Welcome back for another installment of the Red94 mailbag! For the most part, the Rockets have continued their struggles since last week and now sit at 12-14, good for 14th in the Western Conference. If you didn’t feel bad about the season already, you should have some queasy feelings now, as it very much has a 2015-16 vibe to it (without the obvious locker room issues). With that being said, let’s get to this week’s great set of questions!

One aspect of the Rockets discussion on Twitter (and elsewhere) has been the lazy, simplistic take of “See! Of course the Rockets are missing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute! Just like we said they would.” In one sense, that is a somewhat accurate opinion to have, but not for the reasons that most people believe.

I would reckon to guess that most people aren’t even aware that Luc Mbah a Moute has played in just four games this season and will continue to be out for several more weeks. What about the fact that Ariza ranks in the 11th percentile with a -10.7 net rating as he provides inconsistent effort in Phoenix? The two aforementioned players have either not been available this season or just haven’t played at the levels from last season.

Sure, one would think that Ariza would give more effort if on a contending team (I tend to believe this as well), but the reason the Rockets are missing the two wings is because of their missteps in the offseason when it came to replacing them. James Ennis has been adequate as a fill-in, but the team failed to add another wing with defensive prowess in the offseason. Instead, they relied on Gerald Green to absorb more minutes and for Carmelo Anthony to play as the de-facto backup four.

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Another Wednesday means another installment of the Red94 mailbag! As the Rockets continue to struggle with consistency, at least the team appears to be nearing full strength. Currently, Houston sits at 11-12, good for 13th in the Western Conference. However, they are only one and a half games out of the playoff picture and five games back of the top seed, so the rest of the conference isn’t exactly lighting things up. With that being said, let’s get to this week’s set of questions!

Two questions regarding Brandon Knight, who played in a rehab game in the G League last week as he continues his recovery. In case you forgot or aren’t aware, Brandon Knight hasn’t played in a NBA game since February 15, 2017. By the time he sees the floor with the Rockets, he will have gone nearly two full years without playing in a NBA game! Therefore, I wouldn’t expect much early on from Knight as he works to find his footing again in the league.

If he does well with his minutes and his body holds up, the Rockets will be getting a talented, but inefficient scorer. For his career, Knight owns a True Shooting percentage of 52% and he hasn’t hit his 3-pointers at a league average rate since the 2014-15 season (he is a career 35.7% shooter from beyond the arc).

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Another Wednesday means another installment of the Red94 Mailbag! The Rockets continue to struggle and give credence to the idea that this could be a more pedestrian season than anyone expected. What haven’t been pedestrian are the questions you all are sending me each week! With that being said, let’s get into this week’s set of questions.

For the Rockets sake, they sure hope that the past two games are Gordon reverting back to his previous abilities and level of play. In these past two games (which were losses), Gordon has scored 64 points on 20-39 shooting from the field and more importantly, 13-27 from beyond the arc.

With Chris Paul missing both of the games, Gordon was thrusted into a large role (he played 43 and 39 minutes respectively in the two games) and had the ball in his hands more. Obviously Gordon won’t shoot nearly 50% on 3-pointers moving forward, but these games could be the start of a hot streak that reverts his shooting percentages back to his career averages.

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