The gist: Both teams are trying to get off a two-game losing skid. The Thunder has been last spotted dropping a 103-93 affair against their division rival Blazers as Kevin Durant was limited to 19 points on 8/26 shooting.
Key matchup: Kevin Martin vs James Harden
The one-dimensional gunslinger takes on the jack-of-all trades. With Courtney Lee sidelined indefinitely, Martin is expected to log more minutes while being expected not to keep firing blanks, obviously a Catch-22 situation for a shooter like himself.
X-factor: Chandler Parsons
The rookie made heads turn when he placed Blake Griffin on the receiving end of the poster in the previous game. He posted a respectable 11-point, 8-rebound outing and should see significant minutes facing Serge Ibaka and Durant.
Code Red: The alarms have been escalated. The Rockets have yet to win on the road, going 0-4 in foreign territories. Only Milwaukee and Washington are as awful.
The Rockets are coming off a 108-99 loss to the Lakers and a 117-89 dismantling at the hands of the Clippers. Our analysts assess the situation.
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I’ve seen a lot of bad basketball players during my time watching the Houston Rockets. They’re usually raw big men forced into playing the game due to their innate gifts. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a point guard quite as bad as Jonny Flynn. When watching him play, I almost have to wonder if he’s ever even seen the team’s playbook.
For those of you who have not yet suffered the misfortune of watching Jonny Flynn attempt to run the Houston Rockets’ offense, I’ve broken down his play with a handy diagram: