The Houston Rockets should be very disappointed with the results they have produced in the first two games of their opening round playoff matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Game 2 loss at home for the Rockets depicted an underlying flaw in the structure of this high-powered team. They have no leadership. It is that simple.
Houston’s franchise had been building for this moment for quite some time now, and it just does not seem to be clicking. It began once they struck gold in the James Harden deal, and then they went and acquired NBA legend Kevin McHale to lead their future hopefuls. After that the Rockets placed themselves in a great position for this year’s playoffs by winning the Dwight Howard lottery last offseason. And with all that being said, not one of these men has been able to lead Houston in the winning direction.
The Trail Blazers put on a basketball clinic in front of Houston’s home crowd. LaMarcus Aldridge and his 43 points were a phenomenal followup to his 46 points from Game 1 of the series. He continues to pick apart Houston’s frontcourt and basically scores at will. Damian Lillard has shown more poise and veteran savvy than the whole starting lineup of the Rockets put together. His playmaking ability under pressure and in crunch time has elevated his status among the league’s elite point guards.
Despite a struggling offense, the Rockets were unsuccessful in locating other means to win the basketball game. And poor defense and offensive execution in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter displayed some concerning issues the Rockets must face. If someone does not take reigns soon, Houston will be going fishing sooner than expected.