In SCIC’s Game of the Week, the Houston Rockets take on the Los Angeles Clippers later tonight. There are plenty of early season storyline’s heading into this one, but regardless here are five that we should definitely be keeping our eyes on during tonight’s game…
MEASURING STICK GAME?
The Houston Rockets entered this season with much hype, the Clippers too. But we really don’t know how good either of these teams really are. Houston is 3-0 but really hasn’t played anyone, per say. This will be a good game to see where the newly assembled team is. Also, can the Clippers show that they’re who we think they are — one of the class teams in the Western Conference?
WILL CHRIS PAUL CONTINUE HIS TEAR?
Chris Paul is averaging 28 points and 12 assists per game. That is insane. Those are the type of numbers that earn you an MVP award, but can he keep it up? He’ll have a tough task tonight going against a solid defense (94 points per game allowed) in Houston.
WILL HOUSTON’S TWIN TOWERS CONTINUE TO WORK?
It’s obvious — mostly because of his remarks — that Omer Asik doesn’t really want to play alongside Dwight Howard. But so far, it kind of has been working. The two are top-ten in rebounding this season. But how long will this honeymoon stage last between the two?
CAN LA LIMIT HOUSTON’S THREE-POINT THREAT?
The Clippers are allowing their opponents to shoot 48 percent from three so far this season. That’s insanely bad. The Rockets are shooting 38 percent from distance but they have the shooters to explode on any given night. LA is going to have to be better at running off shooters if they’re going to have a shot.
DWIGHT HOWARD VS THE CLIPPERS FRONTLINE
Dwight Howard hasn’t gone against an impressive frontline yet this season. Tonight he goes up against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. It’ll be interesting to see if Dwight will still be as effective as he’s been this season. Will Dwight re-assert himself as the best big man in the NBA? Tonight posses a great opportunity for him to make a statement to the rest of the league.