We are rapidly approaching the end of the off season when training camps open for all teams. Prior to season start every squad will play usually eight preseason games (unless they travel overseas). These contests are used to tweak rosters and work on specific offensive and defensive strategies or to finalize starters versus reserves and also analyze the chemistry of certain players together.
For the Houston Rockets their eight games are as follows:
Game 1: October 6th, 2015 on road in Memphis at Fed Ex Forum versus the Memphis Grizzlies at 8:00 PM ET
Game 2: October 7th, 2015 at home in Houston at Toyota Center versus the Dallas Mavericks at 8:00 PM ET
Game 3: October 11th, 2015 at home in Houston at State Farm Arena (Hidalgo Texas) home of the Rockets D League Team Rio Grande Vipers versus the Orlando Magic at 7:00 PM ET
Game 4: October 13th, 2015 on road in Phoenix at U.S. Airways Center versus the Phoenix Suns at 10:00 PM ET
Game 5: October 15th, 2015 on road in Oakland at Oracle Arena versus the Golden State Warriors at 10:00 PM ET
Game 6: October 17th, 2015 at home in Houston at Toyota Center versus the Miami Heat at 8:00 PM ET
Game 7: October 19th, 2015 at home in Houston at Toyota Center versus the New Orleans Pelicans at 8:00 PM ET
Game 8 October 23rd, 2015 on road in San Antonio at AT & T Center versus the San Antonio Spurs at 8:30 PM ET
Arguably the highlight of the preseason will be all the games versus their Southwest Division rivals Memphis, Dallas, New Orleans and San Antonio with emphasis on the final game in San Antonio facing the new look Spurs. Granted, many of the teams will utilize different players and schemes since they’ll face each of these squads 4 times during the regular season. Still, it would be logical to assume San Antonio will want to get some reps in with newly signed players LaMarcus Aldridge and David West especially given this will be the final game prior to opening day of the 2015-16 season.
Another nice touch is the Rockets will play one home game (versus Orlando) at their D-League Home which has a capacity of just 5,500 people. Make sure you grab your tickets early for the 4 home games if you want to see the new look Houston Rockets and be one of the first to see new players Marcus Thornton and Ty Lawson as well as our rookies Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell.
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