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Houston Rockets point guard John Wall shot brick after brick from downtown in Wednesday's loss to Indiana, but still came away with a game-high 31 points. He was 0-for-7 from downtown but 12-for-28 from the field and 7-for-9 at the free-throw line. The veteran added nine assists to his line with three rebounds, two blocks and one steal. Wall threw the ball away three times in 36 minutes. The Rockets can't get into the win column no matter what they try, but Wall is enjoying a fine scoring burst right now with three 30-point efforts in his past four games. He'll be hunting for another one Friday night against Denver, although the Nuggets don't tend to give up many points to opposing points guards.
Houston Rockets center Christian Wood led the team with 25 points in Monday's loss to the Suns, and he grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to complete a double-double. Kevin Porter Jr. ended up with a double-double as well by getting 22 points and 14 assists. Wood's numbers have been down since he returned from an ankle injury, but this was a great performance from the 25-year-old big man who shot 10-for-15 from the field in the game with a 3-for-5 record from outside. Next up, Wood has a matchup against the Pacers, who have been without Myles Turner (ankle) recently. The absence of the NBA's best shot-blocker puts Wood in a nice spot to perform.
Houston Rockets point guard John Wall (rest) will not play Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Wall will likely not play in both ends of a back-to-back for the remainder of the season so this is to be expected. Wall went off Wednesday after a multi-game absence and put up 31 points and seven assists in a rare Houston win. While Wall is out, Kevin Porter Jr. has been the player to watch and will see increased usage on Friday.
Houston Rockets forward/center Kelly Olynyk looked like prime Dennis Rodman against Dallas on Wednesday, finishing a 102-93 win with a career-high 18 rebounds. He got into the double-double column with 10 points and added three assists with two steals and two blocks on 4-for-9 shooting from the field. Olynyk has been a perfect fit for the Rockets, and head coach Stephen Silas has been confidently using him next to Christian Wood, who had a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double Wednesday night. Olynyk will head into Friday's battle with the Clippers averaging 17.4 points, seven rebounds, three assists, 1.1 steals and one block in a Rockets uniform.
Houston Rockets point guard John Wall returned from a four-game absence in Wednesday's win over Dallas, finishing with a game-high 31 points and dishing out seven assists. He also had four steals, three rebounds and one block, while shooting 12-for-23 from the field and 4-for-10 from outside. Efficiency has been a big problem with the veteran floor general this season, but he played pretty much a perfect game here. Wall looked very explosive in 34 minutes of action, so it seems like his right knee is fine for now. As a point guard, the former All-Star has a very good matchup on the menu next when Houston takes on the Clippers. They have been one of the poorest defensive teams against point guards this season.