HOUSTON – Shoes off, stocking feet on his desk, Jeff Van Gundy had marched out of his news conference and into the silence of his Toyota Center office. Above his desk, there's the framed story of his late college mentor, Bud Presley, a small-school legend in the Bay Area and the toughest coach Van Gundy ever met. There was plenty of the coach's words in his old player's voice late Monday when Van Gundy was railing against that most ruthless playoff adversary: human nature.
"I would say that anybody who would think that we have two games to win one has no idea," Van Gundy said. "[Tracy] McGrady could go out at any time. Yao [Ming] could have one of those lethargic games."
Tracy McGrady had played the part of a superstar with 26 points and 16 assists, and his undrafted, undersized power forward, Chuck Hayes, took a charge on Derek Fisher in the final seconds of the Houston Rockets' telltale 96-92 Game 5 victory over the Utah Jazz. The Rockets inched closer to Houston history, on the cuspRead More »from The wild, wild West