Houston Rockets End 42-40 Season with a Dud to Remember

April 15th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
The Houston Rockets dubbed the home and season finale "Red Nation Appreciation Night."

Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Hornets was supposed to be an exchange of gratitude between the spectators who did not expect much from a Yao Ming-less squad and the undersized athletes who had given them a reason to believe again in the power of determination.

Then, the Rockets started and ended a 123-115 loss in a way that befits their 42-40 season.

They did not contest shots. They failed to fight through screens. Too many players missed too many rotations.

The Hornets, spiraling downward without Chris Paul on a deflating losing streak, sliced through soft coverage from the opening tip to the final buzzer.

David West had his way with each member of the Rockets frontline en route to 36 points. He delivered the interior abuse with such ease, he might have mistaken the defenseless scrimmage for a practice.

The Rockets lost to a cratering team without its best player on fan appreciation night?

Uh, thanks.

Rick Adelman would like to forget many of those 40 losses thi ...

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