Change came early with the opening tip. That was not Joel "the Thrilla" Przybilla with the opening tip. Greg Oden did enough in the pre-season to earn the starting job. The first quarter was pretty rugged as the Rockets did what they do and their defense, combined with Portland turnovers, kept them tied at 23-all. After that the numbers got ugly.
42.9 percent shooting.
42 points in the entire second half, including being outscored by a 31-21 margin in the crucial fourth quarter. Greg Oden picked up five fouls, had just three field goal attempts, no free throws, and seven turnovers. Joel Przybilla played just 16 minutes and fouled out with only two points of his own. Thus the centers combined for four points, nine turnovers and 11 fouls against a team p ...
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