there's two key areas that I think will determine the outcome
of the game.
1) Forward spot: NY is bigger and more physical at this position, and
only thorpe I think can handle it. Horry may or may not handle
the banging well. Another thing is Herrera's injury status.
he won't be 100% for the game, and these games may re-injure him.
Rockets have a shortage of talented big men and this may hurt.
2) Guards: Houston's guards have a reputation for being streaky, but
otherwise, I kinda believe they're just a little better than NY's
guards. Who does NY have at the Guard spot? Starks? Maxwell's D
and/or offense can match his. Who else... that old guy from
Dallas... Harper? Houston's guards run deep and well with Max, Kenny,
Mario, Sam, and Scotty, all having 20+ point games and game winning 4th
quarters this season. Max does serious D work, Kenny is their
mainstay, Elie is good enough to be a starter. The only things
I don't like about this guard set is Sam sometimes does some
stupid things and gets burned on defense, AND Brooks might
be too short to play D against NY.
However, Houston guards do indeed get cold spells, and that may
be their undoing, as it was in games 1 & 2 against Phoenix.
what about Center spot? Ewing won't dominate Hakeem, and at best they'll
neutralize each other and at worst Hakeem will repeat his regular season
ass-*** of Ewing. I'm amused about those regular season games.
Why? Hakeem is really 6 foot 10 1/2. About the size of a forward, but
he plays like a 7 footer.
And about Houston not meeting serious east coast defense yet, sorry but
that ain't true at all.
And please, nobody bring up the "heart" issue. It's moot.
ah, hell, this is gonna be a fun series :)
congrats Knicks and
The Rockets are the only team that has gone to the finals in the
80's and 90's. Lakers, Celtics, etc... are all lottery teams now.