This was unexpected. For a refreshing change this Rockets season, it was unexpected in a good way.
Tonight, with both teams on a back-to-back, the Rockets crushed the Dallas Mavericks 133-108.
It was a strange night in that the three point shooting luck favored the Rockets, and not Tim Hardaway Jr.
Boogie Cousins looked like the Demarcus Cousins of 2016-17. The player who averaged 27pts, 11rbs, 4.6ast, 1.4stl and 1.3blk per game. Before things started to go wrong. For this season the former All-Star center has looked slow, and lost. Tonight he didn’t look that much faster, but he moved with purpose, he knew what he wanted to do, and for the most part he did it.
Cousins finished the night with 28pts, 17rbs, 5ast and he wasn’t ejected. He did have five fouls, at least two of which might actually be fouls. This is a pretty good night for a minimum contract back up center.
Also looking great tonight was Eric Gordon. Gordon was Good Gordon tonight, splashing 33pts on 6-9 3pt shooting and going 10-17 overall. Gordon’s shot always looks like its going in to me, and tonight, it pretty much went in. He was in that amazing “net doesn’t move from 30” zone he occasionally enters.
Tonight also marked the return of John Wall, who looked rusty, but his 20 minutes of organization and control of the offense were crucial. He only scored 7pts on 3-9 shooting, but this would look better without his 0-4 night from three. More importantly, he recorded 8ast to 1TO. Reducing the non-PG ballhanding even 20 minutes made a difference.
Rockets fans were also treated to something they haven’t seen from the Rockets in some years - speed and athleticism. Kenyon Martin Jr skied to reject The Man Mountain Boban Marjanovic on a dunk attempt. You really should see it.
But that wasn’t all!
We saw great games from the Rockets crew of undrafted rookies.
Dallasite Mason Jones casually dropped 16pts on 6-8 shooting, along with 5rbs and 3ast in 19 minutes.
JaeSean Tate continues to outwork, outhustle and outmuscle most of his competition, despite a quiet night points wise.
Another unheralded Rocket also did good business, with David Nwaba adding 18pts on 6-7 shooting, including 2-2 on 3pt attempts, exactly as you’d expect.
In any case, the Rockets overcame Luka and the Lukettes tonight, as only Donic had a major points output.
The Mavericks, despite Rick Carlisle’s incessant timeout calls, simply gave up in the third quarter when their comeback attempt sputtered. There was simply no overcoming the Rockets good shooting tonight, and the Mavericks didn’t.
It’s nice to get this sort of game, in a season that hasn’t featured any.
The Rockets may be nearly full-strength on Tuesday when the Washington Wizards bring the magic of Russell Westbrook and the bedazzlement of Bradley Beal to Houston.
What’re you driving now?
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Still a tank.
A sneaky fast sedan.
Hard to say, it’s got that weird new model camouflage on it.
Driving Rick Carlisle so crazy he called a timeout at dinner.