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Houston Rockets Game Day: Ready to Buck Trend

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Nov 29, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) gets pressure from Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (8) and guard O.J. Mayo (00) in the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Game Day: Friday Feb 6, 8:00 PM EST – CSNH, FSWI  

The Rockets enter tonight’s game following arguably their most complete defensive effort of the season in the defeat of the Bulls. It speaks volumes that Houston have weathered injury and roster changes all while maintaining a top three defense.

Harden and Ariza pulled the wash rinse repeat effort just like they did during Dwight Howard‘s first injury absence. The difference this time was how well the rest of the team played. Watching how seamlessly the squad performed it felt like the new recruits have finally found their rhythm and flow together and most notably we are witnessing it on the defensive end.

Story Lines:

  • Milwaukee is vastly improved on defense, so much so they’ve surpassed Houston into second place defensively. They have a lot of great young players and are excelling despite being without their Rookie Jabari Parker or the enigmatic Larry Sanders.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo or the Greek Freak as he’s nicknamed  is proving to be quite an asset who is showing major skills handling the ball. Watching him is fun because he resembles a new born horse, but he’s growing into his length.
  • Brandon Knight is reborn under head coach Jason Kidd’s tutelage and was the one Eastern player who many thought should have been on the All-Star team, and may still end up representing if Dwyane Wade ends up passing on the opportunity due to a sore hamstring
  • Last time out vs. the Bucks the game was easily won by Houston 117-103. This is not the same Buck squad, so the Rockets have to make sure not to take them for granted.
  • With so many top teams on tap for Houston they need to focus on both ends and beat teams they should. Even improved as the Bucks are this should be one of those games.

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