Well we started off fast working Yao Ming low in the post and getting off to an early lead, man I was excited. Then it happened, first time of the year, Yao got in foul trouble, uh oh! Celtics took off, looked like we were surly going down by 20 tonight. Wait a 20-4 run in the second quarter? We are back in this thing. Why Rockets do you play with my emotions? Our small line up actually played well against the bigs of Boston. Poor team defense and poor shooting lost the game for us in the fourth quarter.
Refs were bad all around in this game, Haywood Workman, former Pacer whom is a rookie ref this year pulled up from the D-league, looked like a rookie. He was making calls he couldn't even see. The game was poorly refereed all around but I think the Rockets got the worst of it. Alston got a tech while you watched Kevin Garnett talk smack in his face and nothing happened to him while the ref who blew the whistle wasn't even near them. Sad to do that in the 4th quarter. Can't blame the refs though we had our chances.
We played small but even Yao Ming looked small, being dominated by Kendrick Perkins....that is just sad. Yao even bricked a wide open dunk failing to even get the ball over the rim.....that is just sad. He also shot 4-14 and after the first 5 minutes couldn't get the ball down deep on the block against 6'6" Big Baby.....that is just sad. We also gave up far to many second chance point because we couldn't box out. Celtics had way to many offensive rebounds.
We got to the free throw line just one time less than our season average and we still made 85% missing just four but the most costly when Tracy McGrady missed 1 out of 3 with 10 seconds left to cut the lead to 2 instead of 1. That hurt. For the season we are shooting 40% from the field we didn't even match that shooting 39%, you can't be a championship team shooting like that. Amazing we were even in the game. It was our defense that kept us in it but in the 4th quarter we couldn't bump Ray Allen off track while running through screens to hit open shots.
Only 1 of the Big 3 showed up for both teams. Yao Ming was sad all around and Ron Artest was really only good on defense though he hit big shots in the first half when we made our run. Aaron Brooks was again a huge delight coming off the bench while Rafer Alston continued to struggle. Carl Landry got 3 fouls in 4 minutes and was not really a factor in the game.
I thought we could win the game tonight, our offence is still bad. Coach needs to find a way to get the ball deeper in the post when we post up whether it is Yao, T-Mac, or Artest. Good test early in the year. Time to regroup and get ready for next week when we have a brutal schedule coming up.