The Rockets are looking to have a better campaign this year than last season
By: Jordan Smith
The Houston Rockets played their Home Opener on Saturday as the undefeated Red Nation faced an undefeated team in the Boston Celtics. Patrick Beverly and Clint Capela were both inactive. Because Beverly was inactive, Isaiah Canaan, one of my favorite Rockets, got his first start of his career.
Terrence Jones scores the first points in Toyota Center for the 2014-2015 Regular Season by putting up a lay-up down on the post. He also made the first 2 free throws of the Regular Season in the Toyota Center. Even better, Dwight Howard made his first two free throws inside Toyota Center... in a row. For Dwight, that has to be big to start off your first home game of the season by making both of your free throws. James Harden did his usual crossover and got an easy lay-up. He completely crossed up his defender and made it look so easy in the process.
Jones showed his ability to play in the game and make an impact. He had 2 put backs in the first 5 minutes of the game and played some great defense as well. Ariza showed his speed by blazing by a few of his defenders to make his lay-up early in the game. Isaiah Canaan showed that he can play as a starter at the PG spot. One of the big things he did in the first quarter was not only passing the ball around to his teammates efficiently, but also by showing his range as he knocked down a 3 from the corner in his first career start.
The Rockets in the first quarter showed a great way to play basketball, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The team was also very poised at the free throw line, going 10-10 in the quarter. Terrence Jones was the obvious impact player of the first quarter, not only playing 10:22 out of the 12 minutes in the quarter, but also showing it with this amazing stat line; 5-7 FG (71.4%) , 12 points, 3 Rebounds (2 offensive), and 2-2 from the free throw line. The score after the first quarter:
In the 2nd, it was basically the same play as the first quarter. There was the same great output on the offensive and defensive side of the ball for the Houston Rockets. Kostas Papanikolaou stepped up big with his defensive, forcing a turnover that would turn into a three made by Isaiah Canaan on an assist by James Harden. The impact player of the 2nd quarter, in my opinion, has to be once again Terrence Jones. His impact so far in the game has been huge as far as the reason why the Rockets got such a huge lead to end the first half.
Isaiah Canaan hit a three to start the 2nd half without missing a beat. The Rockets in the 3rd let the Celtics get a little bit closer in the game, as far as the score goes. But, the Rockets still had the advantage in three major categories: Rebounding, Free Throws, and 3-Point %. KP stole the ball late in the 3rd quarter and ran it to the other side of the court to then give it to Harden and gain the assist after "The Bearded Wonder" drained the three ball. It was a well executed fast break that the Rockets are one of the best in the league in doing. My impact player: guess who? Terrence Jones.
In the final 12 minutes of play, the Rockets just completely separated themselves from the men in green and took the game for themselves to enjoy. The Rockets should be proud of the way they played in the game because of the efficiency and perfection of the game plan coming together and working in harmony. Not much else to say but Terrence Jones is the impact player in the 4th quarter.
The Rockets did a great job on displaying how to play defense the right and efficient way as a team tonight. But, one player in particular caught my eye, and probably everyone else's in the city of Houston. So, without a further ado, my vote for the HSB Player of the Game has to go to, without a doubt, Terrence Jones, who grabbed a double double tonight with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the game and also grabbing 4 blocks in the game. Houston now improves to 3-0 on the season as they beat the Boston Celtics by 14. Next up is in Philidelphia as they take on the 76ers on November 3rd as Red Nation looks to go to 4-0 on the season. Great Job tonight, Houston! Don't forget to leave a comment about the game or what you think about the Rockets team and how they are built this season. Thanks for Reading.