Houston Rockets Defense Outlasts Spurs – Player Grades

By Andre Cantalogo

Merry Christmas everyone!

Santa Claus presented us with a very pleasant game at Toyota Center on Christmas Day between one of the league’s best teams: the San Antonio Spurs and your Houston Rockets.

Overall the game was played at a high pace with a lot of runs and drives to the basket, but with both teams unable to mount any big leads until halftime.

It’s worth noting that even though it was a somewhat humble final score the game was very enjoyable also thanks to the low number of fouls and free-throw attempts by both teams – at least until Gregg Popovich started employing the “hack-a” strategy midway through the 4th quarter.

In the end the Rockets ended up winning the battle of wits and defenses against the Spurs and grabbed their most significant victory this season.

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Rockets Player Grades

Trevor Ariza’s been struggling lately, but after his last (bad) performance against the Orlando Magic I’ll stop giving him the benefit of the doubt when is not absolutely <span style=. SF. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA. C

B. Even if the numbers don’t quite show it, I loved <a href=. PF-C. Houston Rockets. CLINT CAPELA

B+. <a href=. C. Houston Rockets. DWIGHT HOWARD

Houston Rockets. JAMES HARDEN. A. It took about two quarters for <a href=. SG

Houston Rockets. PATRICK BEVERLEY. D. <a href=. PG

Best Reserve


PF. Houston Rockets. TERRENCE JONES. B+. Best Reserve tonight was tough as the bench players had an overall better game than the starters: Terry, Lawson Jones were all great. In the end I went with <a href=

Best Opponent:

Just for starters, I’d say that Today my candidate for MVP this year would be <a href=. SF. San Antonio Spurs. KAWHI LEONARD. A+

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