“We have a scoring anomaly over here and just a teacher over there,” said Ariza, who along with Tucker keyed the Rockets’ switch-everything defensive strategy down the stretch. “Watching them two play with everything we were doing defensively was just amazing.”
“We went small and they had to adjust to us . once they did that, we had shooters on the court and the lane was wide open. So it was layup, layup, layup, 3-ball,” Harden said.
With Lillard’s foot on ice, Houston launched a rally, pulling to 103-98 when Lillard returned with 7 minutes remaining. But the Rockets had momentum, and took a 110-109 lead on Ariza’s 3-pointer.
“It’s doable to move,” Favre said, “and it’s doable to play at a high level. I found it reinvigorating, honestly. For Eli, maybe it’s gotten a little stale in New York — I don’t know. I do know, or at least I think, that he will want to play for the Giants again. And he seems like he’s really healthy, and he’s in a place he can play a few more years. Wherever it is, I can tell him he can be great somewhere else too. You can love another team too. I did.”
Favre, after starring in 16 seasons with the Packers, ended his career with a year with the Jets and two with the Vikings, the latter of whom he led to a 12-4 mark in 2009 while extending his career consecutive starts record for a QB to 331 (including the playoffs).
Neither the Giants nor Manning, whose consecutive starts streak ended at 222 on Sunday, has closed the door on him staying put.
However, a glaring lack of energy, especially early, cost the Suns in that one.