Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets: Surprises from the Series

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EMERGENCE OF TROY DANIELS

Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Troy Daniels (30) reacts after making a basket during the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

 

Troy Daniels spent much of this NBA season in the D-League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Houston Rockets signed Daniels back in February, but he saw very little action in the regular season. Rockets head coach Kevin McHale inserted him into the rotation behind the struggling James Harden as a floor spacer in Game 3, after losing Games 1 & 2 at home. Daniels sunk the game-winning shot on a broken play. Since then, he has flourished, averaging over 19 minutes per game and shooting 61.5 percent from deep and 100.0 percent from the free throw line. He fits Houston’s system impeccably and has more than a reasonable opportunity to become a long-term fixture on the team.

 

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