The Rockets did not have a sense of urgency and took the Nets too lightly from the start of the game. Although Dwight Howard and Marcus Thornton had a good game for the Rockets, it seems like no other player could find their rhythm.
James Harden had a decent 21 points for the night, but shooting 38 percent was not enough to give the Rockets the win.
Although Houston battled late in the fourth, it was not enough to break the Nets’ momentum who sealed the game with a 3-pointer from Bojan Bogdanovic. If the Rockets wants to become a championship team this season, they must learn how to treat every opponent like the best team in the league.
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What a finish! https://t.co/EO0tmEH45u
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) November 12, 2015
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3 Things We Saw
Playing to their opponent level:
Although the Nets came into the game searching for their first win of the season, the Rockets played like they were the winless team. They did not look like the same team that beat the Clippers Saturday night. With a team like the Nets, the Rockets should have came out stronger and put Brooklyn away early in the first half. However, they let the Nets hang around and eventually gave them the confidence to win this game. If Houston can come out every game with the same intensity they had Saturday, they will become more of a dominating team in this league.
Too many three point shots:
The Houston Rockets were one of the league’s best three-point shooting teams last season. Unfortunately, their hot shooting from downtown has yet to carry over into the new season. The Rockets shot 23 percent from behind the arc Wednesday night and never had an epiphany that said “Hey if you stop taking so many three-point shots, you guys will have a better chance to win the game.” The Rockets have to learn how to take more high percentage shots and stop jacking up so many three-point shots. The Rockets are the fourth worst shooting team in the league at 29 percentage on the season.
Worst 2-on-1 fastbreak all year? https://t.co/IbP9J8pDBG
— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) November 12, 2015
Maybe because they have Dwight Howard averaging 12.3 rebounds per game, all the other Rockets do not think they should get in the paint and rebound. Other than boxing out to prevent second chance opportunities, guys like Corey Brewer, Trevor Ariza, and Terrence Jones ran down the court hoping to get an easy fast break point. The Rockets lost the rebounding battle 66-55, and gave up 20 offensive rebounds.
Next up the Rockets travel to Denver to face the Nuggets, the team they opened the season losing to. Let’s hope this loss and humility over that opening night loss will have the Rockets recognizing the need to play each team with the same intensity.
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