The Houston Rockets probably shouldn’t have let the Milwaukee Bucks hang around as much as they did on Saturday night. After all, the Rockets are one of the better teams in the NBA’s strong Western Conference while the Bucks have consistently proven to be the worst team in the league.
However, the Rockets never really pulled away, but eventually pulled out a 101-95 victory over the ailing Bucks. Even with it being a relatively close game, though, no one ever really doubted the eventual result of the contest. In fact, the biggest story wasn’t even really from the action, but more in terms of the lineups for the game.
After not playing since Dec. 2, Rockets big man Omer Asik returned to action on Saturday night, coming off of the bench for Houston. The center was limited to 11 minutes and put up five boards and two assists while not attempting a field goal and turning the ball over once.
Asik’s return was nothing triumphant and hardly anything to write home about, but the timing of his return is enough to draw a chuckle in terms of its predictability.
The NBA Trade Deadline is less than two weeks away now and Asik is a name that is certainly going to draw some interest. The Rockets tried to trade him before a self-imposed deadline in mid-December, but failed to get a deal done by that time. Though there’s nothing concrete or coming from Houston right now, you have to believe they’re getting him into action now to try and showcase him for another deal.
Injuries this season aside, there certainly should be suitors lining up to enlist the services of the big man. The question that remains is whether or not any of these teams are willing to give up picks or usable assets in a trade for Asik. We can’t predict the future, but the Rockets are clearly not trying to hide their intentions leading up to the deadline with bringing Asik back on Saturday.