Take the top three scorers away from any team today and that team tumbles, right? Imagine the Lakers without Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. The Cavaliers without LeBron James, Mo Williams and Shaquille O'Neal.
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What happens to the Houston Rockets when you remove Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady, and Ron Artest? They win. How is this possible?
Former Rocket coach Rudy Tomjanovich will forever be remembered for uttering the phrase "Never underestimate the heart of a champion." It was true back when the Rockets were winning back-to-back NBA Championships and the spirit of that statement is alive in today's version of the Rockets.
This team may not win a championship, but they play every game as if its game 7 of the Finals.
How is it possible that a team that loses its top three scorers can be this good? It's not smoke and mirrors. When you look close, it comes down to five things.