2007–08 Houston Rockets season

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2007–08 Houston Rockets season
Head coach Rick Adelman
Arena Toyota Center
Results
Record 55–27 (.671)
Place Division: 3rd (Southwest)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish First Round
(eliminated 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 2007-08 Houston Rockets season was their 41st season in the National Basketball Association and 37th in Houston. The Rockets won at least 50 games for the second straight season and made the playoffs also on the back of a 22-game winning streak, the third longest in the history of the NBA. The Houston Rockets came into the 2007-2008 playoffs without Yao Ming, who was still injured. This injury contributed to the Rockets' elimination by the Utah Jazz in the first round (2-4).[1]

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

Draft picks[edit]

Houston's selections from the 2007 NBA Draft in New York, New York.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 26 Aaron Brooks Point Guard  United States Oregon
2 54 Brad Newley Shooting Guard  Australia Panionios BC (Greek League)

In addition, Carl Landry was drafted as the 31st overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics with the first pick in the 2nd round. He was traded to the Rockets for a future second round pick.

Roster[edit]

Houston Rockets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
PG 12 United States Alston, Rafer 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fresno State
SF 31 United States Battier, Shane 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Duke
PG 0 United States Brooks, Aaron 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 161 lb (73 kg) Oregon
PG 3 United States Francis, Steve Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Maryland
SF 19 United States Harris, Mike 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Rice
PF 44 United States Hayes, Chuck 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 242 lb (110 kg) Kentucky
SG 2 United States Head, Luther 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Illinois
PG 8 United States Jackson, Bobby 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Minnesota
PF 14 United States Landry, Carl 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 253 lb (115 kg) Purdue
SG 1 United States McGrady, Tracy (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 223 lb (101 kg) Mt. Zion Christian Academy (NC)
C 55 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mutombo, Dikembe 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Georgetown
SF 20 United States Novak, Steve 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 234 lb (106 kg) Marquette
F/C 4 Argentina Scola, Luis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Argentina
C 33 United States Woods, Loren 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Arizona
C 11 China Yao Ming Injured (C) 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 310 lb (141 kg) People's Republic of China
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 28 April 2008

Offseason[edit]

Standings[edit]

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-New Orleans Hornets 56 26 .683 30–11 26–15 10–6
x-San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 34–7 22–19 10–6
x-Houston Rockets 55 27 .671 1 31–10 24–17 8–8
x-Dallas Mavericks 51 31 .622 5 34–7 17–24 10–6
Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 34 14–27 8–33 2–14


Game log[edit]

October[edit]

Record: 1–0 ; Home: 0–0 ; Road: 1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
1 30 October 2007 Rockets 95–93 Lakers NA Tracy McGrady (30) 18,997 1–0

November[edit]

Record: 8–8; Home: 4–3; Road: 4–5

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
2 1 November 2007 Rockets 105–96 Jazz NA Tracy McGrady (47) 19,911 2–0
3 3 November 2007 Trail Blazers 80–89 Rockets NA Yao Ming (21) 18,232 3–0
4 5 November 2007 Rockets 98–107 Mavericks NA Tracy McGrady (35) 20,389 3–1
5 6 November 2007 Spurs 81–89 Rockets NA Yao Ming (28) 18,280 4–1
6 9 November 2007 Bucks 88–104 Rockets NA Yao Ming (28) 18,244 5–1
7 11 November 2007 Rockets 85–82 Bobcats NA Yao Ming (34) 11,936 6–1
8 13 November 2007 Rockets 99–105 Grizzlies NA Tracy McGrady (41) 12,368 6–2
9 14 November 2007 Lakers 93–90 Rockets NA Yao Ming (26) 18,178 6–3
10 16 November 2007 Rockets 84–90 Spurs NA Luis Scola (20) 18,797 6–4
11 17 November 2007 Suns 115–105 Rockets NA Luis Scola (20) 18,265 6–5
12 21 November 2007 Mavericks 100–94 Rockets NA Yao Ming (30) 18,143 6–6
13 23 November 2007 Rockets 91–98 Heat NA Two-way tie (20) 19,600 6–7
14 24 November 2007 Nuggets 81–108 Rockets NA Tracy McGrady (35) 18,228 7–7
15 26 November 2007 Rockets 88–71 Clippers NA Tracy McGrady (36) 15,452 8–7
16 28 November 2007 Rockets 100–94 Suns NA Yao Ming (31) 18,422 9–7
17 29 November 2007 Rockets 94–113 Warriors NA Mike James (19) 19,596 9–8

December[edit]

Record: 6–8; Home: 3–3; Road: 3–5

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
18 1 December 2007 Rockets 99–107 Kings NA Tracy McGrady (40) 15,081 9–9
19 5 December 2007 Grizzlies 92–105 Rockets NA Two-way tie (24) 17,723 10–9
20 7 December 2007 Rockets 96–89 Nets NA Yao Ming (25) 15,421 11–9
21 9 December 2007 Rockets 80–93 Raptors NA Tracy McGrady (23) 19,800 11–10
22 10 December 2007 Rockets 88–100 Sixers NA Bonzi Wells (24) 12,551 11–11
23 12 December 2007 Pistons 77–80 Rockets NA Tracy McGrady (29) 17,453 12–11
24 17 December 2007 Mavericks 96–83 Rockets NA Yao Ming (28) 18,307 12–12
25 19 December 2007 Magic 97–92 Rockets NA Yao Ming (19) 18,270 12–13
26 20 December 2007 Rockets 111–112 Nuggets 2 Yao Ming (26) 16,157 12–14
27 22 December 2007 Rockets 116–98 Bulls NA Two-way tie (20) 22,434 13–14
28 23 December 2007 Rockets 82–94 Pistons NA Luis Scola (18) 22,076 13–15
29 28 December 2007 Rockets 103–83 Grizzlies NA Two-way tie (22) 15,660 14–15
30 29 December 2007 Raptors 79–91 Rockets NA Yao Ming (25) 18,103 15–15
31 31 December 2007 Warriors 112–95 Rockets NA Rafer Alston (22) 18,153 15–16

January[edit]

Record: 10–4; Home: 5–3; Road: 5–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
32 2 January 2008 Rockets 93–97 Celtics NA Bonzi Wells (25) 18,624 15–17
33 4 January 2008 Rockets 96–94 Magic NA Yao Ming (26) 17,519 16–17
34 5 January 2008 Knicks 91–103 Rockets NA Yao Ming (30) 16,634 17–17
35 8 January 2008 Rockets 92–84 Wizards NA Luther Head (24) 16,824 18–17
36 9 January 2008 Rockets 101–92 Knicks NA Yao Ming (36) 19,035 19–17
37 11 January 2008 Timberwolves 82–113 Rockets NA Luis Scola (22) 16,223 20–17
38 13 January 2008 Hornets 87–82 Rockets NA Yao Ming (30) 13,599 20–18
39 15 January 2008 Sixers 111–107 Rockets NA Yao Ming (25) 13,428 20–19
40 19 January 2008 Spurs 81–83 Rockets NA Yao Ming (21) 18,353 21–19
41 21 January 2008 SuperSonics 89–96 Rockets NA Yao Ming (30) 15,264 22–19
42 23 January 2008 Rockets 109–107 SuperSonics NA Tracy McGrady (28) 12,342 23–19
43 25 January 2008 Rockets 89–79 Trail Blazers NA Tracy McGrady (15) 20,576 24–19
44 27 January 2008 Jazz 97–89 Rockets NA Tracy McGrady (21) 17,480 24–20
45 29 January 2008 Warriors 107–111 Rockets NA Yao Ming (36) 16,586 25–20

February[edit]

Record: 13–0; Home: 8–0; Road: 5–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
46 1 February 2008 Rockets 106–103 Pacers NA Carl Landry (22) 13,784 26–20
47 2 February 2008 Rockets 91–83 Bucks NA Tracy McGrady (33) 18,717 27–20
48 4 February 2008 Rockets 92–86 Timberwolves NA Tracy McGrady (26) 10,019 28–20
49 7 February 2008 Cavaliers 77–92 Rockets NA Yao Ming (22) 18,402 29–20
50 9 February 2008 Hawks 108–89 Rockets NA Yao Ming (28) 18,177 30–20
51 11 February 2008 Trail Blazers 83–95 Rockets NA Yao Ming (25) 14,710 31–20
52 13 February 2008 Kings 87–89 Rockets NA Yao Ming (25) 16,115 32–20
53 19 February 2008 Rockets 93–85 Cavaliers NA Rafer Alston (22) 20,562 33–20
54 21 February 2008 Heat 100–112 Rockets NA Tracy McGrady (23) 15,994 34–20
55 22 February 2008 Rockets 100–80 Hornets NA Tracy McGrady (28) 17,714 35–20
56 24 February 2008 Bulls 97–110 Rockets NA Tracy McGrady (24) 18,275 36–20
57 26 February 2008 Wizards 69–94 Rockets NA Luther Head (18) 15,768 37–20
58 29 February 2008 Grizzlies 95–116 Rockets NA Tracy McGrady (25) 18,105 38–20

March[edit]

Record: 11–4; Home: 7–1; Road: 4–3

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
59 2 March 2008 Nuggets 89–103 Rockets NA Tracy McGrady (22) 18,168 39–20
60 5 March 2008 Pacers 99–117 Rockets NA Tracy McGrady (25) 18,160 40–20
61 6 March 2008 Rockets 113–98 Mavericks NA Tracy McGrady (31) 20,315 41–20
62 8 March 2008 Rockets 106–96 Hornets NA Tracy McGrady (41) 18,279 42–20
63 10 March 2008 Nets 73–91 Rockets NA Tracy McGrady (19) 18,271 43–20
64 12 March 2008 Rockets 83–75 Hawks NA Tracy McGrady (28) 17,078 44–20
65 14 March 2008 Bobcats 80–89 Rockets NA Tracy McGrady (30) 18,265 45–20
66 16 March 2008 Lakers 92–104 Rockets NA Rafer Alston (31) 18,409 46–20
67 18 March 2008 Celtics 94–74 Rockets NA Luis Scola (15) 18,525 46–21
68 19 March 2008 Rockets 69–90 Hornets NA Tracy McGrady (15) 17,956 46–22
69 21 March 2008 Rockets 109–106 Warriors NA Tracy McGrady (26) 19,824 47–22
70 22 March 2008 Rockets 113–122 Suns NA Tracy McGrady (30) 18,422 47–23
71 24 March 2008 Kings 100–108 Rockets NA Rafer Alston (28) 18,241 48–23
72 26 March 2008 Timberwolves 86–97 Rockets NA Tracy McGrady (23) 18,269 49–23
73 30 March 2008 Rockets 88–109 Spurs NA Luis Scola (24) 18,797 49–24

April[edit]

Record: 6–3; Home: 3–0; Road: 3–3

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Attendance Record
74 1 April 2008 Rockets 98–99 Kings NA Tracy McGrady (32) 14,169 49–25
75 3 April 2008 Rockets 95–86 Trail Blazers NA Tracy McGrady (35) 19,980 50–25
76 4 April 2008 Rockets 79–66 Sonics NA Tracy McGrady (25) 14,170 51–25
77 6 April 2008 Rockets 106–96 Clippers NA Aaron Brooks (18) 17,932 52–25
78 9 April 2008 Sonics 80–103 Rockets NA Rafer Alston (18) 18,370 53–25
79 11 April 2008 Suns 90–101 Rockets NA Tracy McGrady (22) 18,489 54–25
80 13 April 2008 Rockets 94–111 Nuggets NA Luther Head (19) 19,720 54–26
81 14 April 2008 Rockets 96–105 Jazz NA Two-way tie (22) 19,911 54–27
82 16 April 2008 Clippers 75–93 Rockets NA Luis Scola (22) 18,386 55–27
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

Player stats[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Rafer Alston 74 74 34.1 .394 .351 .715 3.5 5.3 1.32 .24 13.1
Shane Battier 80 78 36.3 .428 .377 .743 5.1 1.9 .96 1.13 9.3
Aaron Brooks 51 0 11.9 .413 .330 .857 1.1 1.7 .25 .10 5.2
Steve Francis 10 3 19.9 .333 .235 .565 2.3 3.0 .90 .50 5.5
Gerald Green* 30 0 12.0 .344 .385 .829 2.1 1.0 .27 .13 5.1
Mike Harris 17 0 9.4 .500 .000 .615 3.2 .2 .35 .18 3.6
Chuck Hayes 79 44 19.9 .511 .000 .458 5.4 1.2 1.08 .54 3.0
Luther Head 73 17 18.9 .432 .351 .815 1.8 1.9 .60 .12 7.6
Bobby Jackson* 72 5 19.3 .403 .358 .790 2.5 1.9 .63 .07 7.7
Carl Landry 42 0 16.9 .616 .000 .661 4.9 .5 .40 .17 8.1
Tracy McGrady 66 62 37.0 .419 .292 .684 5.1 5.9 1.03 .45 21.6
Yao Ming 55 55 37.2 .507 .000 .850 10.8 2.3 .45 2.02 22.0
Dikembe Mutombo 39 25 15.9 .538 .000 .711 5.1 .1 .28 1.23 3.0
Steve Novak 35 0 7.5 .480 .479 .750 1.0 .2 .06 .09 3.9
Luis Scola 82 39 24.7 .515 .000 .668 6.4 1.3 .73 .23 10.3
Justin Williams* 23 0 5.3 .448 .000 .308 2.1 .0 .22 .22 1.5
Loren Woods 7 0 2.4 .600 .000 .000 .1 .3 .00 .00 .9

*Total for entire season including previous team(s)

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Rafer Alston 4 4 31.5 .438 .440 .800 1.5 4.5 1.00 .00 14.3
Shane Battier 6 6 41.0 .444 .480 .727 3.8 .5 1.00 .83 10.0
Aaron Brooks 6 0 8.3 .320 .000 .818 1.0 .5 .00 .00 4.2
Mike Harris 3 0 3.0 .500 .000 .500 .7 .0 .00 .00 1.0
Chuck Hayes 6 0 18.0 .636 .000 .000 4.7 .8 .50 1.00 2.3
Luther Head 5 0 8.8 .071 .000 1.000 .4 .8 .40 .20 .8
Bobby Jackson 6 2 23.0 .286 .208 .636 1.7 1.5 .83 .00 8.7
Carl Landry 6 0 17.7 .423 .000 .750 4.7 .0 1.17 .50 5.7
Tracy McGrady 6 6 41.2 .425 .208 .623 8.2 6.8 1.50 .83 27.0
Dikembe Mutombo 6 6 20.5 .615 .000 .636 6.5 .3 .17 1.83 3.8
Steve Novak 3 0 7.0 .750 .667 .000 .7 .0 .00 .33 2.7
Luis Scola 6 6 36.7 .448 .000 .686 9.3 1.3 .67 .17 14.0
Loren Woods 1 0 1.0 1.000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .00 .00 2.0

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

Starting with the 29 January 2008 win versus the Golden State Warriors, the Rockets have won 22 consecutive games. The streak came to an end against the Boston Celtics. The streak is the third longest winning streak in NBA history.

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Rockets have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007-08 season.

Houston will begin the 2007-08 season with recently hired Rick Adelman as the team's 11th head coach.[2]

Less than a week later, Scola signed with the Rockets.[3] On 20 July guard Steve Francis signed a 2 year deal with the Rockets, after he accepted a buyout of the last two seasons of his contract, worth roughly $30 million from the Portland Trail Blazers. He is expected to compete for a starting job with Mike James and Rafer Alston [4]

Trades[edit]

On 14 June, the Rockets traded Juwan Howard to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Mike James and Justin Reed.[5]

On 12 July guard Vassilis Spanoulis was traded to the San Antonio Spurs along with the rights for the 2009 second-round draft pick, for center Jackie Butler and the rights to Luis Scola a 2002 second-round draft pick, yet to play in the NBA. 24 Hours after this deal was made, Scola came to a "Basic Agreement" which could see him playing for the Rockets next season.[6]

Free Agents[edit]

Player Former team
Steve Francis New York Knicks (via Blazers)
Player New team
Jackie Butler  ????
John Lucas III Pallacanestro Treviso
Justin Reed Austin Toros
Bob Sura  ????

Court Redesign[edit]

On 7 September, it was announced that the Rockets will debut a new court design for the 2007-08 season. The court design includes a lighter varnished wood inside the three point area, similar to the Seattle SuperSonics, while the rest are dark varnished wood. The color red will remain on the Rockets logo, and the script. This court design is similar to the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Hornets, Phoenix Suns, and Portland Trail Blazers in which most of the hardwood is exposed.[7]

Playoffs[edit]

2008 playoff game log
2008 playoff schedule

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Feigen (3 May 2008). "Jazz finish off Rockets despite McGrady's 40". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  2. ^ Jonathan Feigen (21 May 2007). "Adelman reaches deal to coach Rockets". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on 24 August 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2007. 
  3. ^ Damien Pierce (17 July 2007). "Scola signed rockets". Rockets Official Website. Archived from the original on 20 August 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2007. 
  4. ^ Jonathan Feigen (20 July 2007). "Francis returns to Rockets". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on 23 August 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2007. 
  5. ^ Marc Stein (14 June 2007). "Rockets, Wolves finalize swap of Howard, James.". ESPN. Archived from the original on 25 August 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2007. 
  6. ^ Jonathan Feigen (14 July 2007). "Scola to play for rockets". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 21 August 2007. 
  7. ^ Damien Pierce (7 September 2007). "Home Improvement". Rockets Official Website. Archived from the original on 22 December 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 

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