Rockets meet NBA's worst team

Rockets meet NBA's worst team
January 18, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Know Your Foe: Bucks-Rockets

The Rockets will go from playing their worst offensive half of the season to playing the worst team in the NBA. Milwaukee (7-31) is currently on a seven-game losing streak and has lost 15 of its last 17 games. Houston will be trying to bounce back after scoring just 19 points in the second half against Oklahoma City, losing 104-92 on Thursday night. That scoring drought came after scoring 73 point in the first half as they set a new NBA record for scoring discrepancy between the first and second halves. Houston starts the second half of the season, ready to forget how the firs half ended.

The Rockets reached the halfway point with a 26-15 record which is tied for the sixth-best mark in franchise history through 41 games. They are on a five game homestand, welcoming Portland on Monday, Sacramento on Wednesday and Memphis on Friday.

Who are the Bucks?

The Bucks made major changes in the offseason, with Brandon Knight and O.J. Mayo are both in their first seasons and lead the team in scoring at 15.4 and 13.0 points per game. It’s very likely that Milwaukee will have the best chance to claim the league’s first pick. Every team in the league has at least 10 wins, except Milwaukee who has just seven wins.

They are a little bit like a first grade YMCA team in that everybody plays. Every player on the roster has started at least two games, they have used 18 different starting lineups, and none of those lineups have started more than seven games. Second-year forward John Henson has emerged as the team’s leading rebounder at 8.0 per game. He also averages 12.1 points per game and 2.3 blocks per game. He’s fifth in the league in blocked shots per game. Milwaukee is just 1-11 against western conference teams.

Bucks Last Game

Milwaukee shot just 18.2 percent in the first quarter against Memphis on Wednesday night, losing, 82-77. They were able to come back from a 14-pont deficit and led 60-58 heading to the fourth quarter. It was the fifth time they have lost in ten games when they led or were tied heading to the fourth quarter.