If this was a heavyweight fight the Blazers got hit with every combination and power punch that the Rockets had. The only good thing, is that they didn't knocked out. They lost on a TKO, but never lost a tooth or got their mouthpiece knocked out. No one played well for the Blazers except Greg Oden (15 pts, 5 rebs, and 1 blk). Roy had 21 pts, but he took 23 shots. Although this was a huge loss, I think the Blazers now understand what it takes to win in the playoffs. I'm betting that this series gets a lot tighter.
- What are these old guys drinking? Dikembe Mutumbo looked like a spry 37 year old last night. He ended the game with 9 rebs and no points, but he helped that Rockets bench get stops against the Blazers.
- The Rockets finally cooled off and hit only 59% of their shots for the game. Can they keep that up? If Battier, Wafer, and Hayes hit 5 shots between them, I think that puts the Rockets easily over the 60% for the game. When's the last time that happened in the playoffs? (Stat guy, can you work on this?!?!?)
We definitely saw the Rockets red glare in this game, but can they replicate this performance again? I think the Blazers bounce back. What do you think?