Oct 28, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) guards Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Rockets host the Mavericks in their home opener with hopes of sweeping the home and home series.
Two games into the season the Houston Rockets have shown their fans 2 types of games. In their season opening loss the Rockets absence of defense reckoned memories of last season. Conversely, their win in Dallas was much more in line with what Red Nation was hoping the club would play like this season.
For the Mavericks they’ve been held win-less in their first 2 games, so they’ll be desperate to register a “W”. Granted the Houston Rockets will be hoping to establish a winning record at the Toyota Center, so don’t expect any sympathy being afforded their Southwest Division rivals.
With that, SCS offers the Game Day Countdown:
Next: Mavericks Off Season Moves
Oct 1, 2016; Bossier City, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca (42) grabs the rebound over Dallas Mavericks center A.J. Hammons (20) during the second half at CenturyLink Center. New Orleans won 116-102. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-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 28, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Nene Hilario (42) and forward Trevor Ariza (1) jump for the rebound against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Rockets Starting 5:
(stats from 2015-16)
Dallas 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
Oct 28, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) defends against Houston Rockets guard Tyler Ennis (6) during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Rockets defeat the Mavericks 106-98. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Rockets Bench:
- 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, Seth Curry
Wings: Justin Anderson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nicolas Brussino
Bigs: Salahj Mejri, Dwight Powell, Quincy Acy, AJ Hammons
Next: Game Particulars
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
- Patrick Beverley – knee, is sideline for 3 weeks minimum and will be re-evaluated followinghis 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.
- Dirk Nowitzki missed Friday’s game in Dallas, but attended shoot around and is expected to play Sunday in Houston
All injury reports as per rotoworld
Sunday October 30th at Toyota Center, Houston, TX
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: 7:00 PM CT and 8:00 PM EST
Next: Keys to Winning
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 Winning:
Consistency: The Rockets have showcased different types of games through 2 games. In the first versus the Lakers an absence of defense was costly, whereas a balanced effort in Dallas led to a win.
Use bench depth and defensive minded players: Mike D’Antoni can’t afford to get caught up in how much money the Rockets paid to get Ryan Anderson. Either he performs defensively or he’ll need to sit in the fourth again like he did in Dallas. The unit featuring of Tyler Ennis, Eric Gordon, K.J. McDaniels, Trevor Ariza and Nene were the best defensively in Dallas. If the Mavericks show up with a more concerted effort in Houston, D’Antoni shouldn’t hesitate to use them again.
If you only read the box score following Friday’s victory, it would appear the Rockets had an easy victory. The truth is the game was much closer throughout and the team only nailed down the win in the final frame. Dirk Nowitzki is expected to play in Houston which will offer another offensive threat. Plus the Mavericks are desperate for a win.
Protect Home Court: As simple as it sounds it’s a critical part of every team doing well. Half the 82 games are played at home so winning a majority goes a long way to gaining a playoff berth and ideally home court. Furthermore, the Rockets head out on the road for 5 straight games following Sunday, so notching a victory prior is critical.
Post game grades from Friday, October 28th
SCS Film Room, 3 lessons learned from Friday, October 28th
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