TORONTO - Houston, we have a problem.
But is it Yao Ming?
Yao was supposed to turn Houston back into a contender.
He’s made the offence almost unstoppable, despite averaging pedestrian (for him) numbers — 11.5 points, 46.5% shooting in limited minutes.
But while he can still block shots and rebound, Yao’s inability to move quickly after suffering from so many injuries has been a disadvantage for the Rockets.
With awful defenders Kevin Martin and Aaron Brooks already starting and stopper Trevor Ariza traded to New Orleans, Houston’s always impeccable defence has taken several steps back.
Yao can’t move quickly enough anymore to cover for his backcourt’s failings.
Pairing Kyle Lowry with the sieve-like Martin could be an option, but Brooks is filling it up offensively while also moving the ball around well.