I was on a plane during the Rockets’ 94-68 blowout of the Atlanta Hawks Friday night, so I haven’t been able to watch the game yet. However, I plan to watch it on my Tivo over the weekend, and maybe post a few observations that perhaps the Houston Chronicle didn’t already write about the game.
I am hardly believing my eyes seeing routs like this one — and the one in New Jersey on Wednesday night — with T-Mac back in the lineup so recently after coming off the inactive list with back spasms 3 games ago. He dominated by putting up 31 points, and probably could have put up even more if he hadn’t got his thumb whacked midway through the third quarter.
I know it’s only the woeful Hawks we’re talking about, but a win like this one is still impressive because it shows that T-Mac’s back may not be as bad as we thought it would be. It also shows the Rockets are not going to curl up in the fetal position now that Yao is out.
When Jeff Van Gundy compliments his players about playing with great passion, and Juwan Howard (17 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists) and Dikembe Mutombo (14 boards in just 22 minutes) turn back the clock ten years, you’ve got to give them lots of credit for giving fans hope that maybe they can still make the playoffs even with Yao’s absence over the next 6-8 weeks.