From agony to ecstasy to agony again, that wraps up last night for me. At least the last 1.9 seconds. Oddly enough, the foul call lost the Rockets the game. Brandon Roy was a hero for his team for making the foul even though he thought he was the goat. Without it, the game would have gone to a second OT as time would have expired as the ball went through the basket. Instead, the clock stopped on the whistle. I do contend that there is no way that there were .8 seconds on the clock there. I also contend, as does any sane person, that you can’t catch, turn around, set and shoot in .8 seconds. You can catch and release, but not turn around set and shoot. I’m not a sore loser though (okay I am, but that’s not the point), that was a hell of a shot from Brandon Roy to end the game.
First off, let me preface this rant with something: I like Chuck Hayes, a lot actually. He has been outstanding on the defensive side of the ball for a good while. I also like him as a person as he seems like a good one. I hope he is not hurt, as we need him to back up
I would also like to take a minute to say that I do greatly appreciate that Rafer Alston did not play much in the 4th quarter. Aaron Brooks was wrecking the Blazers D, and while Rafer had a solid game, playing the hot hand is the proper way to go. So I still don’t get why we play Brooks there but not Scola, or even Landry (though he did end the game with 5 fouls).
Tracy McGrady had a very strong game. I hate picking on him, but that jumper towards the end of the game was atrocious and he tried more than once to pass to Chuck Hayes down low. Other than that, all around good game. His defense was borderline very good. His offense was great, finding ways to take it to the hole without sacrificing his body more than a few times. I don’t even remember seeing him wince at all during the game, and I believe that is a good sign for his health overall. Or maybe Crazy Pills took him aside Plus, I love bearded Tracy McGrady, I think it brings out the best in him.
This game is over, time to prepare for the defending Western Conference champs.