The Houston Rockets fell to the Atlanta Hawks 107-117 in their 2022-23 season opener. The Rockets started strong, building up a six-point lead halfway through the first quarter, but the Hawks quickly retook the lead as they cruised to victory.
The defeat was a missed opportunity for the Rockets. The Hawks went seven of 25 from three, and their All-Star backcourt of Dejounte Murray and Trae Young went a combined 15 of 41 from the field. If the Rockets are going to make noise this season, they need to capitalize when their opponent has an off-shooting night, especially from their stars.
While the defeat will sting, there is still plenty to be excited about. The Hawks see themselves as a surefire playoff team, and the Rockets are coming off consecutive seasons with the worst record in the NBA. The Rockets showed that they’re no pushovers, and a better shooting night from 3-point range, they went nine of 35, could have swung the contest in their favor.
The season has hardly started, and one game is not much to go on, but there are still nuggets of information to be mined. These are three takeaways from the Rockets’ season opener.