Thursday, July 12, 2007

Brooks Can't Rally Rockets

Aaron Brooks scored 28 points, hitting four three-pointers, but he was unable to hit the big shot the Rockets needed in the final minutes as Dallas held on for a 98-94 win in the most competitive game of the day so far.

Even at the pro level, Brooks' quickness stands out, and he shot the ball well. However, we didn't get much idea of how much Brooks' size (or lack thereof) will hurt him in the NBA; he was going against the even more diminutive Jose Juan Barea.

Steve Novak also shot the ball well for the Rockets, and they got a double-double from D-League swingman Mike Harris.

On the Dallas side, it looked like second-round pick Nick Fazekas finally got going with a good run in the fourth quarter.

Our evening will finish with the Sacramento Kings facing the New York Knicks, a game which features three UW products - Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons for New York and Spencer Hawes for Sacramento. Because there aren't locker rooms at the Cox Pavilion, players generally sit in the stands while waiting for their games. Nate was just too my left and yelled "That's a bucket" when Brooks isolated at the top of the key late in the game. Alas, I've forgotten whether Brooks scored on that play or not.