Houston Rockets Game 14 of 2015-16 resulted in another loss this time at the hands of the Knicks as H-Town continues to spiral downward.
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 14 of 2015-16 versus the New York Knicks.
Nov 21, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Knicks defeated the Rockets 107-102. 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 14 – New York Knicks
Although the Knicks began the season with a few wins NBA fans all knew they were headed for the lottery. So, the fact Houston lost to them on their home court showcased how dire things were.
Post Game Analysis:
When I selected Kristaps Prozingis second in the SCS mock draft it was because I saw something special in him. Consequently little did I or anyone know how quickly he would ascend into a contributing prospect. Still, the Knicks never should have been able to come into Toyota Center and steal a win from a desperate Rockets squad, but that’s exactly what happened.
SCS post game review offered the 3 relevant takeaways learned in the game which can viewed via this link.
James Harden posted 24 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and committed 4 turnovers while Porzingis beasted with 24 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had 2 assists.
NBA.com provides full box score which can be viewed via this link.
Rockets Games vs Knicks in 2016-17
- November 2nd in New York at Madison Square Garden
- December 31st at home
Draft Picks and Free Agents
New York’s big moves in the offseason began with the early trade of Derrick Rose. In addition the Knicks followed this trade by procuring free agents Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee. Questions remain regarding who’ll handle the ball with since both Melo and Rose prefer to handle the ball. Furthermore Noah is probably best suited to initiate the offense.
Round 1: none
Round 2: none
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
from Bulls, 4-years, $72M
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- Rockets: Time to return the slander towards Rachel Nichols
- What the Rockets must do with the second overall pick
- Houston Rockets: The case for, and against, trading Christian Wood
- 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
Note: Hernangomez and Kuzminskas come over from Spanish League where Porzingis played prior to joining Knicks as a rookie.
Exiting Free Agents/traded:
- Robin Lopez (trade)
- Jerian Grant (trade)
- Jose Calderon (trade)
- Arron Afflalo 2-years, $25M to Kings
- Langston Galloway 2-years (undisclosed financials) to Pelicans
- Derrick Williams to a reported 1-year, $5M deal with Heat
- Cleanthony Early
- Lou Amundson
- Kevin Seraphin
Next up Game 15 versus the Grizzlies