Houston showed fans a lot of what to expect this season: a fast-paced offense built around Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, and Christian Wood. The Rockets supplement that with plus role players in Eric Gordon, Daniel Theis, Jae’Sean Tate, Danuel House Jr., David Nwaba, and D.J. Augustin. Alperen Sengun and KJ Martin will contribute as well. Houston’s youth means they will go on plenty of runs and get plenty of runs thrown at them as well. That was basically the story of the Wizards game, in fact.
Preseason is all about working out the kinks and seeing what each new player can contribute to Stephen Silas’s system. So giving run to the kids is important, and Silas seemed committed to that in the first preseason game.
Tonight’s opponent are the Heat, who doubled down on the Jimmy Butler toughness by bringing in Kyle Lowry, P.J. Tucker, and Markieff Morris. They’ll be pretty good if they can stay healthy.
The game is on ESPN2 and will have a late start time because it’s the “late” game and because there’s two playoff baseball games (including an Astros game at 4:07pm) along with a Thursday Night Football game featuring a pair of West coast teams.
Tip-off is at 9pm CT on ESPN2