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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The Rockets, until further notice, are bad. The crime scene is still red with blood and there are a lot of suspects. With the latest loss to a lesser team, the list only grows. The Denver Nuggets simply looked more engaged, more willing to work, and more talented than a Rockets team which has struggled to find a use for their pile of quality players. There’s nothing good to take away from this game, and a game against a thirsty division rival looms after daybreak.

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Ten players registered minutes for the Brooklyn Nets last night, and all but three of those players (Jarrett Jack, Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington) are 6’7 or taller.  For all the knocks on Brooklyn (plodding pace, lack of offensive creativity, poor defense), they do tall very well.  And it was that height that beat the Houston Rockets last night. [read more…]






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