Coming off of a 55 win season, the expectations for the Houston Rockets were sky high heading into 2018. While the year is far from over, it is nowhere near time to hit the panic button. However, this team just doesn’t seem to be on the same page, and fans and players alike just can’t seem to put their finger on why.
According to a Sportsday report, the NBA season is nearing the end of the first quarter of play and the early standings don’t resemble what most NBA experts expected.
The top three teams in the Western Conference to this point include the Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, and Golden State Warriors – while the Houston Rockets own the third-worst record overall. Houston, we have a problem.
The Rockets sluggish start continued Wednesday evening when they lost to their in-state rival Dallas Mavericks 128-108. While the Mavericks are playing some great ball right now, the Rockets seem to be still looking to establish some type of consistency.
Losing at home by 20 points happens every now and then, but on this night, the Rockets were never in the game.
The Dallas Mavericks jumped all over the Rockets from the opening tip and never let their foot off the gas in the lopsided road win. The Mavericks led by 8 points after the first quarter and expanded that lead to 18 at the half. While the Rockets did trim the lead down to single digits in the third quarter, they just could not dig out of the huge hole they dug for themselves early on.
Houston was once again led by their dynamic duo of James Harden and James Ennis.
Harden scored 25 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out an impressive 17 assists against the Mavs, while Ennis finished with a stat line of 18-3-1.
For Dallas, Luka Doncic and Devin Harris each scored 20 points, helping lead the Mavericks to their third straight victory. The win was just the second of the season for the surging Mavericks on the road, but after a 2-7 start, Dallas has won eight of their last ten improving their record to 10-9 on the season.
Next up for the Mavericks will be another road contest against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, November 30. The Rockets will also suit up on Friday as they will try to snap their four-game losing streak when they travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs.