Last night, ScolaÃ‚Â led the Rockets scoring with 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Rockets trailed by five points entering the fourth quarter, but let the Spurs take it away with a slew of big shots. The score was close for much of the night. The game was not.
The San Antonio Spurs (40-7)Ã‚Â are NBAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first team to 40 wins this season, currently holding an 18-game winning streak at home.
Playing the leagueÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best team last night left the Rockets out of steam, probably still recovering from disappointment the night before after almost overcoming a 25-point deficit in a loss to Dallas.
Luis Scola, after the RocketsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ loss to the Spurs:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were in the game all the way into the third quarter, but they are too solid, the most solid team in the NBA, the best team in the NBA, period. There was a point we missed a couple shots, made a couple mistakes, and they just run away from us.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Scola pretty much sums up the way the Rockets have been playing for a long time. A lead in the third or fourth quarters is never enough. Too many times the Rockets have given up the lead, looking like a team thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s given up. In an overtime situation, they often look even worse.
No matter how much I yell at the TV, the Rockets have a tendency of looking like theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re ready for the locker room, breaking the hearts of fans night after night.
In all fairness, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had some great wins too. And who knows, maybe theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll wake up and have an amazingÃ‚Â winning streaklike they did back in 2008. The fans sure are ready for some more of that magic.
Like I said, you win some, you lose some. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s especially hard in the middle of seven days on the road facingÃ‚Â Dallas (L 106-111), San Antonio (L 95-108), Los Angeles (2/1), and Utah (2/2).
The NBA trade deadline is in three weeks. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s see if the Rockets make some moves.
by Jenna Tabakman