Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Yao Line 12.31.07: Warriors Take Happy out of New Year's game

28:01 min | 16 pts | 4-8 FGs | 8-8 FTs | 9 rebs | 3 blks | recap

37-15 in the 4th. That did in what was an otherwise pretty looking New Year's pre-party at the Toyota Center. For only 28 minutes, the Warriors did their usual little man defense on Yao with lots of front and backside help. It wasn't pretty but Yao still found ways to score. But with only 8 FGAs, you can't help but feel like they went away from him too quickly. But Rafer Alston was torching the Warriors. Bonzi was opportunistic on the offensive boards and Shane Battier was containing Baron Davis. Then there was that 4th quarter.

BD and Stephen Jackson were just lights out. It wasn't even necessarily the defense--Davis is impossible to keep contained for 48 minutes one-on-one (Battier did his best, Luther Head had no chance) and it's hard to game-plan for 7-13 three-pointers in the 4th. The Rockets just couldn't hit a bucket and even sat out Yao for the last three minutes or so.

Rotoworld has it that Yao Ming was battling the flu--like everyone else in Houston right now. They also mention that Yao is quietly putting up career bests in rebounds (10.7 rpg) and blocks (2.3 bpg).

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