With their backs against the wall, facing elimination and playing away from home the Houston Rockets had their work cut out for them in Game 5. And, although Jason Terry guaranteed victory for Red Nation things were not as easy in reality and the Rockets once again were knocked out by the Warriors through the gentleman’s sweep.
Two missed field goals, turnovers and a 1:12 first quarter timeout. As the first few minutes rolled by I kept wondering: how the heck are the Rockets supposed to win this match.
With the Texan team repeating the same old mistakes over and over again from the entire series I started reflecting at the many issues that weren’t addressed by the Rockets throughout the season – one by one they were being showcased in the game.
The nonsensical rotations, the hero ball, the terrible defensive transition, the inability of defending the three point shot, Corey Brewer…
As Shaun Livingston waltzed through the Rockets defense doing whatever he wanted for the millionth time this series, the Rockets slim chances of advancing slowly vanished as with his help the Warriors opened up a healthy 22 point halftime lead.
Then, by the third quarter it was the Klay Thompson show as the remaining splash brother shot from the parking lot and beyond to get the dubs up 30 points. This was a complete embarrassment for the Houston Rockets franchise. In hindsight many will question why this team bothered to reach the playoffs for absolutely no reason other than to get beaten up by a Warriors team, short a MVP.
So the Houston Rockets says goodbye to the playoffs with lots of work ahead. The first step? Finding a new talented and competent Head Coach.
With this season wrapped up the Space City Scoop will begin our off season work of analyzing the season, players and management. By virtue of making the playoffs the Rockets lost their draft pick, but that won’t stop the SCS team from looking at this years draft class as the franchise could always make a trade to get in the mix.
Don’t fret Red Nation, the fact the Rockets lost this final game in the manner they did will only solidify the need for a massive shake-up.
With that here are the final player grades of the season:
Rockets Starters Player Grades
Rockets Reserves Player Grades
Rockets Head Coach Grade:
Again, it’s sad the season came down to this lack luster effort. However as the Houston Rockets begin what will surely be an active off season, so too will the Space City Scoop team in our efforts to rebuild this team to a viable contender.
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