Mar 4, 2015; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after being fouled on a made basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
- Russell Westbrook 27.5 points per game
- Enes Kanter 11.3 rebounds per game
- Russell Westbrook 8.6 assists per game
- Serge Ibaka 2.4 blocks per game
- Russell Westbrook 2.1 steals per game
- James Harden 27.5 points per game
- Dwight Howard 10.5 rebounds per game
- James Harden 7.0 assists per game
- Terrence Jones 1.8 blocks per game
- James Harden 1.9 steals per game
Keys To Winning:
- Learn from the last early Sunday start versus Washington and come out with energy. Allowing OKC to get out to an early lead could result in giving the Thunder too much confidence and put the Rockets in a catch-up situation. They managed to handle the Wizard’s with a slow start, but Westbrook won’t let an opportunity like that pass by without making the Rockets pay.
- Rebounding: OKC are the best in the league on the boards. For Houston to win they’ll need to either win this battle or keep it very close. With Jones and Howard both back this should be an easier task.
- Though the emphasis will be on limiting Westbrook, the truth is the bench may be where the game is won or lost. The Rockets will need their stars to keep them close or ahead, but shutting down OKC’s bench will be key if the Rockets are to be successful.
- Turnovers: I know I post it every pregame, but the reality is Houston need to fix this area of their game. The Thunder are a squad who’ll kill you in transition so turnovers are twice as costly versus their young legs and the one-man fast break known as Russell Westbrook.
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