How does D12 plan to stop him, you ask? “Give him some bad food,” the big man quipped after Houston’s practice on Thursday, per Dave Zangoro via Yahoo Sports.
Anyone who has ever dealt with a bad bout of food poisoning will certainly agree with that assessment. Provided how well Portland’s power forward has played in the series thus far, that line of thought may honestly be the only way to slow him down.
He’s averaging 44.5 points, 13 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 59.3 percent from the floor after two games. Not surprisingly, the Trail Blazers managed to jump out to a 2-0 series lead as a result.
Aldridge has likely been haunting Rockets fans dreams at this point, which mainly stems from his deadly mid-range game.
LaMarcus Aldridge is making all us analytics-dependent writers look silly. Apparently, the mid-range shot is optimal now.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) April 24, 2014
Probably been said but love that Aldridge is killing HOU w/the mid-range jumper... a shot that is forbidden by Morey & Houston's analytics— Bill Lea (@billylea) April 24, 2014
His ability to spread the floor with jump shots has been a matchup nightmare for Houston’s bigs—Howard and Omer Asik—who are much more efficient as rim protectors on the inside.
Howard is known for his uncanny ability to smile through tough times and keep things light. Nevertheless, he has a genuine problem on his hands having to deal with Aldridge while trailing in Round 1.
The All-Star center had a tremendous performance of his own in Game 2 by posting 32 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks—arguably the best performance of his 2013-14 campaign—and Houston will need more of the same from him offensively to match Portland's prolific attack.
If he can’t find a way to at least contain Aldridge moving forward, though—and by "contain" I mean hold him below the 40-point plateau—the Rockets will be watching the Western Conference Semifinals from their couches.