Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets on 1/16/2014

Westbrook is unquestionably the second best player on the Thunder, a team tied for first place in the brutal Western Conference. His absence a huge factor in the Rockets’ resistance to a clearly superior Thunder team during the playoffs, and the same will be true in this meeting. This time, however, Houston is missing their own starting point guard in Patrick Beverley, who’s out with a broken hand. That grudge will have to wait, but the larger grudge will take center stage. The Thunder will come at a  battered, weary Rockets team, and there will be no mercy. If Houston wants a win, they’ll need to summon every bit of resolve they have left.

Wait. That paragraph seems very familiar. It’s almost as though this all happened before. Is this just déjà vu, or did I copy my own paragraph for a reason? Fifth game in seven nights? Check. Second night of a back to back? Yup. Houston missing Patrick Beverley and Ömer Aşık? Of course. Thunder without Westbrook? Somehow, yeah. But none of the details are the same, right? It’s not like this game is happening the night after a hard-fought battle with the New Orleans Pelicans, right? Actually, it’s exactly like that. The similarities between this situation and that one are staggering and very troubling, because the outcome was extremely disappointing last time around. The Rockets will have to try to rewrite their past mistakes to get a win.

The Thunder also have very little different in their situation. Westbrook is still sitting with knee problems, Kevin Durant is still trying to shoulder all the load, and the team is treading water. Reggie Jackson may be fitting into the team better, but until the team recovers Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma is simply trying to make it out alive. Both teams retain something of a grudge against one another and both teams will see a playoff rival.

This tine, however, the Rockets will be in Houston, where the crowds won’t be out for Patrick Beverley’s head.Terrence Jones is more skilled, now,racking up monstrous block totals in the intervening month. The Rockets are slowly improving, and may be ready to make this game a real contest. It’s a new day for the Rockets, and each day is a step closer to the conference finals.

Of course, some days are just reruns. We’ll see if Thursday is a repeat or a new day soon enough.

Tip off is at 8:30 pm Central time at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. For more coverage of the Oklahoma City Thunder, swing by Daily Thunder, the TrueHoop Network’s Oklahoma City Thunder blog.

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  • Dayak says 8 months ago ^
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    I second this, The Thunders are the worst match up for our playing style right now, beside The Pacers.
  • quatin says 8 months ago

    This game was no surprise. It went down exactly the same as the first OKC game. It wasn't that our team had no heart or were just playing bad. We got out coached both times.

    Thunder Plan:

    First, shut down Howard. Throw Perkins and Adams at him and be real physical to prevent him from getting position at the low block. This reduces his post shot % by a large margin and most importantly, no alley oops. All Howard could do was attempt long hook shots from 8 feet away. Howard 5-13 FG game 1 and 4-13 FG game 2.

    Second, collapse on the driver. Jackson is an excellent defender and was able to lock down Lin in both games. Sefolosha was no slouch on Harden either, but most importantly Ibaka would leave his man to double up on the driver in case they did get space. Neither Jones or Dmo are good 3 point shooter so they got left open. Lin 2-9 FG game 1 and 2-8FG game 2. Harden 2-9 FG game 1 and 6-16 FG game 2.

    The only reason we had a good 1st half was, because we got lucky and made 60% 3s. Dmo went 3-4 3pt, despite going 2-20 3pt the rest of the season. The lucky streak faded in the 2nd half, plus OKC made the extra effort to show hard on screens and hustle to contest 3 pointers. We don't shoot mid range 2s, OKC made the extra effort to limit points in the paint and simply have good perimeter defenders to contest 3s, what's left?

  • timetodienow1234567 says 8 months ago Can we trade Asik/Mchale for Brad Stevens?
  • RocketMansinceStevieFrance says 8 months ago

    Half court offense was atrocious in the second half, nobody had any movement... Seeing as they have arguably the best center in my mind in Dwight they should have gone to him or atleast ran the pick in roll with him. Everyone got excited about how 3's were falling in the 1st half so they tried sticking to it in the 2nd half which was obviously a very bad idea. I was so pissed but yet so intrigued on the first half. Championship contending team in the first half, 6 or 7 seed in the second half. Which one will we see for the playoffs? Its all about consistency and they have not found it quite enough this year...

  • rockets best fan says 8 months ago

    @FSS

    I know we disagree on McHale and injuries have played a huge part in our record so far. however the Rockets seem to lack a mental tuffness that is beyond youth or injuries.............they lack discipline and accountability. one thing I used to love about JVG when he was here was he held every player accountable from Yao to McGrady to the water boy. McHale is not holding this entire team accountable. I like the 3 pt shot but every member of the team should not have the green light to jack one up any time they feel like it. there has to be a pecking order. he has not established that pecking order. stars are called stars for a reason. they are the players who should take the highest percentage of shots. I know D-12 was in foul trouble this game, but I have seen plenty of games this year where he is not and we ignore his presence on the court. the next few games you watch of theRockets pay attention to this..............watch how many times Howard seals his man in the block early in the shot clock and our perimeter players aren't even watching to see that a shot is available. our inability to feed Howard the ball properly subtracts at least 10 points from what Howard could be doing every night. we are not using what we have properly. I would much rather look at Howard work on the block than Garcia jack up a three. if we only live by the three then we will die by the three. the three point shot is only a good shot when the shooter is set and open. contested 3's are the worst shot in basketball. you know I respect your opinions and I hope you are right....ie it's just youth and not enough time playing together combined with injuries, but I see something deeper I think. while I do believe Morey has influenced our style.......I also believe he gives McHale the freedom to get the job done in the manner he see fit. I don't believe McHale's hands are tied. however at some point he needs to stop befriending the players and chew some ass :lol:

  • feelingsupersonic says 8 months ago

    @FSS

    I don't think Morey's idea is bad...........3's and rim shots are the biggest payoff. the thing that disturbs me the most is McHale's read and react offense. I have said it here before......McHale is not a good coach......I still believe that. I was willing to give him a pass this year for helping land D-12, but that didn't transform him into a good coach. the reason the team is still looking for an identity half way through the season is their coach....not youth, not limited time playing together, not effort, not talent. the fact of the matter is the team can not get beyond the short comings of their coach. he is stuck in the past..........the game has changed and passed him by. I keep hearing how much knowledge he has, but he is unable to teach it to his team. his rotations suck. he can not makeadjustments and his teams are often unprepared for battle. he may be good at player development, but that's about it. he is not getting max bang for the buck from this team. we have enough to win if the pieces are used correctly. now with all that said.....we are stuck with him this year. will we be able to overcome McHale's shortcomings? I'm not sure. every time a teamtightens the defense on us we start to falter. if a team is geared to stop our primary mode of attack we simply crumble. we don't adjust...we crumble. we are half way through the season and we still can not figure out how to get D-12 the ball. we are still wasting our time on players like Garcia who should have been out of the rotation long ago. will the return of Beverly and Asik (if he returns) help us?............Yes , but they aren't going to save us. fact is it may only mask our shortcomings to be later exposed in the playoffs. we have one of the best post options in the league and our half court game still stinks. every time I listen to McHale in interviews it's the same bullsh^t.......... the ball got sticky, the effort was subpar, we are not playing fastthe way weneed to, the shots didn't fall.our dumb ass coach should know theNBA game is a game of adjustments.what happen to all of the flexibility of style we saw in the preseason? what is our second option if a team takes the transition game away like OKC did last night?fact is we don't have one. we either run or lose. that's a troubling trend, because in the playoffs teams will do just that.......knock us out of our comfort zone. we still have time to fix the problem however we have the wrong mechanic aka coach for the job

    Only time will tell rockets best fan and you know I disagree with you even though we can both see all the same situations we just interpret it differently for the most part. I know you have been watching basketball a long long time but time will tell. Personally I believe the ball is in Morey's hands as he has set everything in motion from picking the coach to the offensive philosophy to the roster and he still needs to add a couple pieces, the injuries aren't helping either. You could be right but so could I my friend.

    I am curious what are the numbers for rotation players games missed so far this season, mostly the playoff teams in the West.

  • RudyT1995 says 8 months ago

    This James Harden quote says it all:

    "If we're not making shots, we've got to figure out other ways to make the game change for us."

    Seems like everyone knows what the problem is.

  • Richards says 8 months ago

    Rockets in game adjustment was very very poor. Per ESPN report, Scott Brooks showed video of Rockets successful 3s during half time.

    After that they took our 3s out and played hard ball with Dwight.

    What adjustment we made?

    Nothing. McHale kept 3s guys like AB and hoping shots will fall and he was very wrong.

    I didn't understand why he didn't play Harden/Lin/Dwight PnR and try to get to the line. When shots aren't falling and our big in danger of foul out, only option left is getting to the line. We have two best players and Harden and Lin doing it. But Coach failed to adjust so badly.

  • RudyT1995 says 8 months ago

    I don't think Morey's idea is bad...........3's and rim shots are the biggest payoff.

    The idea isn't bad. But sometimes we fall in love with the 3 too much, and when they don't fall, we don't score.

    And against a team that has length and speed like OKC that can get out on our shooters, it can spell disaster.

    I don't know if that's on the players, the coaches, or Morey.

  • rockets best fan says 8 months ago

    @FSS

    I don't think Morey's idea is bad...........3's and rim shots are the biggest payoff. the thing that disturbs me the most is McHale's read and react offense. I have said it here before......McHale is not a good coach......I still believe that. I was willing to give him a pass this year for helping land D-12, but that didn't transform him into a good coach. the reason the team is still looking for an identity half way through the season is their coach....not youth, not limited time playing together, not effort, not talent. the fact of the matter is the team can not get beyond the short comings of their coach. he is stuck in the past..........the game has changed and passed him by. I keep hearing how much knowledge he has, but he is unable to teach it to his team. his rotations suck. he can not makeadjustments and his teams are often unprepared for battle. he may be good at player development, but that's about it. he is not getting max bang for the buck from this team. we have enough to win if the pieces are used correctly. now with all that said.....we are stuck with him this year. will we be able to overcome McHale's shortcomings? I'm not sure. every time a teamtightens the defense on us we start to falter. if a team is geared to stop our primary mode of attack we simply crumble. we don't adjust...we crumble. we are half way through the season and we still can not figure out how to get D-12 the ball. we are still wasting our time on players like Garcia who should have been out of the rotation long ago. will the return of Beverly and Asik (if he returns) help us?............Yes , but they aren't going to save us. fact is it may only mask our shortcomings to be later exposed in the playoffs. we have one of the best post options in the league and our half court game still stinks. every time I listen to McHale in interviews it's the same bullsh^t.......... the ball got sticky, the effort was subpar, we are not playing fastthe way weneed to, the shots didn't fall.our dumb ass coach should know theNBA game is a game of adjustments.what happen to all of the flexibility of style we saw in the preseason? what is our second option if a team takes the transition game away like OKC did last night?fact is we don't have one. we either run or lose. that's a troubling trend, because in the playoffs teams will do just that.......knock us out of our comfort zone. we still have time to fix the problem however we have the wrong mechanic aka coach for the job

  • PKM says 8 months ago

    I did not watch the game, but did go over sections of it. The only new thing I really have to say is that Shaq really is a bitter little man.

  • Dayak says 8 months ago I will always patient with this young team. What we need now is a wing player and a back up C. I hope Morey could trade Asik ASAP for it. Parsons played for 39, 45, 43 minutes in the last 3 games back from injury and when Dwight struggled, we have no reliable big to contain opponent's bigs.
  • feelingsupersonic says 8 months ago

    -The real elephant in the room right now is the Rockets' offensive philosophy as, what has been whispered by many as a fringe opinion, manifested on full display in front of a national audience last night. Can you win a title with no middle-range offense? Last night made me think, for the first time. Shooting a ton of 3's is a great equalizer. It can help a mediocre team squeeze into the playoffs and bridge the gap if they get hot. But when comparing with the cream of the crop, those kind of gimmicks go out the window. It's the same sort of logic as to how Lebron won the title last year with his revamped midrange jumpshot. When these elite teams like OKC/IND take away your '3', the Rockets end up in a world of hurt not being able to do anything else.

    I agree, and fans can talk about the details like coaches, players, plays out of time outs, rotations but in the end what we really have to dissect is Morey's grand experiment. As far as I can tell the coaches and players are playing Morey's scheme. If it was McHale's team I am pretty sure you would see more defense and less 3's with an emphasis on bigs. If the presentation to Howard hadn't included Morey's philosophy Howard would be complaining about his touches. If not specifically directed to shoot at the rim or 3's would Harden be hoisting a few more long twos? You are correct Rahat, the jury is still out on Morey's approach but I have to believe they are running numbers on how to adjust and probably have some ideas as to what pieces to add. I wonder what the philosophical divides are in Morey's war room, it would be interesting to know.

    In reality, when considering the big picture, the Rockets are at an earlier stage than the rest of the Western contenders. All of those teams have at least a year and the best have 4 to 10 years of experience with a core, style and/or coaching staff in place. I know it's hard to be patient but teams very very rarely go from average to champion, especially with a competitive conference. Last year the made the playoffs, this year maybe they make the second round and then next year maybe the Rockets get to the Conference Finals. Patience everyone.
  • Rahat Huq says 8 months ago

    The recap already covered the major stuff, but some of my own thoughts:

    Underrated silver lining from last night - T. Jones with 16 and 13, Donatas with 15 and 7. The sophomores continue to impress, particularly Jones; and I'm really grateful to McHale for giving D-Mo this chance to shine, as I have been writing for the past week or so. On the other hand, you could see in that second half why I've said that you just can't trust young bigs when you're aspiring to win a title. They're not men, they're boys...Ibaka is a man. It's going to be tough to win a title unless these guys grow up in a big way.

    -The Inside the NBA sentiment last night that Dwight Howard has "never been a great player" was such utterly preposterous, reactionary revisionism. I agree that Dwight isn't "great" anymore, but there was a time when he was toe to toe with Lebron in terms of overall impact (RAPM). Let's not get carried away fellas.

    -The real elephant in the room right now is the Rockets' offensive philosophy as, what has been whispered by many as a fringe opinion, manifested on full display in front of a national audience last night. Can you win a title with no middle-range offense? Last night made me think, for the first time. Shooting a ton of 3's is a great equalizer. It can help a mediocre team squeeze into the playoffs and bridge the gap if they get hot. But when comparing with the cream of the crop, those kind of gimmicks go out the window. It's the same sort of logic as to how Lebron won the title last year with his revamped midrange jumpshot. When these elite teams like OKC/IND take away your '3', the Rockets end up in a world of hurt not being able to do anything else.

  • timetodienow1234567 says 8 months ago But he could win me over if he shows he is capable of executing enough adjustments to win a series against a contender like GSW SAS LAC OKC POR
  • timetodienow1234567 says 8 months ago Anyone who hasn't seen enough of Mchale baffles me. I wanted him gone last year since I didn't see enough out of him. This year he hasn't showed me anything either.I think he should keep his job this year but we should find a new coach in the offseason. He does the things off the court like manage players egos well. But on the court just looks bad for him.
  • Richards says 8 months ago

    Return of Bev will surely help us on defense. The problem we had last night wasn't defense, it was offense. OKC only dropped 24 (3rd qtr) and 21 (4th qtr) on us. We scored 10 in third and 9 in fourth. Very very bad offensively. While shots aren't falling, we need to go to line.

    Scott Brooks showed his players how we score 3s in first half and they did made adjustment. What adjustment we made? Nothing. Just riding and coasting and got out-coached.

  • Freebird says 8 months ago

    I hated the collapse, but honestly, I felt it was just a matter of running out of steam. They had a hard-fought win the night before in NO, so the energy levels are going to be lower than normal to begin with. Couple that with the adrenaline rush that was the first half, and then dealing with the defensive uptick that OKC adjusted to in the second, and it doesn't seem out of the ordinary. Not like we've been lighting it up for the past month.

    Can't wait for Bev to get back.

  • Richards says 8 months ago

    Yes. I also think that Asik injury was a fake. A fake by Morey or Asik or both. Not really sure who made it up.

    As you know, unless you were in hospital wing, almost all injured NBA players were on bench watching team play. I didn't see any pictures of him lately.

  • Dayak says 8 months ago That was.... embarassing. But still i put my trust in this young team. I'd love to see Asik stay with us for the rest of this season but now i'm starting to lose my respect on him. I have an assumption that his injury is fake, he just doesn't want to play for the Rockets anymore. I wish i have to eat crow for saying this, but damn! It was so frustating.
  • Richards says 8 months ago

    McHale supporters' last year excuse was this was young team blah blah. Now they got two superstars and we should be much better than this.

    What is McHale's strategy? His only method was "ride the hot hand". He did that many times and he always, repeat always, slow to react. Forget about proact that he had no clue.

    I

  • feelingsupersonic says 8 months ago Last season more members on this forum were calling for McHale to be fired than this year, there were even a few calling for Morey to be fired. Kind of funny if you ask me.
  • SDrake says 8 months ago

    You want a big offseason change, you expect a big offseason change, and there will be one. Firing McHale.

    Absolutely. This year's team is disorganized and inconsistent. 40 games into a season a team shouldn't still be trying to find its identity. McHale often seems absent during games. By the time he does make an in-game adjustment, the situation has long since passed.

    I miss last season when the team executed quick ball movement to create an open shooter and was one of the best teams in the league on the fast break.

  • rocketrick says 8 months ago

    I witnessed history in person at Toyota Center and our team was on the wrong side this time around. Especially stunning considering how well the Rocketsplayed the first half, even after starting out down 10 early in the game only to take a 14 point lead by half-time. Thatwas a 24 point swing.

    But to have to suffer through the worst half of basketball I am quite certain I have ever witnessed in person on the NBA level, that was painful.

    For sure the Thunder did a great job of clogging the lane in the 2nd half. There just weren't any open lanes to exploit. And on top of that they were able to contest each and every shot the Rockets were able to shoot in the 2nd half. And the icing on the cake was that the vast majority of those shots seemed to be taken too many times at the end of the shot clock with the ball in the hands of the wrong Rockets player.

    The player rotation was much different this game than any I remember the Rockets playing this season. Casspi getting only 6 minutes raises a red flag with me. Did he get injured in the first half? Motiejunas had some nice moments on the offensive end of the court tonight but just couldn't seem to make the right defensive play or get a key rebound in the second half when it mattered most in my opinion. We really miss a player like Asik in this type of game. I give OKC a lot of credit with their physical play, the Rockets just couldn't handle that as well as they could have.

    The 2 missed free throws when the game was still within reach by Chandler Parsons late in the 4th quarterjust seemed to prove how much of a lid there was on the Rockets end of the court in the 2nd half.

    Just like with all the other tough losses the Rockets have suffered through this season, I believe this lesson will not soon be forgotten. If anything, this should toughen the Rockets for future battles that are headed our direction this season.

    The only positive thing I can think of to say is the fact the Rockets did play some stellar defense in the 2nd half to keep this game within reach until the final 2-3minutes of the gameon a night when the Rockets offense set NBA records for futility in the second half. They never gave up until the bitter end and that does build character in the long run.

  • Hockey the Harden Way says 8 months ago

    Has anyone noticed.... The two baskets at Toyota Center..... One of them had a plethora of threes fall, the other basket had ZERO. For both halves....

    The Thunder made zero threes at the right-hand basket (on TV) during the first half, the Rockets made zero threes at the right-hand basket in the 2nd..... The left hand basket was no problem for the Rockets in the first half, and no problem for the Thunder in the 2nd.

    Has there ever been an NBA game before where it was raining 3s at one of the physical baskets, and zero at the other, for the entire game?

    Makes me wonder if the actual problem may have been the right hand basket (on TV) being grossly out of alignment.

  • Buckko says 8 months ago

    You want a big offseason change, you expect a big offseason change, and there will be one. Firing McHale.

  • RudyT1995 says 8 months ago

    New post: Oklahoma City Thunder 104, Houston Rockets 92: A Tale of Two Halves
    By: Eric Nielsen

    This was really the story of the Rockets season in a nutshell. They went from looking like they could beat anyone, to looking like another first round playoff exit.

    Nodding sadly in agreement.

  • Cooper says 8 months ago The half court offense currently leaves a lot to be desired especially if the other team has a big that can handle Howard but it's something that can be fixed. Getting asik back and adding a quality backup wing would go a long ways.
  • Forrest Walker says 8 months ago

    You absolutely never know what you're gonna get when the Rockets take the court.

    I swear, they would have been better off just staying down by 15 the whole game. People would have questioned them, and then gone "oh it was kind of a schedule loss, like last time," and that would have been the end of it.

    But no, they had to go bonkers in the first half so now the whole discussion is "why is this the worst team ever?" Great. Maybe the only silver lining is that they've dropped the ball so badly that 24 minutes of play will make some teams stop bringing their A game.

  • Dan G says 8 months ago

    Sigh...had a half chub watching the first half, but then that and the Rockets all but deflated in the second half. Our national TV record is atrocious as those are the only games that I get to see and I've only seen the Rockets win two games all season.

  • MrLobble says 8 months ago

    being optimistic, at least DMO played good... It surely may intrigue some GMs around the league, and enable us to package up a couple of trades to unload some of the bums off of our bench. Last season, I loved Garcia... This year, he drives me nuts!!!

  • Steven says 8 months ago Wait what? Did the evil aliens from Space Jam steal all the Rockets player's talents in between halves? 19 points? Seriously? Any of a combo of 5 of us could score 19 points in 24 minutes. FIRE MCHALE, TRADE HARDIN HOWARD PARSONS JONES LIN BROOKS GARCIA CASSPI. FIRE MOREY TOO!

    Honestly O well. It is January, the playoffs are months and I am hooked up to a heart monitor. It could be worse.
  • rm90025 says 8 months ago

    When OKC made the adjustment defensively in the second half, Houston had no counter. That has to fall on the coaching staff. McHale's one move was to sit Lin when the team led by 10 pts and put Brooks in for extended play and the game went sideways from there.Brooks couldn't hit a shot and couldn't guard anyone. It was similar to the NYK game, except there's no one on OKC who is as dumb as JR Smith. While the game was still tight, it would've been better to leave Lin in the game and see if he could find ways to exploit the defensive overplay on the 3 pt shooters or just get on a mini-run to jump start the offense.

  • feelingsupersonic says 8 months ago I think this game showed both extremes of a young team with new pieces trying to execute Morey's offensive philosophies. The longer Harden, Howard and Parsons play together the farther away this team will get away from that negative extreme.
  • Red94 says 8 months ago New post: Oklahoma City Thunder 104, Houston Rockets 92: A Tale of Two Halves
    By: Eric Nielsen

    The Rockets offense in the first half of this game was the best of the year.  They shot the lights out and hit 73 points, 41 in the second quarter.  It was the most entertaining half they have played all year.  Everyone was hitting big threes and they were running like crazy. Then they came out in the third quarter and bricked in 10 points.  And in the 4th quarter the Rockets went downhill and scored 9.  That sets a record in the NBA of a -54 point differential between halves.  Durant called the second half one of the best halves the Thunder have ever played.  I’d call it one of the worst halves the Rockets have ever played.

    This was really the story of the Rockets season in a nutshell.  They went from looking like they could beat anyone, to looking like another first round playoff exit.  The Rockets had the excuse of playing the second half of a back to back.  Parsons had to guard possibly the best player in the league, and at the end of the game his shots were short.  Durant smothered Harden, he was 0 for 6 in the second half.  But come on, a 19 point half!  And the Thunder were without Westbrook!

    Casspi and Garcia were virtually invisible in this game, and they have been for a while now.  Now I’m hoping we can trade Casspi and/or Garcia for another piece that will help us in the next couple of years.  D Mo had another really good game going 6 of 9 for 15 points in 24 minutes.  Aaron Brooks also had a good game with 11.  T Jones went for 16 and 13, looking damn good, but the Rockets got out muscled in the paint.  The combination of Ibaka, Perkins and Evans made the Rockets bigs D Mo and T Jones look like boys to men.  Howard only got 8 boards.

    Howard got into a couple of scuffles with Evans and Ibaka, got one technical and could have gotten another.  This Thunder team knows how to get into the Rockets head and it’s starting to look like a rivalry.  After losing in last year’s playoffs to a Westbrook-less Thunder, Houston found themselves in the same situation again.  They looked like the 4th youngest team in the league.  They had the fire and spirit going until about 8 minutes left in the game when the savvy, experienced Thunder just ground them down, much like the Rockets did to the Pelicans the previous evening.  There is no way this Rockets team can close against the best in the league.

    Can Houston put together 48 minutes?  This seems to be the big question.  The Rockets are pretty good and have gotten away with playing on auto pilot for halves here and there and eking out wins against lesser teams.  That formula will in no way suffice in the playoffs.  These young players are going to spend some years figuring out the algorithms required in the NBA to win.  It looks like growing pains. After exactly half the season, the Rockets sit 5th in the West and it’ll be another year or two to be mentioned with the elite teams.

    The Rockets best hope is to get a 4th or 5th seed.  With injuries to Bledsoe, Paul and Westbrook it’s a possibility the Rockets could end up with a first round opponent they could beat.  Then, with some momentum, we could look for the upset in round 2.  But, if they have to face OKC, the Spurs or the Blazers, it’ll most likely be one and done again.  Tonight the Rockets teased us with their best and then slaughtered us with their worst basketball of the season.  They showed they have the potential and they showed us they have the possibility. Unfortunately and ultimately, they also showed us a brutal loss.

  • rockets best fan says 8 months ago

    I am so pissed I can't even go to bed......I might set my pillow on fire :angry:I have seen McHale drop the ball before, but this is disgusting. 19 points? after scoring 73 in the first half all the Rockets could manage in the second half was 19 points. on offense we stood around like we were waiting for a bus. no one attacking, no one cutting just everybody standing around until the shot clock gets low and then throw up a brick from half court. what kind of offense was that? where were the adjustments? and worst of all.........OKC was in the mist of a run and the camera pans to McHale and he is sitting there on his ass picking his nose................I gotta stop now before I break something