The Houston Rockets seek to get into the win column after an abysmal defensive effort in the season opener.
Losing the season opener wasn’t how the Houston Rockets envisioned starting the season, especially against a team who won 17 games last year. Tonight they’ll get a second shot facing much stiffer competition in the Dallas Mavericks.
Both teams are seeking their first win of the season, but enter following two very different opening contests. Dallas pushed the Pacers into overtime before succumbing for their loss. Suffice to say they’ll be amped to capture the victory. Oddly these two teams play most of their 4 games early this season. This weekend features the home and home series and by the end of December the Southwest Division rivals will have completed their meetings for the season.
Entering the contest many fans are already speculating if James Harden is going to blow the assists per game total out of the water this season. His 14 first half assists were brilliant, but he garnered just 3 in the second half. It’s conceivable the Rockets as a whole are so excited about their offense they failed to remain calm enough to play consistently. SCS offers some suggestions in the game day countdown to counter having a repeat of the season opener.
With that let’s dive in to the Houston Rockets Game Day Countdown….
Next: Mavericks Off Season Moves
Oct 19, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut (6) looks to drives to the basket as Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) defends during the second half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Round 1: N/A,
Round 2: A.J. Hammons (46)
- Andrew Bogut (trade)
- Harrison Barnes 4-years, $94M
- Seth Curry 2-year $6M deal exits Sacramento
- Nicolas Brussino from the Argentina League
- Jonathan Gibson signed a 3-year minimum deal
- Quincy Acy has agreed to a 2-year minimum deal exits Sacramento
- Chandler Parsons 4-years, $94M from Grizzlies
- Zaza Pachulia 1-year $2.9M to Warriors
- Jeremy Evans (trade to Pacers)
- Raymond Felton joins Clippers on a reported 1-year minimum deal
- David Lee on 2-year $3.2M deal with Spurs
- JaVale McGee will attend Warriors training camp under a ‘make good’ 15 day contract
- Deron Williams 1-year, $10M
- Dwight Powell 4-years, $37M
- Dirk Nowitzki (he’s a Mav for life) 2-year, $40M
Next: Starting Line-ups
Oct 21, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) guards Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) in the second quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Rockets Starting 5:
(stats from 2015-16)
Mavericks Starting 5:
(stats from 2015-16)
Point Guard: Deron Williams – 14.1 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds
Shooting Guard: Wesley Matthews -12.5 points, 1.9 assists, 3.1 rebounds
Small Forward: Harrison Barnes – 11.7 points, 1.8 assists, 4.9 rebounds
Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki – 18.3 pints, 1.8 assists, 6.5 rebounds
Center: Andrew Bogut – 5.4 points, 2.3 assists, 7.0 rebounds
Next: The Benches
Houston Rockets Bench:
October 26, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets center Nene Hilario (42) moves to the basket against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
- Corey Brewer – 2016 SCS Brewer preview
- Sam Dekker – 2016 SCS Dekker preview
- Kyle Wiltjer – Get to know more about Wiltjer
- Nene Hilario – 2016 SCS Nene Preview
- Montrezl Harrell – 2016 SCS Harrell Preview
- Chinanu Onuaku – Analyzing the Rockets 37th pick
Dallas Mavericks Bench:
Guards: JJ Barea, Devin Harris, Seth Curry
Wings: Justin Anderson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nicolas Brussino
Bigs: Salahj Mejri, Dwight Powell, Quincy Acy, AJ Hammons
Next: Game Particulars
Apr 6, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) guards Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Patrick Beverley – knee, is sideline for 3 weeks minimum and will be re-evaluated following
Apr 6, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) fouls Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (34) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Rockets 88-86. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
his Monday arthroscopic procedure. (targeting early December)
- Devin Harris – toe, Harris is in a walking boot with a sprained right big toe and expected to be out for 3 weeks.
All injury reports as per rotoworld
Friday October 28th at American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX at 8:30 PM EST
Radio and Television Providers:
In Houston and Area: Root Sports
In Dallas and Area: Fox Sports Southwest
Worldwide: NBA League Pass
Radio: 790 AM
Game Time: 7:30 PM CT and 8:30 PM EST
Next: Keys to win
Oct 19, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (left) defends during the second half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Keys to Rockets Winning:
If the loss in Los Angeles didn’t wake up the Rockets than I’m not sure what will. Oddly the Rockets played solid defensively in the preseason, so it’s hard to understand how they stopped in L.A. Perhaps Houston just played down to their competition. Obviously they can’t afford to produce another lack luster effort versus a team like Dallas.
In both the Rockets and Mavericks games their starting units did most of the damage. Mavericks starters 85 of their 121 points with JJ Barea scoring 22 of the Mav’s 36 bench points. Rockets starters accounted for 88 of their 114 points. Mike D’Antoni should look at starting K.J. McDaniels to offer better defense to start the game and afford Erick Gordon the opportunity to excel facing the Mavericks bench unit.
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Consistency Through 4 quarters:
Okay, so it’s not like the Mavericks have copious youngsters like the Lakers do. That said, they do feature Harrison Barnes, Justin Anderson and Dwight Powell to name a few. My point is the Rockets played one way for 3 quarters and then shifted back to old habits in the final frame.
As much as D’Antoni’s offense offers multiple options the issue seemed to be player movement. Sure the ball was moving, but the only guy moving on the court was Harden. That can’t happen again unless D’Antoni decides to play him fewer minutes since it was obvious he was gassed in the fourth quarter.
D’Antoni should utilize his roster’s depth by utilizing McDaniels, Sam Dekker, Kyle Wiltjer, Tyler Ennis and Montrezl Harrell. Dallas can’t match the Rockets depth, so why not wear them out with the Rockets youngsters.
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