Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hardwood Paroxysm Playoff Preview: Houston Rockets

It's hard to keep track of everything you need to know about all the teams in the playoffs. So we thought we'd do a quick and dirty playoff preview with our favorite bloggers. We asked a simple 20 Question survey to bloggers from all of the playoff teams, and got responses back from most of them. We continue our previews with the Houston Rockets. To preview the Rockets in the most optimistic way possible, we have Dave and Lee from The Dream Shake Take it away, boys! Enjoy.






1. Team Name:
Houston Rockets
2. Biggest Star: Yao Ming
3. Playoff Seed: 5th.
4. Mascot's Name: Clutch
5. Best player: Yao Ming. Best healthy player? Tracy McGrady.
6. Most important player: Shane Battier
7. Better at zone or man: Man-to-Man... Bill Raftery approves.
8. Grade your offense going into the playoffs: 6 out of 10.
9. Grade your defense going into the playoffs:
9 out of 10. (it was 10 out of 10 on March 18th)
10. Worst player: Rafer. Yes, Rafer. I'm sticking with my original theory. 11. Glue guy: Shane Battier.
12. Five words to describe the team heading into the playoffs: No Yao, No Problem. Right?
13. Best-case scenario: 5th seed... face Lakers in round 1 (w/ homecourt advantage); then face New Orleans in round 2; then hope to God San Antonio lost in round 1 or 2 and take on whomever is left.
14. Worst case scenario: 6th seed... face San Antonio in round 1. The end.
15. First player that comes to mind, "Thunder": On Rockets? Luis Scola. On other playoff teams? Amare.
16. First player that comes to mind, "Twinkie": On Rockets? Luther Head. On other playoff teams? Shaq. He loves his twinkies.
17. Current emotion you feel about this team: optimistic, which is rare for me.
18. Team you don't want to see in the next two months: San Antonio.
19. Team you want to see in the next two months: Cleveland (means we made the Finals AND have an easy matchup.)
20. What food best describes this team?: Slim Jims. Tough as nails, yet satisfying.

1. Team Name: Houston Bad-Asses, I mean Rockets
2. Biggest Star: Yao Ming, All Time Hakeem Olajuwon
3. Playoff Seed: 5th
4. Mascot's Name: Clutch
5. Best player: Yao Ming, All Time Hakeem Olajuwon
6. Most important player: Tracy McGrady
7. Better at zone or man: Zone, but pretty good individual defenders as well
8. Grade your offense going into the playoffs: B-, when it flows and Tracy isn’t jacking up 3 pointers, it’s magical. When he is, it’s brutal.
9. Grade your defense going into the playoffs: A, we have the second best defense in the West, and the third in the league.
10. Worst player: Technically Loren Woods, but in the spirit of the question: Rafer Alston
11. Glue guy: Shane Battier
12. Five words to describe the team heading into the playoffs: TMac is on a mission
13. Best-case scenario: Western Conference Finals
14. Worst case scenario: Out in the first round, and to be worst case we’d have to lose to the Jazz
15. First player that comes to mind, "Thunder": Carl Landry
16. First player that comes to mind, "Twinkie": Shane Battier, causes he’s all white on the inside
17. Current emotion you feel about this team: Excited
18. Team you don't want to see in the next two months: San Antonio Spurs
19. Team you want to see in the next two months: LA Lakers
20. What food best describes this team?: Rocky Road Ice Cream

 
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