The Houston Rockets got a big 113–109 Christmas day win over the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday afternoon. Both teams started off slow on offense until the Thunder got going in the 2nd quarter taking an 8-point lead into the half. The Rockets came out strong in the 2nd half keeping the game close before they pulled away for the win led by James Harden. Here are the main things we learned about each team:

The Rockets Are Once Again Top Tier Playoff Contenders

The Rockets started off the season with a lot of unexpected troubles finding themselves at the bottom of the Western Conference. They quietly found their rhythm…

A matchup we could’ve lived without seeing: Cavs vs Warriors Round 4

1. LeBron’s Last Game With The Cavs?

This is the 8th straight time that the NBA Finals will feature LeBron James. He is still in his prime, but this time, he is playing with arguably his worst supporting cast yet. The 2nd best player on the Cavilers flip-flops between Kevin Love, Jeff Green, and 37-year-old Kyle Korver. It’s hard to believe that LeBron willed the Cavs this far, but it seems clear that they have no chance in this Finals series against the greatest super team in NBA history. If the Cavs lose as expected, it would be LeBron’s 6th Finals loss (4th in the past five…

The Westbrook led Oklahoma City Thunder got sent packing in the first round of the NBA playoffs for the second straight year. It wasn’t a pretty series for the Thunder who lost in 6 games to the Utah Jazz with every member of the big 3 shooting under 41% from the field.

A year ago in the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs, OKC lost in 5 games to the Houston Rockets despite Russell Westbrook averaging 37 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. It was apparent that the MVP didn’t have enough help in result of Kevin Durant’s departure…

Julian Garcia

Hoops Writer | 1999 | Texas

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