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Yao Ming was destroying the Knicks last night (35 pts, 17 rebs, 7 blks), but for about half of the fourth quarter, was actually getting all he could handle from rookie Renaldo Balkman. Denying Yao the ball, keeping him off-balance and just generally being a pest, Balkman basically took Yao out during a period when Houston was making a point of trying to run the offense through him. At 6-8, Balkman is undersized even for a power forward, let alone to be sticking someone 7-6, but he was handling his business out there.
If he continues to play like this, Isiah will definitely have another option if Curry and Frye don't start stepping up.