Houston Rockets Need Healthy Aaron Brooks to Truly Compete in NBA’s West

by dentonramsey

From injury-plagued players to defensive flaws, the Houston Rockets have received a bitter dose of all the negative what-ifs NBA managers can nightmarishly imagine.

And then some.

Yet amazingly, those same Rockets are 16-20 overall—despite dropping three straight games—with a legitimate chance of making postseason play.

Trust me when I say that no top seeded team in the Western Conference will want to face the Rockets in an opening round best-of-seven series.

I’m smelling upset already, and it’s only early January.

However, I digress.

We’re here to talk about Houston’s present predicament and what the future holds for this team.

After a 110-95 drubbing at Orlando on Friday night, one major piece of the Rockets’ puzzle remains courtside, nursing a re-injured ankle.

That missing and mandatory piece to Houston’s 2011 hopes and dreams?

Aaron Brooks.

Sure, losing Yao Ming for the season was a shot in the foot (no pun intended); but an NBA team lives and dies based on it’s point guard.

Without Brooks, the team appears nearly lifeless.

But thanks to guys such as Shane Battier, Kevin Martin, and Luis Scola (just to name a few), the scrappy Rockets have managed to remain afloat in a highly-competitive Western Conference.

Houston has an extremely tough road ahead, as the Rockets’ January slate has got to be one of the toughest in the league—with battles against teams such as the Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks, and San Antonio Spurs.

Regardless of the dangerous stretch of games that loom, Houston has plenty of time to make some major noise in the West before the playoffs begin.

First and foremost, though, the Rockets need a healthy and rejuvenated Brooks returning to the NBA hardwood…

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

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