Not to invoke creepy PR-damage-control ads, but I have found the last week of Rockets basketball about as enlightening to the team’s current situation as any stretch of games all season. Houston simply could not be the 3-10 debacle that damned the Rockets’ playoff hopes in the minds of those on the outside looking in, nor was the team the powerhouse that easily stepped over most of the sub-.500 competition in December. Instead, the Rockets look down and find themselves sinking slowly into the sandpit that is NBA mediocrity, where seven and eight seeds can get excited about the extra money a owner may have to spend from a few home playoff games (three if lucky). Five consecutive losses may spell doom to the untrained eye, but anyone watching the Rockets’ last week of basketball could see a team tugging and pulling against the contenders, losing by double digits just twice and possessing fourth quarter leads in all of those three single-digit losses. Blaming the failures on that lack of intangibles, “clutchness” and other such nonsense, does not sit right with me, an easy exit for a team never so easily explained. But then there are those leads, those ephemeral moments of hope that keep being ripped from fans by some All-Star candidate (Aldridge, Anthony, Millsap… you fill in the name; the Rockets have fallen to him), that simply can’t be sustained. After looking back, the question remains: what else could it be? Read More
Apologies for the tardiness on this collection of great highlights from a valiant effort in OT, courtesy of Huay-Bing Law as always.
Video courtesy of Huay-Bing Law, destruction and hopelessness courtesy of Orlando Magic.
I proudly introduce to you the latest addition to my staff. In his own words, Shawn Grady:
NBA: “Loopholes! We got loopholes!! Get your…”
As the NBA heads into the heart of its in-season, trading season, a couple of items need be remembered to ensure those trades in your head are valid:
1) The NBA Trade Deadline is the 16th Thursday of the season, which falls on February 24, 2011, this year. Read More