2 head-scratching decisions that have come back to haunt the Rockets

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2. Not being more active at the trade deadline

Injuries have obviously played a large part in the Rockets' season. Those can't be prevented.

However, the Rockets knew they were a top-heavy team with a banged up group. So why didn't they add more depth?

The trade deadline just passed. Why weren't they as active as expected?

They could've addressed their shooting woes, and/or added more defensive stalwarts. They shouldn't have expected things to magically turn around after the break.

Look at all the contending teams across the league. All of them made moves, in hopes of getting better and increasing their chances of going on a deep title run.

The Rockets used three second-round picks on a player who won't be able to help for another eight months, at the earliest. Sure, Steven Adams is a tough big man who could provide value when healthy, but again, he's not helping them with anything this season.

The Rockets should have used those assets to bolster this group this season, if they really were committed to reaching the play-in in 2024.

If they aren't, it's not quite the end of the world. It just means they'll likely continue getting blown out by double figures when they face the top teams in the Western Conference.