HOUSTON – The Reeling Rockets, which resembles the team that had NBA’s best record last season, looks for solutions and their lost “swagger” six matches this season.
Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic scored 22 points each, and the Portland Trail Blazers never dropped in a 104-85 trouncing by the fierce Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.
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1; Note: Some teams, in a few days, are just too tired to win. And we have data to prove it.
Rockets are located at the bottom of the Western Conference venues with a 1-5 record, the bottom for the smallest wins in the league. Houston has not even been competitive since Rockets has already matched last season’s total with three losses of at least 15 points, including a 104-85 route of Portland Trail Blazers at the Toyota Center on Tuesday night.
“Right now we play as crap,” said Rocket’s coach Mike D & Antoni. “We’re just not playing well. You know I do not have many answers for you now. We will see and we will fight it. “
Antoni explained after Houston’s previous match – a 133-113 blowout loss at home to LA Clippers on Friday – the rockets needed to make drastic defensive changes due to staff who did not fit their exchange-intensive systems that were so successful last season. After reviewing movies, D & # 39; Antoni returned and decided that communication and execution were more important than staff and X and O.
Houston held Portland who played his fourth six-week race race to 19 points in the first quarter and still trailed. While Trail Blazers started rolling in the second quarter, the rockets stayed in a deep freeze all night and finished with fewer points than they did in any game last season, with the exception of the regular season’s final – when most of the regulars rested. 19659006] With the ruling MVP James Harden watched helpless f the robbery bench due to a strained left hamstring shot the Rockets 32.3 percent from the floor, 23.3 percent from the 3-point range and 56.5 percent from the free-kick. Houston never held a lead over Portland and trailed by as many as 28 points in the third quarter, starting with Blazers to make an 11-0 run to bury the rockets.
“When it’s bad, it’s going to be bad,” said Rockets, Carmelo Anthony, who scored eight points in 2-of-12 shootings. “Right now, I think we just have to keep on biting it, keep fighting, keep playing. I’m great at keeping track and figuring it out. Whatever we need to find out, I’m sure we’ll do it.
“It’s just about getting that win, getting that feeling and getting the winning feeling. It’s fun to say that after the team, 60-something wins last year, to say to come back to get a winning feeling again. “
It has certainly been mitigating circumstances for Rocket’s awful start.
Chris Paul served a two-game suspension due to his battle with Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo in Houston’s single win. Harden has missed the last two matches and the last five minutes of a 100-89 loss for Utah Jazz and his availability for this week’s back-to-back in Brooklyn and Chicago is uncertain. James Ennis, the small-scale starter for the season, missed the last four matches because of a hamstring burden. The Nene Hilario reserve center is undecided because of a calf tribesman who has been sidelined him the whole season.
“Will not anyone feel sorry for us, know what I mean?” said Paul, who has played badly since his cessation ended and shot 9-of-32 from the floor in two losses. “We do not feel sorry for ourselv es. We have to get better. “Antoni said he thought the rockets looked like a desperate team on Tuesday and lost their poise for crimes even though they had an experienced starting line-up led by a nine-hour All-Star Point Guard  “We have lost our swagger and we are on our heels,” says Antoni, a thought repeated throughout the closet.
“It’s very easy for negativity to begin sweeping into space,” said Anthony and added that he had seen it on previous teams that started with bad starts. ” To me I’m just here to make sure it does not happen. We do not need it right now, especially not in this wardrobe. You do not kick a dog when it’s down. We have everything we have right now, and we can figure this out. “
The one silver lining that the Rockets could find is that it’s early in the 76-season season.
” I ask the analytical guys, but I think we’re still mathematical, “says D & # 39; Antoni and shows that his mind remains intact. ” We’ll figure it out, but we have to play well. The sooner the better. … I’m down like everyone else, but I have not lost my faith. I know we’ll get this done. We just have to get started. “