The 2007 Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz showdown was easily one of the best first round series in NBA History. This unknowingly would be the last time any of us would see T-Mac at his apex, and although he didn’t shoot well, his overall greatness & versatility was on full display.
Unfortunately for McGrady & the rockets, the Jazz duo of Deron Williams & Carlos Boozer were dominant. Boozer in particular was impossible to guard by any single Rocket player in arguably the greatest performance of his career leading the Jazz to victory.
Even in defeat, McGrady shined individually. Unfortunately, it also highlighted his inability to get the most out of his supporting cast.
The 2007 Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz series was an easy selection for the top first-round series in NBA history for a couple of reasons. The first is this was essentially booking a ticket to the conference finals with top seeded Dallas getting bounced in the first round.
And secondly, this is the last we saw of not only T-Mac, but also Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer in their primes. The game 7 was an absolute classic, and I still feel to this day that had Houston won that game, they would have handled not only Golden State in the second round, but also defeated San Antonio in the conference finals and swept Cleveland in the finals.
They say that in football, the game is decided by inches. But in basketball, champions can be made or broken with a couple of plays in the first round.