getoffDuring the most hectic time in the NBA, it is normal for tensions to run high, and lately, it has caused a ruckus.

The physicality in this series versus the Rockets is quite possibly the most dominant feature of the match-up. The intensity makes for an emotionally rousing experience, especially for the fans.

Sure, it sucked when Fish got ejected for sticking it to Scola, but the Rockets’ needed to be put in their place. They came into this series with an air of overconfidence. There is no humble pride about Houston, and that is observable in their cocky line-up headed by Ron Artest, who by the way, looks like the biggest tool with that mohawk adorned with the Rockets’ logo.

The only player on that team that doesn’t reek of a false sense of accomplishment is Yao Ming, who left Game 3 limping on a sore ankle (a potential bonus for the Lakers in Game 4?). Despite the commentative remarks that Houston is one of the “best defensive teams in the league”, I would beg to differ.

Their defense is characterized by sly contact, contact that isn’t called until it begins to escalate. For example, let’s look at our last regular season game against the Rockets. For a lengthy amount of time, Artest tried to weasel himself into Kobe’s head, talking trash up and down the floor, even while Kobe was at the stripe. Artest is all muscle, no agility, no quick fouls, he just wraps his players in a defensive chokehold and hopes to whatever God he prays to that he won’t get called on it.

Check out the replays, Artest is either flailing his elbows, or locking his player in a defensive chokehold (an illegal one at that). Kobe had to throw him an elbow just to wrestle free of the stranglehold, which is where the trash-talking began, but who turns out on top? Kobe breaks his ankles and leaves Artest scrambling while he calmly steps back and drains a 3. I’m glad that Kobe realizes that Artest can talk the talk, but definitely cannot walk the walk.

In Game 2, Artest had Kobe in another locked arm battle where he was called for a technical and Kobe was handed a flagrant, irritated by the call, Artest runs across the court to get in Kobe’s face, and Kobe proceeds to throw up his hands in neutrality. Kobe realized his responsibility in the situation and did not give in to the empty threats of Ron Artest, hence why, Kobe remained in the game and Ron Artest had to walk back to the locker room. Ron would later whine that Joey Crawford wasn’t watching any of the “Kobe plays”. Sorry Artest but that’s a load of crap.

The Rockets get away with the most ridiculous amount of contact, whether it’s a screen, a box out, or an attempt to stop a play in the paint. Don’t blame the referres Artest, blame yourself for not bringing a notebook when Kobe takes you to school.

Another overconfident brat in the Houston bunch is Von Wafer, whose tendency to be a sniveling baby got him sent to the locker room early in Game 2. Wafer complained that he needed to be in the game to his Assistant Coach. What type of team player tells their coach that they need to be put in? Especially when, in Game 1, he scored a whopping 0 points!

See what I was saying about the over-confidence? Oh, and let’s also bring up the fact that Artest has been ejected 2 games in a row now… 2 games! How do you not get suspended for having such a horrible attitude on the court?

It’s a disgrace to the game of basketball and I can’t wait until we send those jerks back to Texas.

  • DMCA

    ok he’s the smart one who makes this corny titles ???

  • iamthetie

    I beg to differ with the title. Sticks and stones can’t break our bones either.

  • imfasterthanur

    The Rockets remind me of a watered down version of the Celtics of 2007-2008.

    I agree that their defense wouldn’t be considered as good as they are if they actually got called for the subtle illegal maneuvers they take part in.

  • http://www.modenadude.com/ThaDogg Imadogg

    I feel bad for the refs hating on Artest so damn much

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  • Shane941

    Artest is a no talent jackass and wafer is a lil whiny pussy. i cant believe his bullshit crying lastnight when he clearly jumped into a laker, ariza i think, trying to draw a foul from the 3point line. he straight up jumps sideways acting like hes shooting just make contact and draw the foul. then he whines about how ariza elbowed him in the head on the way down but in the replay you clearly see him getting hit with arizas forarm ontop of his head. someones forarm hitting the top of your head doesnt hurt. besides his dumbass fauxhawk should lessen the blow. obviosly him and artest fuck eachother considering the both have the same gay hair. i cant wait for the lakers to end this, im so sick of the fag ass pussy rockets

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  • Sean All Ivy

    Nice article. I agree that the Rockets are full of warrantless pomp. Especially Artest. When he was talking about how he’s the wrong guy to be elbowing I was furious. The only person Artest has owned was that b**** fan he sucker punched in Detroit.

  • mastarockafella

    When Artest came up to Kobe, he was provoking Kobe so our man Kobe would give in and maybe just maybe might get ejected as well. Too bad, ron’s tactic didn’t work. Kobe is too smart for that. He knows his responsiblity.

  • barry

    what folks don’t appreciate is that the houston defensive philosophy accepts the idea that NBA rules will always favor offense; they know that other teams will score, the goal is to make them work as hard as possible and decrease their shooting percentages. so they give up shots – the goal is to give players the shots they’re less effective with. players sometimes make those shots anyway – but the percentages are against them. they defend the 3 pretty well – they’re 5th in 3pt percentage, and 5th overall in scoring defense. that doesn’t occur by accident; how can you say that houston is not a good defensive team?