Houston Rockets Fail To Launch: No One Can Defend Team’s Ductile Defense

November 22nd, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
So much for lift-off.

After whipping the Minnesota Timberwolves and reeling off two straight against the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks, the Houston Rockets crash landed like a shuttle with all of its engines blown out and now must digest a miserable 3-9 record. Houston surrendered in consecutive beatdowns and in a three-point home defeat that might sting for the rest of the season.

The Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors could have been mistaken for the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets. The Rockets did not stop anyone on any of those squads when it counted.

Shannon Brown, Steve Blake, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, Al Harrington, Marco Belinelli, Jason Smith, Kyle Korver, Andrea Bargnani and Linas Kleiza have each circled a common future date on their calendars in the previous month.

None of them can wait to play the Rockets again, so they can light up the scoreboard and look good doing it. Houston, despite crippling injuries and a road-heavy early schedule, looks ready for Secaucus.

It would be fool-hearted for the team's supporters to give up h ...

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