Thursday , Apr , 24 , 2008 Christopher Sells

Houston Rockets Win Close One over Jazz in Utah

Houston Rockets Win Close One over Jazz in Utah

Mehmet Okur shaves under his arms. There was a play during the game tonight that frustrated him and he put his hand over his head. His bare armpits were exposed for all the world to see.

Oh yeah, and Houston finally beat Utah.

When you win a game, you can focus on such trivial things instead of being angry about the game’s outcome. My lead actually involved Carl Landry’s dislodged tooth until TNT blessed us with that shot.

I wonder if Okur uses a razor or some other sort of hair removal product? Nair, perhaps?

Actually, there is a lot to be said about the game. Yes, Houston won, even though they were down six points heading into the fourth. Yes, they almost gave the game away after being up seven with less than two minutes to go. Yes, it took a game-saving block by Landry to make sure that Utah wasn’t able to hit a game-winner.

But the Rockets won. And no matter what is said about how ugly a win it was or how fortunate they were to walk off the court victorious, there is something that cannot be denied. Being down 2-1 is a heck of a lot better than trailing 3-0. It means that you have something to play for in Game Four.

Rafer Alston was back to run the show and his presence was felt from the start. Aside from his 20 points and five assists, the Rockets had their floor general and primary ball handler back. Everyone got to return to the roles they were accustomed to playing during the season and it resulted in Houston’s best game of the series. Tracy McGrady even hit a couple of shots in fourth quarter, a first for this series.

Landry and Chuck Hayes combined for nine points, 18 rebounds and three blocks off the bench. More importantly, they brought the energy and hustle necessary to win a road playoff game. Luis Scola did a lot of good things as well. It would be nice if he’d convert more of his layups, but his effort was also great.

All of that being said, if the Jazz shoot a decent free throw percentage, they win the game. If a play here or there goes a bit differently, the Jazz win the game. It’s not as if Houston can take much comfort in this victory, because it could have easily gone the other way. Also, Game Four is another must win if the Rockets hope to have a realistic chance at winning this series.

But until Saturday, the team and its fans can enjoy knowing that their playoff lives have been prolonged by at least one game, even if it was by the skin of their teeth. Or by the hair on their chinny chin chins. Or even by their underarm hair.

Good thing Okur plays for the other team.