The Rockets were sent home for the offseason tonight by the Warriors.
The Houston Rockets, unfortunately, played their last game of the season tonight. The Golden State Warriors knocked them out in 7 grueling games.
There were many things wrong with tonight’s performance that led to the 101-92 defeat of the Rockets. A combination of missed shots, bland offense & poor officiating certainly factored into the loss. Houston shot 7/44 from the 3-point line for a miserable 15.9%. That kind of shooting won’t win a game, no matter how bad the officials are.
Speaking of officiating, Scott Foster and Co. were quite horrendous. There were multiple missed calls, 3 in particular against James Harden. He was fairly obviously fouled on two 3-point attempts and another 4-point play was nullified. All in all, that 10-point swing definitely hurt. The officials killed the momentum that led to poor shooting.
9 missed free throws also proved to make a big difference in a 9-point loss. For a team that wasn’t too bad at free throws this season, that really stings.
Overall a fantastic season
There is nothing to be upset about with this season. The Rockets were able to prove their NBA-worth this year and got one win away from the NBA Finals.
The loss may hurt for now, and possibly for awhile, but this season was one to remember. The Rockets had a franchise-record 65 wins in the regular season and had one of the best offenses of all time. Chris Paul and James Harden meshed flawlessly and proved the haters about them wrong.
Daryl Morey put together a team that, when healthy, possibly could’ve knocked off one of the best teams assembled ever. Losing to the Warriors is not a shame, they have four+ future Hall of Famers and a great coach in Steve Kerr.
Clint Capela developed into a near All-Star. The Rockets need to focus on resigning him for sure this summer.
We’ll dig more into this successful season later, but for now, thanks for an incredible season Red Nation. Let’s get into the ever-exciting offseason!