The Houston Rockets don't need to do anything crazy to beat the Jazz for the second time in several nights. Houston doesn't need to change the recipe, it just needs to improve upon the original.
Much like a chef tinkers with a favorite recipe, the Rockets don't need to do anything crazy as they prepare for their second matchup with the Jazz.
The first game ended in a win, and while it sounds trivial to say that repeating the formula will end in a win, it is true that switching anything up dramatically with the formation or the game plan is unnecessary.
Several things stood out as very successful that Houston needs to recreate in this rematch.
For starters, Jabari Smith looks right at home at the five. From the defensive end of the court to the offensive end where he scored 21 points and was only a rebound away from ten, Smith is going to give Houston a lot of flexibility at the five as the season goes on.
Another thing that worked well for Houston was letting Kevin Porter Jr. cook. KPJ finished the game as the leading scorer for the Rockets and also did extremely well on the rebounding end. A few more assists tonight would go a long way, but the one for Houston needs to be a focal point again tonight.
One area where the team struggled and can look to improve comes from the bench, but this won't take much schematically. The Rockets just need their depth guys to step up. Tari Eason still looks great despite a weaker night offensively, and Daishen Nix flashed some offensively in his role.
Assuming the Rockets can get a bit more production from their depth players tonight, the team should be in a great position to find their second win of the season.
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