These Rockets have made it a contest though. After trading away Chris Paul (who of course went on to have a career year) for past-enemy Russell Westbrook, the Rockets went away from the cerebral collective they had been the previous two seasons and became a team that depended all too often on Russ’s whims. There was a stretch during January and February where Daryl Morey and Tilman Fertitta looked like geniuses for the move. As teams doubled James Harden and forced Russ to break down defenses 4-on-3. Russ obliged and the Rockets looked like contenders. Even the Clint Capela trade appeared to unleash a new gear in Russ, and thinks were looking up.
The Houston Rockets are in a must-win situation tonight when they meet the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the best of seven series. The Rockets will look to extend the series to game six on Monday night, they have struggled with the matchup against Anthony Davis, they will look to correct that tonight.
Then even before the NBA shut down, Houston started floundering. Harden had looked human once the calendar turned to 2020. The rock steady Harden, who normally had 5 bad nights a season, suddenly was having five games in a row where he looked off. Was it age? Was it disinterest?
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But nothing compares to U the inconsistency of the Houston Rockets. I cannot remember any moment in the season when Houston wasn’t begging at least three of Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers, Danuel House Jr., P.J. Tucker, or Robert Covington to find their shot. It just never felt like the Rockets figured it out, and now they’re stuck with a lost season and out a lot of draft capital for an attack-first point guard whose aggressiveness actively hurt the team more than it helped. Finally, they had a lame duck coach who will undoubtedly be coaching another team next season.
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
When: Saturday, September 12
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: fuboTV