Houston Rockets Lose Final Game to 76ers
The Rockets entered the consolation round of the NBA Vegas Summer League the same way they started; without the services of second year players Clint Capela and Nick Johnson as well as their top draft pick Sam Dekker. At this point it wasn’t worth risking their health just to get them on the court, but it would have been nice to be able to see the 3 of them interact on the court together.
The Rockets will have all summer to work with each of the players as well as their second round draft pick Montrezl Harrell who performed well in Vegas, however they won’t have an opportunity to see them face their peers until the start of next season.
Friday the Rockets tipped off against a team who had been winless through their first 4 games, but came prepared to change that in their final game.
Although the score indicates a close game the Rockets shot poorly missing all 13 three point attempts. I felt with all three losses a full compliment of players, especially considering the quality of players not playing would have resulted in a very different outcome. Granted the Raptors were missing their starting point guard (Devon Wright) when Houston played them whose presence was obvious in his absence, but still the Rockets competed in every match they were in.
In Friday’s final game Philadelphia also began the game without their top draft pick Jahlil Okafor who was rested in the match-up. Several Sixer players posted strong offensive games top point getter was JaKarr Sampson who scored 24 points and registered a double-double with 11 rebounds. Vince Hunter put up 23 points while 7 others scored between 6 and 9 points. Besides Sampson’s 11 boards, four other Sixers grabbed between 8 and 6 rebounds.
On the Rockets side of the court three players posted twenty point games:
- Alan Williams whose posted solid efforts had his best showing of the tournament with 22 points and 21 rebounds (12 offensive). It was a monster game for Williams who averaged 20.5 points, 11.75 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal through the 4 games he played in for Houston.
- Jaron Johnson also scored 20 points and grabbed 4 boards along with 2 assists and 2 steals.
- Rookie Montrezl Harrell continued to integrate into the Rockets’ system demonstrating his motor and effort. In this game he was the top scorer for Houston also tying as the games top scorer. Like Williams he also posted a double-double with his 12 boards.
The highlight for the Rockets were Harrell’s six dunks in the game:
The game itself was punctuated by how poorly the Rockets shot the ball (35.6% from the field and 0.0% from three) and their dominance in the paint where they scored a mind boggling 70 points.
Moving forward the Rockets will look to get Capela (knee tendinitis), Johnson (calf soreness) and Dekker (lower back pain) back to health, so they can begin their efforts to get them working as a unit. Harrell will no doubt now move on to his summer home work as the team looks to fast track both is and Dekker’s learning curve on the Rockets’ strategic game plans.
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