In the early part of the year, the Rockets were a model of consistency. They lost some games, but rarely by much and their defense was strong every night. But the last 30 days have revealed flaws in the team's character. Not only have they lost 7 of their last 12 games, but the games have not been close. Wins and losses have been by an average of 13 points. The team's defense has been non-existent, giving up 104 points per game against teams with only a .454 mean winning percentage..
Kevin Martin has always been considered a bit of a defensive liability. He is scoring 23 ppg, but shooting only 41% from the field. The Rockets are not a strong enough offensive rebounding team to overcome that many missed shots. Jared Jeffries has shown some quality moments as has rookie Jordan Hill, but neither will ever be mistaken for Tracy McGrady or even Carl Landry.
The good news is that Trevor Ariza and Kyle Lowry both came back from injuries this week and the improvement in team speed was obvious. It will be interesting to see how the new guys work with the former starting guards.
I'm trying to love this team.