Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder
When: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena
TV: NBA TV
The Houston Rockets make their way to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. For the first time since James Harden was traded, he has to face his old team in his former building. Harden certainly was not interested in winning a title with OKC, so no amount of money was going to make him happy with the Thunder. He wanted to be the man and got his wish with a trade to the Rockets. Even with the absence of Coach Kevin Mchale, the Rockets have been competitive during the early season. Kevin Mchale took a leave a couple of weeks ago for a personal family matter. His daughter, Sasha recently passed away from Lupus. They are (7-7) and took out the Knicks in a blowout when Jeremy Lin was in a similar situation as Harden will be in. However, the game against the Knicks was at home, while the game against the Thunder is on the road.
The Oklahoma City thunder has overcome the loss of James Harden quite well. While trying to incorporate Kevin Martin into the rotation, Oklahoma City has jumped out to a (11-4) record. It’s a shame that they could not keep Harden, but the camaraderie that they once shared should not stop Durant, and the Thunder, from going right at James.
This is going to be a tough match up for Jeremy Lin if they choose to use him to guard Russell Westbrook. Russell is averaging 21 points and eight assists. Lin is at 10 and six, but these are the type of games why he was brought into Houston.
The most intriguing matchup of the night will be between Kevin Durant and Chandler Parsons. Parsons is playing great and he is their second leading scorer at 15.7 points per game. Parsons brings the versatility to be a matchup nightmare for most small forwards in the league. He has uncanny scoring ability to go with his unselfish play. Kevin Durant is one rebound shy from averaging a double –double, while putting up 25 points per game. Durant is what Parsons aspires to be. They are both tall versatile players with great shooting ability. Kevin Durant just does it better.
James Harden struggled in his biggest games last year in the finals, and he hasn’t been in this building since game two. How he reacts to the fans will be a big key on his production. The fans may boo mightily in his direction, but we will have to wait and see.
Both teams average over 102 points a game, so this should be a fast paced, high scoring contest.