Houston Rockets vs Phoenix Suns Preview

By Michael Ma

Feb 5, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (2) looks to pass the ball around Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (21) during the first half at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A look at the Houston Rockets matchup with the Phoenix Suns Sunday night.

James Harden Status

Harden was able to practice Saturday after hyper-extending his elbow late Thursday night in the Golden State game, and is expected to play.

“James looked good,” head coach Kevin McHale said. “The elbow looked good. He practiced, went through everything.”

Harden scored 23 points in the last meeting with the Suns, including going 12 for 12 from the free throw line in a 122-108 win on Feb. 5.


Percentage that the Rockets shot from behind the 3-point line(11 for 16) in the Feb. 5 game, which is a season-high. Open looks were being created through the dominance of Dwight Howard, who had his way with Miles Plumlee and Alex Len to the tune of 34 points and 14 rebounds. Against a run ‘n gun team like the Suns, the Rockets ironically will look to slow the game down at times to let Howard work down low.


Fast break points per game for the Suns, which leads the NBA. The Rockets rank 5th at 17.1. The Suns have averaged 22 points on the break in the 2 meetings against the Rockets so far this season.

Tip: 8 PM CT