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.
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.
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