The Houston Rockets will be trying to kick off their season with a win when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. The Rockets finished the 2020 season with a 17-55 record, which was the worst in the league. The Timberwolves finished with a 23-59 record, which was the sixth-worst record in the league.
Houston is 6-4 in its last 10 games against Minnesota.
Rockets Undergoing Full RebuildThe Rockets were a terrible team last season after blowing up their team by sending James Harden to Brooklyn and Russell Westbrook to Washington. Fortunately for them, they got a lot of draft picks from the trades, which they used on drafting players like Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba, and Josh Christopher, who they believe will help them become contenders once again. But, don’t expect that to happen this season.
Houston averaged 108.8 points per game last season. They made 44.3 percent of their field goals and 40.6 percent of their three-pointers.
Christian Wood led the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 21 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. John Wall led the team with 6.9 assists per game, while Khyri Thomas led the team with 1.8 steals per game. Wall is still on the roster but won’t take the court as the team works on a trade for him.
Houston also struggled defensively last season, giving up 113.6 points per game, while allowing opponents to make 48 percent of their field goals. They will need to do a better job this season if they want to finish with a better record than they had last season.
Timberwolves Hoping To Make PlayoffsThe Timberwolves struggled last season, but they finished 10 games out of the final play-in spot for the playoffs, which gives them some optimism going into this season. However, with the team having very little room to operate under the salary cap, they didn’t make a lot of moves in the offseason, which will make it difficult to hang with the top teams in the conference.
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Minnesota averaged 112.1 points per game last season, with the team making 44.8 percent of their field goals and 37.6 percent of their three-pointers.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 24.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Ricky Rubio led the team with 6.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Minnesota struggled defensively last season, giving up 117.3 points per game while allowing opponents made 48.2 percent of their field goals. They will need to improve on the defensive end if they want to contend this season.
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