After three straight wins to start the season, the Rockets have their biggest test up-to-date against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Tonight’s game is at 9:30 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston or NBA TV.
This is one of the games where the Rockets could really use a guy like Patrick Beverley against one of the NBA’s best in Chris Paul. Beverley is an elite defender and could have frusturated Paul into making mistakes. Instead, Jeremy Lin will be forced to try and keep up with Paul on the defensive end. Lin’s been playing well but Chris Paul is by far the better player.
Redick was brought in by the Clippers this offseason to provide an extra boost on offense, but tonight he’ll be forced to play tight defense on the Rockets best player. Harden has been banged up with a injuries but will give it a go tonight on the first half of a back-to-back.
I’ve always been a big fan of Dudley’s since his days with Boston College. Dudley averages just 8.3 PPG but is capable of big games. Parsons is coming off his biggest performance of the season (24 points) and should have the edge tonight.
Griffin is off to big start averaging 20/11 in the first three games of the season. Griffin still needs some work on his game but he’s easily one of the most electrifying players in the NBA. Howard has averaged 15/17 in his first three games and this should be an exciting battle of two of the best tonight.
Two opposite centers yet similar numbers. Jordan is extremely athletic whereas Asik is more of a bruiser. Both are great rebounders and play great defense though Asik is considered the better defender. Though Jordan averages almost seven more points per game than Asik, they both are extremely limited offensively.
Bench (players that average over 8+minutes a game):
Both benches are capable of scoring and providing a spark if needed.
Prediction - Rockets still a bit banged up and playing on the road. Chris Paul is too much for Jeremy Lin and the Clippers win 101-95.