Friday, January 2, 2009


This game was hyped up beyond belief: Yi vs Yao, the battle of the faces of Chinese basketball. Well the game didn't live up to the hype, as it was an absolutely terrible game. This game was never close, as the Nets trailed big early on (they trailed by 16 after the first quarter) and despite scoring a few buckets here and a few there, they were never able to make a true dent in the Rockets lead. The Rockets were in control throughout and when the Nets tried their trap defense in the 3rd quarter to come back the Rockets would consistently beat it, and their lead hovered around 20. The only reason I stayed till the 4th quarter of the game was because of the T-Shirt toss, the possibility of winning a T-Shirt was much more exciting than the actual game. Yes, that's how bad the Nets played. And for those of you wondering who won the matchup between the two Chinese big men: the answer is as embarassing as the result of the game, Yao was great, Yi was well he was symbolic of the Nets performance. Yao had 24 points and 16 rebounds on 8 of 13 shooting while his counterpart (Yi) had 10 points and 7 boards on 4 of 13 shooting. Not a good night for the Nets, or Yi.

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