Houston Rockets Fall Apart with No Clear Fix Available as Trade Deadline Nears

January 10th, 2011 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Welcome back to Choke City.

The days of Mario Elie's "Kiss of Death" and Hakeem Olajuwon's last-second tip of a Clyde Drexler-miss are long gone. No one can seriously use the word "clutch" and this edition of Houston's hoops squad in the same sentence.

It is OK to be a diehard fan and also come to grips with this tough reality. I still love them. You still love them.

But we have to stop kidding ourselves. Former FEMA director Michael Brown was not doing a "heckuva job" in New Orleans just after Hurricane Katrina, and these Rockets will never approximate the 1990s crunch-time heroes.

Give this to the 2010-2011 team: they gag as a unit. Saturday's meltdown against the Utah Jazz at Toyota Center was the second nauseating, late giveaway in a week. It took everyone on the roster to again snatch a defeat from the jaws of victory.

Red is indeed rising. That would be blood pouring from the mouths of fans who have thrown up so much watching this team squander leads and miss defensive assignments that the pain of incessant vomiting has damaged their esophagi.

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