Houston Rockets Game 26 of 2015-16 featured the Sacramento Kings who H-Town had already beat twice.
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 26 of 2015-16 versus the Sacramento Kings.
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.
Hopes are these additions and the growth of existing assets will translate into a season similar to 2014-15. While fans wait for opening night on October 26th 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 26 – Sacramento Kings
As per writer Anthony Nguyen pregame analysis he noted the issues Houston needed to address on the defensive end of the court:
DEFENSIVE INTENSITY: Houston is finding themselves in the bottom of nearly every defensive statistical category there is and its been the main cause for such a wonky season. The Rockets must find a sense of urgency on this side of the floor to pull out some stops.
Post Game Analysis:
Andre Cantalogo served up the post game analysis highlighting the copious turnovers and two fan ejections:
The game was riddled with mistakes from the beginning with both teams trying to reach their turnover averages by halftime. The Rockets big men also suffered with foul trouble early.
Having won their previous two games against the Kings, the Rockets dropped this one to a Rondo-less Kings side who had 27 turnovers.
James Harden garnered the top player grade from Andre Cantalogo and DeMarcus Cousins picked up the honor for the Kings.
ESPN’s box score can be reviewed via this link.
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:
- Matt Barnes 2-years, $12M, leaves Memphis
- Anthony Tolliver 2-years, $16M exits Detroit
- Garrett Temple 3-years, $24M exits Wizards
- Arron Afflalo 2-years, $25M exits Knicks
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
More Free Agent News
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