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Darren Misener

Yao-zer, Rockets Still Rolling
Well it looks like life after Yao Ming isn't nearly as bad as many assumed it would be. The Rockets have been on a tear recently, ripping off 19 wins in a row after Monday night's dispatching of the Nets, oh yeah and that All-Star center hasn't played in the last seven of those victories.

How are the Rockets excelling in what most would think would be trying times? A little bit of Tracy McGrady and a lot of team basketball. T-Mac has come to play of late, averaging 32.3 points, 7.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds last week while taking home the Western Conference's Player of the Week award (and also dominating for my team in my NBA office fantasy league). McGrady saved his best performance of the week for Saturday's game against the New Orleans Hornets. Playing from start to finish, the guard poured in 41 points and dished out nine assists to lead Houston to a 106-96 win over the Hornets. But one player does not a 19-game streak make.

When Yao was ruled out for the rest of the season, word around the league was that the Rockets would have trouble scoring. But even from the very beginning of that talk, Rockets G Rafer Allston begged to differ.

"We share the basketball," Alston said. "We don't mind making the extra pass. We don't care who scores and we're going to continue to move the ball."

The Rockets attack has been balanced when it's needed to be, as eight different Houston players have scored in double-figures over their last four games. The big question, as Rockets.com Damien Pierce reports, is whether or not Houston can sustain this impressive selfless play. Their leader is pretty confident.

"We have to," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "That's the only way we're going to win. We have to move the ball and we have to move people. If we do that, we're hard to guard. If you see us drop below 20 assists, we're not going to win."

So far winning is all the Rockets have been doing.


Career Still Among the Living?
Shaun Livingston showed some flashes of brilliance early in his injury-plagued career. But the most recent news is very positive on his chances to be back in a Clippers uniform.

Glückwunsch Dirk
He's an MVP and a perennial All-Star. Now congrats are in order for Dirk Nowitzki as he has become the all-time Mavericks leading scorer.

Wolves Want to Go Back to Cali
After getting their first consecutive road wins of the season against the Kings and the Clippers, Timberwolves.com's Mike Trudell sat down with Ryan Gomes to go over the recent trip.

To The Point
Spurs.com's Bill Schoening sat down with ESPN's Mark Jackson and asked him about the new era of point guards.

Paul's Preparations
Find out what it means to Chris Paul to be the first guy in the gym every morning as he answers e-mails from the fans on Hornets.com.

How You Like Me Now?
After a big win this weekend over the Spurs, the Shaq trade doesn't look as bad. Check out Steve Kerr's three-points of emphasis (video) as he discusses acquiring the Big Aristotle.

The Wire, Revisited
With Sunday's season finale of the wire still spurring discussion, we revisit Carmelo Anthony's take on the show.

Helping Hand
After a series of devastating tornadoes ripped through Tennessee last month, the Grizzlies are doing all they can to help the victims.

Always A Fan
Kings.com has a touching story about a huge Sacramento fan who lost her vision.

First Time Under the Knife
Andris Biedrins checked in with a new blog on Monday, talking about being back in action and his experience going into surgery for the first time.