Houston Rockets Game 57 of 2015-16 saw the squad losing a tough one in overtime to the Utah Jazz.
Feb 23, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) drives to the basket between Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) and guard Rodney Hood (5) during the first quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 57 of 2015-16 versus the Utah Jazz.
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 57 – Utah Jazz
The full pregame analysis article which can be viewed via this link.
Post Game Analysis:
Andre Cantalogo post game review and player grades:
The game against the Jazz began the same way Rockets’ fans have unfortunately become accustomed to this season, with Houston making tons of mistakes, not taking care of the ball and committing a lot of silly turnovers. The Jazz took advantage early and managed to mount a small lead, mostly due to Gordon Hayward’s three-point shooting.
Despite Utah’s early lead, Quinn Snyder’s side just wasn’t able to build up on it, mostly due to their own turnovers.
Both teams kept playing really bad basketball, giving up easy possessions, committing fouls, missing easy layups, etc. Sometimes it even felt as if the Rockets were playing the Grizzlies. In all reality it was a really ugly game until the fourth quarter when the game got some traction.
And, if not for a clutch three-point shot by veteran Jason Terry the Jazz could have taken the game in regulation. In overtime it was time for Rodney Hood to seal the deal for the Jazz.
James Harden posted 42 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds while Gordon Hayward had 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
NBA.com provides full box score which can be viewed via this link.
Rockets Games vs Jazz in 2016-17
- November 19th at home
- November 29th in Utah at Vivant Smart Home Arena
- March 8th at home
Draft Picks and Free Agents
Taking a cue from the Minnesota Timberwolves who surrounded their youngsters with solid vets last season (Kevin Garnett, Kevin Martin, Tayshaun Prince) the Utah Jazz are seemingly following the same blueprint adding Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and George Hill.
Utah is on the cusp of breaking through and could be the surprise in the West this season.
Round 1: N/A
Round 2: Joel Bolomboy (52), Marcus Paige (55), Tyrone Wallace (60)
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
- Joe Johnson 2-year, $22M with Jazz
- George Hill (traded from Pacers)
- Boris Diaw (trade from Spurs for Olivier Hanlan)
Exiting Free Agents/traded:
More Free Agent News
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