Houston Rockets Game 39 of 2015-16 saw the squad tipping off versus inter division rivals the Memphis Grizzlies.
Jan 12, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) drives against Houston Rockets centers Clint Capela (15) and Dwight Howard (12) during the second quarter at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 39 of 2015-16 versus the Memphis Grizzlies.
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 39 – Memphis Grizzlies
Anthony Nguyen game day preview analysis offered the following excerpt:
The Houston Rockets will visit The FedEx Forum Wednesday night looking to avoid an 0 – 3 skid in their season series against the Memphis Grizzlies. Both teams have written the same script in terms of expectations coming into the season as opposed to performance nearing halfway through the season.
Houston’s season thus far has been identical to texting a girl or guy you met through one of your buddies. You find the person attractive and you want to get to know them so you both exchange numbers. On some days the conversation is flowing and you’re getting the vibe that he or she just might be into you. Then there are days where they’re throwing hay makers at you with one word responses or the infamous “k” which is also the universal finish line for every conversation ever known to man kind.
On some nights the Rockets can beat the Spurs, on others, they can’t seem to compete with the local YMCA youth team. Stop the tease. Please.
Post Game Analysis:
Coty Davis offered the post game analysis and player grades from the Rockets fourth win in a row.
This was the Rockets first win of the season against the Grizzlies and first victory in the FedEx arena since 2014. Overall, it was a grind for the Rockets as they march to their fourth victory in a row.
While Dwight Howard had a great performance it was the efforts of Terrence Jones who pushed the Rockets over the top. Unsurprisingly Marc Gasol excelled on the opponent’s side.
NBA.com provides full box score which can be viewed via this link.
Rockets Games vs Grizzlies in 2016-17
- December 23rd in Memphis at FedEx Forum
- January 13th at home
- January 21st in Memphis at FedEx Forum
- March 4th at home
Draft Picks and Free Agents
Memphis certainly didn’t hold back in the offseason inking point guard Mike Conley to the richest contract ever on the first day of free agency. The big issue entering this season will be whether the aging core of Conley, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph can stay healthy. Sure the Grizzlies also added free agent Chandler Parsons, but he’s had his own health issues.
Round 1: Wade Baldwin (17),
Round 2: Deyonta Davis (31), Rade Zagorac (35), Wang Zhelin (57) & Davis and Zagorac come from trade with Celtics for a 2019 first-round pick
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
- James Ennis 2-years, $6M
- Chandler Parsons 4-years, $94M exits Dallas
- Troy Daniels 3-years, $10M deal in a sign and trade deal
- D.J.Stephens and Troy Williams also to a 2-year partially guaranteed contract
Exiting Free Agents/traded:
- Matt Barnes 2-years, $12M to Kings
- Chris Andersen leaves for Cleveland on a 1-year, minimum deal.
- Ray McCallum Jr eaves Pistons on 1-year league minimum deal
- Mike Conley 5-years, $153M
- Xavier Munford (Grizz decline Team Option)
- Lance Stephenson (Grizz decline Team Option)
- Jordan Farmar
- PJ Hairston
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