Player grades from the Rockets’ stumble against the Portland Trail Blazers

James Harden Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets. BEN MCLEMORE. B -. Ben McLemore had an efficient showing for the time he was on the court. He scored eight points and dished out two assists in 25 minutes of play and shot 3-of-5 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. McLemore had a terrible defensive showing in the Rockets’ previous win against the Bucks and, at times during the game versus Portland, he didn’t show much improvement. However, his effort was there and he left the door open to show he can improve his game positively as the Rockets get deeper into their playoff push.. Guard

JEFF GREEN. A. Jeff Green is an NBA journeyman in every sense of the word, but he’s made a positive impact on every team he’s played on. Green was called upon to help stir the game in the right direction after other Rockets’ players couldn’t answer the call, and Green answered the call. He scored 22 points off the bench in 28 minutes of play.  Green has the ability to hit the three from any spot on the court and can use his athleticism and wide frame to make moves to the basket.. Forward. Houston Rockets

Guard. Houston Rockets. AUSTIN RIVERS. B. Austin Rivers once again did the most with the little time he was on the floor. He scored five points on 2-of-4 shooting from the floor and shot 33.3 percent from the 3-point line in 15 minutes of action. Rivers has been used more in the rotation since the loss of Eric Gordon and during the season, he proved to the Rockets that he can be a useful asset especially with his microwave mentality from the 3-point line. Going forward, Rivers will be called upon to help keep the flow going when Harden and Westbrook aren’t on the floor.

The Rockets made 39.1 percent of their field goals and 35.8 percent from beyond the arc (19-of-53). They were additionally outrebounded by 23, which is to be expected with the smal- ball lineup the Rockets employ. However, the effort has to be much better than this. The Blazers had 15 offensive rebounds alone, and it can be argued the Rockets lost this game on the glass.

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The Houston Rockets will look to regroup and prepare for a primetime showdown with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers. Tip-off is set for 8 PM on Thursday, Aug 6.