NBA Analysis: Spurs vs. Rockets

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Spurs 124, Rockets 121

This is a new low for the Houston Rockets.

Houston missed three 3-pointers in the final ten seconds and were unable to defeat the Spurs in overtime.  The Rockets had their chances to send the game into double overtime but each shot came up empty as the Spurs won 124-121.

Not only are the Rockets (0-5), the last team in the NBA without a victory this season, but the team also lost starters Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin with left ankle sprains.

Brooks was injured right before halftime.  He landed awkwardly after he missed his half-court shot to beat the buzzer.

Martin’s injury came only a quarter later.  Martin’s injury didn’t look as severe as Brooks’ but he was the Rockets leading scorer at the time with 24 points.  X-rays were negative, and the Rockets said both Martin and Brooks would be re-evaluated Sunday.

It would be a severe blow to the Rockets if either player has to miss an extended period of time. Martin leads the team in scoring and Brooks is the leader in assists.

Tony Parker had 21 points and 14 assists for the Spurs and Manu Ginobili scored 28 points.  The Spurs guards proved to be more effective and more durable than the Rockets’ guards.

It seems that there are three things for certain with the Houston Rockets this year (is Don Nelson coaching this team?).  The team is going to score plenty of points offensively, while also giving up just as many defensively.  It also seems as though this team will be dealing with injuries throughout the season.

Heading into last night’s game, the Rockets knew they would be without Kyle Lowry.  Then, Coach Rick Adelman announced that the team would be without Yao Ming.

Adelman said he wanted to save Yao for Sunday’s home game against Minnesota, but he was also concerned about Yao’s ability to defend the quick pick and roll offense of Tony Parker.

There is no doubt that the Rockets could have used Yao last night, especially after the injuries to both Brooks and Martin.

The Rockets and Adelman are clearly still adjusting to what they want to do with Yao’s playing time.  The strict limits on Yao’s minutes have been difficult and frustrating for fans. The 7-foot-6 center is averaging 12.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.


-A depleted Houston team was able to force road game into overtime against a more talented Spurs line-up.

- Yao’s night off allowed the Rockets to give Jordan Hill his first start of the season. Hill didn’t overly impress but played a solid game with 7 points and 4 rebounds.

-The Rockets have a good chance to gain their first win of the season Sunday night against the (1-5) Timberwolves.


- The 0-5 start is the worst start in team history since 1999.

- The defense doesn’t seem to be getting any better despite the teams effort to improve.

- Injuries and health concerns have limited the Rockets to start the season and will likely continue.