HOUSTON – After Tuesday morning’s shootaround, Dallas backup center Amar’e Stoudemire explained why the noise level at the Toyota Center will give the Houston Rockets an edge when they play the Mavericks tonight at 7.
"People don’t realize that the energy is actually a spiritual element happening, because the louder you are, sound resonates within the body,’’ Stoudemire said. "So that sound goes within their body, which gives them more energy.
"Your body is an instrument of sound. You have organs, you have vocal cords, you have eardrums.’’
According to Stoudemire, the louder the sound, it affects the visiting team in a negative way and the home team in a positive way.
"Your body is based off of sound and vibration instruments and music,’’ Stoudemire said. "So when the fans are cheering for you as loud as they do, that sound vibrates into the home team, which gives them more energy on the basketball court.’’
When asked what happened Monday night to the home team Bulls, when the visiting Milwaukee Bucks went into Chicago and overcame all those negative noise and pulled up a key victory, Stoudemire said that’s a case study in what to what when the "sound’’ worked against the home team.
"Milwaukee responded the way I hope we respond,’’ Stoudemire said. "By not listening to the crowd and playing through that, and have the certain type of motivation inside of us that can help us get this win.’’
The Mavs trail this best-of-seven first-round playoff series 3-1. And form the sound of it, they’re going to have to block out all of the noisy distractions which go with games at this juncture of the season.
"We’re going to have to amp it up some and bring some more intensity tonight,’’ Stoudemire said. "We’ve got to make sure we match their intensity, if not more, because you know teams play a lot harder at home with the crowd, because they feed off the energy.
"It’s going to definitely be madness. You can believe that.’’