Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: How to defend the ‘two dimensions’ of the Rockets

Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: How to defend the ‘two dimensions’ of the Rockets

HOUSTON — It’s the first of the next three games on the road as the Trail Blazers get set to for the Houston Rockets tonight.

The Rockets are coming off a road loss to the Grizzlies last night.

Before Portland and Houston tip-off at 6:30p.m. PT tonight on NBC Sports Northwest and on the ‘MyTeams’ App, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts discussed how Russell Westbrook brings a different dynamic to the Rockets and how they play at a much faster pace this season.

Coach Stotts also explained how they need to defend the two-man game between James Harden and Clint Capela, saying, “It starts on the ball. Obviously it’s difficult because they have a lot of success in their two-man game, but trying to keep Harden a little off guard, not letting Capela roll behind… Harden puts a pressure on the big man.”



Mario Hezonja (low back contusion) is OUT for tonight’s game.


P.J. Tucker (right shoulder stinger) is available; Gerald Green (left cuneiform fracture) and Nene Hilario (left adductor strain) are out.


— Wednesday’s game marks the second of four meetings between the Trail Blazers and Rockets during the 2019-20 season. Houston leads the season series, 1-0.

— LAST MEETING: The Rockets defeated the Trail Blazers in Houston on Nov. 18, 132-108. CJ McCollum scored a team-high 25 points (10-19 FG, 5-12 3-PT) to go with five rebounds, three assists and two steals for Portland while James Harden led the Rockets with 36 points (11-19 FG, 5-10 3-PT, 9-10 FT), six rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

— Portland and Houston are 2-2 in their last four matchups with Portland winning the 2018-19 season series, 2-1.

— Seven Trail Blazers players scored in double figures against the Rockets on Nov. 18.

Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: How to defend the ‘two dimensions’ of the Rockets originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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January 15, 2020 at 09:51PM

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