The Houston Rockets finish their series in China with the second game versus the New Orleans Pelicans.
It’s becoming second nature for the Houston Rockets to post 128 points per game. In fact through 3 games this preseason that is the Rockets average scoring total per game.
Granted their opponents have been the Shanghai Sharks, retooled New York Knicks and a New Orleans Pelicans team not at full strength.
Albeit that same Pelican team boasts the second highest points per game in the Association.
Wednesday morning finds the same two teams tipping off in China, this time in Beijing.
Next: Starting line-ups and depth chart
Mar 2, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts while playing against the New Orleans Pelicans in the second half at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 100-95. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Point Guard: James Harden
Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon
Small Forward: Trevor Ariza
Power Forward: Ryan Anderson
Center: Clint Capela
Look for Mike D’Antoni to utilize reserves who didn’t see action in Beijing as he continues to tinker with his line-ups. And, perhaps D’Antoni will be seeking to find some semblance of defense in this match as it certainly was no where to be found Sunday.
Rockets Depth Chart:
Point Guard: Tyler Ennis, Pablo Prigioni, Bobby Brown,
Shooting Guard: K.J. McDaniels, Gary Payton II, Isaiah Taylor
Small Forward: Sam Dekker, Corey Brewer, P.J. Hairston
Power Forward: Kyle Wiltjer, Montrezl Harrell
Center: Nene Hilario, Chinanu Onuaku
Pelicans Starting Line-up:
Point Guard: Either Tim Frazier
Shooting Guard: E’Twaun Moore
Small Forward: Solomon Hill
Power Forward: Anthony Davis
Center: Alexis Ajinca
Pelicans Depth Chart:
Point Guard: Quinn Cook, Langston Galloway
Shooting Guard: Buddy Hield, Lance Stephenson, Shawn Dawson, Alonzo Gee
Small Forward: Chris Copeland
Power Forward: Terrence Jones, Cheick Diallo, Dante Cunningham
Center: Omer Asik
Next: Game Particulars
Oct 14, 2015, Shanghai, China; Houston Rocket former center Yao Ming watches the Los Angeles Clippers lose to the Charlotte Hornets. His wife Ye Li and daughter Yao Qinlei, whose English name is Amy also watch. The Clippers lose to the Hornets 113-71. Mandatory Credit: Danny La-USA TODAY Sports
Here’s the particulars for the Houston Rockets versus the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday Game.
Pelicans: New Orleans picks up exactly where they left off last season with numerous injuries to contend with:
Jrue Holiday remains out to be with his wife who is dealing with brain cancer
Tyreke Evans is still recovering from a knee injury sustained last season. Rotoworld notes Evans said he sustained a blood clot in his calf following his most recent knee surgery. Evans will be out until December at a minimum.
Terrence Jones is doubtful for Wednesday with a right knee contusion
Robert Sacre: Right foot – won’t play in Wednesday’s game.
Quincy Pondexter: Will be out until at least November with his knee injury.
Alexis Ajinca: Suffered back spasms, but is listed as questionable for Wednesday
Patrick Beverley did not travel with the team due to his own knee issues
Donatas Motiejunas remains unsigned and therefore did not travel with the team
Le Sports Center,Beijing, China
Radio and Television Providers:
In Houston and Area: Root Sports
Worldwide: NBA League Pass
Game Time: 6:30 AM CT and 7:30 AM EST
Next: Summer Roster Moves
Nov 13, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) dribbles the ball against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated New Orleans 100-81. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
A look at the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans offers insight into the 2 teams changes from last season.
Rockets Summer Moves:
Draft Picks :
Round 2: Chinanu Onuaku (37), Zhou Qi (43)
Rookies signed after draft: Gary Payton II signed for 3yrs, Kyle Wiltjer and Isaiah Taylor
- Ryan Anderson 4-years, $80M exits Pelicans
- Eric Gordon 4-years, $53M exits Pelicans
- Nene Hilario on a 1 year, $2.9M exits Wizards
- Pablo Prigioni on a 2-year veteran minimum deal exits Clippers
- Tyler Ennis on a trade that sent Michael Beasley to the Bucks
- James Harden signed 4-year, $118M contract extension
- Dwight Howard agrees to 3-year $70.5M deal with Hawks
- Terrence Jones signed a 1-year deal with Pelicans
- Jason Terry signs 1-year veteran minimum deal with Bucks
- Michael Beasley traded to Bucks in exchange for Tyler Ennis
RFA Qualifying Offer:
- Donatas Motiejunas Rockets extended qualifying offer which expired October 1st, remains unresolved
Pelicans Summer Moves:
Round 1: Buddy Hield (6)
Round 2: Cheick Diallo (33)
- E’Twaun Moore 4-year, $34M from
- Solomon Hill 4-years, $52M from Pacers
- Langston Galloway 2-years (undisclosed financials) from Knicks
- Terrence Jones signs a 1-year deal exits Houston
- Robert Sacre signs summer league/training camp contract
- Ryan Anderson 4-years, $80M to Rockets
- Eric Gordon 4-years, $53M to Rockets
- Jordan Hamilton signed overseas
- Norris Cole
- Kendrick Perkins
Next: Keys To Continuing Win Streak
Jan 25, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) argues an officials call during the fourth quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center. The Rockets defeated the Pelicans 112-111. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Balance of offense versus defense: The Houston Rockets have proven they can score when it counts – – and then some. Now Houston need to take advantage of this high scoring Pelican’s team to work on their defensive side of the ball.
Which trends will continue:
- Do the the Rockets score over 128 points?
- Will James Harden register another double digit assist effort?
- Does K.J. McDaniels continue to impress D’Antoni earning even more playing time?
- Can Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon replicate their efforts versus their former squad?
- Will upstart rookie Buddy Hield have another solid showing
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Keys to winning;
- Minimize E’Twaun Moore and Anthony Davis forcing someone else to beat you.
- Emphasize defense first to measure the Rockets areas requiring further work.
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Next up in the preseason schedule the Rockets play the Grizzlies back State side in Memphis on Saturday October 15th.