Rocket faced a similar defensive test in both back-to-back games | Instant News


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Collin Sexton (2) of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, February 24, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo / Tony Dejak)

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The Rockets’ back-to-back against the Grizzlies and Cavaliers will present very similar challenges in each game with Memphis and Cleveland taking first and second place in points scored per game, with the first Grizzlies and seventh Cavaliers in points scored from turnovers.

That could make the priority for the Rockets defense the same on Monday as it is on Sunday, especially as the Rockets switch from defending one second year star guard (Memphis’ Ja Morant) to another (Cleveland Collin Sexton.)

“The challenge with this team is their ability to come out in transition, their mentality, their ability to get the ball to the paint and finish it, they are right at the top of the league in terms of substitutions, points on paint, second chance points,” said Rockets coach Stephen Silas about the Grizzlies, but can say about the Cavaliers. “It will be a big energy game for us, a big physical game for us.

“Doing our best to keep those guys off the paint is the goal whether we change, attack or play a little more standard, that’s always the goal; keep the ball away from the paint. “

The Cavs scored 52 paint points against the Rockets last week, slightly less than their average but five more than the Rockets allowed per game.



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