The Houston Rockets are aiming to improve their playoff seeding tonight as they take on the Sacramento Kings, who are out of contention and playing for pride at this point. The Rockets currently sit at the seventh seed in the West but are only a game behind the sixth seed Golden State Warriors.
With a revamped roster this year, the Rockets appear to be set for the future. Young stars such as James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik joined the team last off season and have played very well all year long.
Harden is one of the NBA‘s top scorers, averaging exactly 26 points per game on the year. He has taken on the role of being “the man” and done a heck of a job with that title.
Lin has had a balanced season averaging 13 points, six assists and three rebounds per contest. Acting as the Rockets’ facilitator all year long, it has been his job to set up Harden for success offensively.
Asik is one of the league’s best rebounders this year after leaving the Chicago Bulls for a giant upgrade in his financial status. Chicago would have loved to keep him, but Houston offered more money. At the time, it looked like too much. Now, it’s looking like they made the right decision in offering close to $26 million to the young big man.
The Kings haven’t had much to hang their hats on this season, boasting a record at 20 games under .500. The biggest bright spot for Sacramento has been the play of controversial center DeMarcus Cousins. He has led the way offensively and defensively averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Kings.
If the Kings want to have a chance tonight, they are going to have to give Cousins some help. Isaiah Thomas and Tyreke Evans are going to have to be the guys that Sacramento has hoped they would be all season.
The Rockets will more than likely prevail, yet a fan can’t help but hope for a close game and a potential upset.