It's upon us, gentlemen! The season is set to begin tomorrow night in Houston against the lowly Nuggets, and it's time for our first game thread of the year. I'll try to keep doing these every week on a Monday-Sunday schedule. But if there's a week I miss because I'm just too busy at work, feel free to step in for me and take over.
These first few games will certainly be a challenge as this team has been banged up most of the offseason and hasn't had a change to mesh together very much. The Rockets face Golden State, Miami, OKC and the Clippers in their first six games, and I'd like to see them go at least 2-2 in that stretch if possible. But the schedule gets substantially easier after that and through the end of November, Houston faces a lot of bad basketball teams that should help it start the season off with a nice record.
As for these first three games, it's going to suck not having Dwight for the Denver game tomorrow night, but if they can't beat Denver without Dwight I have serious concerns for the team this season. That second game on Friday is obviously the real barometer of where this team is at, though. I'd really, really like to see Houston at least play competitive basketball in that one and possibly even pull out a win. At Miami is no cake walk either, but I like the Rockets chances a little better in that game. I'm hoping for at least a 2-1 start, but we'll see how things shake out.
As always, use this thread for game discussion and all other discussions related to Rockets basketball.