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Rockets roughed up in Game 5

May 13th, 2009
by John

This will probably be the shortest post-game analysis in this site’s history. One reason is because after the Rockets fell behind in Game 5 so much at the end of the first quarter and throughout the rest of the game, I paid the least attention to a Rockets playoff game ever.

The other reason is that there isn’t much to be learned in this kind of loss where almost everyone played poorly. Let’s just burn up the tape from this 40-point shellacking where everything went wrong, and look ahead to Game 6 in Houston. Keep your confidence, guys. Everyone is now doubting you again. You have them right where you want them.

Houston lost to the Mavericks in Game 7 a few seasons back by 40 points, too. Although Houston’s 118-78 Tuesday final score equals that, at least this time the Rockets have a game to redeem themselves and stay in this series. Back then they didn’t.

It’s sad that after not getting blown out in a game for months, this kind of defeat would happen at the worst time. But unlike Laker fans and media, we’re not going to start panicking and questioning the ability of this Rocket team. Bad games happen, so let’s move on.

At least we know now more than ever how important it is for Yao to be part of this team. I was ecstatic about the Game 4 win on Sunday, but that satisfaction is short-lived. It’s now a fight for survival.

Tonight’s game wore me out mentally and physically, so I’m going to call it a night.

3 Responses to “Rockets roughed up in Game 5”

  1. d Says:

    At the end of game 4, Brooks made a comment about the success coming from playing organically. Not overthinking, not doing too many sets, and playing like one does on the playgrounds. I wondered if this mindset and attitude carried over in preparation for game 5, because it appeared that they were ill prepared mentally.

    Rox fans knows that without Yao and against LA's towering front court, the current Rocket line up is very fragile. In the opening minutes where Rockets had he lead they played solid defense and move the ball well on the offensive end. Shortly after, practically all the fouls were tic-tac fouls. Most of them on the Rox. Refs didn't call any of LA's over the back (rebounds), or the physical contact Artest, Scola and Landry were absorbing in the low post. For the rest of the game, I thought the Refs were fair, but by then Lakers were playing well and had a big lead. Rox, on the other hand, didn't make shots or pass the ball, and created a heap of turnovers. Lakers could win without the Ref's jump start , but it was a precursor to Laker's 40 pt. margin victory.

    * I really don't care for a Kobe & Lebron final.

  2. d Says:

    At the end of game 4, Brooks made a comment about the success coming from playing organically. Not overthinking, not doing too many sets, and playing like one does on the playgrounds. I wondered if this mindset and attitude carried over in preparation for game 5, because it appeared that they were ill prepared mentally.

    Rox fans knows that without Yao and against LA's towering front court, the current Rocket line up is very fragile. In the opening minutes where Rockets had he lead they played solid defense and move the ball well on the offensive end. Shortly after, practically all the fouls were tic-tac fouls. Most of them on the Rox. Refs didn't call any of LA's over the back (rebounds), or the physical contact Artest, Scola and Landry were absorbing in the low post. For the rest of the game, I thought the Refs were fair, but by then Lakers were playing well and had a big lead. Rox, on the other hand, didn't make shots or pass the ball, and created a heap of turnovers. Lakers could win without the Ref's jump start , but it was a precursor to Laker's 40 pt. margin victory.

    * I really don't care for a Kobe & Lebron final.

  3. d Says:

    At the end of game 4, Brooks made a comment about the success coming from playing organically. Not overthinking, not doing too many sets, and playing like one does on the playgrounds. I wondered if this mindset and attitude carried over in preparation for game 5, because it appeared that they were ill prepared mentally.

    Rox fans knows that without Yao and against LA's towering front court, the current Rocket line up is very fragile. In the opening minutes where Rockets had he lead they played solid defense and move the ball well on the offensive end. Shortly after, practically all the fouls were tic-tac fouls. Most of them on the Rox. Refs didn't call any of LA's over the back (rebounds), or the physical contact Artest, Scola and Landry were absorbing in the low post. For the rest of the game, I thought the Refs were fair, but by then Lakers were playing well and had a big lead. Rox, on the other hand, didn't make shots or pass the ball, and created a heap of turnovers. Lakers could win without the Ref's jump start , but it was a precursor to Laker's 40 pt. margin victory.

    * I really don't care for a Kobe & Lebron final.

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