Gentle giant must get tougher

The Rockets are allegedly Yao Ming's team, but Steve Francis still led Houston in scoring in the postseason.

Updated: April 29, 2004, 3:03 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
With 1:21 left in the second quarter of the Rockets' Game 5 loss to the Lakers, Yao Ming scored his last basket of the game? Yao sat on the bench with only three fouls for 16 minutes as Houston was eliminated from the playoffs.

The Rockets are alledgedly Yao's team, but Steve Francis led Houston in scoring, assists, steals, and minutes while finishing second in rebounds and three-pointers made during the playoffs?

"Overall, we didn't have the resolve," Yao said in the Los Angeles Times. "It was a confidence problem. Being young is part of the problem, but we don't want to continue to hide behind that."