUMMARY 2009-11-10


ROCKETS SUMMARY  2009-11-10TONIGHT: Rockets at UTAH Jazz

When/where: 8 p.m.; EnerySolutions Arena.

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

Key players: Guard Trevor Ariza averaged 23.3 points in his first week with the Rockets , nearly averaging his previous career high, 26 points. The Jazz, however, will try to take away his transition scoring, a key to his fast start. Jazz guard Deron Williams has gotten off to a great start, averaging 24.5 points and 11 assists. The Jazz likely will try to post up Williams against the Rockets' smaller point guards.

Rockets update: The Rockets move to their third road game of the season's first four in one of the toughest venues for them in the NBA. The Rockets have gone 9-28 in EnergySolutions Arena, with the Jazz winning six of their past seven meetings, including both games last season in Salt Lake City.

Jazz update: The Jazz have had injury troubles, with C.J. Miles, Kyle Korver and Matt Harpring out and Mehmet Okur a game-time decision because of a left ankle and knee sprain that kept him out of the first two games. With Okur out, 7-1 Kyrylo Fesenko has started at center. Carlos Boozer, the subject of offseason trade rumors, has played well, averaging 16 points, 11.5 rebounds and five assists.


Tweaking the defense

Though the Rockets got a steady diet of a physical point guard posting up their small guards Saturday against Andre Miller and the Trail Blazers, they expect a much greater test tonight against Deron Williams and the Jazz.

"We got to be able to defend as a team," Aaron Brooks said. "Sometimes, it gets teams out of their offense when they're trying to post us up. Sometimes it might work. It's like a play, I guess. Sometimes plays work; sometimes they don't."

Rockets coach Rick Adelman, however, said the Rockets did a better job with their rotations when defending Miller in the low post than the more traditional post-up players.

"When the guard posts, we're OK," he said. "We can play that. We struggled to try to come at (LaMarcus) Aldridge and (Greg) Oden. We're going to have to clean that up, because it's something we're going to see all the time. But I think the guard, we generally can come and help on anybody.

"Now, Williams is different because he's so much bigger. (Williams) can do anything ,and he's so much bigger, he can see over the top and find people."

Working in Scola

While the Rockets' offense has clicked in the past two games, point guard Aaron Brooks said he wants to get Luis Scola - the Rockets' top returning scorer from last season - more consistent scoring opportunities.

"I'm looking for Luis to have a breakout game against Utah," Brooks said. "We really want to get Luis into the flow."

Scola had 21 points at Golden State but only 11 in the other two games combined.

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