Even without T-Mac, Rockets still able to upend Celtics

As a quick follow up to yesterday’s “What’s wrong with the Celtics?” post, the Rockets went into Boston without their most dynamic player (Tracy McGrady) and beat the defending champs, 89-85. Von Wafer — yes, the same Von Wafer that has been with five teams in four seasons — hit a huge three late in the 4th to give the Rockets the win.

Yao Ming (26 points) and Ron Artest (17 points) led the way for Houston, but Aaron Brooks chipped in with 19 points in a big game off the bench.

But this is more about the Celtics’ struggles — they have now lost six of their last eight games. Looking at the box score, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett did their usual damage, but Ray Allen was 4-13 from the field (13 points) and no one other than Glen Davis (12 points) scored in double figures.

The other thing that really jumps out at me is Houston’s ability to shoot 48.6% from the field (and 47.4% from long range) in Boston. Opponents shot just 41.9% against Boston last season. (On the season, the Celtics are yielding 42.2%, so last night’s game looks more like an aberration than a trend.)

There was already a lot on the line for Friday’s game against the Cavaliers, but now the Celtics are going to head back out on the road (where they have lost five of the last six) and try to break a three-game losing streak. This one should be a beauty.

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