NBA Preview: Rockets vs. Wizards


Now that the Rockets got their first win of the season, I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t win their next three games on the road before taking on a talented Chicago Bulls team at the Toyota Center on November 16th. 

The Rockets face the Wizards, the Pacers and the Knicks this week, which should be three W’s for Houston.  The big question tonight will be how rookie Ish Smith performs against a fellow rookie by the name of John Wall.  The top pick has been outstanding for the most part, and shows why John Calipari keeps recruiting NBA ready talent at the collegiate level.  However, the Rockets have had the Wizards number, having lost only once in the past 10 meetings.  Even though the two teams have eerily similar records, the Wizards probably expected to struggle out of the starting gate this season…while the same can’t be said of the Rockets.  Houston’s defense looked a lot better against the T-Wolves but then again, they were playing the T-Wolves. 

The Rockets still rank near the bottom in points per game allowed (112.7).  Houston did a nice job of feeding Yao down low where he feels comfortable, while letting the offense run through him, against Minnesota.  Keep an eye on if they continue that trend as there is no one on the Wizards to can compete with the Great Wall.  Here are a couple of stats to keep in mind while tuning into tonight’s matchup:


  • Luis Scola: 3 double-doubles in 6 games this season (10+ rebounds in 4 of 5 games)
  • Luis Scola: 4 games of 20 points or more so far this season
  • Kevin Martin: has scored 21 points or more in 5 or Rockets’ 1st 6 Games


  • 1-1 at home, 0-3 on the road this season
  • Allowed 100 or more points in 4 of 5 games this season
  • John Wall: 13 PPG (26/2) in last 2 games; 23.7 PPG 1st three games
  • John Wall: led team in assists in each game this season
  • John Wall: 5.8 turnovers per game (leads the NBA)


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