Player grades from the Rockets’ bounce-back victory over Grizzlies

Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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B. Danuel House had a stellar opening preseason performance, leading many to question why Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni opted to remove him from the starting lineup in favor of Eric Gordon. The second game was a bit different, as House went 3-for-10 from 3-point range, while adding nine points in 33 minutes of action. But House poured in six rebounds and three steals, and the Rockets were 16 points better with him on the court, which was tied with DeMarre Carroll for a game-high.. Small Forward. Houston Rockets. DANUEL HOUSE

Ben McLemore had a dismal performance in the Rockets’ preseason opener, as he went 1-for-7 from deep, which was bound to improve. McLemore found his shot right out the gates, as he finished with 26 points, which was second-best in the game, behind only James Harden. McLemore made six threes, which was a game-high, including a triple he made within the waning seconds of the first quarter to give the Rockets the lead. McLemore was lethal from behind the arc, as he went 6-of-7 from deep. In addition, the Rockets sharpshooter finished with 1.1 points per minute, which was a game-high.. Guard. Houston Rockets. BEN MCLEMORE. A+

A. Jeff Green was destined for a bounce back performance, as he struggled mightily in the Rockets’ first scrimmage against the Toronto Raptors. On Sunday, Green was in his bag, as he had 18 points and missed just one shot in 28 minutes of action. Green dazzled with a look-away basket in the second quarter, and went 6-of-7 from the floor, while going 3-of-4 from deep. Green also added three rebounds.. Forward. Houston Rockets. JEFF GREEN

Houston Rockets. DEMARRE CARROLL. B+. If we were assessing DeMarre Carroll’s shooting performance from Sunday night, it would be easy to say he had a bad game, as Carroll went 0-for-3 and finished with 0 points in 11 minutes of action. But the Rockets were 16 points better when Carroll was on the floor, which was tied for a game-high. Carroll had nine rebounds, including two offensive boards, and two assists, which is the type of all-around game that will earn him more minutes if he continues these types of performances.. Forward

The Rockets’ second-unit was stellar, due to the lights out shooting performances from Ben McLemore and Jeff Green. James Harden was masterful yet again, although Eric Gordon and Russell Westbrook struggled to get going.

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The Rockets will have one more scrimmage to round out the preseason, as they face the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, July 28th.