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Rockets vs. Warriors Summer League Preview: Game two

Isaiah Hartenstein #55 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
Isaiah Hartenstein #55 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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After a close 92-89 victory over the Pacers, the Rockets’ Summer League squad looks to keep it rolling against Golden State tonight at 6:30 PM CT on ESPN 2.

Rockets basketball returns tonight from Las Vegas as Houston takes on the Golden Warriors in a toned down Western Conference Finals rematch. Houston comes off of a win against the Indiana Pacers in which guard Trevon Duval and forward Danuel House led the team in scoring with 20 points apiece. Look for both of them to come out strong tonight with some leftover heat and earned confidence.

Here’s a look at Duval’s highlights from Friday’s game, and an idea of what we could see from him tonight:

If y’all missed Trevon Duval’s Summer League debut, you. are. welcome. Enjoy: pic.twitter.com/iVT0PN9q7Q

— Screwston vs Everybody (@HouSportsGod) July 6, 2018

Who else to look out for tonight

Another player to look out for in tonight’s matchup for the Rockets is 46th pick De’Anthony Melton, who struggled with his offense against Indiana on Friday, shooting only 2-14 from the field, and will no doubt be looking for a bounce-back performance in his second outing with the organization.

The frontcourt matchup is shaping up to be the most interesting aspect of the game; we’ll see young Houston prospects Zhou Qi and Isaiah Hartenstein put up against Golden State’s 2017 draftee Jordan Bell. Both Zhou and Hartenstein performed well in their first outing, Zhou posting 10 points on 50% from downtown, and Hartenstein going for 12 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks while being a team best +14. Going up against someone with genuine NBA experience like Bell could prove to be an interesting gauge of their progression and NBA readiness. It will be cool to see how the guys matchup with a big that’s had some NBA runtime.

For the Warriors, undrafted guard Kendrick Nunn heads into tonight’s game after scoring a team-high 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds against the Clippers on Friday. So watch for him to come out and try to repeat that success.

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The game is shaping up to be an entertaining one with tons of points to watch out for, so tune in to support your summer Rockets as they look to beat Golden State and move to 2-0 in the Summer League standings.

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