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Yao Ming – Who Needs Him?

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Last week, I wrote an article on how the Rockets is affected by Yao Ming’s injury. In the article, I mentioned that fact that the Rocket’s downfall can be attributed to Yao Ming’s broken foot. It could potentially ruin their entire season. Right now, I take it back. The injury turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

The Rockets won 5 games straight since Yao’s injury. Their winning streak was because they defeated the Pacers and Grizzlies (two sub performing teams), the Wizards (a good one) and the Nuggets and Mavericks (both very talented). It seems as if even without their most talented player, it has not affected the Rockets at all. With Yao in the sidelines, the team was more put together.

Tracy McGrady is one of their best players in the league. He gets his points with or without the help of Yao Ming. However, the rest of the team is a totally different matter. Whenever McGrady and Yao are playing, the rest are in the sidelines. Not one player does something extraordinary. But since Yao is on the bench, McGrady has to rely on his team members to continue their winning streak. Rafer Alston is shooting hoops like a superstar player. Shane Battier is contributing more scores. Luis Scola and Carl Landry are now getting in the act and filling the void with their scores.

The Rockets fans feel demoralized with the injury of Yao Ming. But to me, the Rockets even got better because of it. All their players stepped up in their games. The moment Yao recovers, another dangerous player will add up to their roster and ultimately it will catapult them to the higher positions in the NBA. Right now they may be having difficulty winning a title but in the long run, they are a force to recon with.

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