Nice praise for Chuck Hayes’ defensive effort on Amare Stoudemire the other night
The Rockets’ lead was gone. The Knicks’ offense was rolling. Amar’e Stoudemire was burning a defense twisted to stop him and opening opportunities all around him.The Rockets had to try something else, never imagining any change could so dramatically change the game.
They put Chuck Hayes on Stoudemire and gave him almost no help. It was as if they turned the lights off and jammed a dagger into the ball.
The Knicks went nearly 12 minutes without a field goal as the Rockets piled up a 19-point lead, their largest of the season, then cruised to a 104-96 victory over New York on Sunday for their first winning streak of the season.
One of those rare athletes who can switch one through five on defense. Enough lateral quickness and agility to defend guards and enough bulk and sheer strength to battle big men in the paint. A remarkable combination of athletic attributes.
Then throw in his excellent positional sense, strong anticipation and quick response times and you have the makings of a terrific defensive player. Strong hands too.