Trail Blazers vs. Rockets Game Thread
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Portland looks for their 8th straight home win. And at 11-3, the Trail Blazers hold the NBA's 5th best home record, something we desperately strived to achieve after last season's sub-par home record. Not only is this a home game but very important for playoff implications. Both teams have 16 losses but Portland has one extra win. This win would give the Trail Blazers extra cushion for the fight for 8th and a jump start on those all important tie-breakers.
Key to the game is stopping Aaron Brooks. Ever since he became the starter in Houston, we have had fits trying to bottle him up. We must stop him from penetrating and kicking it out to his shooters, Scola, Martin, and Battier. If we can contain Brooks, keep Scola off the offensive glass, and get LA going, it should be 8 in a row at home. Also of note, Chuck Hayes, an undersized but elite post defender is hurt and will be out 2-4 weeks.continue