In the aftermath of the Yao Ming era, the Rockets have defined themselves by always working hard and gritting out performances.  For the next three years, this team has continually surprised expectations, whether led by Brooks or Martin or Lowry or Scola, and battled gamely for the playoffs before collecting the prize of the 14th pick.  It was definitely frustrating for those who advocated for this team to rebuild and tank for a theoretical superstar, but I personally always appreciated this team’s refusal to not roll over and give up like the Bobcats and Wizards have done.

However, talent more often than not is what determines victory or defeat.  And on a night where Houston notably struggled against an inferior team that played their hardest, it was nice for a change to just simply out-talent the Hornets for the win.

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Chandler Parsons, Power Forward?

In a recent column for ESPN’s Truehoop blog, Kevin Arnovitz highlighted the effectiveness of lineups in which Chandler Parsons plays power forward. Indeed, according to 82games, in the three most commonly used lineups with Parsons at the 4, the Rockets are a combined +54 points against opposing lineups. This compares with the two most frequently used lineups featuring traditional power forwards (Morris and Patterson), in which the Rockets are a combined +8 points (in nearly six times as many total minutes). Much of the effectiveness of these lineups comes at the offensive end, where the Rockets are simply blowing away opponents. The Rockets are scoring 122, 133, and 138 points per 100 possessions in the three aforementioned lineups while defending at a level similar to that of lineups with a more traditional power forward.

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Marcus Morris’s Improvement

The Rockets selected Marcus Morris with the 14th pick of the 2011 NBA draft, one spot behind his twin brother Markieff, who was drafted by the Phoenix Suns. Due to the Rockets’s roster configuration at the time (Luis Scola was entrenched as the starting power forward, with Patrick Patterson coming off the bench), Marcus barely played his rookie year. He spent most of last year in the D-League, appearing in only 17 NBA games and logging a grand total of 126 minutes. Markieff, on the other hand, played in nearly all the Suns’s games, averaged 20 minutes per game, and posted a respectable PER of 12. At the time, it seemed we had clearly gotten the lesser of the two brothers.

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The Houston Rockets host the New Orleans Hornets for Houston’s first game of 2013. Coming out of a flurry of changing expectations, the Rockets now look ahead not to a face-off against a fellow rebuilding team, but come into the evening as a projected playoff team. Instead of simply growth and development, the Rockets are under pressure to produce a win, and a big one at that. But in the wild Western Conference, nothing is a given.
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