Injuries have really plagued the Houston Rockets lately. What else went wrong in the loss against the Detroit Pistons?
The Houston Rockets lost their second game in a row and the seventh of their last nine games against the Detroit Pistons 108-101 on Saturday.
Houston was without James Harden, Nene and Luc Mbah a Moute, but that isn’t a valid excuse. The Pistons didn’t have Andre Drummond or Reggie Jackson, but that didn’t prevent them from out playing Houston for the majority of the game.
The Rockets started off red-hot, scoring 37 points in the opening period. But from the second quarter on, there was an imaginary lid on the Rockets basket. Houston shot just 15 of 47 from 3-point range, including making just 3 of 20 3-pointers in the second and third quarter.
Chris Paul led the way with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists, and Eric Gordon pitched in 15 points and 7 assists. Ryan Anderson continued to struggle, as he shot just 2 of 9 from the floor and the Rockets were outscored by a team worse 24 points while he was on the court. When Anderson’s 3’s aren’t falling, there’s little reason to play him over P.J. Tucker. Tucker has also been in a shooting slump, but his elite defense and toughness more than makes up for that.
Lets examine the three things that went wrong for the Houston Rockets against the Pistons.
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