Houston Rockets Breakdown: Rockets Maximizing Their Talent

December 27th, 2009 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
With Yao Ming out for the season, and Rick Adelman wanting nothing to do with a recuperating Tracy McGrady, it’s a wonder the Houston Rockets win any games at all.

In their 98-93 victory over the miserable New Jersey Nets, the Rockets struggled to put away the worst team in the NBA for many reasons.

The Rockets missed no less than 15 layups (15!) with Trevor Ariza (4), Kyle Lowry (3), Chuck Hayes (2), Carl Landry (2), Luis Scola (2), and Aaron Brooks (2) being the culprits. Aside from bricking four layups, Ariza never found the stroke on his jumper—1-8 3FG. He was timid around the basket, and didn’t show a world-class handle. He isn’t talented enough to be a go-to scorer on a great team. Brooks forced at least a half dozen shots and drives, while Lowry also jacked up a number of too-quick shot attempts. Lowry couldn’t find the basket with a map—1-9 FG, 7 PTS. Houston had difficulty with Brook Lopez’s size and strength around the hoop. Landry, Scola, and David Andersen were repeatedly beaten off the dribble by Yi Jianlian. Because the Rockets rarely sell out their weak-side help to avoid going into rotations, Yi’s ...

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