The bad news is that the Houston Rockets still couldn’t find a way to put it together enough to win a game in which the Golden State Warriors sat their MVP in Stephen Curry. The good news is that a sweep means the Rockets get to end their season swiftly and mercifully on their home floor. The series now moves to Houston where a lovely apocalyptic flood awaits a team who are doing their best to be an even more miserable impact on the city. The city of Houston is a good place full of good people, and doesn’t deserve any of this, not the horrible embarrassment that is the Rockets, not the scorn of a nation of basketball fans, and especially not a life-threatening weather situation, which is a real and horrible thing that’s infinitely more important than basketball. We’re here to discuss this game, however, so at least we can have some scant perspective as we ready ourselves for the end of this basketball season. This is horrible, but lives aren’t at stake. It’s just a game, as miserable as it may be. Just bring it home, and let’s hold this team’s hand at the end of the line.

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Please note this post was written on April 10, 2016.

I wrote back in July that the second biggest key to Houston’s season would be keeping Dwight Howard healthy and fresh through a maintenance plan.  At the time of writing, Howard has appeared in 68 of Houston’s 79 games, averaging 32.3 minutes per contest.  The team sits at 38-41.  It appears availability was not the determinative factor on Howard.

Houston went 29-12 with Howard in the lineup last season.  Without him, they were 27-14.  This year, with Howard, they’ve gone 31-37.  Without him, the team is 7-4.

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disappointment

Okay, that’s not totally true. I expected the Houston Rockets to come out angry and give the Phoenix Suns the lashing of a lifetime. And they did…for the first quarter.

Then the old problems asserted themselves. Turnovers. Getting the defensive rebound. An inability to produce on offense with Harden on the floor. Lack of hustle. Poor perimeter defense. Those things which have killed the Rockets in game after game showed up again tonight, and the Rockets lost despite a hot shooting night from the 3-point line.

It was a loss just like all the others this season, and I intend to keep this short. There will be plenty of time for recriminations and thoughts of what to do next over this long, miserable offseason. But there are two things which should be taken away from this loss.

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On the monkey’s paw

The Houston Rockets fell to the cellar-dwelling Phoenix Suns, and they didn’t even seem to want to fight. They met their end against the Dallas Mavericks and the rest of this season is just another work week until summer break. The Rockets, the team, and their fans, got everything they wanted, and it destroyed them. The Rockets and James Harden and Dwight Howard gave their detractors everything they wanted, too. Everyone checked everything off their list and nobody is happy in the least. If there’s anything to be taken from the H&H Rockets, it’s not so much to be careful what you wish for, but that anything you want could be the wrong thing for any reason. Never expect anything, because anything could be a monkey’s paw.

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With a grisly loss in a badly needed game against a less talented rival in the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets’ failure is complete. The tombstone has been delivered to the grave, and it reads as follows: “You earned nothing and deserved less than that. May your demise be a lesson to those who follow. You will not be missed. H&H Era Houston Rockets, 2013-2016.”

This was their last chance to gain some credibility, to make their way into the post-season, defeat a long-time rival and gun for at least the 6th seed and a puncher’s chance at the second round. Instead, they may miss the playoffs entirely, embarrassed themselves on national TV, and are clearly worse than the team they were clearly better than last playoffs… and the Mavs actually got worse since then. The Rockets are not just a fountain of shame, but a frustrating enigma. They’re so much worse than the sum of their parts that it’s hard to imagine this not being the result of concentrated effort. The Rockets had every opportunity to win, this game and this season. They accepted none, and now they lie buried.

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