Monday, August 03, 2009

Here's to next year

It was a fun season to watch and you gotta love the overachievers that were on the court at the end, but in the long run, it was the end of an era.

It was definitely the end of the T-Mac era and probably the end of the Yao Ming era. Can David Andersen from Australia hold the fort until either Yao gets back or the Rockets can rebuild with someone new? Doubtful. Will Trevor Ariza be an adequate stopgap for Tracy and the now departed Ron Artest? Double doubtful.

Wish 'em luch boys. They're gonna need it!

Friday, May 01, 2009

They did it!

The Rockets finally made it out of the first round after 12 years of frustration for Yao Ming and company. Congratulations, guys!

Next up - the Lakers. Ouch.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

One down, 3 to go!

The Rockets pulled off a mild upset last night in Portland by dominating the Trailblazers from start to finish. Yao was perfect and the rest of the team merely great as they carried out a perfect Rick Adelman gameplan with utmost efficiency.

Houston reclaimed the home court advantage they lost last week in Dallas. If they can scrape out a win on Tuesday, the Blazers will be in deep trouble.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Coming down to it

We're finally down to the last five games and Houston is well-positioned to earn home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Let's hear it from the net. How far will they go this year?

Monday, March 23, 2009

San Antonio Falls

We saw another great win yesterday by the Rockets over the San Antonio Spurs. Yao played strong defense against their big men and Ron Artest and the two point guards played under control. Luis Scola had a great game and is becoming an outstanding NBA forward.

Good job guys!

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Great Victory

The Rockets beat the N.O. Hornets tonight without Yao Ming. The rest of the team just decided to make it happen and put together a tough, gritty, defensive game that stands out as one of the best this season. Way to go guys!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Finally - not a flopper

Shaq comes to town tonight with the Phoenix Suns and Yao is glad to see him. Not that he loves playing against Shaq, but he's been playing against floppers (those who fake fouls by falling down) for the last few games and he's obviously frustrated. At least Shaq plays like a man.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Win Streak

Things are looking up for the Rockets. McGrady is out and Artest, Battier and company are picking up the slack nicely. Sure was nice to send Cleveland packing. Adios king James!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Life without McGrady.

First game back after the break and the Rockets beat the Nets like bastard stepchildren. Tracy who?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

All-Star Break

I'm tired and frustrated from the Rockets' roller-coaster ride this season, so I'm taking an all-star break. Happy Valentine's Day everybody!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

A win is a win, right?

Wrong. This one was better than usual, and not because of the opponents. The Minnesota Timberwolvews are hardly the class of the league, but even so, they had won 11 of their last 16 coming into Saturday night's game at Toyota Center. What made it special was that the Rockets played as a team. Five players scored in double figures, the rebounding and defense were good and three players had six assist each.

Are they finally putting it all together?

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Plodding along

Still on a winning pace, the Rockets seem destined for the playoffs, but their inconsistent performances and continuing injury problems do not bode well for getting past the first round. Tracy is out again, Artest is still hobbled and Battier's injuries still linger.

It's high time for the hospital ship to leave port.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Yao is perfect

It's time for a positive post and Yao Ming's performance last night - and in fact, all season - deserves every word. Despite a collapsing defense and being double and triple-teamed on virtually every possession, Yao shot a perfect 12-for-12 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 13 point win over the Miami Heat.

The game was Yao's 21st double-double of the season. He has been a rock in the rotation all year and a stabilizing influence in the locker room. Some might argue that Dwight Howard of Orlando is the best center in the game, and both his individual stats and team record would reinforce that argument. But with all the injuries and drama surrounding the Rockets, it's time to give credit where credit is due to the big guy. Yao Ming is the glue that has held things together and earned his team a .610 winning record and fifth place in the Western Conference.

Hang in there Yao. The reinforcements are coming.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Prophesy

Apparently Rick Adelman read my last post. Tracy has been put on hold for two weeks according to the press release, but sources say it will be for as long as it takes for him to play at full speed. Adelman must be tired of the revolving door that T-Mac is causing. They've pretty much told McGrady to get in shape and learn to deal with the pain.

I hear calls to trade Tracy, but that is extremely unlikely. What team would absorb his current contract of $20 mil for two more years?

Friday, January 02, 2009

The time has come

It's time for T-Mac to sit or go. He has earned zero playing time this year. Is it the knee injury? They are hard to overcome and take time to completely heal. Maybe more time than the Rockets have allowed.

Is he jealous of the other stars the Rockets have accumulated? Tracy has proven mostly well-rounded and unselfish in his tenure in Houston, averaging in the mid twenties in scoring with a half dozen each of rebounds and assists. But does Artest push his buttons?

Is he just used up? He came to the pros straight out of high school so he has not yet reached his thirtieth birthday, but has played 11 1/2 seasons in the NBA. That's a lot of strain on a body, especially when he was the focus of his team most of those years.

The answer to each of the above questions is: I don't care. He is not producing. Rick Adelman owes it to the team to give someone else his minutes so that they can establish a rotation on which they can depend. This team can never establish a groove when their lineup changes every night, especially when Tracy just mails in his performance as he did tonight against the Raptors.

Tracy had a good run with the Rockets, but he is a player that relies heavily on his athleticism and it seems to have left him. The coach needs to sit him down until it returns.