THE DISAPPOINTING END

Rockets fall apart against Lakers, lose series 4-1

It isn't that the Rockets lost to the Lakers. It's that they stopped even being competitive with them.

The tone of Game 5 was established at the outset as the Rockets fell behind 33-11 and despite a few rallies, the Rockets never recovered and their season is over after a 4-1 series loss.

A long, tough offseason now begins.

The Rockets did nothing to change their fate once the fourth quarter of Game 3 started. The loss of Daniel House Jr. was huge, but it's inexplicable how the Rockets couldn't adjust to the Lakers' smallball lineups and new-found ability to hit threes.

It was clear Russell Westbrook was not the same player in the playoffs -- not even close, actually. The trade was probably on of, if not the, worst in franchise history, but it's maddening that the Rockets didn't see the Russ they got for most of the season.

Houston Rockets News

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
Welcome to the next evolution of Rocketball By Clutch
The Rockets are taking the drastic step of removing the center position in the hope of getting back to contender status
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020
Podcast: Capela trade rumors, the deadline and Westbrook's fit in Houston By Clutch
David Weiner joins Dave Hardisty to discuss the "changed" Rockets and how trading Clint Capela may now be necessary
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SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019
Discussing the Russell Westbrook Blockbuster By Clutch
David Weiner joins Dave Hardisty on the podcast to (somewhat) try to talk him off the ledge on the Russell Westbrook trade
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SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019
The Westbrook Trade: One fan's oral history of a wild night By justtxyank
A fan gathering for a Summer League game turned into a live reaction party for one of the biggest trades in Rockets history
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019
What in the world is going on with the Rockets? By Clutch
David Weiner joins Dave Hardisty on the podcast to discuss all the insanity going on at Toyota Center
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SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019
Evaluating potential Rockets assistant coaches By justtxyank
Houston has cleaned out their coaching staff on the defensive side. Here are some names Morey and the Rockets are likely considering.
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THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019
Houston Rockets Salary Cap Update: 2019 Offseason Pre-Draft Edition By David Weiner
Having come up just short to the Warriors again, Daryl Morey must find creative ways to improve the Rockets this offseason
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