For the second time in 11 days the Houston Rockets face the Utah Jazz looking to continue their winning ways.
With 17 games under their belts the Houston Rockets sit with an 11-6 record and have posted two consecutive 3-1 winning weeks. Last time the Rockets played Utah it was at the Toyota Center and the Jazz were missing one key ingredient – George Hill.
While it may seem far fetched for me to shout out Hill with the likes of Rudy Gobert, Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood and Derrick Favors among the top talents on Utah, there is a solid reason for it.
Hill represents the steadying force the Jazz require. Without him in the line-up Utah was 3-5. With him in the line-up they are 6-3. More impressively in his 2 games back this past week Utah won with a 26 point differential and saw their defensive rank leap to second.
That’s more than a subtle jump. Considering the Clippers suffered 2 losses this weekend where their opponents out scored them by a cumulative 32 points yet they only fell one spot defensively showcases just how impressive the Jazz’s 7 rung leap up the defensive ladder was. Not to mention the Jazz have yet to lose since his return.
In essence tonight’s game offers the top 4 Houston offense versus the top 2 Jazz defense.
With that, let’s break it down: