If the newly minted contender Los Angeles Clippers and giant-killing Memphis Grizzlies looked like less than able-bodied humans against the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week, those who follow the Rockets could at best hope for a weakened version of the aging Spurs in Houston’s home opener on the second night of San Antonio’s first back-to-back of the season. Of course, fans were instead greeted by a borderline tedious decimation of the old fogies in black and silver (not a true descriptor of the team on any night other than this one) in which every single thing Rockets fans could have possibly hoped for to happen in this lockout-shortened season took effect, if only for one night of transcendence.
Thursday, 7:00PM CST @ Toyota Center
Game thread for in-game discussion.
I will be live-blogging this game from Toyota Center.
A single game has been played for one of the league’s most subjective teams, and already the Houston Rockets have a giant question mark surrounding their most prolific source of production. What do we have with Kevin Martin right now? A shooter in a typical shooter’s funk? An overreaction to a microscopic sample size? An underrated ego throwing a classic passive aggressive temper tantrum?
On Monday night against Orlando, how do you explain a shooter who defines the word consistency scoring 4 points on 1-10 shooting (0-6 from deep), with 1 assist, 2 free-throw attempts, and 0 rebounds…in 33 minutes?! How do you explain one of the most authoritatively hostile offensive players in the league playing hot potato almost every time the ball swings his way on the perimeter. There were no cuts to the basket. There was no initiative. There was no imprint. [read more…]