Season Series: The Hawks defeated the Rockets 105-103 at Phillips Arena on Nov 20th
Last Game: The Hawks defeated the Bobcats 103-89 this past Friday, The Rockets lost at home to Chicago 104-97 on Saturday.
Measuring stick week for the Hawks begins tonight in Houston. The Hawks haven’t seen much success in Houston as they have lost their last 10 games against the Rockets on the road. The Rockets have been a feel good roll the entire season and it is a testament to Coach Rick Adelman and GM Daryl Morey. Most people figured with Yao Ming lost to injury that this would be a throw away season for the Rockets. That has hardly been the case as they have rallied and with great play from people like Aaron Brooks and Carl Landry and right in the middle of the Western Conference playoff race.
This is a week where the Hawks could in reality go out and play great basketball and come away with a 1-3 or 0-4 record. It is going to be important every night for the Hawks to give a lot of energy and smart play to have a chance to win. We can give teams like Houston and San Antonio a lot of trouble if we dictate the tempo rather than playing at their speed. This will have to be done by making a concerted effort on the boards and a great team defensive effort. Weeks like these get you ready for the playoffs. If you lose a couple of close ones on the road then it is ok as long as you don’t let the losses send you into a prolonged funk for the weekend.