Why the Playoff Field Should Fear the Houston Rockets

The only thing that should scare the Western Conference more than the Rockets 31-point blowout of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the series opener is the way in which they won that game. Possessing arguably the best offense in the NBA, the Houston Rockets averaged just over 115 points per game, a total nearly 10 points per night higher than their total from last season. The way in which the Rockets won over 50 games this year through their unique ability to run away with a game with a barrage of three pointers was well documented and has kept the rest of the contenders in the West on their heels. However, nothing should scare the rest of the playoff teams more than the idea that the Rockets shot poorly for the majority of game one, turned the ball over, and still blew the Thunder out enough to give Bobby Brown some playing time. Now, if you only watched the fourth quarter which consisted of James Harden hitting three pointers at will with a smile on his face, stop reading. Sure, Harden had 37 points and Eric Gordon eventually got hot. As usual, both of these guys helped the Rockets out greatly. However, their shooting was nowhere near the reason the Rockets won this game in the fashion that they did. In game one, the Rockets beat the Thunder at Thunder-basketball. Oklahoma City came into the game as the leagues top team in both rebounds and points in the paint. The Rockets walked into game one as arguably the best three point shooting team this league has ever seen. The... read more

Don’t Forget About Us, Other Stars Having Career Years

It’s easy to get lost in story lines of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the two clear leaders for the MVP award based on their individual accolades this season.  Their numbers are ridiculous and unheard of in today’s NBA, Harden (28.7 ppg, 11.7 ast, 8.3 reb) and Westbrook (30.7 ppg, 10.3 ast, 10.5 reb).  However, there are some other NBA players putting up their own incredible stat lines and dominating the sport that need recognition too. Anthony Davis We start off our list with arguably the best big man in the league (just don’t tell that to Lebron James, Draymond Green and the man they fancy, DeMarcus Cousins).  Anthony Davis has improved year after year but this season, through 39 games, he is averaging career best in points per game, rebounds per game and steals per game. Unfortunately, the Pelicans don’t provide much support for this super star and that is why he is flying under the radar this season despite putting up close to 30-12 every night with 2.5 blocks and 1.3 steals. Isaiah Thomas The Boston Celtics were highly touted coming in to this season with the acquisition of Al Horford.  But what really makes this Boston Celtics team go is the 5’9” point guard, Isaiah Thomas.  Since coming to Boston from Phoenix after Danny Ainge hoodwinked his old associate Ryan McDonough, he has been one of the best scorers in the league.  He has improved each season and is shooting a career best 45.9% from the field and 90.7% from the charity stripe.  He is averaging a career high 28.4 points per game and leads the... read more

About Hoops Critic

Brian Geltzeiler’s true passion is the NBA. He grew up in a basketball family. His father, Burt was an elite college basketball player for Newark-Rutgers University in the late 1940’s and was drafted by the Tri-City Hawks (now Atlanta Hawks) in 1950 by their then GM, Red Auerbach.

Brian is a regular host on SiriusXM’s NBA Radio and gets his money’s worth from his NBA League Pass. He lives in Livingston, NJ with his wife and four children.