Houston Rockets Respond To “Ridiculous” Holiday Schedule with Wins

December 20th, 2009 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Rick Adelman called the schedule given to his Houston Rockets in December "utterly ridiculous."

With four back-to-back sets slated in a 18-day span, including tough second-nighters in Denver and Orlando, his gripe with the schedule makers was understandable.

This week, however, his team delivered the response he should have expected from the start.

Instead of using the absurd itinerary as an excuse to flop like Derek Fisher and Manu Ginobili at a foul-drawing clinic, the Rockets just won.

It was all they could ever do.

“I just think every team should have a chance when they’re home a little bit to spend time with their families, and we have no chance,” Adelman told the Houston Chronicle. “This is the most ridiculous schedule I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t even know Christmas was coming unless someone told me, because that’s all we’re doing is traveling and playing games.”

Winning three out of four might not qualify as season-defining in Laker land or Celtics country, but for the increasingly banged-up Rockets, it will suffice.

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