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Rockets can’t hold another 4th quarter lead

April 29th, 2009
by John

Before the Houston-Portland series began, there was a reason why I picked the Blazers to win the series, which I’ll get into again in a little bit. But for 3 of the 4 games in this series before Tuesday night’s game, I was glad to see the Rockets were on track to put to rest many of the concerns I had for them – like how they blew that last road game of the regular season in Dallas that could have made their playoff path easier. That loss was scarily reminiscent of them blowing that 14-point lead against Chicago soon after the All-Star break.


Yao Ming was steaming after realizing the Rockets would lose Game 5, and all the starters were pulled late in the game once coach Rick Adelman threw in the towel. Click here for more photos from the game.

In both of those games, they folded when the pressure got tight, didn’t execute, and forgot how to play on the road. I had concerns that Aaron Brooks and Ron Artest would not be able to execute, and that Shane Battier’s offensive output would disappear when he has proved he has the ability to score.

But after they showed their mettle and went up 3-1 in their series with Portland, I was beginning to think all of my concerns were a thing of the past and that these players were maturing before our very eyes.

However, after Tuesday night’s ‘el foldo’ in Portland where they let the Blazers go on a 15-0 run in the 4th quarter to win the game and stay alive in the series, those former concerns are now back.

Granted, you’ve got to give the Rockets credit for battling and staying in the game when it looked like they were going to get blown out in the first quarter when they fell behind 23-13. That’s one thing about this post-McGrady Rocket team where you can give them props – they always battle to stay in games and never really get blown out.

But like we’ve seen several times before when the Rockets lose 4th quarter leads…Ron Artest ends up making bad shot selections, and Aaron Brooks tries to do too much penetrating and shooting rather than running the offense. There’s a time and place for Brooks to attack, but in the 4th quarter of a tight game, he’s got to be smarter and understand when the pace of the game slows down, you can’t try to attack the rim and go in for layup attempts when you’ve got a 7-footer in Joel Pryzbilla guarding the basket.

Brooks obviously took way too many shots (20) and made only 6. Three of those 14 misses included getting blocked 3 times. He was also only 1-for-8 from the 3-point line, and 3-for-13 overall in the second half. How could the guy who was so killer in Game 1 be so bad just a few games later? His inconsistency is a problem and is one of the concerns I thought could be an impediment to him becoming a star in this league.

And why in the world is he taking 8 three-pointers? That means he’s panicking too much on offense, and it’s hard to believe Rick Adelman let him play so much of this game when I thought Kyle Lowry was doing a great job at least running the offense by giving up his own shot and getting the ball to others.

I’ve been one of Brooks’ biggest supporters this season for being a scoring guard first more than a point guard, which is okay to me. But when he’s not having a good shooting night, he can’t be McGrady-like and keep firing away when he’s got some good shooters around him, like Yao Ming.

Although Ron Artest was pretty good on defense and had 5 assists, he was terrible shooting the ball (again), hitting only 3-of-9 shots, hoisting up ill-advised shots (AGAIN!) in that pivotal fourth quarter run, and turning the ball over 4 times in the game.

I don’t know why the hell Adelman can’t get through to Artest to play smarter on offense. At some point, you’ve got to hold the coach accountable for his players’ dumb execution on offense. Idleman says in post-game news conferences the same thing over and over, that the offense isn’t “patient enough,” which is a euphemism for jacking up terrible shots and not trying to find Yao. At some point you would think he would start benching or fining players for not executing the way he specifically demands it. It’s like the inmates are running the asylum in the fourth quarter with the warden nowhere to be found.

And of course, Shane Battier pulled another one of his disappearing acts on offense again. 1-for-3 for 3 points. The Rockets really need a veteran like him to step up on the road against a tough team and crowd, especially when a trigger-happy point guard who is having a bad night shooting needs someone to take the scoring burden off of him.

It’s games like these from Battier that make me believe if the Rockets can’t win this series when they were right on the verge of closing a team out, then enough is enough: you’ve got to do something and move in a different direction because you can’t afford for your small forward to go disappearing like that.

I really believe as Brooks and Battier go, so go the Rockets.

On top of Idleman not being able to control how his players react in crunch time on the road, just as important…HOW CAN HE LET THE BLAZERS GO ON A 15-0 RUN TO ERASE A 4-POINT LEAD WITHOUT CALLING TIMEOUT AND GETTING LUIS SCOLA BACK IN THE GAME?

Scola was unstoppable in the first quarter with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He picked up his 4th foul in the 3rd quarter, which put him out of the game, but for God’s sake why would Idleman wait so long to get him back in there when they needed point production. An absolute travesty!

And one thing I’m sure everyone will say that should have been done more is true to an extent: that Yao Ming should have gotten the ball more. Yao did take 12 shots and made 7 of them to score 15 points. And Adelman seemed resolved to ride Yao as much as he could by playing him close to 40 minutes in this game. But after watching Yao in this series, I’m going to say something that no one is really saying in the media: I don’t think Yao is really doing enough to get himself open.


The media and analysts like to say Yao is working hard with Pryzbilla and Oden on him banging away, but I have to disagree. Maybe I’m spoiled because I remember seeing Hakeem fight harder in the low post.

Not that Yao needs to battle in the paint all the time to get himself open. I’m perfectly fine if he does it a different way, like coming toward the ball and being a little further outside of the post area when he receives it. That’s because he can hit shots that are 2-3 feet outside of his normal post position.

Instead, there were several possessions when I was wondering why Yao didn’t move over to the strong side of the court when one of his teammates like Brooks or Artest had the ball, with them tempted to hoist up a bad jumper or 3-pointer. I’d look for where Yao was on those possessions, and he would be on the weak side of the court just standing there – behind a defender — wondering when his teammate with the ball was going to create something.

I’m sorry, but Yao has to get over there to help out his teammate by giving him an easier passing lane to get him the ball. Maybe the coaches are telling him to stay on the weak side, and if that’s the case, that’s not very smart. Or at least Yao should move to the free throw line area where he’ll be able to free himself a little easier from his defenders, get the ball, and shoot from the free throw line area. REMEMBER, IDLEMAN, YAO SHOOTS OVER 85% FROM THE FREE THROW LINE. A SHOT FROM AROUND THE FREE THROW LINE AREA IS AUTOMATIC FOR HIM!

And there were possessions in the first half where I thought Yao didn’t take a shot he could have taken. Instead, he’d pass off to a teammate, who would then miss.

One other reason why the Rockets might have lost is because of questionable foul calls against the Rockets (23 free throws for Portland, only 10 for Houston). I’ll be the first to call out the officials for bad calls, and there were some, but I don’t think it was the main reason why the Rockets lost this game.

Overall, I just see poor coaching in the two losses in this series where Brooks and Artest are able to run amok with the ball, while Battier disappears. Brooks is a second-year player and shouldn’t be expected to shoulder the scoring load, especially when it’s obvious he’s having a bad shooting night. That’s when Idleman has to play Lowry more, who was acquired for that very reason — for “insurance” purposes. So use him more than the 13 1/2 minutes he got!

I’ll give Idleman a lot of credit for where he brought the Rockets this season, but if they want to win this series, then everyone’s got to improve, including the coaching. Idleman is a fine man and gentleman, but I never really hear him blame himself in the post-game conferences. At least JVG would blame himself often times for ‘poor coaching’ when the Rockets would lose games to take some of the pressure off the players. I’ve never heard that from Adelman, so maybe he thinks the staff is doing a fine job, even during the losses. I don’t know.

So here we are again: the Rockets holding a lead in a playoff series like they have had a couple of times the past few years, facing a game where they can close out their opponent and advance, or lose and have to play a very difficult Game 7.

A couple of nights ago I thought my prediction they would lose this series was going to be wrong after they went up 3-1. But given how poorly they played down the stretch in Game 5, I’m afraid my prediction may become more of a possibility than I would like it to be. If that were to happen, with another collapse happen before our very eyes, I think you could see some of the changes in the roster I predicted after all because it could be those same players who end up being culpable.

But rather than think about that scenario happening, I’m hoping everyone (including me) can keep thinking positive thoughts entering Thursday night’s Game 6 in Toyota Center, and then worry about what fixes need to be made to avoid getting swept by the Lakers.

I know one this is for sure: if you thought Yao was focused in Game 1 when he went 9-for-9 from the field, his intensity is going to be off the hook for Game 6 because you know sure as hell he doesn’t want there to be a Game 7. I hope he wants to advance out of the first round so badly Thursday night, he will take it upon himself to win this game, and maybe once in his life as a Rocket, he’ll demonstrably demand the ball from his teammates no matter who sees it.

38 Responses to “Rockets can’t hold another 4th quarter lead”

  1. airchina23 Says:

    So when Yao was just getting hot when we took the lead in the 4th quarter, Idelman pulls him out. Moves like these are making me pulling my hair out.

    Let's get this thing over with on Thursday!

  2. airchina23 Says:

    So when Yao was just getting hot when we took the lead in the 4th quarter, Idelman pulls him out. Moves like these are making me pulling my hair out.

    Let's get this thing over with on Thursday!

  3. airchina23 Says:

    So when Yao was just getting hot when we took the lead in the 4th quarter, Idelman pulls him out. Moves like these are making me pulling my hair out.

    Let's get this thing over with on Thursday!

  4. airchina23 Says:

    So when Yao was just getting hot when we took the lead in the 4th quarter, Idelman pulls him out. Moves like these are making me pulling my hair out.

    Let's get this thing over with on Thursday!

  5. john Says:

    thats one of the prb.. .. i dont understand why the cocah let ab in.. he should bench him..
    whenever he dribble he stay at the same spot.. he doesnt move away… when yao repost .. ab just pass it to someone else… man…6/20 is really really really bad…

    i blame it on AB…he just doesnt know how to run an offense…. he needs to remember he is a pg not sg… god damn
    if they lose game 6… rox are not going to win.. yao need to go to another team or at least they should get a better pg..all that trade without a ok pg…
    ab is like rafer now… have few really good nite then have alot of bad nite… but ab doesnt know how to pass

  6. john Says:

    thats one of the prb.. .. i dont understand why the cocah let ab in.. he should bench him..
    whenever he dribble he stay at the same spot.. he doesnt move away… when yao repost .. ab just pass it to someone else… man…6/20 is really really really bad…

    i blame it on AB…he just doesnt know how to run an offense…. he needs to remember he is a pg not sg… god damn
    if they lose game 6… rox are not going to win.. yao need to go to another team or at least they should get a better pg..all that trade without a ok pg…
    ab is like rafer now… have few really good nite then have alot of bad nite… but ab doesnt know how to pass

  7. john Says:

    thats one of the prb.. .. i dont understand why the cocah let ab in.. he should bench him..
    whenever he dribble he stay at the same spot.. he doesnt move away… when yao repost .. ab just pass it to someone else… man…6/20 is really really really bad…

    i blame it on AB…he just doesnt know how to run an offense…. he needs to remember he is a pg not sg… god damn
    if they lose game 6… rox are not going to win.. yao need to go to another team or at least they should get a better pg..all that trade without a ok pg…
    ab is like rafer now… have few really good nite then have alot of bad nite… but ab doesnt know how to pass

  8. john Says:

    thats one of the prb.. .. i dont understand why the cocah let ab in.. he should bench him..
    whenever he dribble he stay at the same spot.. he doesnt move away… when yao repost .. ab just pass it to someone else… man…6/20 is really really really bad…

    i blame it on AB…he just doesnt know how to run an offense…. he needs to remember he is a pg not sg… god damn
    if they lose game 6… rox are not going to win.. yao need to go to another team or at least they should get a better pg..all that trade without a ok pg…
    ab is like rafer now… have few really good nite then have alot of bad nite… but ab doesnt know how to pass

  9. pryuen Says:

    John

    Great analysis as always.

    As I've posted many games before in the forum, I'm really sick and tired of this read and react thing from Rick Adelman.

    You're so right about him not calling time-outs when the TrailBlazers were on a 15 ~ 0 run. It's inept coaching.

    And one thing I really can't understand. Even though Kyle Lowry had 2 consecutive tic-tac fouls called on him, he should not be immediately be replaced by Aaron Brooks. He got only 2 fouls, and it was not like he had already 4 or 5 fouls already. So why in a haste to substitute him? As you said, he was at least organizing the offense well, and he played tough defense on the TrailBlazers.

    Once Aaron Brooks came in, disaster struck…..a 12 ~ 0 run with 6 consecutive offensive possessions either ended up in bricks, or called for offensive fouls.

    I also felt strange that why Yao Ming seemed to be playing quite passive in 1Q. He seemed not trying to fight for position hard, and was with very little no-ball movement and running. Not sure whether it was per Rick Adelman's instructions. But for such a crucial game, it really hurts to see Big Yao playing so hesitant and tentative during that first quarter, ended with ZERO shot attempts/points.

    Sometimes I really felt it is difficult to be a Rockets fan. They always tend to make life difficult for themselves, and find ways to lose games that they should have won.

  10. pryuen Says:

    John

    Great analysis as always.

    As I've posted many games before in the forum, I'm really sick and tired of this read and react thing from Rick Adelman.

    You're so right about him not calling time-outs when the TrailBlazers were on a 15 ~ 0 run. It's inept coaching.

    And one thing I really can't understand. Even though Kyle Lowry had 2 consecutive tic-tac fouls called on him, he should not be immediately be replaced by Aaron Brooks. He got only 2 fouls, and it was not like he had already 4 or 5 fouls already. So why in a haste to substitute him? As you said, he was at least organizing the offense well, and he played tough defense on the TrailBlazers.

    Once Aaron Brooks came in, disaster struck…..a 12 ~ 0 run with 6 consecutive offensive possessions either ended up in bricks, or called for offensive fouls.

    I also felt strange that why Yao Ming seemed to be playing quite passive in 1Q. He seemed not trying to fight for position hard, and was with very little no-ball movement and running. Not sure whether it was per Rick Adelman's instructions. But for such a crucial game, it really hurts to see Big Yao playing so hesitant and tentative during that first quarter, ended with ZERO shot attempts/points.

    Sometimes I really felt it is difficult to be a Rockets fan. They always tend to make life difficult for themselves, and find ways to lose games that they should have won.

  11. pryuen Says:

    John

    Great analysis as always.

    As I've posted many games before in the forum, I'm really sick and tired of this read and react thing from Rick Adelman.

    You're so right about him not calling time-outs when the TrailBlazers were on a 15 ~ 0 run. It's inept coaching.

    And one thing I really can't understand. Even though Kyle Lowry had 2 consecutive tic-tac fouls called on him, he should not be immediately be replaced by Aaron Brooks. He got only 2 fouls, and it was not like he had already 4 or 5 fouls already. So why in a haste to substitute him? As you said, he was at least organizing the offense well, and he played tough defense on the TrailBlazers.

    Once Aaron Brooks came in, disaster struck…..a 12 ~ 0 run with 6 consecutive offensive possessions either ended up in bricks, or called for offensive fouls.

    I also felt strange that why Yao Ming seemed to be playing quite passive in 1Q. He seemed not trying to fight for position hard, and was with very little no-ball movement and running. Not sure whether it was per Rick Adelman's instructions. But for such a crucial game, it really hurts to see Big Yao playing so hesitant and tentative during that first quarter, ended with ZERO shot attempts/points.

    Sometimes I really felt it is difficult to be a Rockets fan. They always tend to make life difficult for themselves, and find ways to lose games that they should have won.

  12. pryuen Says:

    John

    Great analysis as always.

    As I've posted many games before in the forum, I'm really sick and tired of this read and react thing from Rick Adelman.

    You're so right about him not calling time-outs when the TrailBlazers were on a 15 ~ 0 run. It's inept coaching.

    And one thing I really can't understand. Even though Kyle Lowry had 2 consecutive tic-tac fouls called on him, he should not be immediately be replaced by Aaron Brooks. He got only 2 fouls, and it was not like he had already 4 or 5 fouls already. So why in a haste to substitute him? As you said, he was at least organizing the offense well, and he played tough defense on the TrailBlazers.

    Once Aaron Brooks came in, disaster struck…..a 12 ~ 0 run with 6 consecutive offensive possessions either ended up in bricks, or called for offensive fouls.

    I also felt strange that why Yao Ming seemed to be playing quite passive in 1Q. He seemed not trying to fight for position hard, and was with very little no-ball movement and running. Not sure whether it was per Rick Adelman's instructions. But for such a crucial game, it really hurts to see Big Yao playing so hesitant and tentative during that first quarter, ended with ZERO shot attempts/points.

    Sometimes I really felt it is difficult to be a Rockets fan. They always tend to make life difficult for themselves, and find ways to lose games that they should have won.

  13. JW Says:

    John, totally agree with your great analysis.

    Some stupid plays late in the game … hurts allot.
    Brooks: he can't take over the game by scoring alone, and he's not Tony Parker, CP, etc. Trying to score the basket by himself in front of a couple of 7-footers, several times? He's not thinking.
    Artest: What can I say? Wild Ron showed up again.
    Battier: Can he play one-on-one offense down low? (I saw him doing it in the past.) Riding on Yao is good, but when you can't, what's wrong with attacking the basket yourself down low, like Scola? Or get some tough cut after passing the ball to Yao?
    Yao: Maybe previous +40 minutes wore him down. He needs to coming toward the ball, if he can't shelter the defender, to get it and shoot the 15-footer.
    Scola: the ref killed the only smart Rockets starter in the game. A very questionable 4th foul.
    Wafer: Attacking basket is good. But when Oden is coming at you to block it; your big man, Yao, is wide open UNDER the basket!! Pass it, Wafer, to Yao, he could dunk and maybe get another foul from Oden.
    Coach(es): no clue. (Both me and them) Maybe like an old Chinese saying: you can't see a mountain when you are in it.

    John, I now realized what you said earlier about Portland team. They are really good. I didn't pay attention to them during the regular season. I think we have to prey now. Rockets need to play a perfect game on Thursday and the refs know it's Rockets' home this time.

    I'm a little worried about you saying that Yao will take it upon himself on Thursday. He tends to fight too hard for the post in the past, especially in game 2. He needs to play smarter. Also, he can't do it himself.

  14. JW Says:

    John, totally agree with your great analysis.

    Some stupid plays late in the game … hurts allot.
    Brooks: he can't take over the game by scoring alone, and he's not Tony Parker, CP, etc. Trying to score the basket by himself in front of a couple of 7-footers, several times? He's not thinking.
    Artest: What can I say? Wild Ron showed up again.
    Battier: Can he play one-on-one offense down low? (I saw him doing it in the past.) Riding on Yao is good, but when you can't, what's wrong with attacking the basket yourself down low, like Scola? Or get some tough cut after passing the ball to Yao?
    Yao: Maybe previous +40 minutes wore him down. He needs to coming toward the ball, if he can't shelter the defender, to get it and shoot the 15-footer.
    Scola: the ref killed the only smart Rockets starter in the game. A very questionable 4th foul.
    Wafer: Attacking basket is good. But when Oden is coming at you to block it; your big man, Yao, is wide open UNDER the basket!! Pass it, Wafer, to Yao, he could dunk and maybe get another foul from Oden.
    Coach(es): no clue. (Both me and them) Maybe like an old Chinese saying: you can't see a mountain when you are in it.

    John, I now realized what you said earlier about Portland team. They are really good. I didn't pay attention to them during the regular season. I think we have to prey now. Rockets need to play a perfect game on Thursday and the refs know it's Rockets' home this time.

    I'm a little worried about you saying that Yao will take it upon himself on Thursday. He tends to fight too hard for the post in the past, especially in game 2. He needs to play smarter. Also, he can't do it himself.

  15. JW Says:

    John, totally agree with your great analysis.

    Some stupid plays late in the game … hurts allot.
    Brooks: he can't take over the game by scoring alone, and he's not Tony Parker, CP, etc. Trying to score the basket by himself in front of a couple of 7-footers, several times? He's not thinking.
    Artest: What can I say? Wild Ron showed up again.
    Battier: Can he play one-on-one offense down low? (I saw him doing it in the past.) Riding on Yao is good, but when you can't, what's wrong with attacking the basket yourself down low, like Scola? Or get some tough cut after passing the ball to Yao?
    Yao: Maybe previous +40 minutes wore him down. He needs to coming toward the ball, if he can't shelter the defender, to get it and shoot the 15-footer.
    Scola: the ref killed the only smart Rockets starter in the game. A very questionable 4th foul.
    Wafer: Attacking basket is good. But when Oden is coming at you to block it; your big man, Yao, is wide open UNDER the basket!! Pass it, Wafer, to Yao, he could dunk and maybe get another foul from Oden.
    Coach(es): no clue. (Both me and them) Maybe like an old Chinese saying: you can't see a mountain when you are in it.

    John, I now realized what you said earlier about Portland team. They are really good. I didn't pay attention to them during the regular season. I think we have to prey now. Rockets need to play a perfect game on Thursday and the refs know it's Rockets' home this time.

    I'm a little worried about you saying that Yao will take it upon himself on Thursday. He tends to fight too hard for the post in the past, especially in game 2. He needs to play smarter. Also, he can't do it himself.

  16. JW Says:

    John, totally agree with your great analysis.

    Some stupid plays late in the game … hurts allot.
    Brooks: he can't take over the game by scoring alone, and he's not Tony Parker, CP, etc. Trying to score the basket by himself in front of a couple of 7-footers, several times? He's not thinking.
    Artest: What can I say? Wild Ron showed up again.
    Battier: Can he play one-on-one offense down low? (I saw him doing it in the past.) Riding on Yao is good, but when you can't, what's wrong with attacking the basket yourself down low, like Scola? Or get some tough cut after passing the ball to Yao?
    Yao: Maybe previous +40 minutes wore him down. He needs to coming toward the ball, if he can't shelter the defender, to get it and shoot the 15-footer.
    Scola: the ref killed the only smart Rockets starter in the game. A very questionable 4th foul.
    Wafer: Attacking basket is good. But when Oden is coming at you to block it; your big man, Yao, is wide open UNDER the basket!! Pass it, Wafer, to Yao, he could dunk and maybe get another foul from Oden.
    Coach(es): no clue. (Both me and them) Maybe like an old Chinese saying: you can't see a mountain when you are in it.

    John, I now realized what you said earlier about Portland team. They are really good. I didn't pay attention to them during the regular season. I think we have to prey now. Rockets need to play a perfect game on Thursday and the refs know it's Rockets' home this time.

    I'm a little worried about you saying that Yao will take it upon himself on Thursday. He tends to fight too hard for the post in the past, especially in game 2. He needs to play smarter. Also, he can't do it himself.

  17. NYCBOBBY Says:

    You guys have forgotten what got Yao touches in the 4th game is because he followed Adleman's advice and stop fighting too hard to get the ball but to rather just hold his ground and let the offense come to him. That enabled him to also free himself easier to grab rebounds. I thought he did that quite well in the 4th game. THAT was the reason why you saw what you saw in game 5. Yes he was being extra passive but I think the coaching staff has finally taught some common sense into Yao. Now rather if you want to blame the players not passing into Yao more, there could be some truth to that but not a whole lot. They need to whip the pass in there quicker then usual. This small window of opportunity is actually a by product of Yao's deficiency to counteract Portland's front defense and allow them to hover their body over him. You can say that Yao is not mobile or quick enough to counteract, but in actuality it is a matter of boxing out fundamentals that Yao hasnt learned or put too much time into. Instead he wastes his energy pushing around, running from one end of the court to the other. In other words, Yao is overrated as a thinker. He needs to be smarter with his footwork, his fundamental methods. He doesnt need to always fight for position in the same area time after time. He could easily get it from the elbow and then go back to position to post up. But what does he do when he gets it in the elbow? He passes it up.

    Yes Adleman couldve been smarter with managing the games with time outs and telling his players what NOT to do. But he is what he is. He's the type of coach to let his players play and react. Great system for smart players. It's just that Artest is doing what I was afraid what he is going to do. Jack up shots instead of driving in. AB is trying to do layups like it's college.

    If the Rockets lose game 6, folks it is a wrap, cause they ain't winning game 7 in Portland. We've been there done that. Not until Yao takes a summer off and actually really learn the fundamentals and smarten up. AMEN!

  18. NYCBOBBY Says:

    You guys have forgotten what got Yao touches in the 4th game is because he followed Adleman's advice and stop fighting too hard to get the ball but to rather just hold his ground and let the offense come to him. That enabled him to also free himself easier to grab rebounds. I thought he did that quite well in the 4th game. THAT was the reason why you saw what you saw in game 5. Yes he was being extra passive but I think the coaching staff has finally taught some common sense into Yao. Now rather if you want to blame the players not passing into Yao more, there could be some truth to that but not a whole lot. They need to whip the pass in there quicker then usual. This small window of opportunity is actually a by product of Yao's deficiency to counteract Portland's front defense and allow them to hover their body over him. You can say that Yao is not mobile or quick enough to counteract, but in actuality it is a matter of boxing out fundamentals that Yao hasnt learned or put too much time into. Instead he wastes his energy pushing around, running from one end of the court to the other. In other words, Yao is overrated as a thinker. He needs to be smarter with his footwork, his fundamental methods. He doesnt need to always fight for position in the same area time after time. He could easily get it from the elbow and then go back to position to post up. But what does he do when he gets it in the elbow? He passes it up.

    Yes Adleman couldve been smarter with managing the games with time outs and telling his players what NOT to do. But he is what he is. He's the type of coach to let his players play and react. Great system for smart players. It's just that Artest is doing what I was afraid what he is going to do. Jack up shots instead of driving in. AB is trying to do layups like it's college.

    If the Rockets lose game 6, folks it is a wrap, cause they ain't winning game 7 in Portland. We've been there done that. Not until Yao takes a summer off and actually really learn the fundamentals and smarten up. AMEN!

  19. NYCBOBBY Says:

    You guys have forgotten what got Yao touches in the 4th game is because he followed Adleman's advice and stop fighting too hard to get the ball but to rather just hold his ground and let the offense come to him. That enabled him to also free himself easier to grab rebounds. I thought he did that quite well in the 4th game. THAT was the reason why you saw what you saw in game 5. Yes he was being extra passive but I think the coaching staff has finally taught some common sense into Yao. Now rather if you want to blame the players not passing into Yao more, there could be some truth to that but not a whole lot. They need to whip the pass in there quicker then usual. This small window of opportunity is actually a by product of Yao's deficiency to counteract Portland's front defense and allow them to hover their body over him. You can say that Yao is not mobile or quick enough to counteract, but in actuality it is a matter of boxing out fundamentals that Yao hasnt learned or put too much time into. Instead he wastes his energy pushing around, running from one end of the court to the other. In other words, Yao is overrated as a thinker. He needs to be smarter with his footwork, his fundamental methods. He doesnt need to always fight for position in the same area time after time. He could easily get it from the elbow and then go back to position to post up. But what does he do when he gets it in the elbow? He passes it up.

    Yes Adleman couldve been smarter with managing the games with time outs and telling his players what NOT to do. But he is what he is. He's the type of coach to let his players play and react. Great system for smart players. It's just that Artest is doing what I was afraid what he is going to do. Jack up shots instead of driving in. AB is trying to do layups like it's college.

    If the Rockets lose game 6, folks it is a wrap, cause they ain't winning game 7 in Portland. We've been there done that. Not until Yao takes a summer off and actually really learn the fundamentals and smarten up. AMEN!

  20. NYCBOBBY Says:

    You guys have forgotten what got Yao touches in the 4th game is because he followed Adleman's advice and stop fighting too hard to get the ball but to rather just hold his ground and let the offense come to him. That enabled him to also free himself easier to grab rebounds. I thought he did that quite well in the 4th game. THAT was the reason why you saw what you saw in game 5. Yes he was being extra passive but I think the coaching staff has finally taught some common sense into Yao. Now rather if you want to blame the players not passing into Yao more, there could be some truth to that but not a whole lot. They need to whip the pass in there quicker then usual. This small window of opportunity is actually a by product of Yao's deficiency to counteract Portland's front defense and allow them to hover their body over him. You can say that Yao is not mobile or quick enough to counteract, but in actuality it is a matter of boxing out fundamentals that Yao hasnt learned or put too much time into. Instead he wastes his energy pushing around, running from one end of the court to the other. In other words, Yao is overrated as a thinker. He needs to be smarter with his footwork, his fundamental methods. He doesnt need to always fight for position in the same area time after time. He could easily get it from the elbow and then go back to position to post up. But what does he do when he gets it in the elbow? He passes it up.

    Yes Adleman couldve been smarter with managing the games with time outs and telling his players what NOT to do. But he is what he is. He's the type of coach to let his players play and react. Great system for smart players. It's just that Artest is doing what I was afraid what he is going to do. Jack up shots instead of driving in. AB is trying to do layups like it's college.

    If the Rockets lose game 6, folks it is a wrap, cause they ain't winning game 7 in Portland. We've been there done that. Not until Yao takes a summer off and actually really learn the fundamentals and smarten up. AMEN!

  21. Ben Says:

    Same thing again: Artest and Aaron became McGrady in the late of the game.

  22. Ben Says:

    Same thing again: Artest and Aaron became McGrady in the late of the game.

  23. Ben Says:

    Same thing again: Artest and Aaron became McGrady in the late of the game.

  24. Ben Says:

    Same thing again: Artest and Aaron became McGrady in the late of the game.

  25. Ree Says:

    I totally agree. When Brooks and Artest look like they'll fire a shot, Yao and the rest of the teammates expect that, too! That's why Yao doesn't move and just start to wait for the rebound.

    This cannot continue! He needs to still battle for a position and ask for the ball. If he gets their attention, they may change their minds and pass him the ball. Even if they don't, at least the coach may start to say something about it after it happens too many times. But if Yao is quiet all the time, even the Coach can't say much.

  26. Ree Says:

    I totally agree. When Brooks and Artest look like they'll fire a shot, Yao and the rest of the teammates expect that, too! That's why Yao doesn't move and just start to wait for the rebound.

    This cannot continue! He needs to still battle for a position and ask for the ball. If he gets their attention, they may change their minds and pass him the ball. Even if they don't, at least the coach may start to say something about it after it happens too many times. But if Yao is quiet all the time, even the Coach can't say much.

  27. Ree Says:

    I totally agree. When Brooks and Artest look like they'll fire a shot, Yao and the rest of the teammates expect that, too! That's why Yao doesn't move and just start to wait for the rebound.

    This cannot continue! He needs to still battle for a position and ask for the ball. If he gets their attention, they may change their minds and pass him the ball. Even if they don't, at least the coach may start to say something about it after it happens too many times. But if Yao is quiet all the time, even the Coach can't say much.

  28. Ree Says:

    I totally agree. When Brooks and Artest look like they'll fire a shot, Yao and the rest of the teammates expect that, too! That's why Yao doesn't move and just start to wait for the rebound.

    This cannot continue! He needs to still battle for a position and ask for the ball. If he gets their attention, they may change their minds and pass him the ball. Even if they don't, at least the coach may start to say something about it after it happens too many times. But if Yao is quiet all the time, even the Coach can't say much.

  29. YaoMingMania Says:

    Appprove

  30. YaoMingMania Says:

    Appprove

  31. YaoMingMania Says:

    Appprove

  32. YaoMingMania Says:

    Appprove

  33. benny Says:

    coach so stupid, not even try to time out at 4th quarter, Aaron Brooks keep shooting (6 for 20) what the hell????? If theyplay like that, CAN ROCKETS MAKE SECOND ROUND???? oh no…. i dont think so…
    Try be smart Coach……How come blazers make a lot free trow??/ BECAUSE THEY SMART, no question about it.. Good luck Rockets

  34. benny Says:

    coach so stupid, not even try to time out at 4th quarter, Aaron Brooks keep shooting (6 for 20) what the hell????? If theyplay like that, CAN ROCKETS MAKE SECOND ROUND???? oh no…. i dont think so…
    Try be smart Coach……How come blazers make a lot free trow??/ BECAUSE THEY SMART, no question about it.. Good luck Rockets

  35. benny Says:

    coach so stupid, not even try to time out at 4th quarter, Aaron Brooks keep shooting (6 for 20) what the hell????? If theyplay like that, CAN ROCKETS MAKE SECOND ROUND???? oh no…. i dont think so…
    Try be smart Coach……How come blazers make a lot free trow??/ BECAUSE THEY SMART, no question about it.. Good luck Rockets

  36. benny Says:

    coach so stupid, not even try to time out at 4th quarter, Aaron Brooks keep shooting (6 for 20) what the hell????? If theyplay like that, CAN ROCKETS MAKE SECOND ROUND???? oh no…. i dont think so…
    Try be smart Coach……How come blazers make a lot free trow??/ BECAUSE THEY SMART, no question about it.. Good luck Rockets

  37. Ben Says:

    They have to win tonight. This is not an option.

  38. Ben Says:

    They have to win tonight. This is not an option.

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