By: Forrest Walker
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.
I don't have a lot of feelings about the fifth game in seven nights for the team, and the second game in as many days in which Dwight Howard got ejected on some very ill advised and honestly comical technical fouls, Clint Capela showed his inexperience, and a Houston player was called for tripping an opposing player they didn't even touch. It was a schedule loss that the Rockets fought through to nearly win, but their rattletrap defense and poor emotional response led to their downfall.
James Harden scored 40 to go with his 7 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. That was impressive, even if he missed the game-winner at the end. Ty Lawson did some things but not enough things. Trevor Ariza was at center when Capela was forced off the court. Terrence Jones played 6 minutes and seems to be trying as hard as he can to justify every critique he's gotten. Harden got trapped late in the game and Bickerstaff called for a time out, eventually having to run up to the refs to get them to acknowledge him. He was dinged for a tech for this, but was given the time out.
This game was weird and tiring, the only conceivable end to a weird and tiring week. Both teams justifiably felt slighted by another night of frustrating officiating. I'm done with this game and this week, so here's an animated gif I think we all need right now.