Here is the way it will play out... The Rockets behind inspired play from Yao Ming edge up on and pass the Lakers for the 8th spot. Kobe shoots 7 for 63 in the last game of the season that would have clinched it for the men in gold. No other Laker takes a shot, but Odom goes six for nine from the line and gets four boards and a block. Houston dominates San Antonio in the first round... Luther Head stays in front of Tony Parker Wesley and Alston rain threes Yao averages 35 and at least one Spurs' big fouls out each game Stromile Swift tears up the Spurs' bench T-Mac does a Willis Reed walk-on in game 7 and scores 17 in the last two minutes Howard figures out the game after 12 years and plays up to his potential Or, Houston continues it nice run with Yao tearing everyone up (30+ in back to back games the past two nights), continues to develop Head and Swift, gets T-Mac well, and Van Gundy has plastic surgery to remove four of the eight layers of bags under his eyes and for the first time in four seasons can see the far end of the court. And they get ready for next season. Or, maybe I just like typing Stromile. Admit it though, I had you until I tossed in the bit about Juwan Howard.