Rockets vs Grizzlies. The Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies are two of the most exciting teams in the NBA, Grizzlies vs Rockets and it is always a pleasure when the two match up. You can expect a great time at the arena during Rockets vs. Grizzlies games.
Houston closes out the preseason tonight in Memphis. It’ll be the end to a pretty uneventful preseason, which is exactly what you want.
Instead of heading to Birmingham, this game is actually in Tennessee. The Rockets will return to Houston to begin the season proper on Wednesday. That game will be at the same time as Game 4 of the ALCS with the Houston Astros also in town, so that will be fun.
Tonight, the Rockets will look to get a little work in for the rotation players and then get one final look at the end of the bench guys. I’m sure James Harden will try to play 30+ minutes, but the team is best suited if they rest and prepare for the regular season.
We’ll get back into the swing of things on Wednesday. For now, let’s enjoy one more meaningless basketball game.
The Houston Rockets start their quest for an NBA championship tonight in Houston Memphis Birmingham, Alabama. It will be Houston fans’ first chance to see some of the new acquisitions in Rockets red.
The headliner of the group is obviously Carmelo Anthony, acquired as a free agent this summer for a minimum deal after securing a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks. Daryl Morey has been after Melo for years, and tonight he’ll finally see those efforts fully realized on a college basketball court. I’ve expressed optimism regarding Melo’s outlook with the Rockets, and I’ll certainly be watching with a close eye.
Obviously, Melo isn’t the only new toy for Mike D’Antoni and his staff. A lot has been made of James Ennis III and how he fits into this squad as a Trevor Ariza replacement. His transition into that role will be vital to Houston’s success this season. Plus, Ennis has to like the fact that he’s playing the same role as a guy making $15 million this season. If Ennis plays his cards right, he could be moving up a tax bracket or two next summer.
Michael Carter-Williams and Marquese Chriss are less heralded additions, but MCW looks to be the fourth guard that Houston didn’t have last season and Chriss will try to right his career after underwhelming in Phoenix.
Local boy Rob Gray could get some run tonight, as could draft picks Zhou Qi and Isaiah Hartenstein. Vincent Edwards, Gary Clark, and Bruno Caboclo are the other new faces in Houston.
Much will be made of this game despite any caveat I provide, but remember to take everything with a grain of salt. We’re unlikely to see how the rotation will play out since we’re unlikely to see any major pieces on the floor in the second half. Even if Melo starts, will he play heavy minutes in the first quarter or will he play like Chris Paul did last season and go to the bench early in order to help run the second unit? Maybe he’ll go 0-20, but despite what “Russ4Prez420” on Reddit says, that doesn’t mean the entire season is lost for Houston.
Oh, and we get to see James Harden play basketball again. And that’s pretty freaking sweet. He is the best, after all.