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DubOverdose
11-25-2005, 11:12 PM
So how 'bout Houston?

The team that was supposed to be in championship contention.

Swift was supposed to instantly make them better than us, and be a huge acquisition.
....
Now they are 3-10 with the most recent loss coming to the Grizzlies. How many more games can they lose and still make the playoffs? How will they play when TMac comes back? Even with TMac back, they could easily struggle to reincorporate him in to the offense. If they want to equal last season's 51 win total, they have to win 70% of their remainig games. The 8th seed last season was Memphis, hitting the 45 win mark. For the Rockets to equal that, they must win 61% of their remaining games. Can they do it? Are they digging themselves in to a deep hole much too early in the season?

My view:
They have the talent to do much better than this. Even with TMac out, they should be playing 500 ball, but they aren't. If TMac is out for another 7-10 games (and they continue to lose), I think they might quickly find themselves out of the playoff picture barring a collapse of the bottom of the West's teams. When TMac returns, I expect to see them struggle quite a bit. Right now TMac is their leader on the court, but they've been without him and will probably struggle to adapt to his marching orders. I'd love to see another Mavs-Rockets playoff series, but for them to pull through, they will probably have to win a 7 game series against a 'top' team in the West. A possible opponent could be the LA Clippers (calling it really early). Sam I Am will probably have health problems come playoff time and could be the key to the Rockets facing the Mavs for a second straight post season.

I know the season is young, but its far enough along to know the Rockets must turn things around quick or else their post season ambitions will be gone.

aexchange
11-25-2005, 11:19 PM
houston's overrated. they have no guard play whatsoever. they have a bunch of aging players who have medicore lateral speed and are trying to prevent interior penetration. thats a recipe for disaster.

even with tmac i dont see them being much better than a .500 team. i'm not hating, i just think they went about building their team the wrong way.

kg_veteran
11-25-2005, 11:32 PM
It's way early, but Luther Head looks like a really solid acquisition for them down the line. That said, the Swift acquisition was WAY overrated, and aex is right. They have no guard play right now to speak of, and it's killing them.

The Crippler
11-25-2005, 11:43 PM
Swift might be the dumbest player in the league. Head did impress, but a lot of PGs have torched Jet in my very recent memory. Rafer was also a very overrated aquisition. He seems to have a hard time getting along with people and with the other egos on that squad (even Barry has an ego), that's not going to work. Makes me happy to see that they are stuck with some bad contracts. I have nothing but contempt for the Rockets so all of this makes me smile.

Thespiralgoeson
11-26-2005, 12:08 AM
I was saying from day 1 that Swift wouldn't make a damn bit of difference for them. I still think Rafer Alston was a good pickup for them, and Head is having a nice rookie season. In all honesty, I truly think the Rockets' horrible record is Van Gundy's fault. The plain simple fact is that Yao doesn't take anywhere near enough shots. The other night in their loss to Phoenix he was 3-7 from the field on the entire night! He's the most dominant center in the Western Conference and he only takes seven shots in the entire game... unacceptable. Everytime I watch Houston play Yao looks great for stretches, and then for some reason beyond my understanding, they just stop giving him the ball... He's right there near the basket with his arms in the air just begging for the ball, and the guards never f*cking give it to him... Instead they wear him out by making him run out to the perimeter over and over again to set screens, and it ends up costing them the game. That's a problem that falls squarely on Van Gundy's shoulders.

dirno2000
11-26-2005, 12:14 AM
"He's the most dominant center in the Western Conference"

I agree with most of what you said but Marcus Camby may have something to say about this...

I can't see a team with T-Mac and Yao missing the playoffs but they're almost done as a title contender. No team that has to play 3 straight series on the road is coming out of the West and they're already about 8 games behind us and the Spurs.

DubOverdose
11-26-2005, 12:22 AM
"He's the most dominant center in the Western Conference"

I agree with most of what you said but Marcus Camby may have something to say about this...

I can't see a team with T-Mac and Yao missing the playoffs but they're almost done as a title contender. No team that has to play 3 straight series on the road is coming out of the West and they're already about 8 games behind us and the Spurs.
I can't see them missing the playoffs either until I look at the facts. They'll have to be damn good quick to make sure there will be a spot in the playoffs for them.

4cwebb
11-26-2005, 12:27 AM
I'm trying to determine whether Yao's games are JVG's fault or Yao's fault. Yao may have size over any other player in the league, but he doesn't have athleticism. In all of the comparisons of Yao to Shaq, this seemed to me to be the item most often overlooked. Shaq had incredible athleticism in his younger days before he let his weight get a little out of control and cause him nagging toe injuries. But you'd rarely see someone block Shaq's dunks near the rim, not only because of his size and power, but because he had the athleticism and quickness to get up and dunk the ball before smaller players could reposition themselves to challenge him.

Perfect example of this is Diop stuffing Yao at the rim in Dallas' last game vs. the Rockets (not to mention Yao catching a lob pass and then blowing a layup). Two prime examples of Yao only having a size advantage, but being at a serious disadvantage in the athleticism department, to other bigs in the NBA.

And, as others have pointed out, Houston did little to solve their guard problems. Mike James and Raefer Alston are, to me, the same player. David Wesley is well over the hill. Luther Head has speed and athleticism, but not true SG size. Derek Anderson is slowed from all of his injuries.

The Swift acquisition was overrated as well. They needed someone with his athleticism, but they needed a player who would use that athleticism on the *defensive* side of the ball, and Swift has rarely done that throughout his career. A guy with those skills could own the defensive glass if he wanted to, but he doesn't have the desire to do so. Rockets could've used a guy like Reggie Evans, who, although undersized, could've provided great help for them on the glass on both ends of the floor and effort on defense.

It'd be a shame for a performer like TMac to miss the playoffs, but it might be beneficial for the Rockets long term if TMac can shut it down early this season and get his injuries properly healed prior to next season. He and Yao aren't old. They've got time on their side.

dirno2000
11-26-2005, 12:27 AM
I can't see them missing the playoffs either until I look at the facts. They'll have to be damn good quick to make sure there will be a spot in the playoffs for them.

It all depends on McGrady...if he gets healthy, they can run off ten in a row and they're right back in it. They showed last year with basically the same team that thay can play at a high level for long periods of time.

JVG's teams are always near the top of the league in defense the problem is that right now they don't have a consistent scorer.

dude1394
11-26-2005, 12:29 AM
It seems to me as well that yao doesn't get enough "easy" shots. That being face up jumpers. They hardly ever pick and pop with him. He doesn't get to shoot much from 10 feet where he is quite good.

He's always have to bang around on the blocks like he's shaq. I think it's some sort of Van Gundy mind-set.

What IS van gundy anyway? Why is both he and his brother NBA coaches? They didn't play, did they coach at a college level with some success??

dirno2000
11-26-2005, 12:31 AM
It seems to me as well that yao doesn't get enough "easy" shots. That being face up jumpers. They hardly ever pick and pop with him. He doesn't get to shoot much from 10 feet where he is quite good.

He's always have to bang around on the blocks like he's shaq. I think it's some sort of Van Gundy mind-set.

What IS van gundy anyway? Why is both he and his brother NBA coaches? They didn't play, did they coach at a college level with some success??

They were lucky enough to have the Pat Riley aura rub off on them

chumdawg
11-26-2005, 12:32 AM
If there's anything last year's playoffs taught me, it's that I will never again underestimate Tracy McGrady.

Personally, I think HCA is terribly overrated in the playoffs. The reason the numbers bear out so strongly historically is that the home team is way more often than not the much better team. Put it this way: I think that HCA advantage in itself might swing one series in fifteen or so. The great majority of series do not go the distance anyway, and if it doesn't go the distance then the loser gave up one more on their home court than the other did. Again, HCA in itself = way overrated.

The Rockets definitely need to worry about getting their team in order. But if they make the playoffs--check that: when they make the playoffs--there's not an opponent in the WC that is going to be happy about playing them. TMac is just that good.

Thespiralgoeson
11-26-2005, 01:19 AM
"He's the most dominant center in the Western Conference"

I agree with most of what you said but Marcus Camby may have something to say about this...


Camby's a streaky player on a hot-streak. Yao > Camby.

alby
11-26-2005, 01:36 AM
you and me predicted over the summer that Houston is overrated, spiral.. good job to us =]

dirno2000
11-26-2005, 01:52 PM
Camby's a streaky player on a hot-streak. Yao > Camby.

Not really...besides rebounds, his numbers this year are about what they were last year.

We can look to last year to see how they performed over a full season. Camby scored one less point, averaged about three more rebounds and two more blocked shots. Yao's also more turnover prone.

Plus he averaged one less foul than Yao...you can't overlook that because Yao's effectiveness is limited by his inability to stay out of foul trouble.

In Yao's defense, he's going to shoot a higher % since Camby takes more 18-footers...he also get's to the line more.

Take out the media hype and Camby vs. Yao is just a matter of personal preference...I'd take Camby.

alby
11-26-2005, 01:59 PM
Camby is great because you really don't have to draw up any plays for the guy (other than the lobs that Denver throws), he gets his numbers off his length and hustle...

birdsanctuary
11-26-2005, 01:59 PM
The Rockets will do exactly what they did last year, make one hell of a turn around after the All Star Break....

That's why the Mavs must stay focused and keep up this pace!

alby
11-26-2005, 02:01 PM
They HAVE to improve or else, but I don't think you will see the same run as last year's.

Thespiralgoeson
11-26-2005, 07:11 PM
They HAVE to improve or else, but I don't think you will see the same run as last year's.

I think you're right, Alby. As soon as McGrady comes back I'm sure they'll play at least .500 ball from thereon out. If they don't, however, I think it's safe to say that Van Gundy's gone.

Male30Dan
11-26-2005, 10:57 PM
If McGrady comes back and is truly healthy from then on, I have Houston finishing 7th and upsetting a division winner not named SA in the first round... Don't think this isn't a good team... They simply need their superstar back... Try not to forget how good he is... I can send you tapes if you have!

4cwebb
11-26-2005, 11:14 PM
Bulls take out Houston tonight, 94-89. Rockets shot under 37% for the entire game. Yao went for 30 (and fouled out Tyson Chandler in less than 25 minutes of actions), all for naught. That hole keeps getting deeper.

Male30Dan
11-26-2005, 11:17 PM
Yup... McGrady better hurry up and get well soon!

alby
11-26-2005, 11:53 PM
soon the hole will be too big to dig out of...

they are now 3-11
when is TMac expected back?

IMO, a 5-20ish record will be too much for them to recover from

Male30Dan
11-27-2005, 12:00 AM
A 5-20 record WOULD be too much to recover from, as that would mean they would likely have to finish around 40-17 to make the playoffs, (maybe a bit worse)...

Like I said, McGrady better hurry up and get healthy!

alby
11-27-2005, 12:17 AM
5-20 seems very realistic for this scrub of a team as of today

Male30Dan
11-27-2005, 12:20 AM
5-20 seems very realistic for this scrub of a team as of today

You take a scrub team and add a determined McGrady and you have the potential of a scary playoff team... I will say this - Who will want to catch Houston in the first round if they make it out of this funk?

I know I don't want to catch them again in the first round...

alby
11-27-2005, 12:21 AM
Good point.

But, my point is that they may not even make it there! =]

Male30Dan
11-27-2005, 12:23 AM
Good point.

But, my point is that they may not even make it there! =]

Only time will tell!

DubOverdose
11-27-2005, 12:48 AM
I heard TMac should be out until after the 1st week in December. My guess is that it will take longer. He already came back once, but it was too soon. The team will probably let him recover until he's 100% and not risk destroying their franchise and TMac's career. But remember, once he comes back, they have to get on track. The new players have to learn how to get him the ball, how to run the O, etc.

Male30Dan
11-27-2005, 12:56 AM
I heard TMac should be out until after the 1st week in December. My guess is that it will take longer. He already came back once, but it was too soon. The team will probably let him recover until he's 100% and not risk destroying their franchise and TMac's career. But remember, once he comes back, they have to get on track. The new players have to learn how to get him the ball, how to run the O, etc.

If it takes longer than the first week in December, Houston likely doesn't make the playoffs barring an unbelievable turnaround. Regarding T-Mac, getting him the ball has never been a problem. With zilch as a PG, Houston will have the ball in T-Mac's hands the majority of the time anyway...

alby
11-27-2005, 03:12 AM
Let's say its December 8th vs the Kings in Sacramento.

they will have already played 17 games
they will have 65 games left

IMO they would have to win close to 50 of those 65 games to make any noise in the West.

Male30Dan
11-27-2005, 12:03 PM
Let's say its December 8th vs the Kings in Sacramento.

they will have already played 17 games
they will have 65 games left

IMO they would have to win close to 50 of those 65 games to make any noise in the West.

They don't need to make noise... 50 wins is NOT necessary... All they need is a ticket to the playoffs to cause some higher seed team a lot of trouble. At this point, they are EXPECTING to get the 7th or 8th seed... They just want that and will be mighty hungry if they get it.

EricaLubarsky
11-27-2005, 12:07 PM
They just need the 8th seed to give the Mavs some friction in the first round of the playoffs. ;)

Male30Dan
11-27-2005, 12:15 PM
They just need the 8th seed to give the Mavs some friction in the first round of the playoffs. ;)

Hahaha... Nice!

I don't see it happening personally, but it sure would be sweet to have homecourt up to the finals, (and potentially throughout).

Five-ofan
11-28-2005, 03:26 AM
I think they have problems but lets not be too quick to judge a team without its superstar. I could see the mavs being something like 3-10 without Dirk. They wouldnt win 40 without him over a whole season if they got that close. I think the mavs are a better team but when the player a team is built around goes down it changes everyones role and messes up the team. About Yao, Ive heard well he doesnt demand the ball. What do you want him to do, go chase skip's dumb""" around to get the ball? He gets position and puts his hand up. That isnt quite demanding but its asking and the team should respond.

alby
11-28-2005, 04:14 AM
they also need Rafer Alston back as well, have you guys seen David Wesley run the point for them? I mean, ouch.

4cwebb
11-28-2005, 05:20 AM
they also need Rafer Alston back as well, have you guys seen David Wesley run the point for them? I mean, ouch.

I didn't realize that Alston was hurt. Didn't he play against the Mavs (I didn't get to watch or listen to that entire game, and I wasn't really concentrating on whether or not he was playing)?

DubOverdose
11-28-2005, 08:14 AM
I didn't realize that Alston was hurt. Didn't he play against the Mavs (I didn't get to watch or listen to that entire game, and I wasn't really concentrating on whether or not he was playing)?
Nope Alston was out.

Dtownsfinest
11-28-2005, 12:34 PM
Until T-Mac and Skip come back I don't really take much into what the Rockets do.

alby
11-28-2005, 12:39 PM
yup, do not discount rafer's injury.

that's like us losing Dirk and JET for an extended period of time...

Male30Dan
11-28-2005, 10:57 PM
NEVER EVER again compare Rafer to the clutchness that is "Jet"!!! :)

alby
11-28-2005, 11:03 PM
i meant their starting pg and their superstar player =]

alby
11-29-2005, 05:50 PM
espn.com

Houston Rockets (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=hou) swingman Tracy McGrady (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3179) said after the morning shootaround that he remains a game-time decision Tuesday night against Atlanta.

McGrady has missed the Rockets' past five games, all losses, with a recurring back injury. Houston is 0-8 without its best player this season.

The All-Star completed a full practice Monday but had to sit out portions of Tuesday's morning walkthrough when his back tightened.

"It's tough for me to run up and down the court and then when we stop and go through [the game plan] -- just standing around, that's not good for me," McGrady said. "It just depends on how I feel when I come to the arena tonight."

McGrady, though, expressed a belief that, if he chooses to play against the Hawks, the constant movement in a game situation would keep him sufficiently loose. The Rockets also have three off days after hosting Atlanta before Saturday's home date with Memphis.

"I definitely don't want to come back and then have to sit myself down and set the team back again," McGrady said. "That's why I'm taking my time on getting back and just being cautious about it."

AnMan21
11-29-2005, 11:43 PM
mcgrady suited up and played tonight - just got back from the game actually. my company gave me the tix last minute.....here's one problem i see with houston - when tmac is on the court, they feed him the ball and stand around. when he's not on the court, they play like individuals and not a team. another problem is yao - this guy seems to be a step slow on both ends of the court, which imo is why he's in foul trouble a lot. i think the lone bright spot for the rockets so far is luther head - that kid gets better each time i see him play. his decision making seems to be progressing, he's pretty quick off the dribble, his release is very quick and he doesn't take ill-advised shots. with tmac back, if head continues to improve, they'll stay in a lot more games.

DubOverdose
01-08-2006, 10:54 PM
TMac was taken to the hospital during tonights game due to back spasms. He was on the ground for about 10 minutes, dying of pain, until they put him on one of those boards/stretchers and took him off the court and to the hospital. So now, TMac, Yao, Juwan, and DA are all out. Is this the final nail in the coffin? They already have 20 losses. They won't be winning with TMac and Yao out, and they could both be out for a long period of time. Will they be back next season with a very high draft pick?

mary
01-08-2006, 10:57 PM
Oops, we posted about the same time.

I guess Houston's gonna have a few more balls in the lotto next year.

MavsFanFinley
01-08-2006, 11:18 PM
When is Yao expected to return? I thought I saw an article on realgm the other day saying he was working on his way back.

mary
01-08-2006, 11:34 PM
There was an espn article a couple of days ago that said it would be another 2-3 weeks before he returns.

DubOverdose
01-08-2006, 11:58 PM
I really won't be shocked if Houston keeps these guys out for much longer than they need to be to make sure they don't re-injure themselves. I mean, why not? What's to lose? They'll be sure they will be in a great position to make a run next season and they will get a nice draft pick.

Milles
01-09-2006, 02:13 AM
This article was from yesterday ..... talks about T-Mac's bad back.
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/sports/basketball/13573426.htm

On the NBA | Waiting for help, McGrady holds on
Yao Ming is gone, and maybe the postseason as well.
By David Aldridge
Inquirer Staff Writer

For Tracy McGrady, there's this awful feeling of déjÀ vu.

He plays, a heralded teammate gets hurt, he plays harder, his back revolts, he can't play, the teammate comes back, but they're never together at the same time.

Remember Toronto, where McGrady short-circuited a potential decade with his cousin, Vince Carter, to bolt to Orlando and its $93 million free-agent contract in 2000?

Or Orlando, where McGrady waited and waited for Grant Hill without resolution?

So it is again for McGrady these days in Houston. Yao Ming's toe is all messed up, and he's going to be out for six weeks. Which leaves McGrady alone in trying to pull the Rockets out of a horrible hole that's left them well in the back of the pack in the Western Conference.

"It was hard for me to focus and not get discouraged" after Yao's injury, McGrady said recently. "We had a rough beginning of the year last year. But I think going through the months, the course of the season, we kind of found each other and what we had to do out on the basketball floor with each other, and we got it rolling toward the end of the year.

"And I was really excited about coming into this season with the additions we had."

Instead, McGrady wound up sitting out eight games early this season when his balky back again acted up, forcing him into traction for a few days. The Rockets lost all eight games. That created a chasm that Houston, last in the Southwest Division, has yet to close.

That is not what McGrady expected when the Magic sent him and others to Houston for Steve Francis and others. John Weisbrod, who made that deal, is long gone as Orlando's general manager, the future answer to a crazy trivia question: What former NHLer traded Tracy McGrady? (Weisbrod worked in the New Jersey Devils' organization after retiring as a player for San Jose.)

Neither Houston nor Orlando has benefited much from the deal in the year and a half since it was swung. The Rockets lost to Dallas in seven games in the first round of the playoffs last year; the Magic didn't make the playoffs at all.

Which leaves McGrady - improbably, 27 years old and in his ninth NBA season - about where he was in the Land of the Mouse.

He is, indeed, the best player in the NBA never to get out of the first round - though LeBron James is closing fast.

"Time is getting short," McGrady said. "I've got a few more years - probably three or four more years - playing at the level I'm playing at now, and then, who knows what happens after that if my body holds up? I'm trying to get it now, man."

It's hard to see that happening, even if the Rockets are at full strength. Stromile Swift, the big free-agent acquisition, has done little and is now backing up Juwan Howard at power forward. Houston's collection of veteran guards, from David Wesley to Bob Sura to Jon Barry, is showing signs of age.

So McGrady has to carry the load. It is hard to do with vertebrae as inflamed as his.

"My back is jacked up, Jack," is how McGrady puts it.

He trains and lifts and stretches and does everything he can to keep his back loose, but can't go more than an hour or so at practice before the pain becomes too much. How many games can he play? He doesn't know. (He does know that he will quit before he succumbs to back surgery.)

"I don't think about nothing else but trying to get healthy," he said. "Damn, man. Will this be an ongoing thing? Can I get rid of this?"

Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy is trying to keep McGrady from putting too much on his plate. But he knows McGrady hears those who continually note his teams' postseason failures.

"If he allows others to define him by what he hasn't accomplished, I think he's doing himself a disservice," Van Gundy said. "I want to win, too. Some people put the onus strictly on the best player, and certainly the best player always carries an inordinate amount of responsibility and accountability.

"But it is a team game for a reason, and I don't want him to put pressure on himself to do anything other than his best."

Still, if the Rockets are going to get to the playoffs, Van Gundy has to push McGrady right now. He has precious few alternatives. With Yao ailing, the Rockets are starting who-knows-how-old-he-is Dikembe Mutombo in the middle. Houston was last in the league in scoring with 87 points a game at the start of the week.

So McGrady plays (almost 38 minutes a game) and shoots (he's eighth in the league in scoring with 25.4 points per game). And he hopes that soon the cavalry will come.

"It's tough, it really is," McGrady said. "I just realize how hard I worked to get to the level I'm at. Regardless of what happens to the team as far as all these injuries, I've still got to go out, and I've still got to compete, and I've still got to produce. That's just my job. That's just what I have to do... .

"Hopefully, God's got a plan for the kid."

MFFL
01-09-2006, 09:53 AM
Updated: Jan. 9, 2006, 2:07 AM ET
McGrady taken to hospital with severe back spasmsAssociated Press


HOUSTON -- Houston star Tracy McGrady left Sunday night's game against Denver with a recurrence of severe back spasms.

The 6-foot-9 McGrady, who missed eight games earlier in the season because of back spasms, missed a deep jumper near the top of the key in the final seconds of the first half. He started backpedalling, stopped abruptly, bent over and crumpled to the floor, screaming in pain as the buzzer sounded.

McGrady was lifted onto a stretcher and rolled off the floor, surrounded by several team officials and owner Les Alexander. An ambulance took McGrady to the hospital.

"I heard him moaning and groaning," Alexander said. "It was really sad to see a guy be in that much pain."

Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis said after the game that McGrady was getting an MRI and would be re-evaluated on Monday.

Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy was evasive about McGrady's condition.

"You know what? It's about winning in this league," Van Gundy said. "It's not about trying, that should be a given."

McGrady's doctor reassured Alexander by phone after the game.

"The doctor told me he thinks it's a bad back spasm and hopefully, he'll be OK," Alexander said. "He doesn't think it's anything serious that will keep him out for a long time."

The Rockets are already missing their other star, Yao Ming, who's out at least another month after surgery to remove an infection from his left big toe.

Guards Rafer Alston and Jon Barry recently returned from leg injuries and Derek Anderson remains sidelined with a calf strain. The backcourt trio has missed a total of 45 games this season.

McGrady had topped 30 points in Houston's last five games. He had 11 points on 5-for-14 shooting in the first half against Denver.

"That's sports and we can't do anything about it," Alexander said. "We've got to play with the players we have. What can you do? You have no choice."

sike
01-09-2006, 12:32 PM
I guess Houston's gonna have a few more balls in the lotto next year.
snicker

EricaLubarsky
01-09-2006, 12:53 PM
Houston has never had any balls

DubOverdose
02-26-2006, 03:53 PM
Did we (myself in particular) speek too soon? Right now the Rockets are 4 games out of the 8th seed. I can't believe the bottom seeds this year in the West are close to .500 teams. How is Memphis only 3 games above when they started out so well and have such a solid team. How are the Lakers in the playoffs only being 1 game above .500. This is pathetic. Is this what happens when 3 teams are on pace to win 65 games?

DirkGoesNuclear
02-26-2006, 04:53 PM
Did we (myself in particular) speek too soon? Right now the Rockets are 4 games out of the 8th seed. I can't believe the bottom seeds this year in the West are close to .500 teams. How is Memphis only 3 games above when they started out so well and have such a solid team. How are the Lakers in the playoffs only being 1 game above .500. This is pathetic. Is this what happens when 3 teams are on pace to win 65 games?

Could it be that Clips and Grizz are trying to avoid the 5th seed like the plague? Hornets and Laker are desperate to just make the playoffs making it pretty tight from 6 thru 8

jayC
02-27-2006, 12:21 AM
The Rockets will not make the playoffs. They have the hardest schedule in the league the last 30 or so games. The Rockets offseason was atrocious. Swift has been awful. Man I am glad we didn't sign him. Derek Andersen sucked. They need a point guard badly. They also need a banger to play next to Yao.

alby
02-27-2006, 12:22 AM
Rafer is playing pretty well and Tmac/Yao being healthy is a top 4 team in the West.

orangedays
02-27-2006, 12:53 AM
The Rockets will not make the playoffs. They have the hardest schedule in the league the last 30 or so games. The Rockets offseason was atrocious. Swift has been awful. Man I am glad we didn't sign him. Derek Andersen sucked. They need a point guard badly. They also need a banger to play next to Yao.

Haha, even though I agree with everything you said, I'm calling it now that the Rockets DO make the playoffs. :cool:

DubOverdose
04-11-2006, 10:24 AM
BUMP!
Now Yao is out
Can I can get some props up in here?

MavsX
04-11-2006, 10:08 PM
rockets are soo beat. t-mac is weaker than my grandma

Dtownsfinest
04-11-2006, 10:12 PM
There is definatley going to be a problem if the Rockets mess around and get a top 5 pick again.