Player grades from Rockets’ dominant win over the Sacramento Kings

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Houston Rockets, Austin Rivers (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets, Austin Rivers (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets Bench

C -. Green’s poor three-point shooting tanks his grade because of how little he provides on defense and rebounding. In almost 22 minutes of action, Green grabbed one rebound, blocked one shot, and committed three turnovers. That’s simply not good enough from a player who has impressed in their time in Houston. Green did hit all of his two-pointers, which is a consolation prize from an otherwise lackluster showing.. Forward. Houston Rockets. JEFF GREEN

The Kings should change their name to <em>A River Runs Through it</em> after what Austin Rivers did to them last night. His 41 point explosion was just what the Rockets needed on a night where no one else seemed to have their shooting touch. The scoring output is a career-high for Rivers and hopefully a sign of things to come. While the game ended in a rout the opening quarter actually saw Houston trail. Rivers helped keep them within striking distance before mercilessly pummeling the Kings.. Guard. Houston Rockets. AUSTIN RIVERS. A + +

MICHAEL FRAZIER. C +. Michael Frazier has finally found some court time due to Russell Westbrook’s quad contusion. He wasn’t impressive against the Kings but he came in and gave the Rockets decent production with five points on only three shots. His 18.5 minutes of action may be the most court time he sees for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs. Guard. Houston Rockets

The Rockets have weathered Russell Westbrook’s absence with two comprehensive victories. The Rockets’ defense has been better than anticipated, and them winning the rebounding battle is a huge step forward in an area of weakness.

The most impressive takeaway is how easily the Rockets beat the Kings on a night where only Rivers’ and McLemore’s 3-point shot was reliable. The Rockets are shaping up nicely for the postseason and showing they’re more than just 3-pointer or bust on offense.

Next. Analyzing the revamped Rockets offense in Orlando

Next up for the Houston Rockets, a Texas showdown against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 2 PM ET.