Houston Rockets Game 32 of 2015-16 featured Southwest division rival New Orleans Pelicans in the teams second meeting of the season.
Dec 26, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) dunks the ball against the Houston Rockets during the first at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 32 of 2015-16 versus the New Orleans Pelicans.
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.
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 32 – New Orleans Pelicans
Houston Rockets Game 32 saw the Pelicans win a squeaker to tie the season series.
Both teams played on Christmas Day however the Rockets played much later in the day. Despite that fact Houston arrived with more bounce in their step having doled out a loss (just the sixth to San Antonio) to the Spurs and overall playing a solid defensive game. Conversely the Pelicans had a chance to win their game in Miami throughout the match, but their inability to defend cost them in the end.
The full Houston Rockets Game 32 pregame analysis article which can be viewed via this link.
Post Game Analysis:
Coty Davis provided player grades and post game review noting how succinctly the Pelicans dispensed of the Rockets stealing any shine remaining after Houston’s Spurs victory.
The Houston Rockets headed down I-10 East for a one game road trip Saturday, as they took on Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans, at the Smoothie King Center. Heading into this game, the Rockets were riding high after their Christmas day victory against the San Antonio Spurs.
For the Rockets, what looked like a blowout win in the making, quickly turned into a voodoo nightmare. The Rockets blew an 11 point lead as they headed into the half. It was everything but easy for Houston.
Ironically a player who now will suit up for the Rockets was the man who posted the best game for New Orleans on this day. The effort by the Rockets saw several mediocre performances with Terrence Jones delivering the best of the worst.
NBA.com provides full box score which can be viewed via this link.
Rockets Games vs New Orleans Pelicans 2016-17
- December 16th at home
- February 23rd in New Orleans at Smoothie King Arena
- March 17th in New Orleans at Smoothie King Arena
- March 24th at home
Draft Picks and Free Agents
Round 1: Buddy Hield (6)
Round 2: Cheick Diallo (33)
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
- E’Twaun Moore 4-year, $34M from
- Solomon Hill 4-years, $52M from Pacers
- Langston Galloway 2-years (undisclosed financials) from Knicks
- Terrence Jones signs a 1-year deal exits Houston
- Robert Sacre signs summer league/training camp contract
Exiting Free Agents/traded:
- Ryan Anderson 4-years, $80M to Rockets
- Eric Gordon 4-years, $53M to Rockets
- Jordan Hamilton signed overseas
- Norris Cole (T-Wolves showing interest)
- Kendrick Perkins (due to relationship with Durant the Warriors have expressed interest)
More Free Agent News
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