The Houston Rockets got away with a tight, confusing tilt against the New Orleans Pelicans, a team that’s been better than their record indicates. Or maybe the Pelicans fell back to earth after playing incredibly. Or maybe both teams sabotaged themselves. Maybe Houston should have overpowered a team without Anthony Davis for the second half, or maybe the Pelicans should have overpowered a disappointing Rockets team on the second night of a road back to back and missing Dwight Howard and Donatas Motiejunas. There was only one constant in this bizarre game: chaos.

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The day Josh Smith brought the fun back

If the Houston Rockets’ 2016 season goes on to be anything more than the most disappointing in franchise history, the January 22nd trade to bring back Josh Smith will be seen as the catalyst.  If the year’s duration goes on with more of the same, the deal will be remembered (or forgotten) as the last ditch effort to save the sinking ship.  But if nothing else, on January 24th, 2016, Josh Smith made basketball fun again.

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On January 24th, 2016, in a game against the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets played well, gave effort, and looked like they were having fun while doing it. In a season defined by disappointment, failure, and frustration, all three were absent for one joyous game. Whether this means the Rockets are rounding into form, or that the myriad problems which have plagued them for nearly a year are on the way out is a different matter. There are still many reasons for concern, and a very long road ahead. But in their convincing win over the Mavs, the Rockets showed some self-respect, and that’s a huge first step.

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Josh Smith is home. The Houston Rockets trades for Josh Smith and set him loose on the Milwaukee Bucks on the same day, a feat as unexpected as it was joyous. Smoove helped the city of Houston celebrate by contributing defense and passing on the way to a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. It wasn’t the prettiest win, and the defense still needs work, and the Rockets still cant grab a rebound, but there were open shots to miss, and passes made to find them. For once, the Houston Rockets looked like they were glad to be there.

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I could probably just post this tweet, call it a night, and this would sum up the game right here and there.

But instead, I am going to take the chance to go into more detail about what has gone wrong. The big news tonight? That a Houston team which practically prevented a Pistons team from scoring for three straight minutes thanks to one of the most ridiculous examples of hacking I have ever seen still gave up 123 points.

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