The Houston Rockets' seven-game winning streak came to an end against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday and then they fell to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. The scheduling did the Rockets no favors.
They had to play the defending Champions and then travel to Memphis to play the next day. Back to backs are hard enough, but they’re even tougher when you have to get on a plane and fly for two hours only to be in Tennessee.
Even though the Rockets lost both games, their effort against the Bucks was impressive. They led the Bucks for long stretches of the game and showed that they can compete with the best teams in the NBA.
Their performance against the Grizzlies was decidedly less impressive. They gave up 40 first-quarter points and were trailing 63-47 at half-time. They were able to take a chunk out of the lead, but this game always felt comfortable for the Grizzlies.
However, the Rockets shouldn’t hang their heads. They were without Eric Gordon, who has been instrumental in their turnaround and were without Kevin Porter Jr and Jalen Green.
The Rockets backcourt rotation against the Grizzlies was D.J. Augustin, Garrison Mathews, Armoni Brooks, and Josh Christopher. Augustin is a caretaker backup, Mathews and Brooks are shooters, and Christopher is a 20-year-old shooting guard.
Sometimes there are games where you’re essentially guaranteed to lose, and the Rockets matchup with the Grizzlies was one of those games. Even though the results have dropped off over the past two games, not all of the performances have.
These are two studs and one dud from the Rockets back-to-back against the Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies.