The Houston Rockets’ season got off to a rocky start. Their 124-106 defeat to the Timberwolves was even worse than the score would indicate. They entered the break down 72-45 and it wasn’t until garbage time until they started chipping away at the lead.
The Rockets aren’t going to be a good team this year, but the Timberwolves might finally be realizing their potential. Karl-Anthony Towns reminded everyone he is a superstar talent and Anthony Edwards put on an absolute show. Over the past decade losing by 18 to the Timberwolves was an unmitigated disaster, but that might not be the case this year.
The Rockets are still in search of their first win and their second game of the season offers them a fantastic chance to secure it. The Oklahoma City Thunder, much like the Rockets, are using the 2021-22 season to focus on development and ping-pong balls. While the Rockets had the worst record in the league last season, the Thunder had the worst net-rating.
Beating the Thunder doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of the Rockets’ plans, but wins are important for young players. It’s hard to go to work with intensity and focus when you’re getting blown out night after night. These are the three keys for the Rockets to beat the Thunder.