Portland Trailblazers 1-3 (1-0 at home), 1-3 in their last 10
All Time , 1630- 1458, 71-87 vs. Houston
Houston Rockets 3-1 (1-0 on the road), 3-1 in their last 10
All Time1687-1647, 87-71 vs Portland
Alston vs. Blake – Considering Dave and I both want Steve Blake on the Rockets as our starter you’d think I’d be all over this match-up. If you wanted to win a street ball game, Rafer all the way, if you want a guy that runs an offense and doesn’t kill you shooting, then Steve Blake is the perfect fit for your team. The guy is shooting 46% from the field and 53% from the three point line. He doesn’t get the high assist numbers because of the offense they run and Brandon Roy having the ball in his hands a lot.
Edge – Trailblazers – Blake to this point is really outplaying Mr. Alston. That’s not to say that Rafer hasn’t been a solid ball handler and hasn’t taken a ton of bad shots. It’s just that I would prefer Blake running the point for the Rockets. I’m happy with Rafer right now though, and there aren’t a lot of players I’d take (non-superstar) over him right now for this team. However, he has to figure out how to hit some shots though.
Edge – Tossup -
Artest vs. Batum – The guy I wanted for the Rockets more than any other player (but CP3) in the league vs. the guy I didn’t want, at all, for any reason. I hope Batum turns into a fine player, but I simply do not like the hit rate for guys like him. Too much risk and not enough reward. In essence we got Artest by trading Batum, that’s a HUGE win for the Rockets
Edge – Rockets - it’s not close.
Scola vs. Aldridge – Both players are very, very good. Both are favorites in the league of mine. I have ties to LaMarcus at
Edge – Tossup – This was the toughest call to make. I think Aldridge is fantastic, but so is Scola. The edge would go to the Rockets if you include all of Luis Landry, but one on one, I’m calling it a tossup.
Edge – Rockets - while the big stiff white guy (personally I always root for them) is much improved, even non-explosive
I said before the season that I thought the Rockets would lose this game. I think they are playing better than Portland right now, however and pull it out.