Tracy McGrady is well aware that this will be his best chance of winning a postseason series.
This is McGrady's sixth postseason and he is also knows that the Houston Rockets have the best record of any team that he has played in the last 10 season. For the first time in his career, McGrady's team will have the advantage of playing on home court.
McGrady said that he has the feeling that something good will happen during the playoffs. After playing for 10 seasons, he is just happy getting to the playoffs.
Rockets supporters are expecting a lot from McGrady and the team. According to former Rocket player and TNT analyst Charles Barkley, if the Rockets do not get beyond the first round in the playoffs, McGrady will have to face the aftermath. He feels that McGrady has more pressure on him than any other Rockets player.
In the last two years, McGrady has missed 40 games because of back spasms and even though he has found a specialist in December 2006 to help him, he played the last few weeks of the regular season as if his career was coming to an end.
McGrady averaged 33 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists in the Rockets five consecutive victory before they lost to Utah 101-91, a game that McGrady sat out.
Before that McGrady scored 39 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists to help the Rockets win 120-117 over Phoenix. This was the game that helped the Rockets get the home court advantage when they take on Utah in the first round series.
McGrady said that he is aware how important it is for the team to play well as they enter the playoffs and that is the reason why he wants to take his game to the next level. He further added that he would do everything it takes to win games.
Even his teammates have noticed a difference in him off the court.
Just before the Rockets went on their three game road trip, he gave the players a pep talk on the bus ride to the airport. It was completely out of character for McGrady.
McGrady is aware that most pressure is on him and he is ready for the challenge.