It was one of the biggest odds of the night, and the Rockets must have made a few punters happy tonight by winning against the Bulls. But the happiest are the Houston players themselves since they hadn’t won for… 15 matches!
« Look, I’m sure tonight in any interview you will be able to feel a different energy » Kevin Porter Jr. warned when speaking to the press. » One is happy. We needed it. We felt it from the start, from the first quarter, that we had an advantage. «
Even Jalen Green’s injury exit did not stop the momentum of a formation where Christian Wood was regaining his pivotal position, while Stephen Silas opted for Jae’Sean Tate to play a strong-winger.
« More than victory, it simply does good for the players » underlines the coach of the Rockets. « It’s so good for House, it’s so good for Scoot (Porter Jr.), it’s so good for Christian who was in trouble in the free throws, and who puts two very important on the end, then who plays the shot very well on the pass in the corner. It’s so good for Garrison, Armoni and Eric, who has remained a mainstay in the midst of it all. So yeah, it feels good to win, but it’s even better for these guys. «
Don’t let the match slip away
Despite the Bulls’ comeback attempts, the Rockets never doubted, and maybe it was mentally that it clicked.
“At every time-out, we were like, ‘Guys, we’re winning tonight!’ « says KPJ. “We kept our calm and we continued to encourage each other: ‘We win, we win, we do not let go’. We had already been there, leading in the fourth quarter, at half-time and we had let the match slip away. Tonight, we didn’t. «
What also appealed to Stephen Silas was that his players didn’t tremble, and they took risks. The fear of suffering a 16th loss in a row did not paralyze them, even in the “money time”. Like Armoni Brooks and Garrison Matthews, who have 23 points.
» They are not afraid to shoot and I love them both for that »Concludes the technician, who also appreciated the nerve of Alperen Sengun. » He makes everyone else better. Whether he has the ball in the post with a lot of help on him, or he has the ball in the high post to create, he has a way of playing that makes things easier for the other guys and it really is. necessary. »
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