The Rockets didn’t want to be defended…
It was an ideal match to chain victories, move away from last place and confirm promotion. Traveling to San Antonio with 11 straight losses and the worst offense in the league, the Rockets had all the cards in their hands to win and…they lost.
They’re back on the pitch and it’s the fault of a huge lack of desire on defense. That’s unforgivable in the NBA, even against the Spurs, who haven’t won since Nov. 11.
“One day we’re going to realize that the only way to win games and start a streak is to make defense the No. 1 priority.” Eric Gordon says. “Any team can win with his attack. But when you have better defense, you get easier shots on offense. Then you give yourself a chance to dictate the game.”
Last night, the Rockets, and especially the Porter Jr.-Green duo, didn’t provide defensive rebounds and didn’t contest 3-point shots in the posted game. The 3rd quarter is the best example and is even more frustrating because the team just beat Phoenix and Philadelphia.
“I saw that we were a little slow everywhere, especially in defense” “Rockets” head coach Stephen Silas says. “Our preparation for this game was not as it should be. When you’re a step behind, don’t fill gaps, get back on defense in the passing game, and don’t do what’s important defensively, you’re going to lose. So it happened. »
It’s a poor start to the game that has weighed down the Rockets this season. Regularly, a team starts to play when they are behind by 10 or 12 points. But there was simply no desire that night and Stephen Silas is hinting that his players have had enough. As if they had lifted “Spurs” high.
“Sometimes you have to do more and I didn’t like the way we behaved tonight”– said the coach. “I didn’t like our defensive intensity. I didn’t like our attention to detail. I did not like the fact that they were the aggressors, not us. »
What does Jalen Green think, whose only success of the evening was a one-legged 3-pointer in the first half? “We just lacked energy” defends himself. “The coach said that we didn’t play from the beginning of the game. I think we didn’t have the energy the whole game. »
Houston regained last place
It was not a day for Alperen Shengun. “We didn’t defend well tonight. We were not focused. It was a day off. It should be forgotten. We will perform better in the next game. When we collectively defend well, we win. We are not very concentrated, we are losing. We have to focus on defense because everything starts with defense. »
When it comes, Houston bows out and finds itself in last place in its conference. Players wanted to move on and their progress is ultimately zero.
“Going into this game with excitement and everything against Philadelphia, I wouldn’t say we’re good enough because San Antonio played well and they’re a well-coached team.” Stephen Silas concludes. “But I’m disappointed that we’re a little slow. They dominated us in one-on-one situations. They were going into the corners and we didn’t close the gaps. Not being in the right places and not putting in the right effort is really frustrating. »
|Players||GM||Minimum||Shots||3 points||LF||Turn off||Def||Early||p.d||bp||Int||CT||party||Points|
|Kevin Porter, Jr.||23||34.7||41.4||35.0||76.2||1.5||4.3||5.7||5.8||3.9||1.3||0.4||3.0||19.0|
|Jabari Smith, Jr.||23||30.2||36.7||35.5||84.3||1.3||5.8||7.0||0.7||1.1||0.3||1.0||3.3||11.8|
|Tyty Washington, Jr.||1||4.3||0.0||0.0||50.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.0|