Led by James Harden and Jeremy Lin, Houston ranks third in points per game, averaging an astounding 104.2. Furthermore, thanks largely to another one of the team’s offseason acquisitions, Omer Asik, the Rockets rank sixth in rebounds per game, pulling in 44.2.
Tonight’s biggest key is effort. Houston, playing at home will presumably have much more energy than a tired Celtics team. But if Boston can suck it up, and play hard tonight, stymieing the Rockets at the defensive end, running the floor and crashing the boards, the team should pick up an impressive win that has the potential to do wonders for their confidence.
The second key for tonight is the bench. Houston’s defense has been less than stellar to start this season, giving up more points per contest than any other team, surrendering 104.8.
Coming off of a double overtime game, where the starters logged heavy minutes, it would be huge if Boston’s bench was able to carry the scoring load tonight.
Many argue that the Celtics got younger this offseason, with additions such as Courtney Lee, Jared Sullinger and getting Jeff Green back. This would be an excellent time, for the team’s youth to validate that argument.