Talk to people in Dallas and the object of their ire is the same man that brought back basketball to their town. When two summers ago, Mark Cuban let Tyson Chandler walk to New York, he broke up a squad that had won the crown just a year before and would have challenged for it again in successive seasons. But his reasons were not of the penny-pinching ilk that has led so many other owners to part ways with top tier talent. While he knew he was crippling his team in the now, he thought even the chance at assembling a potential dynasty in the future was too good to forego.
The Rockets came into New Orleans on a five game win streak, the wind to their backs and the eyes of a league on them. After 48 minutes, they left the court on a one game losing streak, looking winded. The Rockets put up their weakest scoring performance of the year as the Hornets showed tenacity and defensive prowess against a normally lethal offense. Unexpected hero Roger Mason Jr went off to bury the Rockets in the fourth quarter while James Harden barely kept his streak of 25-point games alive. [read more…]
According to Basketball Reference, Houston is the fourth youngest team in the league, with an average age of 24.5 years. Even among young teams, however, Houston’s is a special case: the Rockets are the least experienced team in the league, with the average player having just under two seasons of NBA play under his belt. How does Houston compare to other young teams in the league, both in terms of current status and future potential?
What a game. What a team.
As a colleague put it afterwards, “the Rockets sure are playing well, aren’t they?…and they’re the youngest freaking team in the league!” The Lakers jumped on Houston early, but the Rockets buried them with 3’s and darts to the hoop. It was too much of the usual from the good guys. The scary part is that you know they’ll get better. As always, some rookie will step up from the shadows or some trade at the deadline will pay dividends. It always happens. This team needs to just avoid injury.