NBA Roundup – November 16, 2015: What On God’s Earth Are the Rockets Doing!?

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We’re back baby!!!

Oh yeah, after what was truly a magnificent weekend, we are back with the NBA Roundup. This is NOT the only place you can get caught up on all your NBA action from the day before, but we do it anyway! Now, let’s get to it because you don’t know where your toddler ran off to, but your hoops comes first!

Boston Celtics- 111 Houston Rockets- 95

Hey, remember when the Rockets were amongst the NBA’s best teams and coming within just a few games of reaching the NBA Final?

That team is starting to maybe look like they’re gone and I’m not saying it isn’t because of Lil B’s curse on James Harden.

On Sunday night, the Rockets fell to 4-7 as they allowed Boston to should a 47% mark from the field. James Harden continued his slow star to match the sliding Rockets, shooting just 4-10 from the field. Harden’s teammates failed to dig him out, as the leading scorer was a Trevor Ariza with just 19 points, 14 more than supposed superstar Dwight Howard’s measly 5.

The young and surprising Celtics improved to 6-4 led by Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley, and Isaiah Thomas. Crowder dropped16 on 7-10 shooting, while Bradley came off the bench for 21, including four 3’s. It was Thomas though that spear-headed Boston’s victory, dropping 23 and 6 assists on the suddenly defenseless Rockets.

Just bite the bullet and apologize to The Based God, Harden.

Chicago Bulls- 96 Indiana Pacers- 95

You lasted almost 11 full games Chicago. Well done.

Derrick Rose is hurt again!

The often injured Rose sprained his left angle late in this one, adding it to his list of current-injuries, this time going alongside his double and blurred vision in his left eye! Even worse? Rose appeared to be finding his stroke in this one, going 9-18 from the field for a team leading 23 points. The hero would be Jimmy Butler though, who had only 17 points, but managed to play tough defense on Indiana star Paul George and preserve the victory for the 7-4 Bulls.

George, to his credit, had yet another excellent performance. This time, he went for 26 to lead Indiana. The Pacers, who dropped to 6-5 this season but remain a pleasant surprise to many, also received 20 points from Monta Ellis and 19 from CJ Miles.

Dallas Mavericks- 92 Philadelphia 76ers- 86

I don’t know what’s more typical, the 76ers finding a way to lose or Dirk Nowitzki finding a way to win.

Nowitzki dropped 7 points late, capping off the victory that now pushed Dallas to a 7-4 record as well as an evening that saw the still-incredible Dirk go for 21. Known club-kid and lit-master, Chandler Parsons, hopped out to a quick start with 20 points in the first half, but failed to secure any buckets in the third or fourth quarter.

Because we don’t acknowledge the rest of the 76ers, this mornings Kahlil Okafor update is as follows- 19 Points, 11 Rebounds, 2 blocks, 8-15 shooting. Another solid one from the young Okafor.

Oh and the 76ers fell to 0-11.

Nice.

Memphis Grizzlies- 122 Oklahoma City Thunder- 114

Now that he’s away from being the bully victim of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and LeBron James, this Mario Chalmers fella might be pretty good!

Chalmers went for 29 points, leading the Grizzlies in scoring on a night that saw Memphis go for a blazing hot 70% from the 3-point line. Chalmers went 4-7 behind the arc, adding to the Grizzlies final of 12-19.He was aided by Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, who combined for 39 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds. Memphis, pronounced all but dead by many just a few days ago, moved to 6-6 on the season.

Oklahoma City’s growing pains under coach Billy Donovan continue, as the team dropped to 6-5 thus far. With no Kevin Durant due to his hamstring injury, the Thunder were led by Russell Westbrook, who went for 40 points and 14 assists. However, he pressed himself at points and committed 8 turnovers. Serge Ibaka’s 18 and 9 weren’t enough to overcome those giveaways.

San Antonio Spurs- 93 Portland Trail Blazers- 80

Man, those Spurs sure are good.

San Antonio moved to 8-2 on the year with the victory, led by the surging Kawhi Leanord’s 19 points and 8-15 shooting. The forever young Manu Ginobili dropped 17 off the bench while known-mutant Tim Duncan went for 10 and 9 while maintaining his status are ageless freak.

Portland again relied on the duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to leads the way. This time, however, the duo’s combined 42 points and 18 assists weren’t enough to overcome, as the Blazers fell to 4-8 this year. One bright spot though, is Al-Farouq Aminu going for 17 on 7-14, hopefully becoming a viable offensive threat for the struggling team to go to.

Phoenix Suns- 120 Los Angeles- 101

No Kobe tonight for the Lakers and how do they do?

They almost pull off an upset over a team clearly better than them while being down only four points entering the fourth quarter!

Maybe Kobe can deal with that knowledge on his long and lonely limp to his car that he is sooo not looking forward to. I, on the other hand, would love to drive Kobe Bryant’s car. How ungrateful of Kobe. Makes me sick.

In Kobe’s absence, LA was led by Jordan Clarkson, who went for 20 points alongside rookie D’Angelo Russell’s 13 on 5-for-13 shooting. Despite that, the Lakers dropped to 2-9 on the season.

This Suns backcourt is beginning to look like something very, very special. Tonight, it was guard Brandon Knight who went for a triple-double, posting 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists en-route to the victory for Phoenix. His partner in crime, Eric Bledsoe, went for 23 on 8-16 FGA.

Have a good day! No goodbye GIF this time because it’s a Monday and you must wallow in your displeasure!

No Kristaps tonight! 🙁 

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