HOUSTON Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson likes to say Greg Smith is "ox strong."
And now we know what it would look like if oxen could dunk. Smith brought disgrace upon the Splitter family by dunking on favorite son Tiago with such disrespect, such obscenity, such brazen force that, had this been a playground game, Splitter would have had to go home, drink a cup of warm milk and go right to bed.
"I'm gonna put that on my wall," Smith said.
It being an NBA game one with playoff implications for both teams that Houston won 96-95 at Toyota Center Splitter stuck around, but if this is going to be a first-round series in the Western Conference playoffs (which it could well be), the Rockets (38-31) sent their message to the Spurs (53-16), and Smith punctuated it in bright red ink.
That message had something to do with physicality. The Rockets are a pretty team. The play fast and free and it seems like they can all shoot, but they tend to get killed on the glass and in...