Just two games on the slate this week – rematches at Toyota Center against Denver and New Orleans.  The Rockets will have three days to rest in between.

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The week has not yet ended, as Houston visits Denver later tonight, but it wouldn’t make sense to post this in the wee hours of the night.  After impressive victories over the defending champs and the Lakers, the Rockets laid an egg last night in losing to the Pelicans.  Look at the number of offensive boards they grabbed against Cleveland!  That was the story of that game.

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As I was in Houston over the weekend, this week’s iteration of The Week Ahead is brought to you on a Monday morning, with the marquee-matchup of the stint already having been played.  I’m probably in too foul of a mood to put this together had the Rockets lost last night to Cleveland, but they didn’t, and thus, we’re here.  After a murderer’s row last week, the Rockets face some lesser competition in the form of the Lakers and Pelicans, before closing out the week against a sneaky Denver team that could steal a win if Houston isn’t focused.  The Lakers are the worst team in the conference, having gone 1-9 in their last ten games (doesn’t it feel like ages ago when L.A. stole the season opener from Houston on national television and people were talking about the postseason as a goal for that team?), and the Pelicans haven’t exactly set the world on fire since their blockbuster trade at the deadline.  But beware Nikola Jokic.

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