Houston Rockets Game 41 of 2015-16 found H-Town playing the eventual Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Jan 15, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) dribbles the ball during the game 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 41 of 2015-16 versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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 41 – Cavaliers
In the pregame review SCS noted the anticipation of the two franchise stars especially after what occurred last season in the “groin kick” game.
When you have two of the top 5 ranked players in the Association it’s pretty obvious who the key match-up is. Factor in last season’s final contest between the two teams when a misplaced foot played a contributing factor to the game and this one has the potential to be a big game.
Notably James prowess and gifts go beyond his scoring ability to his defense and facilitating on court. While James and Harden will provide the majority of the fodder for today’s contest look for what Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving bring as they continue to gel as a big three.
The move by head coach David Blatt to move Mozgov to the bench and start Tristan Thompson (yes, another Canadian) is paying dividends.
Post Game Analysis:
Andre Cantalogo offered the post game analysis and player grades:
Looking for their sixth consecutive win, J.B. Bickerstaff’s squad featured the return of Patrick Beverley who missed the previous game against the Timberwolves due to personal matters. As for the Cavs they completed their Texas roadtrip after grabbing a hard fought win against the Mavericks and dropping one to the Spurs on Thursday night.
A much anticipated match mostly thanks to the intensity, drama -and low blows– that surrounded last year’s game at Toyota Center, tonight’s game didn’t quite live up to the hype as it was a more defensive oriented game filled with mistakes and turnovers on the offensive end.
In the third quarter the Cavs turned up the heat and never looked back capitalizing on Rockets bad decisions and Harden’s ineffective ball movement and got the W.
In what was a complete blowout the Rockets looked tired and uninterested. After 5 straight wins it wasn’t exactly like an outing like this wasn’t expected.
Most of the Rockets players laid eggs in this game, but Dwight Howard was the best of the worst with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. For the Cavs LeBron James offered 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
ESPN’s box score can be reviewed via this link.
Rockets Games vs Cavaliers in 2016-17
- November 1st in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena
- March 12th at home
Draft Picks and Free Agents
Round 1: N/A
Round 2: Kay Felder (54)
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
- Chris Andersen 1 year veteran minimum deal
- Mike Dunleavy traded from Bulls to make room for Wade signing
Exiting Free Agents/traded:
- Timofey Mozgov 4-years $64M with Lakers
- Joe Harris who leaves for Nets on a 2-year deal
- Matthew Dellavedova 4-year, $38.5M Bucks offer (Cavs didn’t match)
- Sasha Kaun to the 76ers in trade
- LeBron James signs 3-year $100M deal
- James Jones signs 1-year $1.5M deal
- Jordan McRae (Cavs exercised option)
- Mo Williams Exorcised Option
- Richard Jefferson 2-years, $5M
More Free Agent News
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