Things are starting to get old with the Rockets, losing another game in the fourth quarter after holding a lead. Leading by one point with 3 1/2 minutes to go, the Rockets still lost 107-99 at Toyota Center to the New Orleans Hornets last night.
The Rockets are now 0-4 to start the season, and are starting to remind me of the UT Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys — so much promise to start the season, but failing terribly to live up to expectations. At least for the Rockets there are still 78 games to play to right the ship. Remember the 22-game winning streak a few seasons ago? A streak just 1/3rd that long will make everyone forget about this bad start.
You’ve got to wonder if the Rockets’ problems executing in the fourth quarter is starting to make the Rockets want to get a Carmelo Anthony deal done sooner than later. I still don’t think Carmelo is the answer since the Rockets need more defense, not offense. And bringing in a ballhog would only make things worse.
As far as Yao’s game went, it was actually pretty good: 15 points in 21 1/2 minutes on 5-of-11 shooting, 5-of-5 from the line, five boards, and two blocks.
In crunch time, he took a baseline shot that missed, and then was replaced in the game by Jordan Hill (who had a good game with 9 boards and 3 blocks) after not grabbing a rebound that resulted in Chris Paul hitting a 3-pointer. To be fair to Yao, he wasn’t the only player who didn’t grab a board when they needed it. But it was a surprise that he finished the game about 1 1/2 minutes below his allotted 24 minutes.
It doesn’t get any easier with the Rockets playing the Spurs next in San Antonio Saturday night. Something tells me the Rockets are going to “rise up” and surprise the Spurs and steal a win there. Right when people start counting the Rockets out, they have a tendency to bounce back.