This incarnation of the Houston Rockets is apparently unbeatable in overtime. Nobody has done it in the last ten tries, and the Rockets simply look in control during overtime periods. In fact, this Houston team turned it on in the fourth quarter against a New York Knicks team that’s exceeded expectations all season. The Rockets seem to be finding bits and pieces of that groove that helped them win 56 games last season, and they’re doing it with marquee acquisition Ty Lawson on the bench. He didn’t play a single minute during Houston’s overtime thriller, and worse yet, the team didn’t look like they missed him.

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I’m not really sure what the Houston Rockets hoped to accomplish by firing Kevin McHale. Daryl Morey and Les Alexander pretty much admitted that themselves after the firing, as they said that it was done as a warning sign for this team to get up off their butts and do something.

Well, it hasn’t happened. Yes, the Rockets won their first game under Bickerstaff as Harden dropped 40+ points. But that already happened twice under McHale. And tonight was just another one of those losses that happened under his tenure, as the Rockets couldn’t hit anything and forgot what defense is for large stretches of this game.

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On a day that began with news that Kevin McHale had been fired, there was no telling how the Rockets would respond against the Blazers after a string of disappointing outcomes. Turns out, not very well at all.

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The Houston Rockets are a total dumpster fire. Few teams have the ability to give up a 30-point swing in 15 minutes of play, especially teams who once thought they were contenders. It’s hard to imagine this team making the playoffs. It’s even harder to imagine that they made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals last season, so let’s just stop imagining that.

Today’s exercise is to accept that last year’s playoff run was a collective hallucination and that this is, in fact, the rebuilding team we thought it would be before the Harden trade. They look and play just like a team that’s been tanking for years, so maybe they are! Once you accept the truth that the Rockets haven’t made the playoffs since the Yao Ming era, everything is so much easier.

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A Dallas Mavericks team without Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, and Wesley Matthew came into Houston and were leading 50-25 over the Houston Rockets.

What am I even supposed to say after this? This game sucked. The Rockets are currently a failure of a basketball team. They were heartily booed during the second quarter. They can’t defend, they can’t score, they can’t shoot, and they can’t rebound.

They have not had a single impressive victory so far this season (Congratulations, you needed 46 points from Harden to beat a Clippers team without Chris Paul. Such accomplishment), and have been embarrassed again and again. Whether against Denver, Brooklyn, and now this.

Some thoughts after the jump.

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