Luckily the Rockets built a 15 point lead heading into the 4th quarter because they sure felt like giving up points. 37 fourth quarter points, seriously? Carmelo scoring 22, of his 50, points in the fourth quarter nearly brought the Nuggets all the way back. Thankfully, the Rockets had their own great scorer to build that lead in the 3rd, with Kevin Martin who finished with 37 points himself. The Rockets outscored the Nuggets by 13 in the 3rd quarter, and surprisingly only had 12 turnovers total in the game. They also made 9 three pointers for the game which when they make 10 they are very good so they almost got there which is a good sign. Scola is going to get my applause as well, another 25 point game, this guy is an iron man. But what another implosion this would have been, the Rockets have been criticized all season for their lack of finishing games, and just recently won their first overtime game this past Saturday. In what has been a difficult to explain season, filled with injuries and inconsistency, February has gotten off to a good start for Houston winning 3 out of 4. This next home stand like I've been saying is a great chance to gain ground and stay in the hunt for that 8th and final playoff seed. February is a seemingly favorably schedule. Winning in Denver, mile high, etc. etc. is a great victory no matter how the Rockets tried to give it away. If the Rockets can get a game like this once in a while on the road, and win the games they are supposed to, they have a legitimate shot at the playoffs. However, as we've all seen, the Rockets have to prove it before we get excited. They have won in Utah and in Denver so maybe the season is on an upswing after all. This time .500 is not enough, got to push past that hump.
In the Doghouse?
Aaron Brooks was suspended by the team for tonight's game against Denver for walking out on the team in the 4th quarter of the last game. He has been growing ever so frustrated with his lack of playing time and what seemed to be bottled up has finally risen to the surface and to the public, clearly he is not happy with Adelman and the way he is rotating his players, Brooks assumed that when healthy he is the starter again or at least finishing games like a starter. However, Kyle Lowry since Aaron went out has been a great floor general, definitely see much more assists and trying to get people going. Brooks should just be patient and show people why he was the player he was last year and to start this season, instead of doing what coaches hate and pushing himself out of the limelight. In my opinion, what started out as a little frustration, has now become the beginning of the end of Aaron Brooks as a Houston Rocket. It seemed to me after last season, he was definitely part of the future and untouchable, but with Lowry's play, and Ish Smith's great potential, AB has become seemingly expendable and with Houston desperately needing its next superstar, AB could definitely be packaged together with some other young talent and a draft pick for a star. Who? It's hard to say but this news of Aaron Brooks has definitely created speculation in my mind. They played pretty well without him tonight in a tough place to win, maybe the coaches are taking notice.
Carmelo's curtain call.....
Was his 50 point performance one to send the fans out on? Is he on his way to New York or any other location? Seems to me like no, no team is offering what the Nuggets want it seems or they are getting frustrated with the long process. He did put on a performance in the 4th quarter though. However, I feel he will finish out the season in a Nugget uniform, then test free agency, and by test I mean fly to New York to look at Condos and move in. Who knows, maybe I should make popcorn for the decision part 2? If there isn't a lookout next season that is.