As of Sunday, March 8, the Houston Rockets had lost four consecutive games. Losing a game here and there typically isn’t that concerning and is to be expected. This streak is a bit puzzling, considering it was merely a week ago when the team looked like a threat in the West. A very real possibility as to why the Rockets have failed to launch is that Mercury was in retrograde (February 17 to March 10) during the losing streak. Another more likely possibility is that there is more work to do. Now the question becomes, what exactly needs work?
After the Sunday night loss to the Orlando Magic, 126-106, Rockets Coach Mike D’Antoni wasn’t quite sure where things went wrong. He explained, “Eight days ago we were rolling, and then all of a sudden the bottom fell out. We’re searching a little bit for answers and we’ll find them.”
One very obvious element that is contributing to the losses is the glaring inconsistency from 3-point range. When asked if this was “rock bottom” James Harden answered, “Yes.” He went on to say, “We’re not really worried, just frustrating. Seems like it’s all going bad. Only way you get out of it is keep pushing through.”
The team has fallen to the 6th place in the West. As tumultuous of a ride that the season has been, the Rockets players are an incredibly talented group that can and will figure it out. It was just last month that Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for February by the NBA. The team can and will turn things around.