I have been out-of-pocket since Yao got injured over the holidays, so I wasn’t able to watch Tuesday night’s 81-76 loss to the Indiana Pacers (and probably won’t be able to watch Wednesday night’s game against the Nets in New Jersey). As expected, without Yao the Rockets lost to Indiana, but the good news is that Tracy McGrady finally played after missing the last 7 games because of back spasms.
T-Mac scored 19 points (7-of-22 shooting), but played 39 minutes and ran out of gas at the end of the fourth quarter when the Rockets had a chance to tie the game by missing 3 shots, and turning the ball over a couple of times (7 TO’s overall). I’m not too disappointed, though, since it’s good to have at least one superstar back in the lineup.
If you have gotten over your depression about Yao being out (I’m still struggling with it), and are still interested in the details of the loss to the Pacers, I’ll refer you to the Houston Chronicle story about the game.
Sorry I can’t get more into these games right now. With the holiday break occurring creating a disjointed schedule for me, the Rockets not having Yao in the lineup, and T-Mac still getting his legs back, it’s tough to watch these games.