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Posts Tagged ‘Yao Ming’

Is Yao Done?

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There’s a troubling report over at Yahoo Sports discussing Yao Ming’s apparently-made-from-glass feet and there’s a worry his playoff re-injury could keep the Houston Rockets center out of commission next season, if not permanently. While there’s been no direct confirmation from the Rockets about Yao’s upcoming availability, the whispers about his fragile feet are growing louder and louder:

More on Yao’s feet after the jump >>

Where Does McGrady Get a Pass Happens


The catharsis from Houston’s advance to the second round was so complete, Ron Artest is considered a redeemed character. He can even make fun of Detroit/Indiana and be greeted with laughs from the mainstream media members in attendance. It’s that absolute. One player who is not receiving the benefit of past-transgression-removal, however, is Tracy McGrady. McGrady’s legacy involves never taking his team to the second round of the playoffs, and after Houston dispatched the Blazers, said legacy has only been magnified, while having an air of “See what we did without you!!!” added to it.

Before we solidify McGrady’s permanent playoff-failure Scarlet Letter, should something else be considered? The fact he went to battle last year against the Utah Jazz without the guy they call “Yo,” I mean, “Yao?”

Lest we forget, Yao was on the shelf — and resting for the Olympics — with a stress fracture in his foot during last year’s playoffs. That’s a pretty important piece to be missing when playing a team with Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer on the roster. Then there’s Ron Artest absence, due to the fact he wasn’t even in Houston last season. McGrady gets blame for not being able to do it all when his team is missing key components, but when a better version of the same team does what he can’t do by himself, his failures are still emphasized.

Maybe it’s just me, but a team with Yao Ming and Ron Artest in the line up, but missing Tracy McGrady is still much better than one with McGrady, but without an injured Yao Ming or not-a-teammate-yet Artest.

Where Brandon Roy Takes Over


While Roy was incredibly awesome last night — like, top-five in the league good — and deserves all of the accolades being placed at his feet, he needs to send a shout-out to Aaron Brooks for giving the Blazers an opportunity to secure the win. It was a tight game during the entire fourth quarter; however, there was a critical stretch in crunch time where the Rockets essentially gave the game to Portland, and Brandon Roy was ready to receive it. From where I was watching (couch, center of the picture), the turning point was when Greg Oden fouled out at the 3:39 mark. At this point, the score was 91-89, Portland, with Aaron Brooks going to the foul line to shoot a pair.

And then the Rockets proceeded to gift-wrap Game 2, when a commanding 2-0 series lead was well within their grasp. To wit, here are the next few possessions following Oden’s sixth foul:

Read how Houston gave the game away after the jump >>

LeBron’s Bad Night


When LeBron James takes the floor, rarely do you expect his postgame stat line to read like this: 21 points (7-21 shooting), ONE rebound, ZERO assists. The subpar shooting is understandable, but the rebounding and especially the assists? What happened there? Adding insult to bad overall game nights is the fact Yao dunked on LeBron. Granted, a player who stands 7′-6″ doesn’t have far to go to get to the rim, but LeBron went for the block and got dunked on for his efforts. I especially enjoyed the reaction of the crowd, who reacted to Yao’s dunk like it was a six-foot nothing player who dunked on James.

For their efforts, the Rockets won, holding the Cavaliers to their lowest offensive output of the season. If you are wondering how the Rockets were able to keep James under control — Zero assists? Really? — True Hoop has a post discussing this very thing. An excerpt:

After the jump >>

Sports Ticker Fun With Tracy McGrady

T-Mac Ticker

As pointed out by 100%InjuryRate over at FanIQ, it appears as if the Houston media isn’t too pleased with Tracy McGrady’s decision to take the next few weeks off so he can rest his surgically-repaired knee.

While the Houston Chronicle’s position is understandable, their use of an injury ticker detailing McGrady’s absence is what makes this story click for me. It’s a funny, if not slightly petty look at T-Mac’s contributions to the Rockets this season, including how much money his injury is costing the team. The ticket also comes complete with a link to an verbal lashing of McGrady from Richard “Buford T” Justice.

More on T-Mac’s troubles after the jump >>

Brandon Roy For The Win

Brandon Roy

Now that is how you finish an NBA game: two clutch shots by Brandon Roy sandwiching a huge turnaround jump shot from Yao Ming. In fact, Roy was involved in all three of these plays as he hit the first clutch shot but left enough time on the clock for Houston to get a play off — the Yao Ming turnaround. Roy contributed here by following Yao in the act of shooting, which allowed the Rockets to take a one-point lead.

After that, it was Roy time. Again.

Video of Roy’s shot after the jump >>

Um, Yao?

Last Rockets post of the day. Promise. It’s not often you get to see a 7’6″ basketball player get stuffed by the rim on a dunk attempt — until now, courtesy of Yao Ming (via Tirico Suave). It’s almost like seeing a futbol player miss a wide-open goal: It’s more shocking than it is funny. At first, anyway.

Brilliant choice of song, guys. Anyway, how in the hell did that happen? Can’t he dunk off of his tip-toes? Oh well, at least he has the excuse of getting fouled. Still. Yao, you can’t miss dunks. Not at your size.

Ron Artest to the Rescue?

Ron Artest

Is this a kinder, gentler Ron Artest we are witnessing? Doubtful … but there is something to be said about last night’s technical foul business against the Mavericks. What we have is Yao getting tangled up with Josh Howard and Ron-Ron running in to actually pull Yao away — after making contact with Howard.

Let’s go to the video:

Where do you stand? Did Artest deserve the technical or was this a case of guilty until proven innocent? I’m thinking no, but does the fact his reputation does proceed him — directly or otherwise. Maybe the refs were simply reacting to the way he ran up to Howard and Kidd, or maybe Reggie’s right: perhaps some latent memories about Ron remain.

Nevertheless, the Rockets beat the Mavs last night and Artest’s 29 point, 7 rebound effort contributed nicely. Is this the start of something beautiful for Ron, or, like a friend texted me last night, is Ron one elbow away from black-out style violence?