Houston Rockets Game 9 of 2015-16 featured another loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Continuing SCS series of last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 9 versus the Denver Nuggets.
Nov 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) defends against Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (6) in the second quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-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 9 – Denver Nuggets
Not learning from their first meeting the Rockets lost again to Denver 107-98. As a result the pundits began to question the move to bring Ty Lawson to the Rockets in the off season. This narrative only gained momentum until his release from the team.
On opening night the loss to the Nuggets was written off as a misnomer. But, losing a second time within the first 10 games of the season only served to shine a spotlight on troubles brewing.
Anthony Nguyen provided the pregame analysis which can be read in full via this link.
Post Game Analysis:
On his return to Denver diminutive point guard Ty Lawson did little to make Nuggets fans upset he was no longer with them. Coty Davis provided post game grades for the Rockets with Ty Lawson’s grade summing up the night:
Davis’ full grades and post game report is available via this link.
Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton took over the scoring needs for the Nuggets while Kenneth Faried snagged a double-double and Emmanuel Mudiay dished 11 assists.
The Rockets sputtered though James Harden did score 28 points, Howard had a double-double and Terrence Jones had one of his best games of the season.
NBA.com box score can be accessed via this link.
Rockets Games vs Nuggets in 2016-17
Houston Rockets play the Denver Nuggets 4 times this season:
- December 2nd in Denver at Pepsi Center
- March 18th in Denver at Pepsi Center
- March 20th at home
- April 5th at home
Draft Picks and Summer Moves
Notably the Denver Nuggets have a deep roster full of young talent including 4 rookies. Watch for Murray and Hernangomez specifically to make a dent immediately this season. Of all the teams in the Association the Nuggets are most likely to make another move via a trade prior to season start given their horde of youthful talent.
Round 1: Jamal Murray (7), Juan Hernangomez (15), Malik Beasley (19)
Round 2: Petr Cornelie
- D.J. Augustin 4-years, $29M exits for Magic
- Darrell Arthur 3-years, $23M (obviously likes team direction signing reasonable contract) Mike Miller 2-year $6M deal
Up next Rockets Game 10 versus Dallas Mavericks