Four solid victories in a row means a happy WIR! Let’s get to it.
Your quote of the week: “We can only know that we know nothing.” Leo Tolstoy, War And Peace. Leo Tolstoy would have been a great sports commentator back in the day.
Starting the week off, the Rockets took on the seemingly decent Atlanta Hawks who have beaten the Timberwolves and the Lakers in recent weeks. After gaining a big lead, then giving it back up, the Rockets managed to hold on for the victory. Here a beautiful drive in and kick out by Harden led to some perfect perimeter passing to allow Austin Rivers the lay-in.
The next game of the week versus the Hornets was admittedly an uglier affair. Harden continued to struggle with his shot and Kemba Walker went nuclear on the perimeter defense of the Rockets during the first half. Once again, the Rockets gained a big lead and then gave it up only to fight back in the end to win. Here, poor defensive discipline led to a quick fast-break shot and a wide open transition three for the Hornets.
However, it wasn’t all bad as Clint Capela is finally looking back to form, fighting relentlessly for offensive rebounds and finishing strong.
Finally, last night, against a resurgent Miami Heat team who came off a last second victory over Golden State, the Rockets managed to come back from a deficit instead of give one up. After being down by as much 21 in the game, the Rockets led a furious rally to take the victory. Besides the 58 point gem from James Harden, multiple other role players stepped up to make a difference. Gary Clark had 14 points, Austin Rivers had 17 points. Here, right after Harden makes a beauty, Gary Clark sets up Austin Rivers for a trey himself.
Final Thought: Gonna be a rough week folks. Toronto, Celtics, and the 76ers.
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