Insider Intel: Countering Yao

The Rockets tweaked the way they use Yao Ming in Game 1: Will the Blazers adjust?

Originally Published: April 21, 2009
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

The Houston Rockets' dismantling of the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their playoff series included a classic example of a team saving a small, but crucial, adjustment to create an unexpected postseason conundrum for its opponent.

There was some science to it, and it was by the Rockets, but it was by no means rocket science.

Ric Bucher

NBA Reporter, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer