Houston Rockets Game 33 of 2015-16 saw the squad tipping off versus the Atlanta Hawks.
Dec 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Kent Bazemore (24) claps during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Hawks defeated the Rockets 121-115. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 33 of 2015-16 versus the Atlanta Hawks.
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 33 – Hawks
The year prior the Rockets lost the season series and should have been amped up for revenge.
The full pregame analysis article which can be viewed via this link.
Post Game Analysis:
Andre Cantalogo offered up the post game analysis and shared similar frustrations with many Clutch City fans.
The Houston Rockets have been the Jekyll and Hyde opponent this season in the NBA and proved it once again in their loss this evening.
Following 2 exhibitions showcasing the best and worst of the Rockets against the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans no one quite knew what to expect when they hosted the Atlanta Hawks. After head coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s comments regarding players priorities and disrespect for the game tonight’s match was much anticipated game to see how the team would respond.
The Rockets started the game burning hot and by halftime they registered 70% from the three-point line and a NBA season high 71 points. Despite that the Hawks managed to get back in the game in the second half (what’s new?) due to sloppy ugly basketball by the Rockets.
In the end Mike Budenholzer’s hack-a strategy, referees bad calls, Hawks offensive rebounds and Rockets carelessness for the ball were Houston’s demise as an undersized Corey Brewer idly tried to stop Al Horford on the post on the most important possession of the game.
And the Rockets are once again below .500.
Houston had several players who had fair games, but no one player was excellent.
Best Hawks were Millsap with 22 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks and Horford with 30 points, 14 rebounds.
NBA.com provides full box score which can be viewed via this link.
Rockets Games vs Hawks in 2016-17
- November 5th in Atlanta at Philips Arena
- February 2nd at home
Draft Picks and Free Agents
Dwight Howard did what everyone expected by opting out of his contract. Furthermore to no one’s surprise he’ll suit up in a different uniform next season; that of an Atlanta Hawk.
Overall the Hawks made some moves, but lost their most valuable asset in Al Horford and weren’t careful by letting it leak they were shopping Paul Millsap in order to keep him. That in itself could be a major problem next summer when Millsap will enter thefree agent market.
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Round 2: Isaia Cordinier (44)
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
- Dwight Howard 3-year $70.5M exits Rockets
- Malcolm Delaney 2-years $1.49M
- Jarrett Jack agrees to 1-year minimum deal
Exiting Free Agents/traded:
- Kent Bazemore 4-year, $70M
- Mike Muscala (Hawks exercised option)
- Kris Humphries returns on a 1-year $4M deal
- Kirk Hinrich
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