Talk about a letdown. After months of anticipation, Houston was dismantled from the opening tip by a Pelicans team that was bigger, and just looked faster. The Rockets almost seemed to have no defensive system in place at times, and were obliterated by the Pelicans’ big man trio of Davis, Mirotic, and Randle.
It almost felt as if James Harden, Chris Paul, and Clint Capela didn’t play, and the box score sort of reflects that. There of course will be overreaction to this one. (What would sports be without overreaction?) But Houston struggled last year as well with this matchup. They’ll get a chance to redeem themselves on Saturday.