Originally posted by TX9R:
Yao and Artest will be fine. I'm actually glad McGrady is finally going out now. He hasn't been himself all year and I don't see the point in playing him now and having him be no good for POs. This team is good enough and plenty deep enough to get a top 5 seed w/o him, why use him now?? With Landry and Scola, there's more than enough scoring now, once Battier comes back, we'll start to see that suffocating D Houston is known for. I hope TMac stays out until at least 2009, just before the ASG.
I actually disagree. Thr offense is stagnant right now if it doesn't go through McGrady. If Artest is hitting his jumpers then it's ok. But only for him and Yao. Brooks and Alston can get their shots off. Allbeit both are better after a Tmac drive or mad crazy ball movement.
Scola's game also doesn't mesh well with Artest's. Atleast not up to this point. Without Tmac Scola doesn't get alot of those open jumpers and Alston/Brooks/battier don't get alot of them open 3's. It would just be Artest one on one and Yao posting up and everybody else get in where you fit in.
Don't think they can win like that in the West. We would be behind a gigantic 8 ball if Tmac sat out until the ASG. Then they will have to try and mesh everything toether again.
What we need is a point guard who can penetrate and set other guys up for easy baskets. Then Tmac sitting until the ASG would be a great idea.