Why I Think the Rockets Really Lost [tears and mourning]

Houston basketball is always great, but it's even better when we win!Like so many of my fellow Houston sports fans, I’m officially in mourning today: despite leading by as much as 15 at one point of the game, our Rockets ended game 7 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors with a soul-crushing loss,  101-92.

Many factors played into the defeat; this is something I clearly understand. Still, I can’t shake the haunting words of Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, back before nine-time All Star Chris Paul was ruled out of play for the game.

 "I called [Paul] after Game 3, and he said, 'Coach, I'm telling you, if I can get my foot right, we'll beat these guys.'” Now, Paul was able to rally for a while, playing hurt and helping drag the series out to last night’s match-up. But his resilience took a toll; in announcing the fact that Paul would sit out for Game 7, D’Antoni explained:

"Everybody came to the same conclusion. There's no way…He couldn't explode. He couldn't push off of [his foot]."

Aside from soreness, the exact nature of Paul’s injury is still unclear, but it’s crystal clear that the problem played a role in ending our city’s playoff run. While I can only hope for a healthier and more successful 2018-19 NBA season, I will close with a warning: make sure to treat sports injuries at the first sign of pain. That’s the only way to ensure being there for your team when they really need you!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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