The Houston Rockets are looking to avenge a loss to the Toronto Raptors in a rematch on Thursday from Tokyo in the second of two NBA Japan games.
After falling 134-129 to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, the Houston Rockets will look to get revenge in their rematch with the defending champions early Thursday morning. After squandering a 17-point lead against Toronto in their last game, Houston will need a more consistent effort to come out on top this time around.
Russell Westbrook is expected to play in his second game with the Rockets after finishing with 13 points and six assists in 20 minutes in his debut. James Harden has been on a tear so far in the preseason, carving up defenses by scoring and dishing the ball with ease.
New faces like Ben McLemore and Chris Clemons have had especially strong preseasons for the Rockets as well and should get decent minutes on Thursday as Head Coach Mike D’Antoni looks to finalize his roster for the regular season.
For the Toronto Raptors, Marc Gasol is expected to make his preseason debut after sitting out the first game. Toronto’s frontcourt of Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam had their way with Houston last time around, and adding Gasol into the mix will make Toronto’s size even more of a problem.
Here is all the information you need to know about the early matchup on Oct. 10.
Injury ReportHouston Rockets (via Alykhan Bijani)Out: Michael Frazier (Right ankle sprain), Nene (Adductor – not with team), Anthony Bennett (Left knee – not with team), Thabo Sefolosha (Rest)Returning: Danuel House, Gerald Green
Toronto Raptors (via Ryan Wolstat)
Out: Kyle Lowry (Thumb)Returning: Marc Gasol
More injury updates will be made here if and when available.