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Yao possibly getting a bump in minutes

Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:19 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Before the season, the Rockets made kind of an unprecented move by putting center Yao Ming on the basketball equivalent of a pitch count. Yao is set to play a maximum of 24 minutes a game. Plus, he's not allowed to play in both games of a back-to-back.

This is an effort by the Rockets' medical staff to relieve stress on Yao's body and hopefully present him with an opportunity to stay healthy this season. Except, they might be changing their mind.

The Houston Chronicle has the word:
The Rockets medical staff is exploring through a series of on-going meetings, changing the limits on Yao’s playing time because of the progress he has made in his comeback, a team representative said on Tuesday.

The discussions could lead to an increase in his playing time from the limit of 24 minutes per game, changes in the way his minutes are distributed throughout the game and clearance to play both games of back-to-backs.

Yao is averaging 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 21 minutes per game and the team is excited about how he is returning to form.

The thing is, maybe Houston sees it's time to take things with a more urgent perspective. The team just got its first win of the season a few days ago, but starter Aaron Brooks is now out 4-6 weeks. Add in that Kyle Lowry is hurt, plus Kevin Martin is dinged up and the Rockets are suffering a bit. There's a chance the Rockets could slip behind quite a bit before Christmas. And potentially, that's why the medical staff is now looking to work around Yao's pitch count.

Hopefully the Rockets have a full grasp on the issue here. It was an interesting move before the season to put Yao on the 24-minute count and it's a little surprising to see them re-evaluated only two weeks into the season. But I'm sure they weren't expecting a 1-5 start with a rash of injuries either.

Category: NBA

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:01 pm

Yao possibly getting a bump in minutes

well it looks like we have our answer.... he is out again with left  foot injury. sprained tendon in left foot...

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 5:38 pm

Yao possibly getting a bump in minutes

It’s about time. How can he only play 24 minutes? Every team knows exactly what the Rockets are going to do when they already know how much he can play. They try to force it in to him and it changes our offense completely. Brooks is hurt, lowery is hurt. Martin will never stay healthy they way he has to play. He jacks up at least five or six shots a game trying to get fouled. Granted, he does go to the line a lot; his fragile body can’t take that kind of continuous punishment throughout the entire season.

If we’re going to keep him or still be the “center” part of our team, we need to know if he will be there or not. Just let him play till he fouls out, which is probably around 33 minutes a game. If he gets hurt, then we just need to part ways. That way our offense won’t be so damn predictable. On another note, it wouldn’t hurt for Adelman to put DEFENSE into his offensive minded game plan.

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 4:43 pm

Yao possibly getting a bump in minutes

Agreed. They need to decide here. First it's "no matter what, only 24mins per game." Now, less than ten games in they want to change it? This team is just unorganized. Beween Yao being hurt, Battier not bing able to score, and their past situations with McGrady, Francis, and Cuttino Mobley, they just seem to always have issues.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 2:41 pm

Yao possibly getting a bump in minutes

Effin play the guy or effin sit him!  P.S.  Battier is no longer a starter, he should come off the bench.  Both he and Hayey handcuff this team offensively and i don't see them helping much defensively either.  Rockets management and coaching staff need to make some much needed changes if whey want to make the playoffs.

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