Rockets on pace to finish with 36 wins by season’s end after 25 games
The Houston Rockets had the best record in the NBA last season and were a game away from reaching the NBA Finals. James Harden won the MVP award and co-existed with Chris Paul better than most people thought they would.
After losing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency, Houston signed Carmelo Anthony, Michael Carter-Williams and James Ennis, and traded for Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss. The expectation was that the Rockets would be contending with the Golden State Warriors again for Western Conference bragging rights this year.
25 games into the 2018-19 season, and things have been an utter disaster for the Rockets, who after losing to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, are now 11-14 on the year and on pace for a 36-46 season, as Redditor PrimePierce34 points out.
The Carmelo Anthony experiment only last 10 games. Anthony is still on the roster but is away from the team. The loss of Ariza and Mbah a Moute hurt the Rockets more than they thought it would. After having a top-10 defense last season, Houston is giving up 109.8 points per game this season, 13th in the NBA. Their offense isn’t as lethal as last year either, as the team is only scoring 108.5 points per night, 21st in the league.
We have seen teams go on epic runs to turn their season around, but this Rockets team just looks lost on both ends of the court right now.
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