I haven’t been writing about the Rockets much lately, simply because I was trying to figure out who they were. They looked horrible for most of the games they’ve played so far. Until recently.
Tonight’s game, shutting down the Warriors, and firing on all cylinders on the offensive end, should change the narrative and trajectory of where they’ve been for the last few weeks. Momentum means a lot.
Basketball is fun pic.twitter.com/Tcj7tZ5F0e— #RingerNBA (@ringernba) November 16, 2018
We needed tonight. Great job, @CP3.— N A S H (@nashp) November 16, 2018
On Clark and Ennis:
I really like how they’re clicking and playing their role. Removing the two ball-stoppers has really helped those two guys find their place on this team.— N A S H (@nashp) November 16, 2018
Penetration and pitch to the corners with some lobs mixed in. Even Hartenstein made a corner trey!— Casey Gisclair (@casey_gisclair) November 16, 2018
And elite, nasty defense.
That's Rockets basketball. The season has officially started.
That’s why the regular season matters. This is a pivotal game for a team that was trying to find their identity and confidence again.— N A S H (@nashp) November 16, 2018
It’s still early, but I’m excited to see this team heading in the right direction.
An interesting stat:
With Melo in the plans: 4-7 record.— Casey Gisclair (@casey_gisclair) November 16, 2018
101.5 PPG, 107.7 PA. That's -6.2 per game.
Since it leaked he was gone: 3-0 record (all against winning teams).
110.3 PPG, 96.0 PA. That's +14.3 per game.
That's 20 points difference per game.
With just ONE PLAYER being an anchor.