The Houston Rockets lost to the Washington Wizards after yet another game filled with complaints about the officiating. There’s plenty more to inform why the Rockets lost to a struggling Wizards team, including shoddy defense, a silly Dwight Howard ejection, and massive fatigue. It was another game that must leave a bitter taste in the mouths of the Rockets, and head coach JB Bickerstaff himself was spitting fire after the game. The Rockets have fallen back to .500 yet again, and there’s still no rhyme nor reason to this team.

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Some days, everything just goes wrong. Certainly, the Rockets had elements of their decision making, of their chemistry and their rotations they could have improved. Too many shooters were left open in corners, and too many plays devolved into isolation. The Houston Rockets have some issues to address following their loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But sometimes it really does just come down to a roll of the dice. Sometimes, it just comes down to how many open shots you can hit, or rather how many you can miss. Even with all the odd factors in this game, the Rockets could have won it. The game became a shootout, and the Rockets found their chambers empty.

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The Houston Rockets are nowhere near the San Antonio Spurs. Whatever sorcery caused the Rockets to prevail on Christmas has worn off and the Spurs have simply dominated the last two times these teams have met. The Spurs are simply in a different league from the Houston Rockets, and the Spurs aren’t even title favorites. The Rockets had found some semblance of flow lately, but when the rent is due, being in a better mental place doesn’t pay the bills. The Spurs were frustrated and grumpy, the Rockets were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the Rockets got their requisite national TV shaming.

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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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