I wrote back in late July that Clint Capela, also known as the Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard Maintenance Plan, was the second biggest key to the Rockets’ 2015-2016 season.  I wrote that for Houston to go far, they’d need Howard fresh for the postseason.  After an embarrassing start, the Rockets have turned things around enough of late to where discussion with an eye towards basketball in May is more relevant than discussion about the lottery.  To that end, it’s a good time to check in on how Clint and Dwight have been doing.

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A little better all the time. (It couldn’t get no worse)

Like the song says, it’s getting better a little bit at a time, game by game, quarter by quarter. Tonight, in Dallas against the surprisingly spry Mavericks, the Houston Rockets only crumbled for about a five minute period. In fact, they even recovered after that slump and came back to win the game, and played fairly well while doing it. The Rockets look like they decided that they didn’t want to find out how much worse their season could get, or maybe they look like they used the first month of the season as a training camp. Either way, this is one they can feel good about.

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ESPN’s Summer Forecast series is one of the more accurate NBA preseason predictors out there, but it’s been miles off on the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans so far in the young season.  Where Houston was predicted to be the 3-seed at 56-26, the Pelicans were supposed to go 47-35, good for the 7-seed.

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The Houston Rockets are absolutely terrible

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Through 18 games, the Houston Rockets are 7-11.  They’re 20th in offense and 27th in defense.  They’re 26th in field goal percentage, and, despite leading the league in attempts, are 29th in three-point-percentage.  They’re just a very bad basketball team, at this point in time.  What happened to get to this point?

In Episode 86 of The Red94 Podcast, Forrest Walker and I agreed that a good man was fired without fault.  This team’s flaws go beyond Kevin McHale.  He was never a great tactician, but the team enjoyed great success in spite of that.  This year, the team hit rock bottom.  Still, if the selling point behind McHale was that he was a ‘player’s coach’, once he lost the lockerroom, his time ran up.  There was no longer any reason for keeping him on.

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The (Insert Team Name here) beat the Houston Rockets by (Insert Score Here). This latest loss was due to (poor shooting/poor defense/poor rebounding/all of the above/a rabid ferret being stuffed down James Harden’s shorts). The Rockets fell behind in this game by a margin of (28) points and let one of the worst offensive teams in the league shoot (53 percent) in this game.

No, we here at Red94 do not have a template here to describe every single one of these losses. But at the rate things are going, we should probably get around to making one.

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