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Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies preseason preview

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Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images
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The Houston Rockets will attempt to remain undefeated tonight as they travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies.

The Houston Rockets haven’t skipped a beat in the preseason.

They’re scoring a ton of points, sharing the ball, playing stifling defense and are pouring in 3-pointers. When the main rotational guys have played, Houston has looked like a team that is much improved from last year’s squad.

This evening, the Rockets will take on the 2-1 Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have been a tough, competitive playoff team for years. Their style of play heavily contrast with Houston’s, as Memphis prefers to play a slower, defensive-focused, grind it out type of game.

Memphis lost Zach Randolph and Vince Carter to Sacramento in the offseason, and they haven’t quite figured out their rotation. Chandler Parsons continues to struggle in Memphis, as he’s only averaged 3.7 points in 15.2 minutes in the preseason. Parsons’ injuries have sapped a lot of his athleticism, but his $23 million salary makes him hard to bench.

Memphis will also have to figure out who will start at shooting guard. Andrew Harrison started at 2-guard for Memphis in their lost against Atlanta, but he has struggled to score the ball efficiently. Harrison has averaged 8.7 points in the preseason, but he’s shot just 30.8 percent from the field and a lowly 10.0 percent from the 3-point line. Mario Chalmers and Wade Baldwin IV are also competing for the 2-guard spot, but Tyreke Evans offers Memphis the most promise with his combination of size, experience and playmaking abilities.

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Chris Paul will suit up for the Houston Rockets tonight, despite missing Monday’s game with a shoulder bruise. The Rockets likely took the opportunity to rest the 32-year-old in a meaningless exhibition game.

Rockets G Chris Paul to play in Memphis. Sat out in NY with a bruised shoulder. MDA: "He would have played if it was a regular-season game."

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) October 11, 2017

How to watch

The game will air on ESPN at 8:30 PM CT. You can also listen to the contest on 92.9 ESPN.

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