The Houston Rockets continue to prepare for the remaining eight regular season games when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies in scrimmage number two.
The Houston Rockets have officially logged 40 minutes back on the court together after their 94-83 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Friday’s scrimmage game. There were plenty of good takeaways from the team’s return, including strong, healthy showings from James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
Houston’s focus will now shift back to the Western Conference as they take on rookie sensation Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies. At 32-33 before the shutdown, Memphis is likely to end the season as the eighth seed, meaning they’ll probably face the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
The Grizzlies are coming off a 90-83 loss in their first scrimmage against the Philadelphia 76ers, in which Jonas Valanciunas led them with 20 points and 11 rebounds. In the regular season, the Rockets won two out of three against the Grizzlies, highlighted by a dominant 140-112 win on Feb. 26.
With this being the first 48-minute game for the Rockets, look for Coach Mike D’Antoni to use the lineups you would expect in the regular rotation for about three quarters, potentially resting them for the fourth.
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Austin Rivers will be unavailable for the game, as he returned to the Orlando bubble on Saturday after leaving for an urgent family matter. He will need to self-quarantine for four days before resuming basketball activities.
As Houston Chronicle reporter Jonathan Feigen tweeted Sunday, DeMarre Carroll will be available after tweaking his hamstring this week, but his time will be limited. Luc Mbah a Moute will be out for the game.