Limit Yao's minutes, sure, but limit his games, too?

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When news came out that the Rockets would be limiting Yao Ming’s minutes to 24 per game this season, it wasn’t a huge surprise, but it was worth discussing. Specifically, the rigid nature of the limitation was lauded because it avoids the kind of vague constructs that can lead to things like your president of basketball operations shoving your coach. It’s also good to see the Rockets genuinely interested in being patient and cautious with Yao who is a legitimate ongoing injury concern.

But are they being too cautious?

Rockets blog The Dream Shake has some concerns with something that has nothing to do with the 24 minutes allotted for Yao going into the season. In a supplementary article from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets say they want to limit Yao’s games on back-to-backs, too. And by limit, I mean completely restrict. Yao won’t be playing in any back-to-backs to start the season off, and that’s too much for the Dream Shake.

“This is what irks me. It’s not pre-planned. It’s a “wait and see” approach that, in this case, may seem necessary, because Yao could progress and get better and doctors could feel he is ready to play in both games on a back-to-back. This, however, brings us back to the days of McGrady, who would wait until the day of or days leading up to a game to announce he wouldn’t be participating.”

Oh, invoking the great and powerful McGrady damnation. Well played, Dream Shake. It’s a good point Tom Martin makes there, as you want to be careful but you also want to be clear. The stress on Yao’s feet compounds itself minute by minute, but a full 24 hours of rest should be enough at least some of the time. Then again, if that’s what his doctors say, then that’s what his doctor’s say. It just goes to show that no matter what you do, bringing along a superstar with a chronic injury is a ridiculously delicate process.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.