Rapid Reaction: Houston Rockets 89, Los Angeles Clippers 117

Houston Rockets 99 Final

Recap | Box Score
108 Los Angeles Lakers
Luis Scola, PF 10-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | -3Luis Scola is beginning to find out what life in the NBA is like with no Chuck Hayes by his side. On offense he remains crafty, but at times he’s stepping out for reluctant jumpers due to what appears to be natural wear and tear.
Jordan Hill, C 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | 0The smallest 6’10” player in NBA history.
Kyle Lowry, PG 8-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 9 AST | 22 PTS | -7Solid performance from Lowry, who had an extremely difficult matchup against a well rested Chris Paul. Would’ve liked to see him attack the basket a bit more, though.
Terrence Williams, SF 1-2 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2The season is starting very slow for Terrence Williams, and I almost miss his reckless play. The tentativeness he showed tonight helped nobody. Hopefully we never see it again.
Chandler Parsons, F 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2The closest to an A the Rockets had tonight, Parsons didn’t look intimidated in this contest at all. He had two very pretty put back dunks, jawed a little at Blake Griffin, and hit the glass with no fear.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Defense was the story tonight, and a terrible tale of horror it was. Heading into tonight the Rockets were the worst defense in the entire league based on opposing FG%, and against the Clippers they did not disappoint. With just under six minutes left in the third quarter—after Chris Paul gift wrapped a couple aerial bones for his two St. Bernards—the score sat at 85-62. The Clippers shooting 68.6% from the floor. This was rock bottom.
  2. The Rockets were overmatched against what may end up being an elite Western Conference team. Granted it came on the second night of a back to back against a rested band of skywalkers, but Houston just didn’t appear in the same class both athletically and in the front court—that could be a running theme for the season.
  3. With no hope late in this one, McHale was forced to empty the bench. We got to see a little Thabeet (who did virtually nothing), some Jonny Flynn (looking a little nervous), and Jeff Adrien (a sad representative of this team’s “height”).
  4. Goran Dragic looks like a mini-Chandler Parsons. Someday, their pick and roll could end up being as deceitful as it is effective.
  5. Kyle Lowry’s range is just unexplainable. In my 24 years on Earth, I’ve never had more confidence in someone shooting a ball from so far as I do with Lowry. He’s fearless in all the good ways.

We ran into a glitch with the generator last night, hence the stats/box on this was pulled from the Lakers game.  Michael’s analysis still pertains to the Clippers games.  Sorry for the confusion. – Ed.






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  • Dan G

    Did you basically combine both of the LA games because you have mix match stats from the two games on several of your players’ grades? The title of the post is for the Rox/Clippers game but then you show the Rox/Lakers box score. We lost both games so I guess it doesn’t matter much, but I think on the Laker game, Lowry deserves more than a B as he almost had yet another triple double. I would easily give him a B for the Clipper game though, so maybe that is the stats you wanted to use for the post. Anywho, the post is quite confusing and well my thoughts about this season are if this trend continues we will be unbeatable at home but will be the worst team in the league away, so we’ll be at .500 at the end of the season, which is nothing to celebrate.

  • SirThursday

    The media seemed to want to focus on how Houston was a poor road team (I got the impression they got that from something McHale said), but I think it’s too early to draw that conclusion yet. Away from home we’ve lost to Orlando, Memphis and both LA teams. One of the things all these teams have in common is imposing frontlines. The teams we’ve beaten have been Atlanta (undersized) and SA (tired, and TD is now too old for them to beat us by himself). So to me it looks like the pattern is that we can’t compete with teams who have the bigs to own us on the inside. Seems to fit with what has been happening on the court pretty well too.

    I guess the question is, how will this translate to our matchup with OKC? I think we’ll do better against them. Ibaka and Perkins aren’t who they usually turn to for scoring. (although I seem to remember Ibaka getting hot when they played us last year…). Question is, who checks Durant? I guess we just go into a zone with Scola in the middle, that seems to be McHale’s goto move at the moment. Hope CLee is back for that game, we’re going to need him for Harden.

  • Dan G

    Yeah it was basically McHale who said the Rockets have pretty much stunk defensively on the road, but you bring up a valid point. All the road teams we have faced thus far have been stacked with size in the paint, but regardless, our defense has been terrible on the road and we have just been allowing too many easy baskets in the paint and not just for the trees. Also, I wouldn’t quite say the Clippers have an imposing front line compared to that of the Lakers, Orlando or Memphis. They have a talented one don’t get me wrong, but sizewise, we match up better against their front court as opposed to ones that have multiple 7 footers. @SirThursday

  • Dan G

    Yeah it was basically McHale who said the Rockets have pretty much stunk defensively on the road, but you bring up a valid point. All the road teams we have faced thus far have been stacked with size in the paint, but regardless, our defense has been terrible on the road and we have just been allowing too many easy baskets in the paint and not just for the trees. Also, I wouldn’t quite say the Clippers have an imposing front line compared to that of the Lakers, Orlando or Memphis. They have a talented one don’t get me wrong, but sizewise, we match up better against their front court as opposed to ones that have multiple 7 footers. @SirThursday

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