It started on Monday as the Rockets routed Trey Burke and the visiting Utah Jazz by a final score of 124-86. Coach Kevin McHale had to be happy with his team’s response and effort on this night.
Playing this way for the rest of the season will be difficult, but this is more of the type of effort that is necessary for them to be an elite team and compete for a championship. They will need to play with a sustained energy and focus no matter who the opponent is or where the game is being played.
Houston’s schedule gets relatively light for the next couple of games. The team will play against four teams that will not qualify for the playoffs. Two of those games will be at home and the other two will be away.
The Rockets need to regroup if they want to compete for a championship this season. With James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard, Houston has plenty of talent at the helm to lead them to the promised land. All the team needs now is to play as a confident unit that knows that they can beat anyone on any court.
Their victory over the Jazz will certainly help the cause.
Now, it is up to the Rockets to see if they can sustain their effort.