Houston Rockets: best play of game 1
The Houston Rockets' did not start the season as well as they had hoped. Their blowout loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves gave flashbacks to last season when the Rockets lost the most games in the league.
The Timberwolves, with a healthy Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards, are set to be much improved from previous seasons. Getting blown out by the Timberwolves this season isn't the indictment it once was.
The Rockets, for as poor as they played, had their moments where they resembled an NBA team. This is the best play from their opening game.
What makes this play so awesome isn't the slam by Christian Wood, the cool pass by Alperen Sengun, the spinning pass from Kevin Porter Jr, or Jalen Green's lightning-quick dribble. No, what makes this play amazing is how all four combined perfectly to make it happen. The move is a glimpse into the Rockets' bright future.
If the Rockets are going to be successful, they are going to need Green and Porter to break defenses down off the dribble. The pressure the two of them can put on defenses opens up space for drives, passes, and shots.
Sengun has already shown he might be the most audacious passer in the league not named LaMelo Ball. His ability to set up teammates for easy looks could see him become the focal point of the offense for large stretches.
Wood is finalizing his case as one of the best finishers in the entire NBA. With all the space and opportunities that Green, Porter, and Sengun should create, Wood could see his scoring soar higher than his finishes.
Houston Rockets: Best play of game 2
While the best play of game one was a testament to teamwork, the best play from game two is testament to individual talent and brilliance.
There's not much to say about this play other than, "HOLY COW!" Jalen Green, in one play, showed everyone why he was the number two overall pick. The acceleration, the burst, the handle, the finish, and, most importantly, the disrespect of another man's ankles are all the traits that make him the Rockets' future.
The Rockets cruised to a 124-91 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder. While Green struggled to convert his shots, he continues to show the ability off the dribble to create space and get off a clean look. His jump shot looks pure and it's only a matter of time before he gets hot and has his first 30 point game.