The Dream Shake - a Houston Rockets blog: Post Game Wrap up, Pre Game Write Up

Monday, January 21, 2008

Post Game Wrap up, Pre Game Write Up

Saturday night I was supposed to be celebrating my two year anniversary with Mrs. UofTOrange, but unfortunately she got sick and we stayed home. I got to make lots of chicken broth and cinnamon toast (that's some good shit). I also got to watch the Rockets squeak out a victory over the all of a sudden hapless Spurs.

Now I believe that the Spurs are still the best team in the league, and when all is said and done they'll be a top seed and probably win a 5th championship. They played hard against the Rockets but the Rockets found a way to not lose, something they could not pull off against the Chris Paul's of NO or the awful Sixers. So that's definitely a good sign that those were aberrations and not what we will see the rest of the way. It's just a sign though, and signs don't mean a thing if you can't prove it on the court.

Yao had another good game, 7-10 shooting, for 21 points. He added 14 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks to go with only one turnover. Unfortunately he missed 2 straight free throws at the end that almost gave the game away, but was still 70% from the line.

Luis Scola saved us twice towards the end with huge rebounds. Then Rafer tried to give it away by missing a free throw as well. Overall Rafer wasn't terrible, though his lack of passing into the post did cause him to shoot 15 times. I guess I have to point out that he was 3-4 from the 3 point line and had 6 assists, but 4 TOs unfortunately. 3 of those were on completely lazy passes. What is it with this team and lazy passes? We seem to have about 5 a game, eliminate those and we'd have about 6-7 more victories this year. Only 7 TOs for the game for everyone, that's pretty stellar though, so I can't complain too much.

Luther Head was awful, shooting 4-11 (yes more shots than Yao) for 9 points, 1 assist and 1 steal in 23 minutes. That's right, he almost had a shot for every 2 minutes of action. I saw his hitch a few times and that is not a positive sign. Honestly though, he's typically a good shooter, so I like the enthusiasm. I hate the lack of passing or dribbling ability though.

That brings us to TMac in his first game back. To start off he could not have been more passive. He launched 5 threes in the game actually converting on one of them. That one rattled around and really should have come out, but hey, it went in so that counts. Overall he was 4-12 with 9 points 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 27 minutes. He finally realized in the second half that he can't shoot as well as he thinks he can and took it to the basket a few times. That combined with his assists made me hopeful that he'll realize that is his game. The ridiculous barrage of 3s is still tempering that hope however.

Overall, good game for the guys, though ugly.

Next up, for two games in a row no less, the Seattle/Oklahoma/Las Vegas Kevin Durants. Now I'm a Texas grad, as you well know, and Kevin Durant is a fucking bad mofo, so I really wanted to be there today. Unfortunately I can't for two reasons: 1. They put the game at 1:30PM CST on a Monday. Yes it's MLK day, but most people don't get it off. 2. It's my 2 year anniversary and I like keeping my balls. (I'm probably in trouble already for that not being number 1).

KD is having a good year, but it's only the tip of the iceberg. His career is going to be outstanding. This year, the Supersonics suck though and it's not going to get any prettier for him or the team over the next two games. The Rockets will sweep both games, though that's not really a stretch.

1 comment:

grungedave said...

Yao only shooting 10 times, while Rafer and Luther chuck it another 30 times?

This is not the formula for success.