The main story of the game was that Harden played, even though he was questionable, but he just wasn’t himself.  Maybe the bruise on his left foot is worse than he’s sharing.  Harden played 37 minutes, but shot only 4 of 14 from the field.  Without Harden pushing it to the hole or hitting from outside, the Rockets went deep into the shot clock and had to throw up a lot of late prayers. Redick came out hot against Harden (again) and lit the scoreboard up for 22. Beverley had a career high 4 steals, 19 points and played great defense on Chris Paul, but it wasn’t enough to make up for Harden’s “absence”.

The twin towers started the game poorly again, and the Rockets were down 18 to 10 when Asik came out.  The start of the second half was much better for the duo and the Rockets nearly held their halftime advantage. At 3:30 left in the third, up 71 to 63, Asik came out of the game.  Then the Clippers outscored the Rockets 44 to 23 to finish the game. The Rockets didn’t score for almost six minutes at the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth.  They had seven turnovers in the third quarter and finished with 18.

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With the general reaction to the disappointing defeat on Thursday, one must always put things in perspective and remind himself that it was one game.  One game with disappointing effort and a huge amount of problems, but one game nevertheless.  Houston will attempt to regroup from the loss against one Los Angeles team by facing the other, stronger team – one which has already inflicted an even more devastating defeat against the Rockets, but has had problems themselves during the early regular season.

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On the NBA: Violent Conclusions

The season has only just begun. We’ve been waiting for it so long, we’ve had our fingers quivering over the trigger for so many months which feel like decades now that we’re treating the inch it’s moved along like it’s a year. Like it’s worth all the symposiums we’re so eager to perform on who’s good, who’s bad, what the game has come to, how it will all end up.

Me, you, all of us: please, kindly, hold that phone. Most of the serious title contenders are flopping about, matriculating into their strongest sets while the stakes are low. Most of the best players are wise to take their injury seats in this stretch of relative trivium, too. The games count now, yes, but not as much as finding the right form will count come February, March, April.

That said? Let’s dive in and pound the gavel on what we’ve seen. It’s just more fun this way.

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