Yao miserable in Rockets’ loss to Celtics

Check out this line from Yao Ming from last night’s 103-99 loss to Boston: 4-14 from the field, eight points, seven rebounds, zero blocks and zero assists.

Ron Artest shot 3-16 from the field, but finished with 15 points since he got to the line nine times. (Yao didn’t attempt a free throw.) So between the two of them, they shot 7-30 from the field. Ouch. Is Boston’s defense that good or did these two guys just have a bad night?

It’s probably a little bit of both.

Still, the Rockets have to be somewhat encouraged that they lost to the defending champs by only four points even though two of their three best players shot a combined 23% from the floor. Houston looks like a legitimate contender in the West, though their fortunes depend so much on the sustained health of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.

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