After losing last night, the Houston Rockets will look to get back on track against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight on the road.
The Houston Rockets are having a fantastic month of November. Despite the loss last night, they have righted the ship so far in the month and are back over .500, thankfully, after a 1-5 start to the year.
A huge part of the turnaround has been thanks to Clint Capela. He is coming off two of his best games ever, both against All-Star Andre Drummond. He’s put up games of 27 points, 15 rebounds & 5 blocks along with a game of 29 points, 21 rebounds & 3 blocks. Capela has been an animal and is only improving.
Let’s hope he can keep it going tonight against Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thompson isn’t quite the level of opponent that Clint has been dominating, but he can definitely sneak up on you if you let him.
Let’s look at the likely starters:
*Edit* Chris Paul has been ruled as out for rest. Expect Eric Gordon to start.
Keys to success
The Rockets have to go out there and play to their full ability. If they overlook Cleveland or struggle, they could end up like Philadelphia last night, losing to the 3-14 Cavs.
The bench has to be better. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. They were extremely underwhelming in the series split against the Pistons, scoring just 16 and 13 points in the two games. Eric Gordon has to find himself, hopefully, the clutch shot yesterday helps his confidence.
Chris Paul and James Harden have to give Colin Sexton and Rodney Hood some buckets. Sexton is a great young defender and Hood always kills the Rockets, but those are no excuses for the fact that CP3 and the Beard are certainly better. Expect another big night from one or both of those two in a bounce-back game.
*Edit* With Eric Gordon likely starting, he needs to give Sexton/Hood buckets instead of CP3.
The Cavs aren’t particularly looking to win at this stage in their development. The Rockets must take advantage of that and come out and take this victory.