Houston Rockets Recap:
With the Rockets continual descent from the upper echelon of defense this game offered an opportunity for them to get their defensive mind set back.
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The Rockets jumped on Los Angeles right out of the gate and by the time the first quarter was over they had doubled the Lakers scoring 30-15. They continued the onslaught through the next 2 quarters before letting them up for air.
By the end of the third quarter they had amassed a 20-point lead 80-60. Though they let the Lakers win the final frame 27-19 the Lakers were never in this game. A much needed win and return to defensive intensity.
We also got to see a glimpse of Clint Capella who didn’t blow us away but we can definitely see the promise of the future. I’m a little concerned by the dip in Kostas Papinikolaou’s performance of late yet we’ll give him a pass and hope it’s just the lack of rhythm from inconsistent minutes. Too bad Isaiah Canaan is in the D League as this would have been the perfect game to get him some run.
Of note: we keep hearing Terrence Jones is progressing which has me begging the question how long until his return and more importantly how will his return effect Josh Smith’s minutes and the overall chemistry of the team?
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