by Craig Kwasniewski
Rocket's Big Thee... a Big Letdown, a Big Disappointment, a Big Misnomer, a Big Mistake... Very Overrated!!!!!
All the hype and that's it? Seriously I'm supposed to believe that the Rockets are NBA Finals material? Let's deal with a more seriously problem: the Big Three label. Hey Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish called, they want their nickname back. Even KG, Pierce and Ray Allen texted a follow up message: "Big Three my ass!"
At this point I'm wondering which Big Three is worse: Artest, T-Mac and Yao or Ford, GM and Chrysler? It's a tie but I'm slightly favoring the autos because of the government loans. After watching the Rockets get trounced by the Lakers from my seat in Section 316, here are a few facts:
-Houston's Big Three is as overrated as Zac Braff! Two of them have NEVER won a playoff series and the third is Ron Artest... Need I say any more?
-Houston is NOT a Finals contender! They're outside shooting is flawed, their PG's are not in the same league as Parker, CP3, D-Will, Kidd or Boom Dizzle and their low post game relies on Yao Ming (who spends half the time in the high post of Rick Adelman's Princeton-type offense, which worked for Bigs with limited post skills and decent jumpers like Brad Miller and Vlade Divac but is an atrocious fit for Yao). This team will win it's share of games but they're not as good as the Lakers, Celtics, Hornets or Jazz.
-The Rockets need some perimeter shooters. Aaron Brooks is their biggest perimeter threat and defenses will clog the lanes and collapse on Yao daring the Rockets to hit a jumpers until they can prove they have range. The Lakers adjusted their defense after the first quarter and played the passing lanes and collapsed in the key daring them to win from range... which they couldn't.
-And did I mention that the Lakers are pretty good? Clearly out of sync from an early season bye week, the Lakers turned the ball over early and often and fell in a deep who against Houston's not so Big Three. They were is preseason form with bad passes and little defensive effort (giving up 28 points in the first quarter and trailing 32-16 early in the second). But in came the bench and the likes of Trevor Ariza, Jordan Farmar and Andrew Bynum ratched up the D playing the passing lanes and dominating the defensive glass and dug themselves out of an early 16-point hole to take the lead at half. The defense and board work didn't stop as Houston were outscored 95-50 (95-50!!!! not outscored but DOMINATED) in the final 3 quarters.
So are the Lakers headed for 70 wins? Hardly, I've seen hot Novembers before only to collapse over a LONG regular season. But the Lakers are answering all the "early chemistry" issues that people predicted with resounding blow outs over quality opponents.
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