Houston Rockets Game 6 of 2015-16 featured the Kings as Houston sought to extend their win streak to 3 in a row.
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 6 of 2015-16 versus the Sacramento Kings.
Nov 6, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward Chuck Hayes (44) controls the rebound against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets added draft picks and signed free agents to improve upon an especially mediocre 41-41 campaign. Big man Dwight Howard left for Atlanta while free agents Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Nene Hilario and Pablo Prigioni joined Houston in free agency.
Therefore Houston hopes their free agent additions and the growth of existing assets will translate into a season similar to 2014-15. While fans wait for October 26th opening night versus the Lakers hopefully this series will appease your cravings.
To that end, this series showcases the Rockets 82 games noting the pregame analysis, post game grades, and relevant video. Furthermore, SCS will highlight significant changes made by their opponents this summer. So, here it is – – enjoy all 82 posts as SCS takes you back over the 2015-16 season.
Game 6 – Sacramento Kings
With a 2-game win streak on the line the Houston Rockets entered the night looking to make it 3 in a row.
Nov 6, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore (23) fouls Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) on a double team with Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Houston Rockets defeated the Sacramento Kings 116-110. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
While the Rockets started the season on a 3-game losing streak they entered Game 6 with thoughts of extending their win streak to 3 in a row. Just prior to game time the Rockets decided to rest their big man Dwight Howard given the level of competition. Similarly the Kings would be without their big man DeMarcus Cousins. SCS covered the full story here.
The full pregame analysis article can be viewed via this link.
Post Game Analysis:
While both teams big men weren’t playing the Rockets were looking to get back to .500 by extending their win streak to 3 games. The Rockets accomplished the feat via a strong performance from Harden and even scoring distribution.
The full post game write-up can be viewed via this link.
NBA’s box score can be reviewed via this link.
James Harden started the season slowly, but shot out of the locker room to remind Rockets fans why he was an MVP candidate on this evening. As a result of his efforts Harden scored 43 points, added 13 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.
In all, 5 Rockets players scored in double digits. Furthermore Omri Casspi and Ben McLemore netted 22 points each for the Kings.
Rockets Games vs Kings in 2016-17
- November 25th, in Sacramento at Golden 1 Center
- December 14th at home
- January 31st at home
- April 9th, in Sacramento at Golden 1 Center
Draft Picks and Free Agents
Because Vlade Divac continues to make head scratching moves offering pundits copious reasons for teasing. Draft night was no exception as Divac chose to select another big man (Papagiannis) rather than prospect Marquese Chriss who could be among the Associations best in 5 years.
While the Kings need to add guards and wings Divac consequently dangles their existing players at those positions while adding more front court players.
Round 1: Georgios Papagiannis (13), Malachi Richardson (22) via trade of Marco Belinelli to Hornets, Skal Labissiere (28)
Round 2: Isaiah Cousins (59)
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
2-years, $12M, leaves Memphis
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Exiting Free Agents/traded:
- Rajon Rondo 2-years $30M to Bulls
- Marco Belinelli (trade)
- Seth Curry leaves for Dallas
- Quincy Acy has agreed to a 2-year minimum deal with Dallas
- Caron Butler Exorcised Option
- Duje Dukan
Next up Game 7 versus Clippers.