The Spurs had to work very hard tonight at home to beat a TMac-less Rockets squad. I’ve always been a little more skeptical about Houston than a lot of people. I love TMac, and I love Yao’s game in the abstract, but—at the end of the day—is there a single guy on there who has ever won anything? Who has any killer instinct?
That being said, the Rockets’ role players showed me a whole lot, especially Luis Scola (who the Spurs had the rights to but could never get onto their roster before they traded him.) Maybe the Spurs know something that we don’t—you have to give them the benefit of the doubt at this point—but everyone said that Scola was going to be really good and he looks really good. Not only is he big and talented, but he brings a ton of energy and attitude. He was yelling at Yao, yelling at the refs. Not passive whatsoever. He’s the most polished “rookie” in the league by about three miles. I could be wrong, but I thought the trade was bad for the Spurs at the time and it looks worse now. It’s going to come back to bite San Antonio in the alamo.