The NBA Houston Rockets basketball season is already a month in and it’s off to a great start! After becoming the number one seed in a stacked Western Conference and reaching the Western Conference Finals last year and taking the defending champions, Golden State Warriors, to seven games, the Houston Rockets are looking to improve on the success of last year.
Chris Paul, one of the NBA’s best point guards, is returning to continue playing alongside the league's reigning MVP, James Harden, who is currently 3rd in the league in points per game. Playing in the heavily competitive Western Conference, the Houston Rockets will play multiple home games at the Toyota Center in Avenida Houston against teams like the defending back to back champions the Golden State Warriors lead by two time MVP Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, the Los Angeles Lakers lead by LeBron James and the Oklahoma City Thunder lead by Russell Westbrook.
SCHEDULE: Upcoming Houston Rockets Games
November 15: Golden State Warriors
The defending champs come into town lead by two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant. The last time the Warriors were at Toyota Center was for Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals when the Warriors won 101-92 to advance to the NBA Finals. The Rockets had a 3-2 game lead on the Warriors but an injury to Chris Paul at the end of Game 5 put him out for the rest of the series.
December 13: Los Angeles Lakers
The last time these two teams played one another, it was the second game of this season and things got heated as point guards Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo got into a fight after Rondo spit in Chris Paul's face. Both players, along with Brandon Ingram who threw a punch as well, were suspended and this will be the first both teams are playing one another since the incident. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention LeBron James plays for the Lakers?! LeBron James himself attracts a crowd and then some and you combine that with the strong fan base of the Laker Nation, you have Showtime!
December 25: Oklahoma City Thunder
The perfect Christmas gift! An afternoon of NBA Houston Rockets basketball at the Toyota Center. The Thunder are led by former MVP Russell Westbrook who’s coming off back to back seasons of averaging a triple-double, the first player in NBA history to do so. James Harden always looks forward to playing against his former team, as well as playing against childhood friend Westbrook.
December 27: Boston Celtics
The young and talented Boston Celtics come into town led by head coach Brad Stevens. Kyrie Irving, aka Uncle Drew, is one the NBA’s best guards and definitely the best ball handler in the league. He and Chris Paul matching up is basketball fans dream. The Celtics have the deepest and talented roster in the NBA. Jayson Tatum is coming off a rookie season where he grew up in the playoffs, helping the Celtics reach Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against LeBron James and the Cavaliers without All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. With the experiences the young Celtics gained through last years playoffs, they are the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
January 9: Milwaukee Bucks
If you haven’t seen Giannis Antetokounmpo play, then you should put it on your list of things to do. The “Greek Freak” is a one of kind player. He is nicknamed this because he is from Athen, Greece and also his freakish talent and athleticism. He’s 6’11’’ with a wingspan of 7’3’’. As current frontrunner for the MVP award, he has the Bucks as the number two seed in the Eastern Conference.