Houston’s Killing Me

I’m thinking I should stop waiting for this team to fall off the map.
I just watched the Rockets blow out Dallas. They look good. They’re sharing the ball. They are knocking down shots. They’ve got some young hustlers who don’t mind doing dirty work.
Not having Yao practically kills their chance of reaching the Finals, but apparently his absence won’t stop them in the regular season. They are playing faster without Yao, which takes advantage of their athleticism and works well in the regular season. Not too sure if it will work in the regular season, when Rafer Alston’s decision making will be critical and players like Carl Landry and Luis Scola will have their weaknesses picked at.
How does Houston’s never-ending streak effect the Warriors? Hard to tell. I guess we’ll see. But I think the Warriors need to get the six seed to have the best chance of advancing (they have no chance in the first round against the Lakers and the Spurs, who are starting to separate themselves). Dallas (No. 7) and Phoenix (No. 6) are falling fast, so maybe the Warriors can overtake one of those teams. Because it doesn’t look as if they’ll catch Houston.

Marcus Thompson

  • JustPuked

    Adelman has Houston playing fantastic ball. He did this in Portland and Sacratomato. Just because he couldn’t shake the Warriors out of their decade+ decrepitude we shouldn’t be surprised that he’s doing it again in Hustletown.

    If you’re going to be scoreboard watching, I’d put my money on the Suns, Dallas, and Denver, in that order for likelihood to have a bit of a collapse. I’d much rather see the Dubs take control of the situation by winning but nothing wrong with hedging your bet a little.

    On another note, welcome back Marcus. Haven’t seen you post in a bit, what’s up with that? Bedside vigil with Goose?

    What do you think of Wright so far? I love his game, the effortless way he finishes around the rim reminds me of Jamison, the quickness in which he gets off the floor and can re-jump reminds me of Marion. Now that he’s playing with the starters, his defensive rotations are much better and he’s starting to be a force, albeit a really, really light one. The biggest knock I see is he sometimes forgets to run (after Nellie mentioned it I’ve been really watching for it) and he sometimes passively stands by when the play is more than a few feet from him. I’d like to see him make an effort to get involved in plays outside of his zone instead of watching. When the play is in his zone, he’s been a gamer.