Rockets Vs Suns Feb. 17 Game Talking Points

Dean Riley - 13 Feb 2022

The Houston Rockets have a couple of important games coming up over the next few weeks, including the Utah Jazz and, perhaps most notably, the Feb. 17 stand-off against the Phoenix Suns.

The Rockets are currently in rebuild mode. Interestingly enough, and perhaps unfortunately so, they’ve not been able to make any massive moves at the trade deadline.

Still, they’ve managed to hold onto those veteran players who might have emerged great sells to opposing teams.

They did manage to make a single trade in rarely-used backup center Daniel Theis to the Celtics for trio Enes Freedom, Bruno Fernando, and Dennis Schroder – before reportedly waiving Freedom (previously Kanter) shortly after the trade.

They also waived guards Armoni Brooks and D.J. Augustin in an attempt to open up available roster spots for completing the trade.

Freedom, Schroder, and Fernando are all final-season contract acquisitions.

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A Trio To Keep Tabs On

While Schroder, 28, is currently averaging 14.4 points and 4.2 assists, and could certainly be of great help to a rebuilding Rockets squad, the franchise will most likely continue to build their young corps – guys like Josh Christopher, Jalen Green, and Kevin Porter.

The young trio will likely be pitted against the Suns when the two teams take to the hardwood at Footprint Center on Feb. 17.

Phoenix Making A Strong Push

The Phoenix Suns remain strong contenders for a repeat trip to the NBA Finals this year.

Phoenix is apparently looking to acquire more shooting depth. With the team being just about the best-performing franchise across the league right now, they don’t really need any major acquisitions for making it back to the Finals.

Still, they’ve managed to acquire point guard Aaron Holiday from the Washington Wizards, and forward Torrey Craig via the Indiana Pacers, meaning the addition of a depth-creating point guard and a familiar wing player to their roster.

Suns Have Much Going For Them

Craig, 31, is a former Suns player, and helped the franchise reach the 2021 NBA Finals after a midseason trade from the Milwaukee Bucks.

During his previous stint with Phoenix, he played 32 games while averaging 7.2 points off the bench.

Holiday, 25, was picked as a first-rounder by the Indiana Pacers in 2018. Last year acquired by the Wizards, he averaged 6.1 points, 1.9 assists, and 1.6 rebounds.

While Phoenix experienced a significant loss in Jalen Smith, they’re left with plenty of depth in terms of Smith’s former position. They’ve got the likes of JaVale McGee, Deandre Ayton, and Bismack Biyombo going for them.

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