Pablo knows how to run that pick-and-roll. Rockets within 46-43, 6:11 2Q.
Hollins, asked about Rockets' "speed" group, shot back that starters are pretty fast. They are; rank 4th in pace. Bench is faster, rank 1st.
Rockets with a rotation change. Beverley and Prigioni check in to start second quarter. Ariza had been with that group with Brewer at two.
Nets with top-scoring 1st quarter against Rockets this season, lead 36-25. Rockets shoot 50 %, but with 6 especially sloppy turnovers.
Nets keeping a defender (usually Plumlee) in position to help on Harden on drives at all times. Harden has assists on 5 of Rockets 6 FGs.
Rockets have to turn to bench early. Down 19-7, Smith, Terry check in.
Nets jump out to a 12-2 lead on the Rockets.
Rockets need a timeout here. Nets haven't missed a shot (4-4) and Rockets struggling to make one. 12-2 Brooklyn out of the gate.
The Nets are up 12-2 on the Rockets.
Rockets courteously making sure they don't do anything until more fans get here. Down 12-2. Nets 4 of 4, Rockets 1 of 4 with 2 turnovers.
With Pat Beverley back, Rockets move to lineup No. 12 this season.
LeBron seemed OK w/ decision to sit, looking at big picture. Cavs have 5 games in 7 days, starting Sunday, inc Rockets, Hawks, Raptors.
The new Rockets team mural is up. Pablo on the left side, McDaniels holding up the right. http://t.co/kJ8b16tbyd
Rockets warming up in black shirts in honor of Earl Lloyd who passed last night. Will be an announcement pregame.
Predictions for the West final standings: 1. Warriors 2. Grizzlies 3. Blazers 4. Rockets 5. Spurs 6. Mavs 7. Clippers 8. Thunder
Nets beat the Rockets last year, but Dwight didn’t play in that game.
No change in Rockets' injuries- Harden (ankle), Beverley (flu symptoms) are questionable. Howard (knee), Papanikolaou (ankle) are out.
Officials for Rockets-Nets tonight: Bill Kennedy, Brian Forte and Kevin Scott.
Tuesday's Rockets game vs. Hawks in Atlanta picked up by NBA-TV.
Regarding analytics and ex-players: Kevin McHale coaches the Rockets. He was hired by Daryl Morey.
Pat Beverley (flu symptoms) practiced with the Rockets on Thursday. Was more of a walk-through and shooting practice so he was not tested.