Pete's Perspective: Grizzlies vs. Rockets tonight
After losing on opening night in Los Angeles, the Memphis Grizzlies have bounced back in impressive fashion winning twice on the road and overcoming the hoopla and distraction of a home opener to beat Utah, in the process extending their regular season home winning streak to a franchise-record twelve consecutive games.
Just 48 hours removed from their most complete performance of the season in a 108-90 victory in Milwaukee, the Grizzlies face the Houston Rockets tonight at FedExForum.
The Rockets were making headlines with two consecutive road wins to start the season behind the stellar scoring of James Harden in the first week of the season. Week two has been a bit more difficult with not one but two home losses in which Harden has struggled to score, shooting just 33%. Houston brings the youngest and least experienced roster into the season and has turned over the vast majority of its roster with just four holdovers from last year's team.
Harden and Jeremy Lin are the headliners among the newcomers, but they're not the only immediate-impact additions. Omer Asik, no longer behind Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah, is rebounding at a phenomenal rate but will have to deal with Zach Randolph who's been outstanding on the glass, posting four consecutive double-doubles. While Marc Gasol's point production was off a bit in Milwaukee (with 14 points), his playmaking remained on-point. He's the leading assist man among non-guards, handing out 5.8 assists per game. The Grizzlies will again try to work their front court dominance against Asik, Chandler Parsons and Patrick Patterson while keeping Lin and Harden from going off.