Oct 28, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) drives to the basket between Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) and center Andrew Bogut (6) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Rockets defeat the Mavericks 106-98. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets and the Mavs are both coming off victories and little rest to do battle at Toyota Center
The Houston Rockets play the Mavs in a back to back after getting an impressive win against Westbrook and the Thunder. A very close, grind it out, “OMG” type of win, but a win nonetheless. In fact, the very entertaining, nationally televised game furthered the idea that our Rockets can be elite.
The Mavs are also coming off an impressive win against the Pacers on Friday and look to finally get some of their key players back. Seth Curry returned to lineup after missing the last four games and managed to hand out six dimes. However, Dirk, Barea, and Bogut are still out with a variety of ailments. But, understanding how deep these Texas rivalries go, I wouldn’t doubt the competitiveness of the game. Especially since Harrison Barnes and Wes Matthews love going at Harden and the Rockets.
On Friday against the Pacers, Wes went off for 26 points (5 triples), 4 boards, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Barnes meanwhile, dropped 25 points (3 triples), 8 boards, and 2 assists. Both players played almost 40 minutes last night, so fatigue may be an issue. For both teams actually.
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The Rockets are looking to extend their current win streak to six and a win tonight would make them 3-0 on the season against the Mavs.
Houston currently has a record of 16-7, while the Mavs are struggling at 5-17. To be clear though, the Mavs are not struggling because of lack of talent. Early season injuries have decimated, what seemed to be, a playoff contender. The injuries sum up the beautiful struggle of the NBA and the lives of these players.
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