Houston Rockets Game 69 of 2015-16 saw the squad tipping off versus the young upstart Minnesota Timberwolves.
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 69 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 69 – Timberwolves
Apr 11, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) reacts after Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) knocks the ball away in the third quarter at Target Center. The Rockets win 129-105. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
On the surface this should be an automatic W in the win column, but the Houston Rockets haven’t done anything easy and the T-Wolves have been playing spoiler post All-Star break.
Tonight marks the second meeting between the Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets this season. The home town Rockets returned from a 5 game Eastern road trip seemingly playing better. But just like the regular season they failed to capitalize on a Los Angeles Clippers team who played the night prior…..
This match has all the makings for a trap game and given how the T-Wolves have been basking confidently post All-Star break that saw Zach LaVine win MVP of the BBVA Rising Stars as well as the Slam Dunk Competition while rookie Karl-Anthony Towns won the Skills Challenge and Andrew Wiggins could easily have won the MVP if the International side had won the game. Suffice to say these Wolves are extremely confident and play an exciting brand of basketball. I called for them as my dark horses this season, and they weren’t quite ready it’s obvious they aren’t far off.
The full pregame analysis Houston Rockets Game 69 can be viewed here
Post Game Analysis:
However, I thought this game would be a walk on the bench for the Rockets. For the second time this season I underestimated the talented Minnesota Timberwolves. A duel between rookie sensations Karl-Anthony Towns and James Harden made this one of the most entering games of the season. Overall, it was a great win by the Rockets! – Coty Davis
The full post game analysis Houston Rockets Game 63 can be viewed here.
Harden: 29 points, 14 assists, 5 rebounds
Towns: 32 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block
Houston Rockets Game 69 NBA.com box score.
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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