The Rockets finally face a team likely to face the playoffs this season, when they hit south beach for their lone trip to Miami to face the Heat. After serious consideration, forward Chris Bosh spurned the Rockets lucrative four-year free agent contract offer to remain with the Heat. He only made that decision final after the Heat gave him and extra year and roughly $30 more million dollars as allowed by the NBA’s CBA.
With the Bosh arrival not happening, the Rockets then decided not to match the restricted free agent offer sheet CHandler Parsons signed with the Dallas Mavericks. All of that helped pave the way for the Rockets to attempt to reshape themselves as a more defensive-oriented team with stronger 3-point shooting.
While the Rockets have reached 4-0 for their best start since the 1996-97, they have done so against the Lakers, Jazz, Celtics and Sixers. My guess is each will be calling it a season after their 82-game slate. The LeBron James-less Heat still have some punch especially with Bosh, who won eastern conference player of the week honors by averaging 25.7 points and 11.3 rebounds during the Heat’s 3-0 start. When healthy, Wade is still pretty darn good and has been a thorn in the Rockets side for many seasons.
Now on to the preview podcast and the tweetables below.
#Entering play Tuesday night, #Rockets Ariza (1st:16), Harden (T-2nd:10) & Terry (T-8th:8) each rank in top 10 in 3-pointers made.
#Rockets take and make most 3-pointers per game in #NBA. Heat ranked 6th, shooting 39.5%.
The #Heat (1.40) and #Rockets (1.40) are ranked 1st & 2nd in points per shot (PPS)
#Rockets James Harden (12.75 FTM/game) & #Heat Chris Bosh (8.33) are 1st & 2nd in Free Throws Made per game (min. 2 games played)
There are 32 players averaging 18.5 pts per game or more. James Harden is the only one among them shooting under 40% (37.2%)