What a joke. The Rockets were outclassed in every way Thursday night against San Antonio on national TV. It was embarrassing. I am so flustered, I can’t file another report on a bad loss like this. Forget the final score of 86-80. The Rockets made a run in the fourth quarter to make it look closer than it really was.
Houston was down by 9 points after the first quarter (21-12), 13 after the second (49-36), 18 after the third (70-52), 20 points in the fourth, then made a meaningless run when the pressure was off to lose 86-80.
They were out-hustled to loose balls and let the Spurs have their way to get into the lane, outscoring them 36-14 in the paint in the first half alone. Yao was the entire offense in the first half, scoring 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting. But then he only scored 1 point the rest of the game AND ONLY TOOK 1 SHOT IN THE 2nd HALF.
T-Mac had only scored 4 points on 0-for-7 shooting in the first half, but then scored 23 on 8-of-15 the rest of the way to finish with 27 points on 8-of-22 shooting, 12 rebounds and 4 assists.
Other than Yao, T-Mac, and Luther Head (11 points on 4-of-7 shooting), everyone else was abysmal. Check out these stats:
Rafer Alston: 2 points / 1-of-6 FGs; 3 assists
Juwan Howard: 4 points / 1-of-6 FGs
Derek Anderson: 2 points / 1-of-4 FGs; 1 assist
David Wesley: 6 points / 2-of-6 FGs
Jon Barry: 3 points / 1-of-2 FGs
This is about as low as it gets, people. Look for a resignation, firing, and/or massive trade soon. If one of these things doesn’t happen, it probably won’t get better anytime soon.
To read the Houston Chronicle’s story of the game, click here.
To see the boxscore from the game, click here.