Boston: 98.5 points/100 possessions (24th)
Houston: 102.1 points/100 possessions (10th)
Boston: 95.8 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Houston: 100.6 points allowed/100 possessions (17th)
Injury Report: TBD (To Be Disclosed)
Probable Houston Starters: Kyle Lowry (PG), Kevin Martin (SG), Chandler Parsons (SF), Luis Scola (PF), Samuel Dalembert (C)
View From the Opposing Bench: Red94
It’s been almost two years since the Celtics beat the Rockets. There’s something about random middling Western Conference teams that give the Celtics trouble. The losses are probably explainable given how seldom the Celtics play the WC and Houston is usually a part of the deadly Texas Triangle. Luckily, the C’s are at home tonight and are still riding high off that emotional win against the Knicks.
As usual, the Rockets have a roster that is much more talented than the casual NBA fan would believe. Kyle Lowry, at one point deemed less of an NBA prospect than Allen Ray, Randy Foye, and Curtis Sumpter, is now virtually untouchable as far as the Rockets are concerned. They drafted Chandler Parsons last offseason and most people saw the pick as a reach in the hopes for some future potential being realized. Now Parsons is starting for the Red and is utilizing his motor and high-flying ability to really help the Rockets this season.
The Rockets are the 10th fastest team in the league, which is semi-surprising because they have some semi-plodding big men in Luis Scola and Samuel Dalembert. It’s obvious that their wings and guards do most of the running and the Celtics will have to really try to keep up. Speaking of Luis Scola, for some reason the Rockets have been trying to deal him for seemingly anything that comes down the pike. I’m not sure if it’s his age, his lack of lift, or his contract but the Rockets seem hell bent on getting rid of him (so I keep hearing) and I don’t completely see why. He’s been consistently productive (although his numbers are a bit down this season) on the boards and has a great midrange jumpshot. I wonder what it would take for the C’s to nab him? Would this and a second round pick (or two) work?
Who really knows? It looks lopsided but if the Rockets want to shed some salary, they could do worse than flipping Scola for an expiring contract. I mean, if Lamar Odom can be had for a FREAKING trade exception, anything is possible.
Rockets 100, Celtics 95 (reverse jinx ya’ll!)