Beware Bismack Biyombo Blocks: A Houston Rockets-Charlotte Bobcats Preview

By Richard Huang

Jan 21, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) goes up for a shot over Charlotte Bobcats power forward Bismack Biyombo (0) during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Last time we saw the Charlotte Bobcat’s Bismack Biyombo against the Houston Rockets, he had a lot of blocks. A lot. 7 blocked shots and 9 rebounds were Bismack Biyombo’s numbers.

However, since then the Rockets have been shooting more around the perimeter making it difficult for Bismack to block a shot from the Rockets, especially if they’re passing it around. He might be able to knock a ball out of Omer Asik’s hands if he rebounds, if the Rockets miss that is. The Rockets have been shooting back in their 110+ point range.

Another person to beware is Kemba Walker who had a pretty impressive showing the last game against the Houston Rockets, scoring 35 points, 6 of 7 3-pointers, 5 of 6 free throws. This could be another battle between New York’s Linsanity vs the man from New York, Kemba Walker. It could be possible that Houston trades in Toney Douglas or Patrick Beverly in to slow down Kemba. I would just recommend that other defenders help guard the paint and that Jeremy Lin stay with him so that he does not shoot open 3s, as Houston probably needs to play the 110-120 point-game offense to defeat Charlotte. At least that is if Lin cannot help but instinctively drive to the hoop or his 3-pointer does not go. (It has improved recently.)

The game should be winnable for Houston as long as they’re consistent. If. It is still early to tell if Houston will go back into a losing slump, especially since they just lost two a team in two consecutive losses. Their morale may be lowered a bit after their loss to NBA Playoffs competitor, the Denver Nuggets, not to mention if their superstars encounter more Biyombo blocks.