Houston Rockets Game 8 of 2015-16 found H-Town on a 4-game win streak and under estimating their opponent the Brooklyn Nets.
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 8 of 2015-16 versus the Brooklyn Nets.
Nov 11, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after a call during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-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 8 – Brooklyn Nets
Due to entering the game on a 4-game win streak the Houston Rockets definitely took the Nets for granted. While the loss to the Nuggets to start the season hinted at what was to come this loss to the Nets showcased just how deep the turmoil was in Houston.
Full pregame analysis article can be viewed via this link.
Post Game Analysis:
Hindsight is 20-20 because this loss to the Nets demonstrated just how much trouble was brewing in Houston.
In spite of the loss Dwight Howard did have an impressive showing with 20 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. Still his efforts weren’t enough to help the Rockets.
The full post game write-up and player grades can be viewed via this link.
NBA.com box score can be reviewed via this link.
Coty Davis provided the following player grades in his post game assessments:
Rockets Games vs Nets in 2016-17
- December 12th at home
- January 15th at Barclays Center
Draft Picks and Free Agents
New Nets General Manager Sean Marks has made some bold and aggressive moves in his first summer with Brooklyn. Given the little traction he has with draft picks he definitely is trying to be bold by taking some risks. Three former Raptors (Vasquez, Scola and Bennett) have all been added which perhaps speaks to Marks belief in Masai Ujiri’s prowess at his position.
Round 1: Caris LeVert (20)
Round 2: Isaiah Whitehead (42)
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
3-years, $36M exits Hornets
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- NBA Rumors: Why the Houston Rockets shouldn’t trade up to no. 1 in NBA Draft
- 3 players that would be a perfect fit for the Houston Rockets at 23 or 24
Exiting Free Agents/traded:
- Sergey Karasev signed in Russia
- Thaddeus Young (traded to Pacers)
- Wayne Ellington to 2-years, $12M exits to Heat
- Willie Reed to 2-year deal exits to Heat
Next up Game 9 versus Denver Nuggets