None of that bodes well for a Thunder team that is 3-5 since the break and showing it can easily be sucked into playing and succumbing to its opponents’ style.
OKC has allowed a staggering 110.2 points per game and 47.4 percent shooting over the past eight games, while yielding an average of 10.6 made 3-pointers in that same span.
It’s the exact type of deficient defense the Rockets roster exploits.
Then there’s the matter of the Rockets remembering what the Thunder did to them in the first two meetings. In the first contest on Dec. 29, the Thunder won, without Westbrook, by 31 points. In the second game on Jan. 16, the Rockets scored just 19 second-half points after posting 73 in the first half. It was the largest disparity of points scored between halves in NBA history. Houston lost at home that night by 12.
“We’ll see (Tuesday) night,” Collison said. “We have another tough test, another team that’s going to play up-tempo with a lot of guys who are going to drive and kick, similar to the Lakers. We’ll see if we can play better.”
In case you’re wondering, Hamilton’s career-high is 19 points.