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Houston Rockets: 5 things we learned from the preseason

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The Houston Rockets finished the preseason with a 4-1 record and they showed some improvements on both sides of the ball. Here are the five things that we learned from the Rockets in the preseason.

Although they had some shaky moments, the Houston Rockets had a very successful preseason as a whole. They beat the star-studded Oklahoma City Thunder in the preseason opener, played stifling defense to surmount the Memphis Grizzlies and they blew the Shanghai Sharks out of the water.

The Houston Rockets were able to win games when their offense was clicking and they couldn’t miss shot or when nothing was falling and they had to rely on their defense to save the day. Houston has become a more well-rounded team, showing great improvements on both sides of the ball.

They finished the preseason averaging the fourth most points a game (112.6) and holding opponents to the third fewest points a game (93.8). The Rockets have been able to play at a break neck pace while reserving enough energy to give great effort on defense.

While James Harden and Chris Paul still have room to grow, they’ve shown that they can definitely play together. Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza have shot lights out from beyond the arc and Luc Mbah a Moute has played both the center and point guard positions.

So without further ado, here are the five things we learned from the Houston Rockets preseason.

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