Originally Posted by CakeorDeath
Heard that last April.
Also heard that last April.
I'm not saying the Jazz provide an insurmountable obstacle against the Rockets, but Utah does have the bonus of knowing that they can win a playoff series against Houston, and they know they can win on the road there. Houston hasn't won in Utah in several years, in the regular or the postseason. The playoffs are about matchups, not what you've got on paper, and for whatever the reason, this Jazz squad seems to have this Rockets squad's number.
I'm not convinced Scola solves your PF problem, and I'm highly skeptical of Francis, James, and the nutbar formerly known as Bonzi Wells. More than any of these players, what will push the Rockets into the later rounds will be how much the longer-tenured Rockets players buy into Rick Adelman's philosophies.
You know why you heard that last year bud, because it was LAST YEAR. Houston closed every weakness they had last year. Utah won, because Houston's lack of a PF and lack of depth, two areas Houston focussed on.......what the hell did Utah do this summer to counter act that......
Houston also picked up a coach that runs a system that better suits their personel. Houston's spacing is going to be much improved this year, they will space teams out and their sharp shooters, will be deadly this year.
Honestly I don't see Utah that much of a threat, now go ahead and tell me how I said that last year..... Utah fans really forget they caught Yao coming back from injury, Yao clearly wasn't 100% and certainly wasn't playing the MVP form he was playing before the knee injury.
Something else about Yao, every single year YAO gets better, I don't expect that to change this year either. This is the year Yao comes into his own and reaches his full potential.