As soon as the game started, Houston Rockets fans realized this was going to be a long Saturday evening. Even without three starters, Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Wesley Matthews (who also happen to be their three best players) the Dallas Mavericks managed to secure a surprising win at Toyota Center.
The game was pretty much fully controlled by the Mavericks from the start. They never lost the lead or even had it threatened by a lethargic, effortless, seemingly feeling sorry-for-themselves Houston Rockets.
It was so bad, even legendary play-by-play commentator Bill Worrell referred to the Rockets in the first half saying Houston didn’t even look like a NBA team.
The second half was better overall, the Rockets succeeded in cutting into the Dallas lead, lowering it from 26 to just 11 points, much thanks to hustle plays by veteran Jason Terry and Terrence Jones.
The Rockets played without Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley as expected but Montrezl Harrell could soon be added to the injury list as he turned his ankle in a play involving Dwight Powell.
Are The Houston Rockets Lazy? I’m just getting to this conclusion after seeing another ludicrous display from Kevin McHale’s roster. They just don’t look that interested this year. The reason why everyone watching the games are amazed with Montrezl Harrell is not because he is an amazing player, but mainly when he gets inside the court he brings energy, intensity and a sense of urgency. All things that are lacking for the Rockets right now.
No more three-point shots, please: That’s probably the biggest challenge McHale has this year. The Rockets keep shooting a bad percentage (26.5% today). It’s just not happening, but the players keep shooting. The team must find a new identity and stop insisting on something that’s clearly not working.
Terrence Jones improvement: TJ seems to be playing for his life the last two games. After some bad performances, the Rockets power forward is looking more and more like his former self. Tonight he had 23 points (same as last night) and showed great composure on defense. To make him a more well rounded player though he should work harder on improving his three-point shot.
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