Houston Rockets Game 76 of 2015-16 featured the Chicago Bulls.
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 76 of 2015-16 versus the Chicago Bulls.
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.
Houston hopes their free agent additions and the growth of existing assets will translate into a season similar to 2014-15. While fans wait for October 26th opening night 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 76 – Bulls
Anthony Nguyen provided the pregame breakdown:
With most teams having 7 games left of the regular season, the playoff race for both the Western and Eastern Conference are under careful microscopic examination each and every single night. Tonight’s match up against two teams battling for playoff life in their respective conferences is one that is promised to be filled with excitement, grit and crucial bad calls down the stretch that may very well determine the game.
Full pregame report can be accessed via this link.
Post Game Analysis:
Coty Davis served up the post game analysis and player grades:
The Rockets played well though the game. Which included a 14 point lead midway through the third quarter. Once again a couple of critical mistakes down the stretch cost the Rockets the game. With the loss, Houston has dropped below .500 and out of the playoff picture again!
The full post game analysis and grades can be viewed here
James Harden posted 24 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists, while Patrick Beverley notched 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists.
While Jimmy Butler notched 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.
Houston Rockets Game 76 ESPN box score.
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Rockets Games vs Bulls in 2016-17
- February 3rd at home
- March 10 in Chicago at the United Center
Draft Picks and Free Agents
Though Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City may have shocked some NBA fans surely Dwyane Wades exit from Miami was much more surprising. The Bulls are in full on rebuild mode having sent franchise star Derrick Rose packing. Furthermore losing Joakim Noah means the Bulls have few Thibodeau roster members remaining. So, now coach Fred Hoiberg has practically a brand new roster to mold.
Round 1: Denzel Valentine (14)
Round 2: Paul Zipser (48)Mar
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
- Rajon Rondo 2-years $30M from Kings
- Robin Lopez (trade)
- Jerian Grant (trade)
- Dwyane Wade deal is reportedly for 2-years, $47.5M
- Isaiah Canaan 2-year, $2.1M deal exits 76ers
Exiting Free Agents/traded:
- Joakim Noah to New York Knicks, 4-years, $72M
- E’Twaun Moore 4-year, $34M to Pelicans
- Derrick Rose (trade)
- Pau Gasol 2-years, $30M to Spurs
- Jose Calderon (trade to Chicago in Bulls deal and now traded to Lakers to create cap space for Wade)
- Mike Dunleavy traded to Cavaliers
- Aaron Brooks to a 1-year, $2.5M deal, moves to Pacers
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Next up Game 77 versus the Oklahoma City Thunder