Houston Rockets Game 40 of 2015-16 saw the squad tipping off versus the young upstart Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jan 13, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) dunks the ball during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 40 of 2015-16 versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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 40 – Timberwolves
In the game day preview SCS noted the need not to take the young Timberwolves for granted as H-Town sought to continue their winning streak. Houston Rockets Game 40 offered the opportunity to post the squads longest win streak of the season.
Tonight marks the first of three meetings between the Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets this season. While the home town Rockets enter the contest on a 4-game win streak they need to learn from their season long inconsistency and not take these young T-Wolves for granted. The Atlanta Hawks lost both games to this upstart squad earlier this season and they’ve also surprised top teams on the road beating both Chicago and Miami. Simply put this Minnesota squad are on the rise and but for a call or one play here or there could be sitting in the playoffs.
This match has all the makings for a trap game and given Houston didn’t really rest anyone in their win last night they’ll need to proceed with caution as the Wolves don’t know any better than to bring 100% effort every night.
Post Game Analysis:
Coty Davis offered the post game analysis and player grades:
Okay to be honest, everyone thought this game would be a walk in the park for the Houston Rockets (well not everyone: our editor did call for this to be a close game…. but then again she’s Canadian). However, Minnesota Timberwolves guards Kevin Martin and Andrew Wiggins (yes he’s Canadian) made this one of the most entering games of the season.
With the victory, the Houston Rockets Game 40 resulted in the team extending their winning streak to a season high five games in a row!
Houston Rockets game 40 led to the teams fifth win in a row and a highly entertaining contest.
NBA.com provides full box score which can be viewed via this link.
Rockets Games vs Timberwolves in 2016-17
- December 17th in Minnesota at Target Center
- January 11th in Minnesota at Target Center
- February 25th at home
- April 12th at home
Draft Picks and Free Agents
If there was a perfect draft prospect for a coach Kris Dunn could have been hand picked for Tom Thibodeau. With so much young talent on the roster it’s not surprising more moves weren’t made in free agency.
Round 1: Kris Dunn (5)
Round 2: N/A
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
- Cole Aldrich 3-years, $22M exits Clippers
- Brandon Rush to a 1 year $3.5M exits Warriors
- Jordan Hill exits the Pacers to sign a 2-year $8M
Exiting Free Agents/traded:
- Damjan Rudez has training camp invite with Magic
- Greg Smith
More Free Agent News
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