Rockets vs Cavaliers: 2 Duds and 1 Stud 

N.B. Lindberg
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Normally, this article is called 2 Studs and 1 Dud, but after the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 124-89 thrashing of the Houston Rockets, it just didn’t seem apt to suggest that the Rockets had two studs. 

The defeat was a wire-to-wire debacle for the Rockets. They found themselves down 35-16 at the end of the first quarter and Stephen Silas had to retreat to the locker room due to dehydration. 

The Cavaliers continued to build on their lead, entering halftime with a 31 point advantage, and the fourth quarter up 100-63. The Rockets’ poor showing was largely due to their notable absences. 

Eric Gordon was out with a groin issue, Christian Wood sat to rest knee tendinitis, and both Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr remain out. Gordon and Wood have been the Rockets’ two best players this season, and Green and Porter are their most dynamic. 

Regardless of the absentees, losing by 35 is always an embarrassment. These are two duds and one stud from the Rockets’ Wednesday night showdown with the Cavaliers. 

D.J. Augustin, Houston Rockets
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Rockets vs Cavaliers Dud #2: D.J. Augustin

A game after being a stud, D.J. Augustin posted a dud. Everything Augustin was against the Hawks, poised, accurate, and a leader, he was not against the Cavaliers. 

Part of the problem was that he started the game after being used almost exclusively as a bench piece. 

Augustin couldn’t get it going from the field, he only took three shots, hitting one, and his four assists were offset by three turnovers. Making matters worse was that Augustin got himself ejected for accumulating two technicals. 

Veterans need to set an example and getting technicals is not the way to go. Not only did they force him out of the game, they unnecessarily give points to the opponent. 

Augustin is probably embarrassed by his dud of performance on the court and as a leader. In a two-game span, he showed his best and worst colors.