The Houston Rockets have now lost three straight games. And unfortunately for James Harden, his big 54-point night wasn’t enough. But more worrying than that is who the Rockets lost to. The Washington Wizards, with all their trouble, were able to get one over on Houston Monday night. That’s a problem in a season full of problems for the Rockets.
Remember, this team would finish just one game away from the NBA Finals a season ago. But then they let two of their most important pieces leave in free agency. Additionally, they brought in Carmelo Anthony in an attempt to help. As we remember, Melo didn’t work out in Oklahoma City. But things got even worse in Houston. He got just 10 games (two starts) to prove himself before Houston decided to move on.
As for Harden, he becomes the seventh player this season to post a 50-game. He’s leading the league in scoring again (31.5) while also averaging 8.2 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. But so far, it hasn’t been enough for the Rockets. They’re truly struggling, and don’t seem to have any answers. Then again, neither do we. At 9-10, they’re 13th in the Western Conference. Sure they’re only a half-game out of eighth as things stands. However, that was hardly the goal coming into the season.
Up next, they host the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night. At this point, we can’t even assume they’re going to win. In a matter of months, that’s how far (and quickly) they’ve fallen.