It’s difficult to justify the 2015-16 Houston Rockets. A Western Conference finalist the previous season, Houston entered the campaign with hopes of challenging for a title. The Rockets instead regressed terribly, looking as if they had no interest in playing together and never stringing together a sustained run of quality. The Rockets limped into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed, but their inability to take advantage of Stephen Curry’s injury in the first round summed up the season in general. This team simply looked disengaged and unmotivated from October through April.
It’s hard to pinpoint any one thing that went wrong, because the issue wasn’t necessarily tactical or strategic. Rather, the entire idea of the Rockets seemed to break down. James Harden continued to serve as one of the league’s most productive offensiveRead More »from BDL 25: The Rockets try to regain a sense of decency