Houston Rockets Freeze Heat and Grab Win – Player Grades

By Andre Cantalogo
Feb 2, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball as Miami Heat forward Amar
Feb 2, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball as Miami Heat forward Amar /

A melancholic half empty Toyota Center hosted a match between the Houston Rockets and the Miami Heat.

Hurt by a three game losing streak and two consecutive ejections as well as a suspension to center Dwight Howard, the Rockets entered court desperate for a win. J.B. Bickerstaff who also was fined by the NBA for his comments after Saturday’s loss to the Wizards had his work cut out for him, as he was left without any Centers on his squad.

With Howard suspended, Clint Capela sidelined with an injury and Donatas Motiejunas assigned to the D-league, Josh Smith was tasked with starting in the Center position. Gladly, the Heat were also without Hassan Whiteside.

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With neither team playing interior defense whatsoever in the first quarters the game became a layup extravaganza featuring squads who clearly missed their starting big men.

Ultimately relying on offensive firepower and their star players, the Rockets and Heat made a rather enjoyable but unremarkable game that fundamentally highlighted the teams shortcomings. In the end the Rockets managed to tighten up their defense (miraculously) and grabbed the desperately needed W.

Rockets Player Grades

B-. Trevor Ariza keeps alternating highs and lows. Not a great game offensively but he was tasked with guarding Dwyane Wade, thus I’d say he had an ok game. 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists.. F. Houston Rockets. TREVOR ARIZA

B-. It does seem that <a href=. F. Houston Rockets. COREY BREWER

A. With Josh Smith and Terrence Jones sharing the center position it’s no wonder <a href=. F-C. Houston Rockets. JOSH SMITH

JAMES HARDEN. A+. I’m not sure what else can be asked of <a href=. SG. Houston Rockets

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

Best Reserve

F. Houston Rockets. MARCUS THORNTON. B+. As Bill Worrell said: <a href=

Best Opponent:

SG. Miami Heat. DWYANE WADE. B. It was tough selecting the Heat’s best player as all starters more or less all had a regular game. I decided to go with the legend. <a href=

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