There were a lot of negatives in the Rockets latest loss Wednesday night in Washington. Yao got hurt early on and only played 6 minutes, John Wall’s first triple double, which included 6 steals, The Rockets getting outrebounded against the worst rebounding team in the NBA, and their inability to handle the lightning pace of the Wizards, but above all these issues last night the one that stands out, as it has through the first 7 games of the season has been the Rockets inability to finish games.
The Rockets are 1-6, the one win was a blowout against Minnesota. In all six losses, Houston has had a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter, but for one reason or another, they haven’t been able to get the job done at the end. One day its not being unable to get stops, the next its going on a drought at the offensive end.
One problem I see with the Rockets inability to finish games, is their inability to finish at the rim. One of the most frustrating aspects of Luis Scola’s game is how many layups he misses. He can’t finish at the rim, and late in games, plays are being run for him, and executed perfectly, except, he misses shots that you have to make. Its one thing to do that early, but when one your key guys at the offensive end can’t be relied upon to finish plays in crunch-time it makes life difficult and it explains a 1-6 team.
There is still a lot of season left to play, and this looks like it is still a talented team, but if you aren’t concerned about whether this team is in for a long season then you haven’t been paying attention. The problem is, if this team can’t get it together in the next few weeks, changes are going to need to be made, and I don’t mean small changes either.
About the Author
Written by Adam Spolane
Spend most of my time in Houston covering teams in Houston, however in the summer I am a radio broadcaster for the Casper Ghosts, the Colorado Rockies Pioneer League affiliate.