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Wizards vs. Rockets Pregame: A Defenseless Battle

Regular Season Game 6

Rockets (3-3) at Wizards (1-4)

November 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 1500 AM


Last time they met was..

Januray 30, 2016 in DC: Wizards 123, Rockets 122


What to watch

Nothing but offense!

New Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has brought his all-offense-all-the-time antics to Houston, and so far they’re loving it. Houston is scoring 108 points per 100 possessions, good for the 5th rated offense in the league, and attempting 35 threes per game which tops in league. Defensively, they are rated 3rd to last, allowing 109 points per 100 possessions.

If the Wizards can’t score more then 86 points tonight against Houston, we have a problem.


Key Matchup

Point guard vs. point god.

It used to be obvious between John wall and James Harden which would be which, but not so this season. Wall is struggling, still averaging 10.0 assists, but committing 5.3 turnovers per game.

Harden, who is slated for an impressive season, has been spectacular. He’s averaging 12.3 assists with slightly less turnovers at 4.8, while scoring 31.5 points per game. Harden is tasked with creating virtually 100 percent of Houston’s offense, and has been successful so far. And with a coach who cares zero about defense, Harden is perfect.

John Wall will need to make the most of Harden’s matador defense, and make the most of his own defense on the other end if Washington is to have any chance.


X-factor

3-point shooting.

The Rockets lead the NBA in 3-point shooting, and hit a solid 36% as a team.

The Wizards shoot 18 threes per game, last in the league, and shoot a god awful 27%. When you play a team as bad defensively as the Rockets, you better take and make your wide open threes.


Fun Factor:

Didn’t I already say ALL OFFENSE, NO DEFENSE!! Points! Dunks! Wooo! (If you sensed feigned fun there, you were right.)


Prediction

All Harden. All Houston. All misery.

we are Hoop District

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