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Rockets sock Sacramento before OKC showdown Wednesday night

December 15th, 2010
by John

The Rockets took care of business Tuesday night, putting a shellacking on the 5-16 Sacramento Kings at Toyota Center. Before getting there, though, the Rockets’ starters were letting the Kings in the first quarter and part of the second slice through their interior defense to get lots of easy shots up close. The game was close until the end of the second quarter when the Rockets’ bench started a huge scoring run that went into the third quarter. When the starters came back, Houston opened up a 22-point lead and cruised to a 118-105 victory.

It was a highlight reel of a game with all kinds of passes from Kyle Lowry (9 assists) to his teammates, with Luis Scola getting many of those passes on his way to 23 points, 14 coming in the 3rd quarter on 6-of-7 shots. Lowry-to-Scola is almost becoming like the new Stockton-to-Malone as far as Rockets’ history goes. Although Hakeem was in the house courtside Tuesday night, I don’t remember any point guard (Kenny Smith, Sam Cassell, etc.) during his Dream’s time as a Rocket feeding him the ball as much as Lowry has done for Scola lately.

Probably the signature moment of the game was when Jordan Hill posterized Samuel Dalembert with a ferocious one-handed dunk that had a Phi Slama Jamma snap of a wrist to it. I had to watch that one several times over on my DVR.

December 14th, 2010 - Jordan Hill throws one down over Samuel Dalembert

Jordan Hill throws one down over Samuel Dalembert. Click here for more photos from the game.

When the season started, the bench that we all thought was impressive (on paper, at least) was really the difference in this game since the starters were sluggish in the first quarter. But Houston’s bench is far superior to Sacramento’s, so we have to take Tuesday’s dominance with a grain of salt.

Interestingly, Jermaine Taylor didn’t play at all in garbage time. I didn’t expect he would since it’s been reported that Taylor will be traded to the Kings (coincidentally) for a 2011 second round pick (if Sacramento finishes with one of the top 5 records in the league, yeah, you heard me right) to make room for New Jersey’s Terrence Williams, who has been traded to Houston. So you can bet the Rockets weren’t going to do anything to risk Taylor to injury. But wouldn’t that have been wild if they had played him? Can you imagine the reaction that would have come from the Sacramento bench if they had played Taylor?

I’m kind of bummed that Taylor won’t be able to show what all he can do in a Houston uniform. I’ve been high on him all season long, and when he did get some playing time, he showed just how much of a scorer and how athletic he is. I think it’s always a disappointment when the Rockets’ front office drafts a guy, they talk him up to get the fans excited, then we never really get to see them live out their potential before trading them. Now we have to get excited about Morris. Oh well, it was nice knowing you, JT. Just don’t come back and haunt us as the second coming of Michael Jordan.

Now that the Rockets have redeemed themselves somewhat with wins over Cleveland and Sacramento after suffering that embarrassing loss in Milwaukee, Houston will have a chance to either let us down again with a stinker of a game on the road against an explosive Oklahoma City team, or get an unlikely ‘W’ like they did against the Lakers at home a couple of weeks ago.

Which Rockets’ team will show up? Based on recent history, I’m not getting my hopes up.

4 Responses to “Rockets sock Sacramento before OKC showdown Wednesday night”

  1. Luckyme Says:

    What is your opinion on Terrence Williams? Do you think he is going to be helpful to the team? I haven't read anywhere if Yao is playing or not.

  2. YaoMingMania Says:

    Same status with Yao — it will probably be another couple of weeks before

    he's playing. They are trying to get his ankle stronger before getting him

    back on the court. I was going to reserve judgment on Terrence Williams

    until I could hear more of what the Rockets have to say about him, but I

    would say that it's a move worth taking despite his discipline problems.

    They need more athleticism and scoring from the small forward spot since

    Shane Battier doesn't really make defenders quake in their boots. I hear

    Williams is a good defender, so if he can come close to being like Shane

    this season in locking down big-time scorers, then Battier probably wouldn't

    be brought back next season, or if he is, it will be at a much small

    contract if he's wanting to stay in Houston. Shane getting paid $7 million

    this year is pretty big money given his liabilities.

  3. Luckyme Says:

    Thanks, John, for your reply and take on TW's usefullness to the Rockets. Perhaps Adelman realizes that they should beef up on defence.

  4. Luckyme Says:

    Thanks, John, for your reply and take on TW's usefullness to the Rockets. Perhaps Adelman realizes that they should beef up on defence.

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