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Pau Gasol Gives Houston Rockets Big Problem

Published by on May 14, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

He stepped on the court for the final 10 seconds of a first round dog fight at Toyota Center.

He hadn't played at any point during the game, and yet, here was Rick Adelman, calling on him to finish the biggest defensive stand of the night.

And stand Chuck Hayes did.

With bricked free throws and a late Rudy Fernandez trey forcing the Rockets to protect a tenuous one-point lead, Hayes gambled and left LaMarcus Aldridge on a fast break. He slid over and drew a clutch charge on All-Star Brandon Roy.

Even Roy conceded after the game that he had committed an offensive foul.

"He's incredible," Adelman said after the 89-88 Houston win. "He hasn't played the whole game. I put...

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