No center, no problem.
The Houston Rockets are tied for fourth place in the Western Conference, and they are 2-0 since the league restarted. In their first win, they outlasted a great Mavericks team in a 153 -149 win in overtime. The next game, they beat Milwaukee 120-116. Russell Westbrook led the way with 31 points; he picked up the slack on a night Harden was below his average with 24 points. The Rockets tied themselves an NBA record for most 3-point attempts in a regular-season game with 61, shooting 34.4 %. They also forced the Bucks into 22 turnovers. That is wildly impressive considering the size disadvantage Houston has running a small ball line up.
Blaze a new trail?
The Portland Trail Blazers are currently sitting in the number 10 spot in the Western Conference, 3.5 games behind the 8 seed Grizzlies. They need to start winning some games if they want a shot at the playoffs. They started with a 140 -135 overtime win against the Grizzlies. They got good production from the backcourt as always with CJ McCollum leading the way with 33 points and Damian Lillard right behind with 29 points and 9 assists. They also got some help from the bench with Melo turning back the clock to add 21 points of his own. This may be a game where Blazers centers Jusuf Nurkic, and Hassan Whiteside can go off because of the Rocket’s small-ball style of play. On the other hand, since the Blazers are so big at the center position that may work against them, they may have to go small.
I am going to go with the team that is playing some great basketball right now and have been able to figure out what they can do on both ends of the floor even with their small-ball lineup. Take the Rockets and their 2 former MVPs in this one.
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