Things looked up a bit for the Rockets last weekend as they pieced together a three-game win streak from Nov. 2-5. This loss to Oklahoma City not only ended that streak, but raised red flags as Houston displayed some traits from the team’s 1-5 start.
Westbrook missed the game as he recovers from a sprained left ankle, but the Thunder had no problem against the Rockets without their top player. That’s because Houston couldn’t make a shot and several key players were out of rhythm. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, James Harden and James Ennis combined to shoot 14-for-48 (29.2 percent) in the defeat Thursday. Anthony shot 1-for-11 overall in his first game back against the team he played for in 2017-18.
“I missed them,” Anthony said when asked about his poor shooting night. “At the end of the day, I missed them. I missed those looks, some open shots. As a team, we didn’t shoot the ball well, extremely poor. I think that kind of got to us a little bit. Our energy, our spirit was down because of that.”
Paul is in the midst of a career-worst season shooting-wise, with a 39.3 field goal percentage and his 16.8 ppg his lowest mark since 2012-13. Still, he saw an easy solution to Houston’s woes.
“Man, part of it has probably gotta be, I ain’t made no shots,” Paul said postgame. “I mean, that’ll probably help if you see some go through.”
The Rockets’ next game is tomorrow night as they visit the San Antonio Spurs (8:30 ET, NBA TV).