Post Mortem: Rockets 93, Cavs 74
Three glaring reasons exist as to why the Cavaliers got spanked in Houston tonight.
The first: the inability to do anything with Rockets center Yao Ming who scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Yao was able to have his way with whomever guarded him be it Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Anderson Varejao or Ben Wallace. He hit from the outside and had more than his share of easy dunks.
Secondly: The Rockets didn't allow the Cavaliers many easy shots. They reduced them to taking jump shots. Some were good looks, others were ill-advised. But considering the Cavaliers weren't doing much in the way of ball movement, that was to be expected.
Lastly: Ron Artest and Shane Battier turned in a masterful performance on LeBron James, who hit for 21 points, but was limited to a single rebound and just one assist. They didn't allow him much in the way of penetration. James hit just 33.33 percent of his attempts, going 7-of-21 from the field.
Add those all up and it's a recipe for a loss Making things worse: Ben Wallace will sit out the next 4-6 weeks with a fractured right fibula.
Ron Artest on keeping LeBron James on the perimeter for his shots:
I love to play defense. I always think defense first, but it's not going to be just me. Of course you have to give respect to the game plans from coaches. Then you have a guy like Shane who can give you a rest , so it was definitely a team effort.LeBron James on having no assists for the night:
I'm not happy about that at all. I can't think of the last time I didn't have one.Mike Brown on Yao's effort:
Yao was a handful for us. We tried to mix up coverages, but everything we threw at him he seemed to convert going 13-of-15.Game: Cavs at Houston Rockets
He’s got to be Top 5 in the NBA. He’s so big. He’s so strong. He’s so long. He’s an extremely intelligent and he’s very, very skilled.From the locker room:
I’ve already been out four weeks and that’s been too much time. I’m actually disappointed because I don’t think in any other of my years in the league - I went four seasons without missing a game and I was looking forward to this year. This is an unfortunate injury and I don’t want to miss anymore games.