The Houston Rockets were going to be embarrassed.

With about two minutes left and down 99-110, Bernie Bickerstaff brought out K.J. McDaniels, Ty Lawson, and the rest of the bench mob to finish off the game. Then the Rockets made some threes, played defense for seemingly the first time in the second half, and made a last minute charge. Down 110-108 with 30 seconds left, James Harden dribbled to a wide open Jason Terry for a wide open corner three-pointer…

…and he missed.

There’s a reason the saying “Good teams don’t win close games. They avoid them” exists. Most of the time, Terry hits that shot. But because the Rockets dug themselves a hole to try to win the game at the last minute, the game came down to that one shot. A coin flip.

And this time, the coin came out tails.

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The Houston Rockets cannot be trusted. They’ve been working their way back to respectability, one game at a time, one win at a time. And just when they had a shot at climbing back up to .500, to getting a fresh start, they pulled the rug out. The only question is who they pulled it out from under: their fans or themselves? Right now it looks like both.

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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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