Hang in There

Martin and the Rockets have pulled themselves up off of the mat, now the key is to stay up. photo:zimbio.com

This goes for the team as well as myself.  When Kevin McHale was hired as the new head coach, let’s just say I wasn’t all that impressed, enthused, or excited about it.  Honestly I was still cool with Rick Adelman and the job he did with what he had to or didn’t have to work with.  When the Rockets stumbled out of the gate to a 3-7 start, I was borderline apathetic.

But they are currently in the midst of turning things around,  they’ve won six in a row going into tonight’s game in Minnesota against Rick Adelman’s Timberwolves.  It would be easy to be overly negative and nitpick things about this season.  The Rockets are strong at home, 7-1, but only 2-6 on the road.  There haven’t been a lot of quality wins as they’ve struggled against the upper echelon teams in both conferences.  The recent wins over the Spurs and Blazers in the last week and a half have been nice to see.  But a six game winning streak is a six game winning streak.  Every win is valuable, especially in the West, and you take each and every win you can get.

Winning on the road is never easy, and tonight will be no exception.  Adelman will be very familiar with the Rockets personnel and he is already making his presence felt on this young Minnesota squad.  Kevin Love, the best 4 man in the game is doing what he does and young Ricky Rubio has added some flash and excitement at the point guard spot.  At 7-9 the improved T-Wolves are in the same boat as Houston, hanging in there themselves.  Hopefully the Rockets can extend the winning streak to seven games and continue to remain in the mix in the competitive Southwest division.  Scola, Dalembert and the rest of the bigs have got to show up, because we know the best 4 man in the game definitely will.

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About the Author

My name is Vinny Hardy. I am a freelance sports blogging correspondent for the John Boy & Billy Big Show. I'm from Lynch Kentucky. I currently live in Morristown, Tennessee. My wife Katie and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 3 year old son, Micah. I would like to thank Will West of WNML in Knoxville for urging me to start blogging and the Big Show's very own Terry Hanson for his unbelievable mentoring and support. Without him absolutely none of this is possible. I hope you enjoy the blog. The articles can also be seen on theisn.net, check out that site too. Leave a comment and definitely come back regularly and see what's new.