The Rockets were in New Orleans for their first game since the All-Star Break, facing the new and improved Pelicans squad, which features the “Twin Towers,” Boogie and The Brow, as they’re now being known as on social media. There’s no way to sugar coat it, but the Pelicans were man handled by a quick Rockets squad, who beat the Pelicans by running the fast break against a team far too large to chase them down, totalling 34 fast break points on 20 Pelican turnovers of possession. And it was actually Houston’s bench which did the majority of the scoring, putting up 79 of the Rockets’ 129 for the game.
Boogie had a pretty good debut in his new #0 jersey for the Pelicans, putting up 27 points and 14 rebounds, which led the game in boards. The other half of the Twin Towers put scored 29 points, which also led the game, continuing The Brow’s huge performance at the All-Star Game. The big men duo of NOLA did exactly what the league feared they would do; go inside and dominate the paint. And although they were blown out, it was through no fault of the NBA’s biggest partnership, who scored more as a pair than the rest of the team combined, solidifying the Pelicans’ need for a third scorer. Of course, the first game of Boogie’s career in New Orleans being a blow out is going to upset the franchise’s fans, but we can’t expect the team to just click after one game with their new duo. Give it time, Pelicans fans, and I’m sure your squad will come together and likely put up a playoff run. The Pelicans second trade, Omri Casspi, had a decent night also, scoring 12 points off the bench. Despite the huge loss, the future is bright for the rapidly developing New Orleans roster, and I’ve no doubt that if they don’t put up a playoff picture this year, they have the potential to make a deep run next season if they continue to develop, and make a move for a third scoring option in the off-season.
The spotlight was on Lou Williams all night, however. The Rockets new scoring guard, who came to Houston along with a first round pick in the draft from the Lakers in an exchange for Corey Brewer, had a big 27 points coming off the bench, shooting 7-11 from three-point land. Lou Will was playing like vintage J.R Smith from behind the arc, shooting contested bombs and inviting the defender before splashing it home. He certainly had the hot hand every time the starters needed a break, solidifying the Rockets huge win against the Pelicans. Patrick Beverly led Houston in rebounds (yes, seriously), with 12 boards for the little guy. H-Town star James Harden put up a double-double in a 13 point, 14 assist performance, and was throwing lobs to Clint Capela all night, a display we see from the Beard on a more than regular basis, as we’ve seen him become quite comfortable as the Rockets dime disher. Lou Will’s big night is a scary sign for the rest of the league, as the offensively terrifying Houston team have just gotten more scary with the addition of a big bucket-getter off the bench in the former Lakers guard, who is more than capable of developing into one of the league’s prolific scoring guards. The Rockets take this game easily.
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