The Cleveland Cavaliers are certainly one of solely three NBA groups with a worse report than the Houston Rockets, they usually entered Wednesday on the second night time of a back-to-back and with 10 losses of their final 11 video games.
Even so, it nonetheless wasn’t sufficient for the Rockets (11-19) to finish their shedding streak, which is now at 9 video games and the longest for the franchise in additional than 20 years. Total, Houston is 0-9 since Christian Wooden’s Feb. 4 ankle damage after going 7-1 within the eight earlier video games.
With the Rockets all of a sudden devoid of dimension after Wooden’s damage and the launch of DeMarcus Cousins, Cavs heart Jarrett Allen (26 factors, 18 rebounds, 4 blocks) towered over PJ Tucker, Jae’Sean Tate, and each Houston frontcourt piece moreover Justin Patton. Allen was dominant in Cleveland’s 112-96 victory (field rating), capturing 10-of-11 (90.9%).
John Wall led the undersized Rockets with 20 factors in defeat.
“Protection wasn’t excellent,” head coach Stephen Silas stated postgame. “Offense was disjointed. Dangerous all the way in which round.”
Wall, a five-time All-Star and the clear group chief, provided extra focused criticism concerning Houston’s sudden lack of dimension. “We undoubtedly want some sort of paint presence,” Wall stated from Cleveland.
Veteran guards Victor Oladipo and Eric Gordon every performed for the Rockets after being listed as questionable with accidents, nevertheless it nonetheless wasn’t almost sufficient. Oladipo and Gordon scored 17 factors apiece, however they shot simply 3-of-15 from 3-point vary (20.0%). In the meantime, the Cavaliers shot 16-of-36 on 3-pointers (44.4%), led by 4-of-4 from Dylan Windler.
With Cavaliers making 16 of 36 3s and Rockets going 10 of 33, Rockets now formally undertake the Cavs to be the worst 3-point capturing group within the NBA, making 34 p.c this season.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 25, 2021
The Rockets will end up a two-game highway journey Friday in Tampa, the place the Toronto Raptors are taking part in this season as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Tipoff is scheduled for six:30 p.m. Central. For now, right here’s a group of highlights and postgame response from Cleveland.
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