Having lost their second game of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers last Saturday, Kawhi Leonard and company will be looking for a bounce-back performance Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. E.T.
Hold on your horses. Yes, James Harden scored 34 points and had 17 assists, but his game was not as good as those numbers suggest. The same can be said about the team as a whole. If this game is a sign of what's to come, this is not going to be a fun year for the Houston Rockets and their fans.
A year after making it to the Western Conference Finals, the Houston Rockets crawled into the playoffs and got destroyed by the Golden State Warriors. In response, management basically replaced both the roster and staff over the offseason. Now, the team is all offense, no defense. People say that "Defense wins championships." Can the Rockets prove that notion wrong?
After a year playing with the Los Angeles Clippers, the only team that probably has nightmares of him because of Game 7 in the 2015 Western Conference Semifinals, Pablo Prigioni is back with the Houston Rockets, presumably taking Jason Terry's spot as the old, reserve point guard of the team.
In the most surprising (but not really) decision of the offseason, Dwight Howard chose to opt out of his player option with the Houston Rockets. This probably marks the end of the very short James Harden/Howard era, a poor man's attempt at replicating the Tracy McGrady/Yao Ming duo. Here's why this will prove to be beneficial for the Houston Rockets.
The 27-year-old could depart the Heat this summer via free agency, and is not short of suitors. The Western Conference semi-finalists have since been linked with a host of replacements, should Whiteside opt to leave.