The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 December 2005

Rocket booming

Tracy McGrady missed the last Hornets-Rockets game, and I was wondering: Is T-Mac that good?

He's that good. He picked up 38 points; combine that with 26 from Stromile Swift off the bench, and you'd think Houston would have won it in a walk. But the Bees prevailed, 92-90, with six players in double figures, and a welcome return to form for J. R. Smith, who dropped in 16 points. David West and Rasual Butler each scored 15, Butler snagging three treys in four attempts.

Empty seats? Not a one.

The Hornets, now 12-15, are off to San Antonio for another crack at the Spurs tomorrow night, and then back to the Ford for a week with four games: Dallas, Charlotte, Miami and Portland.

Posted at 9:40 PM to Net Proceeds

Sitting in row R (last row) in section 301 (North end) I can tell you that there were in fact about 2 dozen empty seats (I could see all of them). These seats may have been sold, but they were empty.

I wonder if the reason we won was that Tracy McGrady left the game in the 4th because his fiance was having a baby. I wanted to say that the little bastard won the game for us, but my wife frowns on me using that word.

You also forgot to mention the car-winning half court shot and all that free popcorn that Hugo rained upon the crowd.

(Do you have season tickets?)

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 8:52 AM on 29 December 2005

Um, the baby was born Tuesday; T-Mac scored six points in the fourth quarter and was a factor right up until the end.

(I wasn't at this game; I took the radio feed, and the attendance figure as announced, which was 19,205, slightly above officially full.)

Posted by: CGHill at 9:05 AM on 29 December 2005

I stand corrected. ESPN had reported that he left the 3rd quarter because he received news about his offspring. Stupidly, I assumed he left for the rest of the game (even though I was there). I still wonder if his absence during the dull 3rd might have contributed to the Hornets win.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 2:04 PM on 29 December 2005

He couldn't have been gone too long; the box score says he played 45:25 out of a possible 48:00, longer than any other player on either team.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:27 PM on 29 December 2005

Are you telling me that ESPN LIED TO ME?????

Ok, I'll just start believing what CNN tells me.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 5:07 PM on 29 December 2005