Preview and Chat: The Houston Rockets

Kurt —  January 10, 2007

So much I’d like to write about, so little time because work is really hectic for me. So here are a couple conversation starters, and in the comments add your own thoughts about last night and tonight.

• Kobe Bryant, best selling jersey in the NBA.

• It bothers me to lose to teams the Lakers are better than, such as Memphis. This team has the annoying habit of playing to the level of its competition. But step back and look at the big picture — Odom is out, Kwame is out, and the Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10. I can’t get that worked up over this one misstep.

• Smart move by Phil last night to bench key players in a losing cause, saving a little something for tonight.

• No Yao tonight, but in his eight games back McGrady is averaging 30 points while shooting 51.3% (eFG%), 40.4% from three, The Rockets have been getting solid play also out of Howard, Battier and Mutombo. They are 7-3 in their last 10.

• Win tonight and the Lakers win the season series with the Rockets, giving them the tiebreaker for payoff seeding, if it comes to that.