The NBA season is still young, barely walking, but like a toddler’s first check-up, some conclusions can already be drawn. The Miami Heat look like the rocket-fueled, jet pack wearing demolition robots we all thought they would be last season. The Mavs look like the reincarnation of the 2007 Heat. Ricky Rubio looks like he might actually earn some of the hype that has followed him halfway across the world, and Kyle Lowry looks like the truth.
Over his first four games, Houston’s baby-faced wonder is averaging 13 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2.5 steals. He is leading the league in assists, leading all point-guards in rebounds, and registering a 25.77 PER. While there’s only been an NBA for a week and these numbers represent a miniscule fraction (6%) of the total games to be crammed into this abbreviated season, I see no reason to view this as an aberration.
Non-Rockets fans following me on Twitter must think I suffer from ADD. At the news of any available star, over the past two-three years, I’ve immediately pounced, advocating that the Rockets pursue. So it goes in Rocketland – most here realize this team, more than anything, is desperately in need of either a star or someone with potential to become one.
(Most of the time, there surfaces some report of the Rockets’ interest in said disgruntled star; I’m almost expecting that to happen this time around, as well.)
It seems now, from reports, that the trade demand was made during a heated moment during a timeout. That certainly lessens the severity of the situation, though, one would have to think trouble is still brewing. It’s a situation that needs to be watched.
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According to Sam Amick (via Twitter), Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has requested a trade. The Houston Rockets had been rumored two summers ago to have had serious interest in trading up in the draft to nab the skilled big man.
In Daryl Morey’s never-ending quest for a franchise cornerstone, will he now pounce? Cousins is troubled, but skilled bigs don’t grow on trees. I personally would offer the Kings everything on this roster except for Lowry.
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The gist: Expect sluggish legs with the Rockets on the tail end of the dreaded schedule hazard. The Hawks are on the second night of their back-to-back and will be coming off a home game against the Nets.
Key matchup: Kevin Martin vs Joe Johnson
A high-volume scorer, a reliable free throw shooter, and a primary offensive option. Check, check, check. This faceoff has the trappings of 30 points each from both ballers… by the end of the third quarter.
X-factor: Terrence Williams
With an Atlanta team that sports a shallow SF position (Josh Smith is a PF in my book), this is Williams’ opportunity to play his heart out. Of course, for all we know, I could be referring to Marvin.
Code Red: Tracy McGrady. Jerry Stackhouse. Vladimir Radmanovic. These three guys may have some gas left in the tank. The Rockets would do better than to spark their fuel with some open looks and converted baskets. Better make sure the Rockets don’t chow on too many slices of Alex Meruelo’s La Pizza Loca.