I have no clue why the word streak is synonymous with the Houston Rockets this season, and unfortunately, it is never in a positive way.
Let’s recap what has happened on this quick three-game homestand.
The Detroit Pistons showed up to Toyota Center, having won one game for the entire season. They were 1-8 to start the season, including four losses in a row, before taking on Houston.
A Rockets victory would have been a great way to start the homestand and show the millions of viewers who watched the game on ESPN that they were not as bad as their record indicated. Yet, they allowed Jerami Grant to score a season-high 35 points in a 112-104 loss (analysis).
Portland was next up on the schedule, and although they had only four more wins than Houston, they were 0-6 on the road. This could be the game that they finally get it together for a full game and not just a half.
It didn’t happen. The Trail Blazers defeated the Rockets, 104-92 (analysis), using their one-two punch of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who combined for 37 points on Friday night.
That left only one game for a victory in front of the home crowd before Houston headed back out on the road for a four-game road trip. All they had to do was defeat reigning Western Conference champion Phoenix, who came into Houston on a seven-game winning streak.
I will spare you from the details of Sunday’s game and get right to it. The Rockets lost to the Suns by a large margin, 115-89 (analysis).
Those three games are just a snapshot of Houston’s season so far, as they have now lost 11 straight games and are 1-12 on the year.
“As you can see, we are struggling,” a frustrated Eric Gordon said after Sunday’s loss. “We have our moments when we do play well in stretches, but not enough to win a game. Of course, we are young, but that is not an excuse.”
Excuses are one thing that Rockets head coach Stephen Silas is tired of making for his team. You can see the frustration all over his face during post-game press conferences, where he continuously answers the same questions over and over.
“What can you do to fix the turnover issue?”
“When do you think you will find a rotation that will be successful in multiple games?
Coach Silas has gotten so used to it that he usually tries to answer all the questions in one answer. After the game on Sunday, his entire press conference lasted less than two minutes.
Houston has no time to sulk over their last defeat as they now prepare to take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, who ironically are on a three-game losing streak.
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